Not even spending the time to get a decent photo of this mess will make it better.
This string foundation pieced project began at our 2016 PTA retreat. It was supposed to be huge....destined for a large stairwell wall. It's been a problem child from day one for so many reasons: boring without the white sashing but when that was added, the planned finished size wouldn't fit my hanging device. So I decided to make it smaller and use for a lap quilt.
The seams got very bulky given all the strips and muslin foundation. Pressing toward the white sashing allowed too much nasty shadowing and pressing toward the blocks distored the narrow sashing.
Stupidly I continued and basted it using a thin poly batting to avoid the weight of cotton. What a mess.....I don't care what the label on the package said....it's NOT thin. I continued anyway.....should have just eliminated the batting!!!
It got worse.....I'm still regretting the purchase of the Janome 8900. Despite my best efforts I can not get this thing to do what I want!!! I quilted the sashing in the ditch, using the Accufeed system.....adjusting and adjusting to find the perfect tension. I never did. And now that those areas are all quilted.....the white strips look gathered!!
My stupid continued as I started quilting diagonally through the center of each block. While I had no thread breakage previously, now the invisible thread broke just before every intersection. I'm SOOOOOOO done. I'll rip out the three diagonal lines I stitched allowing each block to look like a beach ball. And for the first time in my life I'll add the binding all by machine and call it DONE!
Perhaps if I'd have been feeling better I'd have had more patience to correct my poor decisions as they came up. Unfortunately my upper respiratory bug has lingered, making me realize I should have just been watching trash TV instead of trying to sew!
This piece is definitely going to the dogs.....our black lab rescue dog Sooty.
FOR THE DOGS
54" x 62"
You may want to check out these links of the SUCCESSFUL work of others this week : Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Sews, and Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday.