Finally Friday – Frustrating and a Finish

I really, REALLY, wanted to have a Friday Finish today!  Apparently, it is not meant to be.  The purpose of my post today is to share with you that finishes don’t always happen when we want them to, or how we want them to.  And that’s okay.  I’ll live to quilt another day.

We’ve all seen the blogs that have multiple finishes each week, and the quilting looks perfect, and the binding looks perfect, and the person posting looks perfect……you get the idea.  I’m here to tell you that even though I might strive for that perfection, it’s never gonna happen.  Life gets in the way and things happen.  (I usually would use another phrase, like “sh** happens”, but I’m trying to keep it clean here.) LOL

Last night I started on the binding for the Disappearing Nine Patch I’m working on.  (First lesson – don’t use cheap fabric.  It might save some dollars initially, but at the end of the day it’s just not worth it.)

I don’t know why I couldn’t get it right, but when connecting the strips I kept sewing the seams the wrong way.  I ended up cutting out the seams and re-sewing them THREE TIMES!!!!!  I was so frustrated.  After an hour and a half I finally got them done and got the binding pressed and ready for the quilt.

216 Inches of Frustration!  But at least it's done!

216 Inches of Frustration! But at least it’s done!

So today it’s time to attach the binding, right?  I trimmed the quilt and got it ready to go.  Before I sewed the binding on I thought I should check my measurements to be sure the binding was long enough.  GUESS WHAT?

The binding is too short!

The binding is too short!

I’m a few inches short……(from all that cutting off seams the night before)…..

So, off to the sewing room I go to try to piece a multi-color binding from leftover fabric from the blocks.  Good idea, right?  Except the blade on my rotary cutter is soooo dull it literally will not cut through a single layer of fabric.  Which leads me to a question for you – do you use your rotary cutter to trim your quilt top/batting/backing when getting ready to bind your quilt? Because I’ve done it twice and both times I’ve had to replace my blade.  Today the blade started dulling by the time I got to the third side of my quilt to trim. I’m assuming it’s because the batting is dulling the heck out of it.  Am I right, or is there another explanation?  Any advice would be appreciated, cause now I don’t have an extra blade, which means another trip to the store.  So, this project is on hold – again.

On a happier note, I did complete one of the placemats I started this week.  Only 5 to go!!  And I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  I can’t wait to finish the others and use them.  They’ll make the table so pretty!

Summer Fun Placemat

Such a fun placemat!

I hope you have a more productive Friday than I’m having so far! 🙂  I’d love to hear your suggestions on my dull blade issue.  Can these things be sharpened?





About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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3 Responses to Finally Friday – Frustrating and a Finish

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  2. Shauna says:

    Ohhh I totally understand your frustration. I do use my blades to trim my quilts and it does seem to dull them faster. So I have one rotary cutter that I use almost exclusively for that process and I try and resharpen the blade three or four times before throwing it out. 🙂

  3. Anne Beier says:

    Hi Beth, Stopping by from the blog hop. Okay, about those blades. I do use them to cut all three layers, and they do dull quickly. But it’s more precise for me than using a scissors, which would end up dull, and I’d end up bringing it somewhere to get sharpened.
    This is what I do – I buy packets of 10 blades at a time. Expensive – yes. I get them on sale twice a year, when they have this 10 or 12 day sale, and stock up. I subscribe to the Cotton Patch Quilt Newsletter, and they let me know when it is. I don’t remember when the next one will be. The other option is I use the Turn-Sharp distributed by Colonial Needle to sharpen my blades. It’s a great product. See if they are available at your local quilt store. If you can’t get one in your area, let me know. I can find one. Have a great weekend.

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