Making Mistakes…

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

Making mistakes- not what you want to be doing when you are up against a deadline.  Yes, the deadline for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is looming, and my large piece, “Distortion” is almost done.

But not quite.  I still had to put on the binding.

Which I did.  Then I took a few pictures on the wall.

Wait a minute….is one side longer than the other????

Ohhhhhhhh (insert bad word) !!  IT IS.  By a whole inch.  No way the judges will miss that!  I thought the dang thing was square!  (More bad words.) 😯

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has ever done this!

Anyway, I removed the binding on one of the long sides, trimmed it down and attached the binding again.

I would love to hear some of y’all’s mistakes, so I don’t feel so bad about this idiot move.  Have you ever done anything as bone headed as this?  😳

For those of you who want the deets, here’s how Distortions was made. It began with a photo of glass buildings reflecting other buildings, creating patterns and blocks.  I took this picture in Jacksonville, FL years ago.  I traced the photo onto a transparency and projected it on the wall, taped a large freezer paper pattern together, and traced the image onto the freezer paper.  I first tried curved piecing each block, but soon abandoned that idea.  Instead I appliqued from the top using a tiny zig-zag stitch and my fav. Monopoly clear filament thread by Superior Threads.  Easier, but still time-consuming.  I chose hand dyes, batiks, and solids.


Each block was sewn into strips and added to the previous strip.  It’s not perfectly straight, because the distortion curved some of the lines.   Then I fuse basted top and bottom to a 100% wool batt.  No pins, no fuss.  I used Misty Fuse, ultraviolet fusible web.  Then came many hours of free motion quilting. I used cotton,  polyester threads, Glitter and my trusty Titanium #14/90 Topstitch needles from Superior again.  I kept the Monopoly in the bobbin.  The quilting was made much easier by the wider harp space, and the auto knot, cut threads, and raise presser foot features on my BERNINA 750 QE.  


Speaking of the quilting, how did I decide what to quilt? Gradually.  I began with parallel circular lines.  Then I added some wavy lines, and realized I wanted this to look sort of Art Deco style.  So I forged ahead using this vocabulary of parallel lines, circles, wavy lines and a few zig-zags for variety.


As I write, this piece is on its way to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest in VA.  I will go to the show to see all the other great work.  Maybe, I’ll see you there!!  🙂

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



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Susan and I on set
Susan and I on set





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One thought on “Making Mistakes…

  1. You are certainly not the only one making mistakes Roxane! I had a quilted painting that looked perfectly straight on the table, but leaned to the left when hung up. The sides were all the same length, but it just leaned. I never bothered to fix it, and the person who bought it said she liked its ‘quirkiness’! You just never know…

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