Oh, this poor little scrap piece. Sashing folded in on itself, a misplaced four patch, and it's nowhere near square. What had happened?
Essentially, I over-estimated my abilities. My first day with my machine (at the quilt-in), I'd learned how to make scrappy four patches. My thought was "Oh, perfect! I'll just make up the patches, sash them, and I'll have a nice little doll top!"
How the mighty fall, right? Like I said, theory only takes you so far. I had the correct count for how many stones and sash pieces I needed, but I missed the critical things that are needed to make a top pretty.
What I hadn't done:
- Didn't square up my four patches so that they were guaranteed the same size.
- Didn't keep track of my pressing. With the exception of the four patches, my seams were all over the place.
- Didn't pin. I thought I could get away with it because the pieces were so small, but honestly, it only made the errors seem worse.
- Didn't rest appropriately. I have a tendency to work straight through a project as much as possible, especially a small one, and that meant I didn't notice that turned four patch until it was too late.
I ended up stitching up the sides and just giving it as a basket to my dad, because there was no way I was picking it apart and trying to re-do it. Plenty of lessons were learned, and I moved on.