Welcome back and Happy New Month!
Thank you so much for all your wonderful comment on the blog hop post! Unfortunately my blog had a mind of its own and I was unable to get notifications by email. I believe I replied everyone one way or the other and if I didn’t, I apologize.
Where were we?…Yes, I was telling you about my crazy experiment with trying to up size Jen’s wonderful pattern because making the small one just wasn’t enough! I decided to multiply all the given dimensions…I mean if you want to double numbers you multiply by 2 isn’t it? Turns out it isn’t as simple as that with quilting maths.
Mistakes and lessons
- I should have given a bit more thought to the maths or at least work on the sizes for each section as I go along rather than all at once – Take as much time as necessary to get the dimensions right.
- When I realized my pieces weren’t aligning, I resolved to trimming as I go. Biggest mistake that confronted me further down the line. – No matter what, don’t trim each piece until you’ve completed the section or block.
- Even though, I was worried about keeping tab on all the pieces, I succeeded (or so I thought) and while I could see a piece lying about. I thought I had cut excess only to find out too late that the piece was a part I had missed from one section. – Always follow instructions, be present minded and don’t make any assumptions while piecing!
I cut all the pieces and diligently followed the piecing instructions but I mustn’t have been diligent enough because I not only got my dimensions wrong from scratch, I missed a few steps while piecing. See picture below: (I couldn’t figure out why my chimney wasn’t touching the sky haha)4 broken needles, a couple of minutes ripping out looped stitches on the back and quilting was completed.After all is said and done, I did arrive at a quilt that wasn’t too shabby I believe. Moreover, regardless of the outcome, I wouldn’t have missed this opportunity to learn for anything.
That was supposed to be the end of the post but then I got a comment with tip on how to properly double quilt dimensions. Hmmm, there’s only way to find out for sure…make another quilt with the new dimensions. I needed to make a baby quilt for a friend anyway – perfect excuse to make another of this gorgeous pattern! I added borders to make it a 40″ finished baby quilt. I’m still opened to options for embellishing it or not…we’ll see.
As requested Janice, I have included the correct dimensions to yield a 32″ finished quilter’s laundry day pattern. I don’t see any need to include my experimental dimensions as that yielded a quilt measuring 34 x 38″.
Cutting instructions: all measurements in inches* (Adjusted: subtract seam allowance, double dimension and add seam allowance back to the new sizes!)
(1)14.5 x16.5, (1) 6.5 x 9.5, (1) 2.5 x 12.5, (2) 6.5 x 2.5, (1) 6.5 sq, (1)20.5 x 4.5
(1)4.5 sq, (1) 4.5 x 9.5, (1) 2.5 x 8.5, (1) 5.5 sq, (1)2.5 x 4.5, (1) 4.5 x 18.5
(5) 4.5×2.5, (1) 2.5×12.5, (2)2.5×6.5, (1)4.5×12.5
(1)6.5 x 12.5
(1) 6.5x 2.5
(1)4.5 sq (2) 4.5 x 2.5
(1) 6.5 x 4.5
(1) 5.5 sq, (1) 4.5 sq, (1) 4.5 x 32.5 (can change to 2.5x 32.5 if you prefer a narrow road or excluded)
- 8.5 sq MINI QUILT. Can be any pieced block or cut piece of fabric.
- Sew 6.5 x 9.5 SKY to 4.5 x 9.5 GRASS on long(9.5”) edge.
I hope you give the pattern a try if you haven’t, download the pattern here for piecing instructions. Don’t forget to tag Jen (@astitchandadream)and Janice (colorcreatingandquilting) using #quilterslaundryday if you go ahead to make this pattern.
Thanks for stopping by and do have a great weekend ahead.