Thursday, October 10, 2013

Daisy Cottage Quilting Sponsored Giveaway

I want to take a minute to introduce you to one of my newest sponsors,
  Daisy Cottage Quilting
 Sharon Yeager is the owner of this quaint online quilt shop.  

She has a great selection of fabrics, notions and patterns.  
One of my favorite things about her shop is
 the large number of Australian designer patterns that she has.  
I just love those Aussie designers, don't you? 
 In addition to that Sharon also has a very nice selection of Block of the Months available. 
 If you are a BOM fan this is the place you should check out!  

Sharon has graciously chosen a beautiful fat eighth bundle called 30's Playtime by Chloe's Closet 
along with 2 of the most adorable snail tape measures for my giveaway!! 
 If you are a fan of 30's fabrics this is the giveaway for you!!


I am considering picking up a few of those snails for gifts.  
You can find them right here, if you want to do that too!

Please welcome Sharon and Daisy Cottage Quilting to my blog as my latest sponsor! 

**Now for the Giveaway details**
Tell me about a quilting mishap you had and how you fixed it. 
 Maybe we will all learn a few things.

Please leave just one comment and you will be entered into the drawing.  
Be certain you are not a "no-reply" blogger or I won't be able to contact you. 
 If I happen to choose someone that is no-reply I will draw again.  

The drawing will be on October 21st, a Monday.

Now go and visit Daisy Cottage and tell her Mama Spark sent you!
You may leave her comments right here.

~XOP~




65 comments:

beaquilter said...

I fudge a lot in quilting... one time when my dog was a puppy he got a hold of a baby quilt top and chewed a hole in a corner, then I decided to chop off the corner at an angle, so sort of like an octagon... no one knew :) he also chewed a hole in the middle of another top so I appliqued a flower on it.

Diane (djuseless) said...

One of my quilting mishaps was I did not purchase enough backing for a quilt I was working on so I used what I had left over from the front and pieced it. My hubby loved it and insisted that I do that more often.

Cotton Blossom said...

I tried the Lil' Twister ruler and all I managed to twist was my mind! It's still not fixed.....the mind or the quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

Judy in Michigan said...

When adding the final border to a twin quilt, I realized how "out of square" it was. The previous measurings were all square (within 1/4" or so) so how did it get so wonky??? It turns out that the inner border fabric was a type of homespun/loose weave so as I was adding those last borders, it was stretching and left me with ruffles on the outer borders. Not just lettuce leaves, but actual ruffles!!! My longarm quilter came to my rescue and she was able to control the ruffles with tiny tucks and careful stitching in those outer areas. You could not tell when she was done. The lesson learned: be careful of the fabric you choose for your borders, stay stitch the quilt top before you add borders (especially if the top has bias edges), cut your borders exactly the same length (cut them together - one on top of the other when you cut), and make friends with a talented longarmer!!

Leah said...

One occasion during machine quilting I wasn't paying attention to the backing and it got folded over and I quilted the extra backing into the back of the quilt. Instead of picking out all the stitches I used my small pointed scissors and snipped the extra backing close to the stitching on both sides, then I pulled out the left over pieces backing fabric with my tweezers. Was faster than pulling out stitches and redoing the quilting.

Lee Ann L. said...

On one of my earliest quilt, I made blocks and didn't check the size of the blocks. All of the blocks were bigger than indicated! Since they were all the same size, I decided to just go ahead and make the quilt and of course, it turned out larger than planned!

justducky65 said...

Just had one the other night. I have a picture of cross-stitched pumpkins that I had done for a few years now and decided to make it into a wallhanging instead of framing it. I had the perfect piece of fabric picked out for the borders (of course, it was a very limited piece to work with), and I had everything cut out and I sewed the wrong piece onto my project and trimmed up the ends, and went to sew the other sides of the borders on and they were way too small!!! I had put the long pieces on first by mistake and then cut them. ARGH!! I slept on it and the next day I picked out the seams and just made the 2 inner borders smaller, thus allowing for the mis-cut third border fabric to fit. Rule #1 - don't be in a hurry (especially with a project that has been sitting to be worked on for 3 years).

Vroomans' Quilts said...

In the beginning I had trouble with squaring quilts - best thing I did was take a class on 'How to Properly PRESS' , how to press different blocks to acheive 'nesting', starch bias, and invested in a set of various size square rulers.

Mary Caldwell said...

I made the Canasta Schnibbles for AYOS this year. All the points on the bases of my baskets got cut off - all the other points came out great, I don't know what I did (I think I cut them too big), but at least they were all the same, so I completed the top, and am acting like I planned it that way - that's my story and I'm sticking to it~!

Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous bunch of fabric.

Lisa Marie said...

