I finished this quilt last month, but never posted, so here it is.

It was started in May, Purple Diamonds.  I had a few popped seams that are now fixed, so here is the finish.

In the beginning I wasn’t that crazy about the fabric.  It was one of those great buys, but not sure what I was going to do with the layer cake.  Of course for me HSTs when I want a quick quilt and not to much thinking.

I love how the back came out with the simple straight line quilting.  It was my first time using variegated thread and I like it.

 

Today I am linking up with Live Love Laugh Quilt – Making It Monday and Cooking Up Quilts – MCM

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Back in May I started and finished a quilt, Purple in Process.  It was my 36th quilt, since I started quilting in August, 2015.

Houston, we have a problem.  A bad seam.  So I slowly headed off to find a solution.

 

 

My options were:

1 – Scrap the project – after about 2 seconds of thought, no that was not an option.

2 – Karen Martin suggested

  • I would use a toothpick to add some Fray Check to the edge of the fabric and when dry, carefully turn under the edge and stitch by hand. If all else fails, I have been know to pick out an entire piece, quilting and all, replacing it by hand and then re-quilting that area. In fact, I just did that to repair a tear in one of my quilts. It’s not fun, but once it’s all done, your will be happy you fixed it!
  • That “seamed” like the best solution, but I wasn’t confident enough to tear out one block and get one back in.  I saved this as my last chance fix.

3 – Ann D suggested

  • Sometimes I’ll cut a little strip of fusible web and use that to iron under the seam allowance, then stitch down by hand or machine. I’ve got a quilt I made for myself that does that periodically (lots of homespuns in it). I just trim the fraying, then satin stitch the seam. It shows on the back, but I don’t mind. When it does matter, I hand sew it. The fray-check option works too.
  • I thought this might be my answer

4 – Several suggested

  • Hand stitch the seam together.
  • I liked this solution, but the fabric had frayed so much that there wasn’t enough to sew to.

I ordered Steam A Seam 2.

 

Once it came, I cut a small piece, just under 1/2″ and placed it under both the white and the green fabric.  Gave it a hot press and it didn’t look too bad.  Then I stitched the seam together.

Now we know why I don’t hand sew.  Can we say uneven stitches, messy!!!  Yikes.

So this quilt will not be a gift for anyone.  I will now be in my stash of quilts.  I am ok with that, it is kind of one of my favorites now.

Love how the quilting on the back turned out with the diamonds and the variegated thread.

 

Trust me it is very cute.

 

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I gave my self permission to start a new project, even though I have one quilt still needing a fix.

I am a pre-cut girl.  I love my Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes.  Currently, I have 2 Jelly Rolls and 7 Layer Cakes.  I decided a pattern from the Moda Bake Shop, All In Good Time.

I had to run to my local quilt shop to buy some thread for another project.  It is a very small shop and the girl was helping a woman with fabric for a QOV quilt.  So I just waited until they were done to pay for my thread.  Of course, to pass the time, I looked at the fabrics.  For a small shop they really have a nice variety of pre-cuts.  I guess I was meant to buy another layer cake.  I should learn it is dangerous to look at cakes, fabric or sweet.  They both stick with you.

Picked up a layer cake of Kate Spain Aria.  It is so springy looking.

Time for cutting the layer cake and putting it back together.

 

I have my hourglass blocks together now it is time to lay them out.

 

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I finished my Purple Diamonds and washed it up.  I was folding it to package it up and send out.  I found this

 

 

Yikes, obviously my seam wasn’t good.   What can I do to fix it?

There are a few lessons for me to learn here:

  1.  Make sure your seams are accurrate on each block
  2. How to fix a seam that was too small

 

Who can tell me how to fix this seam?  It is only one block.

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My husband said to me the other day, well maybe last month, why don’t you make a quilt for Cel.  She is his cousin and she is having a hard time with her MS.  I said great idea, why didn’t I think of that earlier.  So I went to see what pre-cuts I had that would work.

Here is what I picked before we headed out for vacation.

I had bought this online when someone had a deal.  Wasn’t really sure what I would use them for but I love a layer cake!!  Just add white, right?

Here were my choices after I made the HSTs (of course HSTs) my favorite.  They are so versatile.

 

I went with the diamonds. My squares were 6 1/2, which I thought was too big for the first choice ( can’t remember what that is called).

Headed down to Shipshewanna to buy some backing.  Came home with this for the back.

First things first, what was I thinking.  I like the fabric but it doesn’t really work.  Second what made me think 3 yards was enough. It wasn’t.  So let’s figure out a Plan B.

Last week my sister and I did a little shop hop in West Michigan.  I came home with some wide Robert Kaufman for backing.  I guess I’m pulling that out today.  This will be my Plan B.

Today I hope to get it quilted then I need to figure out my binding.  You ask how am I going to quilt it, you are right is you said straight lines.  Sometime in the future I will try FMQ, just not today.

Another dilema for another day.

Linking up with some friends, go check them out.

Mama Sparks – WIP

Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social

Kat and Cat – Sew Some Love

Quilt Fabrications – Mid Week Makers

 

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