The last few weeks much of my sewing has been finishing up UFO quilt tops. It came to a screeching halt this week when I realized that each of the remaining UFO's were all in need of fabric purchases. So what's a gal to do but start a new quilt. I'm mean seriously, who wants to go buy new fabric?...wink, wink. I could make one of my own quilt designs that were drawn up in EQ but that requires a bunch of quilty math...I just don't have the time for that right now. And I want to make something with out thinking. So I pulled out a quilt kit purchased about year ago. I bet you can guess the quilt block in the pattern by looking at the picture below.
Dresdens! I love dresdens. This pattern is so cute with the little yo-yo's.
I fell in love with it the first time I saw it years ago. So when our Local quilt shop made it into a kit with the cutest fabrics ever....(against my better judgement)I had to have it.
I snatched it up as quickly as I could. Now here I am months later finally opening the sweet little bundle of joy. I never buy kits and rarely buy patterns. How exciting it is to have so much of the work done for you. No math, no fabric choices. I'm liking this lazy way of quilting!
As soon as it's opened I knew I had made a mistake buying this as a kit. I found this little note tucked inside the package. THEY CHANGED THE PATTERN TO SAVE ON FABRIC SCRAPS! The pattern calls for mitered borders, the shop decided to change the pattern but didn't want to do the quilty math for what the new border lengths should be. As you can see below it just tells me to measure my quilt and figure it out myself. It would be nice to know what the borders should be in a perfect quilt. Sure it's a simple pattern and I can do the math in my head but that's not the point. I paid for instructions. I'll never buy a kit from our local shop again....unless it's too cute to pass up....LOL!
I quickly got over the pattern change by reminding myself that I really don't like to make mitered corners anyway. Yes they are nice but more time consuming. So I start gathering up the the things I'll need to work with this kit. Rotary cutter, 6 x 24 ruler, dresden ruler and perfect circles templates for the yo-yo's. Now I'm ready for a quicky quilt cutting party.......Wrong. The standard dresden ruler doesn't work for this pattern....boohoohoo. Well I'm not using scissors to cut all these wedges. Luckily, I dug through my cabinet and found some Acrylic(plexi-glass) that I use for making my own rotary cutting templates.
With every quilt I learn something new. Sometimes it's a technique, but this time it was "open the kit before buying".
~ Lea Anne ~Pin It