Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Have I Mentioned How Much I Dislike This UFO?


I’m sure your getting as sick of seeing this darn UFO as much as I am.  Last night I finished quilting it and thought to myself, “Whew, I’m almost done, Yippee”.  All I had to do was add the binding.  No problem.

I cut the binding strips and decided to cut them 2 1/4” instead of my usual 2 1/2”.  It was late (that’s my excuse) so I measured all the way around divided by 40” and decided I needed 3 strips.  I started sewing and everything was going just fine until “OH NO” I didn’t have enough strips.  I needed 2 more (did I mention this is a really big table runner).  So I cut two additional strips, sewed them together and then added them to the end that was attached to the table runner.  I finished attaching the binding and took it in to my ironing board where I measure, cut and iron the two ends so that I can sew the start and finish together with a nice neat mitered seam.  At that point I realized that the last two strips weren’t cut at 2 1/4” they were cut at 2 3/4”, grrrrrrrrrrr!.  Have I mentioned lately how much I hate rulers that have that extra 1/2” added to one side.  I’m usually pretty good at making sure which direction I have the ruler turned but remember, I was tired. 

I learned a long time ago that when I make a sewing mistake, and it’s late, the best thing for me is to just stop, don’t even try to fix it when your tired.  But I do take the time to sit with my trusty seam ripper and rip.  So that’s how my evening ended, ripping.  Tonight, I’m going to give it another try and see if I can’t get this UFO finished at last.  Wish me luck.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike this UFO.




  1. Sounds like a frustrating evening. I have a rule, no cutting or sewing after 11PM. It always ends in disaster! But seriously, don't hate this UFO. I think these are AWESOME blocks, and the red sets them off perfectly!

  2. I don't think you like this one very much. I can't get motivated tonight for anything. Sluggo here.

  3. Good luck, Robin. I agree with you about stopping when I make a mistake; I also don't always either. I recently made some small bags for travel (shoes, socks, etc.), and one bag I made over three times! It became a "thing" with me that it was either the bag or me! Finally got it right!! In retrospect, I really should have quit a couple of times. Someone recently reminded me about the law of diminishing returns. When I get too stressed bec I'm making mistakes (and doing a lot of seam ripping), that phrase pops into my head and helps me stop. Stopping is the hard part for me.
    Can't wait to hear your runner is done!

  4. But.....it is looking fabulous!!! Here I thought I was the ONLY person who hates that added 1/2 inch on the rulers.

  5. Will not be a UFO for long....and I so hate it when I do stuff like that....so I feel your frustration!


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