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Boneheaded Quilting

I promised this horse quilt to a friend for her birthday fundraising auction. She is a life-long horse lover and has helped to establish a local horse rescue. How could I not donate to help?

I appliqued the horses, pieced the back, and quilted the layers, as one does. Despite measuring three or four times, the backing ended up cattywampus and this was the result:

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Cattywampus backing

Naturally, I panicked because that’s my first reaction to doing something this stupid. After taking a deep breath, I did what anyone would do – went online and asked for help. I went to the forums on the Missouri Star Quilt Company website. MSQC is my favorite quilting website and has great people on its forums. I was reassured that a) I was not alone in doing something so boneheaded; b) I can simply add the material to cover the gap and no one will even notice: and c) that’s where the label will go so it will go even further in disguising such a bonehead mistake.

I still need to fix the backing and sew on the binding and then it will be ready for the fundraiser!

Here are pics of the quilt in its current state:

I made this quilt using the Holding Horses pattern from Cloud9 Fabrics.

I’ll post photos of the finished quilt when I have it complete. And remember: Don’t panic! Someone has made the same mistake and will be able to help you fix it.

Welcome to Crafts of Note

Clearly there are not enough craft/sewing/DIY blogs on the internet yet. Because this is one more!

What goes on here? Who is behind Crafts of Note? What’s this about?

Glad you asked. I’m your host – Margot. Crafts of Note was the brainchild of me and my sister. She’s a nurse and I was a professional fundraiser, until I quit my job. But that’s a story for another day.

While we were working – and my sister still works – we needed a creative outlet, to take our minds away from the day-to-day world. We come from an extremely crafty family. We both learned to embroider from our grandmother, Maw Maw. (You might guess from our grandmother’s moniker that we are from the South. And that’s another story for a different day.) We learned to crochet from our aunt. Our mother made our clothes until we were out of elementary school. Being crafty came naturally to us.

Stained glass was the first craft we both tried that hadn’t been part of our family heritage. And we fell in love! Each piece of┬ácolored glass tells its own story and wishes to be made into a specific artwork. You can try to bend the will of the glass to use it in a project you want, but if the glass doesn’t feel like it fits, it will never conform.

We don’t do as much stained glass as we once did but are planning to plunge back in for Christmas. Stained glass and Christmas seem to be made for each other!

While I haven’t been working, I’ve taken back up with sewing, which I love passionately. I don’t make too many clothes because I don’t have the hourglass figure the pattern companies think are ubiquitous. I do start quilts but I rarely finish them. When I first started to make quilts, I read so many instructions about how they had to be done exactly like this or entirely like that that I kind of freaked out. I’m determined to remember some very sage advice I read recently: A finished quilt, even if it’s not perfect, is better than an unfinished quilt.┬áThis needs to be my mantra.

When my sister and I aren’t working or crafting, we are kept busy with the six dogs we share. (We also share a house – I guess I should have made that clearer earlier?) We never intended to collect dogs but when they enter your heart, you are theirs forever. Our house sits on ten acres so the dogs have plenty of room to run. We even have a dog door so they can let themselves in and out. When I tell people we have a dog door big enough for our Newfoundland to use, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. “Aren’t you afraid someone will use the dog door to break into your house?” Well, no – we have five dogs. And if you were going to rob a house, would you choose the one with a dog door big enough for a person to crawl through? Nope, I didn’t think so.

At any rate, that’s what this is about. I’m going to post every Monday and every Thursday, at the very least. There will no doubt be sporadic posts in between. This blog will primarily be about sharing cool ideas I’ve found/ tried/ want to share, and the creations that I make from those ideas.

Hope to see you around! Have a great week.