Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sewing With My Eyes Closed

You might remember this quilt. I love it and it graces my bed daily.





















This morning I made the bed and spied this...can you see it? Arrrrg! I must have been sewing with my eyes closed. I think this is why I don't sell my work. How could I have missed this??? Makes me want to take back everything I've given as gifts and say, well, inspector #5 was on vacation and we need to do a once over with our best inspector to make sure this is quality work! I hate it when I do something like this!















So, now it looks like this. It's bad enough to have to bind a quilt once, but TWICE! I love this little baby and I want it to last so I'm off to rip some more and redo the binding. I'll say it one more time....I must have been sewing with my eyes closed!

34 comments:

Linda said...

I think you'll find that all of us have done something similar to that. At least you only have a small section to do, and it's right at the binding seam. Fortunately it's not in the middle of the quilt. I look at these sort of things as, none of us is perfect and our quilts shouldn't be perfect either.

Purple and Paisley said...

i have actually FINISHED a quilt...totally finished...then looked at it and realized a fabric is wrong side out...can you believe it?...we all make errors and sometimes it takes a while to find them...=)

QuiltedSimple said...

I've done stuff like that quite often. But don't worry, the binding police won't fine you for it - hehe.

Kris

Karyn said...

You obviously were only sewing that ONE section with your eyes closed since the rest of the quilt is just stunning.

Purple and Paisley's comment made me laugh out loud. :-) We've all done stuff like that. Too many times to list here!

Edna said...

I have also found littles "oops's" well after the final finish. When its possible, I just open up the small area from the top and re-stitch the offending parts by hand. That way, I usually don't need to take too much apart, especially binding. I know everyone says that perfection is not important. I feel that, if it is something that will continue to bother me every time I look at it, I will make the effort to fix the problem. It is a lovely quilt!

driftwood said...

it's such a lovely quilt, don't be too hard on yourself for a little mistake - these are often the things that make handmade so much more special than commercial..

kat said...

So I found your blog via whipup - I really REALLY like your quilts, including this one, binding issue and all. I can completely empathize - as others have said, we all make these mistakes from time to time! Hope you don't mind, but I've added you to my links on my blog. I look forward to checking back in with you soon!

nicolette said...

Done with your eyes closed. Then you must be really skilled to have only missed a small piece! Love this quilt!
I discovered that all the white on white background fabric I used in the first quilt-a-long (crazymomquilts) was wrong side out... and...
I discovered a box with some quilt blocks I made last year and they were all the wrong size... I had used a calculator to change the inches to centimeters. I’ve bought an inch ruler now and everything goes sooo smooth...!

Stephanie said...

I can see why you love that quilt! It's beautiful. Love the inspector #5 comment. Good sense of humor.

Stephanie said...

I can see why you love that quilt! It's beautiful. Love the inspector #5 comment. Good sense of humor.

Lynn said...

Gorgeous quilt, and I've definitely done that before. I swear it wasn't like that when I sewed it, but after a run through the washing machine, same thing happened to me! Although you have more patience than I do... mine is still sitting there unfinished!

Amy said...

It just happens - the beauty of something handmade. I have mended things - but I didn't blog them!

Kim West said...

at least it was at the binding and not the middle. I have done this too...

Shanna said...

oh if I could count the number of times something like that has happened to me!! It is still beautiful and you are still great at what you do!

nettie said...

oh so frustrating!

I LOVE that quilt btw!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I've made friends with my unpicker! At least it was near the binding. Hope you are sleeping under it again soon.

Stephanie D. said...

Just when you thought you were finished....

Kieny said...

It is a beautiful quilt and I can see why you want to fix this.

Catherine said...

We all find little problems in our quilts sometimes. At least you found it before it created a big problem! And it's easily fixed! So go easy on yourself.

Marie' said...

That quilt is on my list to make as well. How cute! I hate mending... Good luck.

ellen said...

Dear person who visits me...I read this title as "Seeing With My Eyes Closed". That is me in terms of misreading, reversing numbers and having such a hard time with typing/keyboarding or whatever you call it.
I have never made a quilt and I can certainly understand the need to be perfect, but, and but again, what you create is so beautiful. It may not be "perfect" as in machine perfect, but it has been made by and with your loving hands. It has been made with intention and I truly think, with gratefulness of what you see and feel in this world.
I may be so out of whack, but in a large part, I love my initial reading or misreading of your post: Seeing With My Eyes Closed...it conjures up so much..intention, love and just pure faith and joy.
I do believe and understand the perfection quest.
Sometimes and some days, I think that we should allow ourselves the privilege or right of "seeing with our eyes closed".
Forgive me for being so presumptive on your part. I am in awe of what you create. I just have these little moments now and then when I think we should all be kinder to ourselves.

best..e.

Oiyi said...

That sucks to have to bind it twice, but it's worth it. The quilt is so pretty.

www.oiyi.blogspot.com

Exuberant Color said...

I think things like this happen to keep us humble. One of my friends says we wouldn't want our heads getting so big we can't get through the doorways. I could write a volume on the glitches I have had over the years making quilts and I've never made a perfect quilt yet.

Tine said...

I do stuff like that too :-( And hate it! The quilt is beautiful.

elizabeth said...

Quilts aren't supposed to be that kind of perfect. The fact that it keeps you warm at night and makes you smile when you see it makes it perfect! I am in love with this thing. My first time to your blog and This is the first thing I see! I may be stealing your patternint he future, haha. I can't even finish my first pattern I tried, haha. Anyway, It's gorgeous, no one sees the tiny things but you.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is super darling. Sometimes stuff just happens with hand made things. It adds character. Fix and forget.

amandajean said...

oh, no. I just upgraded to a larger seam ripper. no more itty bitty one for me anymore. I figure with how much I use it, it was worth it. :)

jillytacy said...

I'm new so quilting but I worry about this same thing happening. I sew every seam twice. It uses a lot of thread but seems to hold it together a little better. Then again I haven't been quilting long enough to have my quilts go through years of washing.

bettyninja said...

Arg arg arg. That stinks. I have the same reasoning for not selling any of my sewing. I always find some small thing like that. It is good that you decided to fix it. When I finish a project I can get very lazy about fixing my mistakes.

Purple and paisley finished her quilt with fabric wrong side out- that stinks too! I have a very hard time with printed whites. It is really a guessing game (in good sunlight) to what side is up or down.

Rebekah C said...

bummer! I really need to re-do the binding on my first quilt, but I just can't ever get around to doing it (I hate doing things twice)

Leanne said...

I think your being a bit hard on your self what would life be if we were all perfect. I love the quilt and your will have it fixed in no time.

susan said...

were you able to just rip out that little bit or did you have to do the whole thing?
it is a beauty, and the extra bit of love you put in will be rewarded in the years to come. not to mention it gives you a story to go with the quilt!!

CalicoDaisy said...

It's beautiful, as is or fixed. Though I think I'd ruin it somehow if I tried to pull out stitches and fix it afterward.

Shelina said...

I think this must means that your quilt has been loved, and the fact that is loved enough to repair makes it even better. I've had problems like this on several quilts.