Friday, July 29, 2011

Measure twice, cut once...

Today my sister in law, Tracie, was my hero! She took my kids for four hours so that I could work on a couple of birthday surprises for Miss Evie. I am making her a new church dress and a doll bed. I put the fabric for the dress in the wash, dropped them off and ran to the fabric store for some piping. While I was there I thought, "Hmmm... do I have enough batting? Maybe I should get some just in case... No. No. I am sure I have enough. I'm not going to spend the money." 

I got home, took the fabric out and hung it up to dry and then started to pull out the materials for the bed. Drat. No batting. I was at a standstill because my other project's fabric was still wet. So I decide to suck it up and drive over to Wal-mart to pick up a small batt. By the time I got home I had two hours left to sew. So I turned on some music and got down to business. 

Cute bed from Ikea. Blah generic blanket and pillow though.

I started with the mattress. I measured and calculated and figured and measured twice more for good, well, measure. Then I cut out the fabric and the batting, and sewed it all up. I was so excited, it turned out just like I thought it would. Until I plopped it onto the bed and realized it was an inch short all the way around! GRRRR! And now I didn't have enough batting left to make a new one. 

So I moved on to the quilt. And I measured and figured and did all that again. Cut out my little squares. Laid them out. Fussed over which way looked best for awhile until I had it perfect. Sewed the squares into strips, and then the strips into a cute little quilt. And I laid it on the bed to see how it would look... too small! No! What the couch?!  And I couldn't even add to it because I'd run out of that yellow fabric. Stupid math.

Long story short. I have spent all day in my sewing room and all I have to show for it is a pillow and pillow case for a doll bed. It turned out cute though, right?

I did piece a new quilt top. Here's a little sneak peek. 
Doesn't it just look so comfy? 

I had to laugh at myself though, as I was sewing this one together I checked it at about halfway and realized that if I sewed it the way I'd planned on it would be way too big. One extreme to the other....


Emilie said...

Argh! Sewing frustrations are the worst! Especially after you've put the extra time in to measure and do the dreaded math.

The projects you're happy with look darling. And so do the mini me projects.