I Can’t Count

There are times when I struggle with basic arithmetic. It gets worse with planned quilting projects, especially large ones. Usually I estimate that I need four yards of fabric and I really need five. This is the first time that I have overestimated how much teal fabric (pictured above) I needed. Since it is for my daughter’s quilt, I’m quite delighted to have a little more room for error. It’s also a fabric that I really like, so that’s a bonus.

Being less capable at addition than I would like is one of the reasons I prefer to work on small art quilts. It’s also why my contributions to the guild’s charity quilts are usually of the scrap variety. I console myself that my difficulty estimating the yardage I might need is a huge boon to my local quilt shop. We want to keep these places in business, after all. Still, I’m celebrating the win of buying more than I needed rather than scrambling to find the same dye lot of this fabric.

Luck and wisdom!

Author: Lani Longshore

Quilter, writer, chocoholic, black belt (karate), killer of houseplants, reader of maps (and I still get lost)

3 thoughts on “I Can’t Count”

  1. I share your plight of being mathematically challenged. They say people become attorneys either because they watched too much Perry Mason or can’t do simple math. For me, it was the latter.

  2. When I was new quilter and myself not a math savant, would buy a minimum of 3 yards. Hmmmm? Maybe that’s why my stash is so large.

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