Friday, June 4, 2010

One of Those Days


Well I got the borders on! Woo hoo! But in the process of doing that I was having one of those days. You know, the kind where most things don't go well.

The first thing was that I cut two sides of the inner borders wrong. I cut them all the same length without thinking. So that would have left the four corners with nothing. Hmmmm, what to do, what to do. I had enough fabric that I could have cut two new strips, but, well, I took the short cut and just cut four squares for the corners. I improvised! Have you done that?

Next, it seemed like the fabric just wouldn't cooperate with me and was always moving the wrong direction from where I wanted it to be. Then as I was cutting some of the border strips, my ruler moved on me. Grrrrrrr! I'm seriously thinking about replacing all my rotary rulers with the type that have grippy-ness to them.

I knocked my garbage can over, I dropped the magnetic pin holder and was then playing on the floor, picking them up. And so on, and so on. But thankfully I came out of the room alive and so did the kitties!

19 comments:

  1. Bummer! I call those my clumsy days and they come quite regularly...Hmmm...LOL!

    The quilt is beautiful though but I sure know what you mean about being frustrated. Hope that it got better:)

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  2. Sometimes we all have days, but that didn't hinder your quilt top from becoming absolutely gorgeous!! I just love it!! By the way, for your rulers, have you ever used Invisigrip? It is a thin "plastic" see through film that you place on the back of your rulers/templates and it grips the fabric so that the ruler doesn't move. It is a less expensive than replacing your rulers. All of my rulers that do not have the grippy things on the back have the Invisigrip. It is made by Omnigrid, I think.

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  3. Love your quilt - sorry you were having one of those days. When I am like that, I can't even go shopping without people running into me. I am not imagining it - something about my spacial concepts are off those days.

    When I spill pins, I use my magnetic holder as a wand and it is tons easier than picking them up, individually, especially with my middle aged eyesight!

    To reference your "touch" post - I wonder the same thing from time to time!

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  4. IT ended well in spire of the challenges. Nice quilt. No nice is not stronge enough. just beautiful.

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  5. Well the quilt turned out beautiful in spite of the roadblocks. I have added those corners into borders too when they weren't quite long enough.

    I use the Invisigrip that Jackie mentioned on all of my slippery rulers too.

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  6. I was going to say Invisgrip but Jackie beat me to it... I got mine at Mill End and was even able to use either their notion coupon or a Joanns coupon so I got a big roll super reasonable.

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  7. Oh forget the bad day because the end product is gorgeous!

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  8. A positive nod to Invisigrip, AND a suggestion of the great Gypsy Grippers. Between those two little additions, it's like nailing down your rulers. *S*

    Whatever the trials, the quilt is just beautiful. I love the colors.

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  9. I think I rarely get to the end of a project without some "improvising"!
    That's what keeps it all interesting, the challenges encountered along the way.

    This piece is gorgeous.....well worth the effort!

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  10. I got a kit from Nancy's Notions of non-skid stuff to add to my ruler bottoms...turns out it was just a very very thin grade of clear cling vinyl and it sure works for me!

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  11. Yeah, those kind of days are no fun but the quilt looks great! I've never heard of Invisigrip until now, and I'll be keeping it in mind. I dug into hubby's sandpaper stash, and put a few small pieces of on one of my rulers. I held them in place by rolling a piece of scotch tape over on itself and sticking it on the back. It worked rather well for a long time but needs to be replaced. Perhaps I'll try Invisigrip this time!

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  12. I was going to mention Invisi-Grip Omnigrid too; I just got some last week and actually have the package label sitting out to photograph. I also bought some little rubber-like feet to put on rulers but haven't tried those yet. I really like the invisi-grip. Glad you got the borders on and you and the kitties survived; now enjoy the weekend!

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  13. Your quilt looks great. Sorry you had "one of those days" - I hate those! I also use Omnigrid's Invisi-Grip and love it.

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  14. I hope you have a better day today.. Your quilt is lovely!!

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  15. oooh, yeah, don't like those days either... I scattered my BOX of pins the other day too. I'm still finding pins in strange places.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this top...your colors, your fabulous piecing... it's a beauty!

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  16. You made me laugh! We all have those days and it is so awful...it just seems like it snowballs and you can not stop it.

    After I bought that 20X20 inch ruler with the grippers I am definitely going to slowly replace all of mine.
    It definitely spoils you.

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  17. I go back to bed on days like these -- but not until I've consumed large quantities of chocolate first.

    Hope the next day was better! And the quilt is lookin' good!

    Diane

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  18. I don't feel sorry for you a bit Ms. Terri :). I worked hard 2 weeks ago TRYING to put together just one pickle dish block and gave up! I could not get it to lay flat to my satisfaction. That's a beautiful quilt...teach me how. Maybe the book you mentioned will help. Better days ahead...

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  19. Your quilt came out great! Sometimes we just have to improvise to make it happen.

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