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Monday, August 03, 2009

Did I pass math?

Well, it's been a few years since I graduated high school AND college. It's also hard to believe I used to teach statistics!

This is a picture of my French Roses quilt on the floor where I threw it after several painful days of math!
So why is it on the floor, you ask? Well, let me start at the beginning, so you'll understand.

In March, I figured out the size I wanted for this quilt, cut and kitted up all the blocks I would need to make a king size quilt. My king size quilts go on the bed sideways, so should always be in the 86" X 102" range. I worked on the blocks and had most of them completed upon my return from the retreat. THEN, I took them all with me to Rochester, MN and sewed them together. When I laid it out on the floor to show Hubby, it was SQUARE! How did that happen? I never make square quilts for the bed! So I automatically assumed I was short a row. Instead of it being 9 X 9 blocks, it needed to be 9 X 10 blocks, so I brought it home and made more blocks. Isn't that what YOU would do?

So now, I get my borders together out of the kits which I had already pre-cut as well, and they just wouldn't fit. What's wrong here? I did the math again, and low and behold the darned quilt was already 81" X 90" BEFORE borders. How could that be? So, I sat and did the math again. Turns out I didn't need the extra row after all. I had simply added the last row on the wrong side, and the blocks should have been set 8 X 10. Silly me.

So this is where it is at the moment, waiting to be unsewn, and started again with the borders. I know, I know, I know. Not so bad, but still! (She says stomping her foot!)

And Clyde is complaining that I must not have done the math correctly for the big board, either. He simply cannot stay on it, and sometimes rolls off in his sleep. Maybe I need to get some baby bumpers? LOL!


floribunda... aka Julie said...

just think -- you now have a French Roses table runner almost done! It would make a great gift for someone...

The Calico Cat said...

Baby bumpers indeed!

quiltmom said...

They are beautiful roses- Sharon,
I am sure you will figure out something to do with those beautiful blocks.
Clyde is one handsome cat- he knows that he has it good.
Happy quilting- it is a gorgeous quilt.

ForestJane said...

I'd be tempted to try it on your bed before unsewing... maybe a larger quilt would be nice if you wanted to tuck some under the pillow or something?

If not, use the extra blocks and make some pillow shams to match. :)

YankeeQuilter said...

oh dear....guess just leaving the quilt extra large isn't an option?