Perry Moffitt

November 3, 2011

quilting in the dark

I was so excited about this quilt. So SO excited. I have been hoarding this pink and red stash for a while.

I spent a lot of concentration on lining up the point in the 8 piece square. I was pretty pleased with them…

And then I pieced the blocks and something went wrong. Very VERY wrong.

I pride myself as a quilter who can see a quilt and figure out how it is made. It works 9 out of 10 times. With crystal clear hindsight  I have done a little research and found the tutorial that might have helped me at Don’t call me Betsy . It doesn’t address the problem I created but I thought I would offer it up if any of you like this quilt and want to do it… better… *sigh*.

I still love it. It is a lot more wonky than I would like, but it reminds me that sitting on the beach and cutting triangles with scissors on my lap will not give me the best start. As nice as it is to cut fabric with my toes in the sand…

I will hopefully get this quilted soon and then I can start this pattern again as the baby clothes quilt I have in mind for a friend. So, I have another chance!

In other news;

My father-in-law is currently building a boat, which is coming along quite nicely if you ask me. He commissioned the boat design more than a year ago and had the design named after his only grand baby (my daughter), Darcy Bryn. He thinks Darcy Bryn is an excellent name for a boat, and I can’t help but agree. Follow his boat building here.



  1. LOVE THE QUILT!!!! Its a Masterpiece!!! And the color is GREAT!

    Comment by Kathleen — November 3, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

    • thank you!!!!! I love the colors too!

      Comment by perrymoffitt — November 7, 2011 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  2. OK Kathleen, but what about the BOAT!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 3, 2011 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

    • hellooooo anonymous. I think you might be the famous boat builder???

      Comment by perrymoffitt — November 7, 2011 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  3. No Cybele you couldn’t possibly do whatever you were going to do with this quilt – If you like though I will take it off your hands – I do believe little kindnesses like this are repaid in Heaven, so if you like you could just give it to me and I will avoid looking at the little teensy eensy mistaken alignments., It really is gorgeous.

    Comment by Francesca Goldston — November 3, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

    • don’t worry fran, you have something special coming your way! It is a bit smaller because of the shipping…

      Comment by perrymoffitt — November 7, 2011 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  4. Okay, I totally understand how you feel about the oopses, especially since you thought you were being so careful with all the points. Your colors and fabric combinations, and your concept, were fantastic and it’s fortunate that you have a monochromatic, lower contrast color scheme because the quilt top looks fantastic from a distance and the issues that bug you aren’t noticeable until you zoom in for the close up!

    So I have a suggestion for you: Why not use this top as an opportunity to take more risks and try something new with the quilting? Like you, I’m an obsessive perfectionist in the patchwork phase, and then when I have a nearly-perfect top completed that I’ve agonized over I usually chicken out and do something really safe with the quilting, like stitching in the ditch, straight lines with my walking foot, or the ultimate cheat, using a digitized quilting motif and the embroidery module instead of experimenting with the free motion machine quilting that I admire so much in other people’s quilts. Knowing that the quilt top is already not perfect can free you from the fear of “ruining” it, and since you love the fabrics you’ll enjoy the quilting process more than if you were practicing on ugly-bargain-discount fabric samples.

    Another thought: Maybe this is a creative opportunity. What if you appliqued small contrasting circles at the centers where the points don’t meet up or added those little gathered circle thingys (I haven’t had enough coffee yet this morning to remember what they’re called)? Could you open up those seams and add narrow 1/4″ contrasting sashing in between, then use the same fabric for your binding? I could see a tangerine orange, chartreuse, or purple as fantastic accent colors for this quilt. Sometimes when things go wrong and you have to go off in a different direction to fix them, it ends up being the best thing that ever happened.

    Comment by Rebecca Grace — November 4, 2011 @ 10:02 am | Reply

    • Thanks for the good idea Rebecca! I pulled the quilt top out again last night and toyed with the idea of putting yo-yos (gathered circle thingys) on the points that went so wrong. But just can’t bring myself to add another color. I think I am going to do some straight line quilting in the red triangles and go from there. I am still indecisive if I should fix it, or just love it for the wonkiness. Maybe some applique flowers to hide the bad matching? you have stirred my imagination! thanks!- Cybele

      Comment by perrymoffitt — November 7, 2011 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

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