Clanger Confession – Quilting Blunders

Percy’s eye poking out through the hole in my quilt!

So, Bernie at Needle and Foot is asking for our blunders. I looked up synonyms just for the heck of it and here are Merriam Websters: bobbleboo-booboob [British], brickclanger [British], clinkererrorfaultflub,flufffumblegaffgaffegoofinaccuracylapsemiscuemisstepmistake,oversightscrewupslipslipupstumbletrip. I liked the idea of a clanger confession so here are some of my great ones!

  • Quilting a piece of fabric to the back of the quilt
  • Chain stitching without thread
  • Blocks in the wrong place see this post

KEEP CALM
Read Instructions
Execute Task
Repeat

But the biggest clanger is such a rookie error – NOT READING/FOLLOWING the pattern. I do it all the time, assume I know how something goes together, and just go do it….

This weeks tasks:

  • I will be finishing grey goose – binding needs to be applied!
  • I will be working on getting things prepped to sew like a fiend on the spring fling sewing retreat.
  • More design work

Have a great week and cheers to a productive April!

Kathleen
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11 Comments

  1. April 2, 2019 / 1:16 am

    I am especially prone to ignoring the instructions when I am the one who wrote the pattern; I keep liking to learn that it’s always better to read along as I go.

  2. April 2, 2019 / 8:05 am

    My clangers are so many that it they all “clanged in a row ” you would think the church bells were warning of a serious attack. I have sewn pieces on backwards, ripped it and then sewn it wrong again. Sigh! Not to mention quilting scraps to the back of the quilt, because I didn’t clean the area before starting to FMQ.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 2, 2019 / 11:17 am

      Clangers was making me think of a blaring horn – like that testing sound on the tv – sounding off to everyone that Kathleen has made an error!!! Oh, believe me, if there is a mistake to be made, I have done it. Thank goodness we ll have and there are no blaring horns, except in our heads when we do make the errors.

  3. April 2, 2019 / 8:20 am

    Oh yes, the not reading instructions has derailed me a few more times than I’d like to admit. I always tend to learn things the hard way.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 2, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Right! How silly are we to not pay attention to those things.

  4. April 2, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Hi Kathleen! Oh my goodness – I started laughing and chuckling at chain piecing without thread. Yes, yes, YES (don’t picture Megan Ryan saying that though!). I have indeed done that. And reading the instructions?!! What is this you speak of? Maybe some quilters are like men with maps or stopping for directions. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Thanks for the giggle. Happy Tuesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 2, 2019 / 11:19 am

      The unchained chain – must be a song for that!!! I love your analogy for reading instructions – yup – the stubborn Irish in me things she knows better than reading the instructions!

  5. April 4, 2019 / 11:53 am

    Yep….I am good at blundering, doing boo boos, you name it. Love the pink stars

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      We all are, aren’t we? I am always amazed at the silly easy little things I do wrong.

  6. April 6, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    Oh I can relate to some of those…I can relate to quilting a piece of fabric to the backing: how about doing placemats with a larger backing that you’re going to press under twice and topstitch to the front, except your square up your quilt and with the first slice realize your error…yep sliced of a good chunk of that extra- large backing DOH!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 12:30 am

      Yes it’s all too comical sometimes isn’t it? This weekend I re-sewed one too many pieces left and right slashing parallelograms are challenging. In the end we usually overcome it, thank goodness.

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