My worst mishap was on a baby quilt. It was made in 4 sections and when it was completely quilted and bound I took a photo and ONLY THEN noticed one section was sewn in upside down. My MIL said nobody would notice but I couldn't stand it. I took off about half the binding, picked out all the quilting on that section and took it apart and fixed it. Thank goodness it was on the end and not in the middle. I hope to never do that again!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My most recent quilting mishap was making a quilt for my daughter's BFF. The quilt top is made, but when I went to add the final border, I did not have enough fabric. And of course it is not available any more. I went to my LQS and tried to find something compatible. I ended up buying a bit of fabric that kind of worked, but I still was not completely satisfied. One day I ran into JoAnn's and low and behold there was a striped fabric with all of the colors in the quilt. It looks perfect and I was so happy that this mishap worked out beautifully.

Sheila said...

When I first started quilting, I didn't make sure all my blocks were the same size before I sewed them together. I assumed that if I used the same pattern for each block, they would all be the same size. No. Some of the blocks fit together okay but most did not. Now each block get a trim if needed before they are sewed together and blocks fit nicely together. Problem solved.

Kathy MacKie said...

When embroidering a flower on a small lap quilt for a friend the centre of the design actually ended up making a hole in the top of the quilt so I used my bedazzler and added a swarovski crystal to cover the mistake!

Gill said...

My most recent sewing mishap was sewing nine patches without moving my needle position which meant all the seam allowances were wrong - I didn't notice until I came to press them!

Linda said...

HELLO, I WAS HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH MY 1/4" SEAMING,BUT PLACING A SIMPLE PIECE OF TAPE ON MY MACHINE BED REMEDIED THAT!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Kim said...

You know what they say, measure twice cut once...lol I am just not getting that point ;-D
I simply trim everything to fix my mess up.

Terri in BC said...

My biggest quilting "boo-boo" was when I made the mistake of leaving my applique and scissors within reach of my 4-year-old grandson, and he tried to cut out the flowers. Instead of making the block over, I patched it with a new background piece, and reappliqued the flowers. Now it makes me smile whenever I look at it! (It's amazing how much more tolerant I am as a grandparent!) Thanks for the opportunity.

Rhonda D. said...

I had one block on a quilt that was pieced so unevenly, I could not fix the uneven seams. I just appliqued a heart to cover those seams. Wonderful
giveaway!!!!! I LOVE 1930s prints!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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Joan and Kevin said...

This is a recent mishap, I just finished the quilt and brought it to the quilter.
She laid it out and two blocks were upside down. Well, I brought it home and
took out each block and flipped them the right way. Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb said...

I was working on some half square triangles and actually several of them with the printed side up rather than down, so had to take them all apart and start over!

Kim M said...

I'm still a quilting beginner so no major mishaps yet but the quilt I'm currently working on I've had issues lining up pieces correctly so that my block is actually square when they are all sewn together. The edges never seem to line up right.

I'm now just trimming them all down to 1/2" smaller than the pattern indicates and that cuts off all the wonky edges and makes them square again!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

My flying geese were always way to wonky. I read on youtube to press the seams open to avoid stretching. They are still not perfect, but much better now.

VickiT said...

My first quilting mishap was shortly after buying my first embroidery machine. I took a class from the Viking dealer where I bought my machine that was a wall quilt embroidered picture and on the top was a perpetual calendar so it could be used a long time. We got most of the wall hanging done in class but at the end mine came home with the calendar left to embroider and then stitch the wall hanging together to finish it. We were supposed to do stitch in the ditch for the quilting around the calendar also. Well, since this was my first large project and first quilt ever I was nervous. I put it all together and then did the machine embroidery for the entire calendar section and then realized I was supposed to do that part BEFORE putting the back on. It was a beautiful wall hanging but on the back is a backward calendar since I did the embroidery on the front AND back at the same time. Oops. There was no way I was ripping that all out because of all those tiny numbers so I still have it and figured it goes against the wall anyway so no one will know but me OR someone who is nosy enough to look at the back. LOL I've since learned to read and also follow instructions much better.

JoyceLM said...

I was quilting one of my earliest quilts with my walking foot, and the machine grabbed a wad of the the fabric. I tried to pull it free as gently as I could, but I tore a hole in the top. It was a very scrappy log cabin quilt, so I made a rectangular patch & appliqued it over the hole. Thanks for the chance to win.

Quilting Tangent said...

I made up all the stars inside hexagons before figuring out the diamonds that where suppose to go with them. It sat on my design wall until inspiration hit a few months later. It turned out to group everything into rainbow diagonal stripes. 24Tangent@gmail.com

barbara woods said...

'let me count the times' in 26 quilts that i have made this year there are lots of added fabric to make thing work. thanks

Karen said...

