Monday, February 25, 2008

Mini-Quilt Monday

I call this "Patience is a Virtue." I know I've mentioned this before here, but my patience level is seriously lacking. If something looks terribly complicated or requires me to read directions, I tend to avoid it. Not out of fear, but out of a short attention span and a mood that swings to the easily frustrated. It is for these reasons that I have avoided making triangles in my quilts...oh, and because you have to iron every. freakin'. seam! But back a few months ago, Mum gave me a Triangulations CD for quilters. It teachs you the easy way to make half and quarter square triangles. You want to talk about easy peasy? WOW! Yes I did have to iron every single flippin' seam, but you was worth it! This little block came out so flat. It's beautiful!

Yes, I know that not all of my triangles and diamonds show perfectly, but hey, it's the first time I've ever done it...and I really don't recommend making super teeny tiny 1" square triangles your first time out - they were a bitch to stitch (and even more of a bitch to iron, unless you have a small iron meant primarily for quilting).
"Patience is a Virtue" was born out slowing down, reading directions and ironing every seam, with my blood and spit going into every corner of this little block, literally - I kinda cut the knuckle of my thumb with the rotary cutter (don't ask, I'm a whiz a cutting myself with scissors and cutters or stabbing myself with needles and pins). It bled like crazy, to the point where I had to stop what I was doing and get a band-aid!

Anyhoo, happy Monday!


simple me said...

wishing you a happy day and sending loads and loads of love :)*

gracia said...

Lacking in patience? Me too, me too.

Wishing you a little calmness and more, g xx

louise said...

What an apt title for your new quilt. Hope your thumb is ok, if not then you could always re-title the quilt too"the one I cut my thumb while making". xo lj