After yesterdays internal struggle things didn't get any easier in the studio. By the looks of the picture below you'd never know expletives were bouncing around the studio walls like a flock of birds trapped in glass house. Oh yes, the foulest of words with a few paper crumbling, foot stomping, scissor slamming temper tantrums. Normally I'd just fix the issue and move on, but with my time being so limited it just...well...got the better of me. So what's my problem?
Shrinkage! The little red arrow areas I can live with. Once in the quilt no one would know there was shrinkage on the scallops. But that circle area, that's another story.
It's a critical area, these HAVE to be perfect in order to meet at the corners with no gaps. That's almost a quarter inch off. Now I bet your wondering how many I made that were too short. TWO! And the only reason I caught it was....
When I tried to line up my template with the edge of the fabric... I couldn't. They started out straight as an arrow, cut with my handy dandy old rotary cutter and ruler. I've been using freezer paper applique for years with no issues, but I've never needed such accuracy in my applique pieces. A little shrinkage or distortion on an appliqued leaf, who's going to notice? Templar would have been the better option for these pieces, but all my pieces of templar were to small. And going to the closest store that carries it is a 30 minute drive. I'm way to practical(cheap) to do that.
Now this is where the foul mouth really comes into play. I used my last piece of Studio stash freezer paper to make the incredible shrinking templates. $#@! And I knew the roll in the kitchen was almost gone. $#%!! Luckily Mr. Podunk keeps a roll in the garage for processing deer during hunting season. Yeah! Using a template only once seems wasteful to me but it's cheaper, and quicker than running into town.
It all worked out in the end, and I felt rather silly for getting so upset. My goal for the day was getting all the border pieces made, and I accomplished it, along with all my other Podunk chores. So a good day can come with it's valuable lessons on shrinkage.
Linking up with some great bloggers today! There's always tons of inspiration even if you don't link up you should hop over for excessive amounts of eye candy. It's a good thing eye candy is calorie free otherwise I'd gain 10 lbs a week from all the sweet projects!
~ Lea Anne ~Pin It