Sea Glass #6: One of those days…

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…


What happens when a pin and a sewing machine needle decide to go head to head. I’ve never seen a pin that shape that was still in one piece….

freestyle-seamsI have decided that I’m going to make these mismatched seams ‘official’. You’ll recall an earlier gripe about how the 2½ inch strips you get in many jelly rolls are not accurately cut. This is what happens if you don’t laboriously line up, check and trim out every single strip. There are over 80 x 42 inch strips in the quilt top so far, with more to come. Life is just too short. So for the purpose of this quilt, all junctions that are not a lilac pinwheel have official consent to be, um, freestyle. The pinwheels match. The important stuff matches.

Some of you hawk-eyes out there would have noticed if I hadn’t mentioned it. I hope the majority would have overlooked it or forgiven it for the sake of the general effect.

outer-border-fabricsHere’s the fabric I’ve decided to use for the outer border. I took snippets of all the fabrics used in the 16 patch blocks to the fabric shop, and laid them on a variety of colours and patterns. This is the one that lets all the others sing happily whilst not being dull itself.  I’ll be combining it with more 16 patch block corner- and centre-posts to form the outer border.

Two more seams and the main quilt top is assembled. Eight more 16 patch blocks, eight plain strips, and the border’s ready to be added. But tonight, I’m hemming the binding on the matching cushion, which is otherwise finished.

I’ll show you that another time.

39 thoughts on “Sea Glass #6: One of those days…

  1. tialys says:

    Don’t you just hate that horrible sound when pin comes into contact with sewing machine needle or. even worse, an overlocker cutting blade 😮
    Mismatched seams can certainly sometimes be forgiven and overlooked – well, in my house anyway.
    Could that border fabric be more perfect?

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve never actually hit a pin with a rotary cutter, but I’ve destroyed a fair number of needles in my time. I’ve just never seen a pin go that shape before – and it was quite a job getting it out of the fabric.
      The fabric is gorgeous, isn’t it? There were two others I looked at, but they were both too purple.

  2. anne54 says:

    I wouldn’t have noticed, because your work always looks amazing, so I don’t see those fine details! I agree that the border fabric is perfect.

  3. Cath says:

    Oh I love the border fabric…you couldn’t have picked a better one….😊

  4. claire93 says:

    who cares about mismatched seams when fabrics & colours are so gorgeous?

  5. Jule says:

    Great border fabric. Nice to hear you have finally learned how to do mismatched seams, I’m a natural when it comes to tthem. 😉 The pin gave me a smile, a true work of art. 🙂

  6. You know I like things “pretty good” but I’m no perfectionist. All those things become pretty invisible in the busyness of the design and fabric patterns, and once quilted they tend to bend into the quilting lines. So I don’t worry too much and I’m glad you don’t, either.

    I rarely break needles but have done a few in my time, including one a week or so ago. When I do, it makes me glad I wear glasses, as I’d hate to have a flying piece hit me. Good your worst injury here is a “sculptural” pin! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s funny how the sound of a needle snapping can make us cringe away instinctively. And big glasses like mine are reassuringly protective but I still don’t fancy flying bits in my face.
      I think a few more days will see the top done, I have a small amount of piecing to do for the back, and then I have to sandwich :-/

  7. jessicacrafts says:

    I didn’t know that about jelly rolls. I assumed they’d be perfectly cut so you’ve saved me a lot of time and money there as I’ve been thinking about buying some.

    Your border fabric is absolutely gorgeous!

    • katechiconi says:

      The cheaper the roll, the more likely it is to be random. Batiks are usually pretty good, Moda and other designer rolls are pretty good, but cheaper ones and often the ones quilt shops put together themselves can be out by 2 or 3 mm. So long as you’re aware of the problem, you can tackle the issue, but if you’re buying the roll because you don’t want to do any cutting, I’d say you’d be better off buying yardage and cutting yourself.
      That border batik is beautiful, isn’t it? I find batiks irresistible, such beautiful colour combinations.

  8. knitnkwilt says:

    I’m all for artistically mismatched seams. 🙂

  9. magpiesue says:

    I had to laugh at Jule’s comment about you finally learning how to mismatch seams. It is a hard skill to master for some of us. 😉 Once the quilting is all done and the quilt laundered I bet they’ll disappear from view. So glad it was only the pin and needle that suffered from the collision!

    • katechiconi says:

      They really don’t show at all if you just look at the quilt. If you scrutinise, you can see them, but as I said in another comment, they all occur in the same position within the blocks, so there’s a certain regularity and almost purposefulness about it. That bent pin is spectacular, isn’t it?

  10. dayphoto says:

    I hate it when I have a needle and a pin collide! I’m surprised the pin survived at all!


  11. kathyreeves says:

    Ouch!! Those creative seams look great to me, especially with that border fabric, it is a perfect match!

  12. Good plan to offset the rows. I should do more of that. I hate when the needles come together. Ouch.

  13. Lynda says:

    Kate, I never noticed the seams until today when you pointed them out. 😉 And yes, that batik is gorgeous! I always admire batiks and then chicken out when it comes time to buy some. It’s like there is some special rule for how to blend them in and I haven’t been let on to what it is.

    • katechiconi says:

      Then I’d recommend buying Bali Pops, which are 2.5 inch strips of batiks in colour-coded themes. You get a huge range that allows you to mix and blend to your hearts content without a major investment in loads of fabric. You can always pull out and consign the ones you don’t like to your scraps bin. I confess to hoarding quite a few truly beautiful strips I can’t bear to cut…

      • Lynda says:

        ” I confess to hoarding quite a few truly beautiful strips I can’t bear to cut…”

        LOL! I have some cuts of fabric that I have archived for this very reason. Sometimes I just get them out and pet them and then put them back in their cool, dry and dark storage space. Sigh.

        I’ll take you up on the Bali Pops suggestion. After all, you can’t understand something if you’ve never worked with it. Thanks!

      • katechiconi says:

        One of these days, I’ll be taking out my carefully hoarded shoebox of sorted, colour coded batik strips, and a fabulous something will emerge. Don’t know what yet; it might even be hexies…

  14. Good for you! Those colors are gorgeous so who cares, right? Well of course you care, so congratulations on making the decision to go with the flow. It’s stunning.

  15. craftycreeky says:

    I love the colours of this quilt 🙂

  16. rutigt says:

    I try, I really try to match the seams, but sometimes it just doesn´t happened 😦 I which I knew why, cause I´m always very careful when cutting the pieces. So I guess some times it´s just meant to be so 🙂

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