Her message, entitled Devil, Thy Name is Quilt-Cam had me worried that I had really offended her somehow, or had her mad at me about something. But as I began to read, I began to giggle and the further I giggled, the less I could contain myself!
I emailed her back, and asked if I could share her story. she said….Sure, they NEED to be forewarned!
Way back in the day, when you very first started Quilt Cam, I decided I needed a new quilt for my bed and it would be fitting to make it while “sewing with you”. So, I picked the Blue Ridge Beauty pattern and starting with the purples / neutrals on hand. I cut and sewed 4 patches. Of course, I didn't have enough variety so I picked up some purples here and some neutrals there. Then I “tuned in”.
I was daunted by the thought of needing 400 little 4 patches so I decided not to count them until I *thought* I had enough. I cut a little, “we” sewed a little, I cut some more, “we” sewed some more. Finally, I figured I had enough of those cute little units. Started assembly and ended up with the attached lovely Purple Ridge Beauty.
Sharon's Blue Ridge Beauty in Purple from Adventures with Leaders & Enders.
Huh. Looks like there are still quite a few leftover 4 patches. Wonder how many. I counted and I had one thousand (1,000) EXTRA cute little 4 patches. OH MY GOSH!! What the heck am I going to do with them??
Ok, don’t panic. Bonnie must have another 4 patch based pattern … oh, how pretty, the Happily Scrappily Irish Chain … just need to get some white tone on tone for the centers and viola … A Happily Scrappily Purple Irish Chain.
Sharon's Happily Scrappily Irish from Adventures with Leaders & Enders.
Well, that used up 700 of the extra 4 patches. BUT …there are still three hundred more to go. Never fear, peruse the “free patterns” section of Quiltville and see the beautiful Cathedral Stars. MMM… wonder if I can come up with a way to change the color scheme a little … yep.
And here is the last of those little 4 patches … I call this one “Third Time’s a Charm” because it took three “Bonnie Sized” quilts to use of those dang 4 patches!! I finished “Third Time” the morning before our Quilt Guild Show which is where the pics were taken. Phew. Talk about cutting it close!
I've learned my lesson – pin your units together in groups of 10 for easy counting!!
Thanks for the patterns and inspiration!Are you laughing??! Chuckling? At least smiling to yourself because you KNOW you are in the same boat?
It’s a good thing that Sharon really likes purple! And Gold. And has a sense of humor to go with it…..and is now the owner of 3 beautiful quilts she should be very proud of!
Thanks for sharing your story, Sharon…yes, I’m still smiling!