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I like fences

I like fences

Well, as some of you know, I went to the Vineyard for a week last week. It is truly my ‘happy place’. We take it easy, sit on the beach (even in drizzle), eat out, walk, walk, and more walking. I take a break from sewing there, since I obviously don’t carry my machine everywhere I go, and instead read, shop, hang out with my sisters, my friend Joan, her mom and kids, and do a little photography.

Gay Head (now Aquinnah) lighhouse

Gay Head (now Aquinnah) lighhouse

What can I say? I love lines and fences.

What can I say? I love lines and fences.

And I love stone walls.

And I love stone walls.

Grass and trees on a wind-swept beach.

Grass and trees on a wind-swept beach.

Daybreak at Woods Hold (5:30 AM)

Daybreak at Woods Hold (5:30 AM)

Some of these I am going to try to re-create in fabric, but I am more than a little nervous about trying!

So, here is my sewing dilemma. I bought a kit, although not much was pre-cut. I wanted to get a jumpstart on a project. Well, as it happened, I crashed.

Here’s my challenge in the pattern:

 

Take your two teal strips and place them right sides together and sew along the entire length.

Press your strips, pressing the seam to one side. Sew the two brown strips together (right sides together) and then press them.

Now place the two teal strips over the two brown strips (right sides together) and sew a ¼” seam down the length of one side, sewing the brown to the teal. Then flip it over and sew another ¼” seam down the other side, creating a tube.

This is the "tube": four strips of teal and brown sewn together.

This is the “tube”: four strips of teal and brown sewn together.

Lay your ruler at an angle so that the 5 ½” mark is at the top seam and the 0 mark is at the bottom seam.

Use the rotary cutter to cut along the angle of the ruler. Then place the ruler with the 0 mark at the top seam and the 5 ½” mark at the bottom seam and using the rotary cutter, cut along that angle.

You cut (awkwardly) this way first.

This is the second cut.

Open it up, and you have a perfect 5 ½” block!

5 1:2 inch squares

(The pattern is Summer Jewels Lap Quilt, by ©2011 Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom)

Except most of mine were not squares. They were more like Parallelograms. Roughly 5 1/2 inch parallelograms. I did not take a photo of them.

So…what to do?

I cut them into 4 inch squares! I will have to adjust the borders of the quilt to keep it a good size, but I was able to rescue it.

I really hate cutting.

This is a photo of some pieced 4-inch squares. Sorry for the color being off!

This is a photo of some pieced 4-inch squares. Sorry for the color being off

So, once again I made a mistake, I guess. But I am learning…..

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