I’ve been doing this quilting thing for 35 years, so I’m usually competent. If I’m going to mess things up big time, however, it seems to happen when I’m working on my friend Jeanne Brophy‘s quilt. The latest Progressive Party project from her is a wonky row quilt. I read the instructions, ironed the first fabric, measured it wrong, and cut the pieces both too narrow and too long. Totally ruined the fabric. Couldn’t be saved. Luckily, Jeanne has a good sense of humor and a huge fabric stash, so she found a replacement. It was also fortunate that I realized my mistake after cutting only one fabric, not all of them.
At my second session on the project, I remembered that making wonky blocks means you are sewing on the bias. Usually I just pin the living daylights of stretchy things, but since this is a Progressive project and many people will be working on it over the next few months, I decided to be kind and sew a stabilizing line 1/8″ inside the cutting line before I cut, as shown in the block above.
Much to my delight, the blocks went together as they were intended. Those of you who actually read those helpful hint books on quilting technique will not be surprised, but it sure amazed me.
Luck and wisdom!