Thursday, 28 July 2011

Kaleidoscope Recovery...

I was angry, I felt sick, I was close to tears, I haven't even been able to look at it for days... it was almost as if that pile of fabric was leering at me; "you've bitten off more than you can chew, you can't make us fit together"

And then the lovely, fabulous Sarah from Sew Me came to my aid! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Sarah! You're a life quilt saver!

I was all geared up for the Kaleidoscope QAL hosted by Don't Call Me Betsy, but then my templates didn't print to scale, my cutting was consequently all wrong and my blocks were horrendous. I posted some pics on flikr and asked for help and then saw that Sarah was having problems too so got in touch with her and bless her, she sent me a lovely email with a link to a paper pieced kaleidoscope template which had worked for her.

And an afternoons work later, voila!

I'm more than pleased with the outcome of this block (which was made with some leftover fabric, not the actual cut pieces). I'll now be unpicking my pairs, recutting etc etc etc so it won't be a quick recovery but a recovery none the less! :o)

8 comments:

West Michigan Quilter said...

I know just how you felt. However, I didn't have a Sara to help me, so I gave up. Love how your block turned out.

susan said...

I'm impressed with your perseverance. I would have hidden it all under a pile of ugly fabric and gone off in a sulk. The block looks great.

Flying Blind... said...

I am getting worried now that my slapdash disregard for my (yucky) batiks are going to make mine never work; hey ho!

Sarah said...

Hi Karen! I'm so glad my email made sense and you've been able to find a recovery strategy. Your block looks great. It is a slow process unpicking and re-stitching by foundation piecing, but I keep telling myself that a slow quilt will be better than no quilt! Delighted it's working out for you and I can breathe a sigh of relief that I didn't give you duff information!

Selvage Quilter said...

Your perseverance is really paying off. You'll have a lovely quilt!

Sheila said...

Your block looks great - keep going.

ScissorsandThread said...

Hi just found you through Brit quilt and am now a follower. Love the block - it looks great

Cindy said...

Well, it's been quite a while now. Did you ever do anything with your blocks, or did you give up on quilting? I hope you didn't just give up. I really liked your blog. I've already put one quilt away until I have the skills for it--couldn't you do that with this one? Since then, I've made a table topper, christmas tree skirt and lap quilt in simpler patterns, and they've all turned out great! I do so hope you haven't given up on quilting. Hope you're back up and posting soon!

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