I FINALLY finished it!
You just don't understand what that means to me...I've been working on this project off and on for almost THREE YEARS.
When I first saw the blanket on Pinterest I knew I wanted to make it.
The pattern looked straight forward so I went for it.
42 little Mickey Mouse heads later I was still amped about the project.
I cut out the main blocks and started the process of appliqueing them on. It was a bit nerve wracking making sure I put them on in the right order. If I messed up I knew I would have to start over. You can't just seam rip applique out and start again.
It turns out that I really hate the applique technique. It takes SO LONG and of course I had 42 of those little heads to sew on. It's easy to get burnt out when doing something technical and I got burnt out pretty quickly. In addition my sewing machine was acting up and I couldn't get the bobbin tension correct and it kept tangling and ruining the seam.
I had to take a break.
Once I FINALLY got all those heads appliqued on assembling the topper was pretty straight forward. I mean all I had to do was sew straight lines, right?
True...but that was when I discovered that I had sewn some of the heads on in the wrong order. UGH. This ruined the rainbow effect. I was really invested in that rainbow...
|Do you see where I went wrong?|
I always see these things when I'm congratulating myself on my progress.
So I took a break. I hate it when projects aren't going to work the way I want them to. It takes a while for me to trouble shoot and come up with alternatives that I feel good about. Other than redoing a large portion of the project, I didn't really have other options besides dealing with it.
Now it was going to be what I always wanted it to be. Happy days!
I had never cut or sewn biased binding, but this was my chance to learn...through messing it up four times. I couldn't get the corners to fold right no matter how many Youtube videos I watched. But my friend Linda walked me through and showed me how to hand bind a quilt. Which wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. I think the binding turned out really well.
|My beautiful mitered corner!|