Something went AWRY.
I was happily sewing my Split 9-Patch blocks into what is traditionally known as a “Perkiomen Valley 9-Patch” Layout….This type of center medallion quilt made entirely of small squares and triangles is typical of the Perkiomen Valley of Pennsylvania.
Things were going well! I called my mom, I called my dad..I watched Downton Abbey, two back to back episodes, and I sewed.
The quilt was completely laid out on the floor upstairs, I was sewing downstairs in the newly lit sewing nook..and in an effort to NOT get it out of whack, I would chain one row down the quilt, go up and get the next row, bringing it back down to sew on and being very careful!
I even took pics of how I get started with the “Webbing of the top” here:
Do you see how column #2 is right sides together against column #1?
Nothing whacky going on with the layout here?
To start the webbing process, place column 2 against column 1 with right sides together. Go to the top of the quilt and pick up the pairs in order. Your seam will be down the RIGHT SIDE of the pairs…all the way down. Then go pick up column 3 from top to bottom, sewing the LEFT SIDE of these blocks to the two columns you have already joined. And it was going on swimmingly until…
Something Zigged UP when it should have zagged DOWN…HOW did my patches get so out of order when I had laid them out correctly? This is why I thought of calling this quilt Perkiomen Hangover, but let me assure you that I was *NOT* under the influence of anything but fabric and thread!
There must be cabin gremlins about or something – I couldn't blame it on anyone, I was there alone!
I spent much time with the seam ripper this morning, removing that partial column and making sure that things were laid out right before I started webbing the rest of the top together.
Here the top is completely webbed…and all blocks are turned correctly. HOORAY!
The rows are held to each other by the chaining threads left between them as I assembled the rows. I can clip these now, or I can leave them. They won’t hurt anything to just stay in there. All that is left is to fold the rows right sides together and stitch. I am not a seam opener when I press, I prefer to nest and press to one side. But let me tell you something on this quilt ---there is NO WAY to have things nest all the time. You don’t know when making these blocks which way they are going to turn in the quilt, or who they will end up next to, so sometimes it’s a crap shoot! I nest where I can, pin to match where I can’t, and press bulky spots with a vengeance!
This was the picture perfect view as I headed down the mountain, wishing I could stay.
But I had a lunch date planned with Lisa, at a place I’d never been…SILO at Reynolda Village in Winston Salem, and off I went…
Never leave me alone in a bathroom with a camera.
Never leave me alone in a bathroom in a restaurant that leave mustaches on sticks by the bathroom mirror for patron’s self portraits! I came out giggling!
Well, I dare say!!
It’s been a great day!!
((Even if bad for hair!))
((And what’s with the empty photo frame in the background? Was I supposed to play with that TOO!?
I’m home. And thinking of spending time tonight sewing these rows together….
However you spend YOUR evening, I hope you leave some time for something quilty!