My mishap is pretty boring but it's the standard start free motion quilting on a new piece without checking your back tension... 5 square inches later you check the back and ouch! Out comes the ripper! That's a solution right? It sure does teach you to check before you get too far along! Great quilt shop and thanks for the giveaway! Karen on Keuka

Margaret said...

Several weeks ago, I was up sewing until the wee hours of the morning. Around 2am I was hurrying to put the last border on the quilt I was making. I always pin my borders before sewing. As I sewed along all of a sudden I realized my shirt was really riding up and sort of twisted. I had apparently pinned my shirt to the quilt and then sewed it to the quilt. I took off my shirt and went to bed.

Chiska said...

My quitling mishap just happened. I was working on quilt for a friend of mine with block friends of theirs had sent in and some bow ties I had made. I started sashing it and discovered that one outside section was seriously short on the fabric. I ended up sewing an extra piece in and found (thanks to my lqs) a perfect matching, but slightly different fabric to frame the quilt with, making my mishap less noticable. Thanks!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I bought some cuddle fleece for a quilt back. I measured it several times, and the quilt top. When I tried to get it sandwiched together 3 sides were squared up, the last side was all wonky. Not too sure if I stretched it or it was not square to begin with. I finally pieced the backing and requilted and put the binding on now I have to grade the binding before I hand sew it down.

OhioLori said...

I too. am one that has learned the "Measure Twice, Cut Once" lesson.... I had cut a bunch of squares...thinking they were all 4 inches.... nope.... grrrr.... I had cut em all 3 & 5/8 inches..... Not a horrible mishap...but I am new to quilty things... so I was mortified! My friend helped me to adjust the pattern, to be able to use the squares as is....not too bad for first lil quilt...but it hangs on my wall to remind me of Lesson learned! :):

Fiesta said...

Not knowing whether to quilt in the appliqué areas. I still struggle with that.

Claudia said...

Honestly, my biggest mishap never got fixed. It was my first mystery quilt, and the fabrics I came up with didn't work together at all. I doubt I'll ever do another mystery quilt, but I still learned a lot of good techniques.

LisaMarie said...

Well the worst quilting mistake I ever made was when I made my first quilt about 2 years ago. I was new to the who thing and was on a roll cutting strips for a string quilt. I just happen to be going a little to fast and accidentally cut the tip of my thumb through my nail almost all the way through! I hope Im not grossing anyone out but I think alot of people can learn from their mistakes as did I and believe it or not Im still quilting and thumb is all there...you wouldnt even know it happend other then the pics and memmory of the whole thing. Kept the quilt clean to no stains haha!!

Tammy said...

My lady big mishap was when makeing a minky baby quilt. I was rushing around and decided I wasn't gonna pin baste it. So I could save time. Lets just say I knew better but I tried it anyway. Ended up haveing to rip out every single stitch and redo it.

Michele T said...

Hmmmm... Which one shall I tell you about that I don't mind publishing (do people really take the time to read comments?) my latest blooper was wasting a 10 FQ bundle because I failed to follow cutting instructions carefully! Grrrrrr

Brenda said...

The most recent quilting mishap I had was from the water pipe leak above my cutting table. Leaked all over a baby blanket I was working on that was not supposed to get wet until finished....I called you for help...it all came out in the wash. lol...30's fabrics are my favorite!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Thanks for introducing me to Daisy Quilting and Congratulations on them being your newest sponsor! You're rught, they do have awesome BOM and Austrialian patterns, hehe. Gosh, I don't remember a quilting mishap. I was told early on that there are no quilting police and if a mistake bothered you, then best to redo it or it would always bother you. I know Native Americans and Amish believe that only God can make something "perfect", so depending on my mistake or how far back I made it usually determines if I fix it or let it go.

Thank you Daisy Cottage Quilting for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Crickets Corner said...

Mine was assuming that all the blocks from a BOM would be the same size. One block was off by 1/2 inch and even after making it a second time it came out wrong so I made it one more time using my own measurements and it came out perfect. I worked the two mistakes into an apron for my sister so it's all good.

tpott said...

I was making a fall colored carpenters star quilt for my cousin. After I cut the large triangles for the star I was to cut rectangles for the top and bottom borders and miss cut. I didn't have more of the butterscotch fabric, so I found (in my stash) another butterscotch that blended well enough to use. I thought it would stand out but, it blends very well. The Chloe's Closet fabric is beautiful, who could ever have enough 30's fabric, I love the colors. I'm off to check out Daisy Quilting, thank you. Toni Anne ;->

ledamewood said...

My mishaps almost always require unstitching, but occassionally I cut fabric when I'm too tired. Now when I cut fabric, tired or not, I mark the line on my ruler so I don't use the wrong line and cut the wrong sizes.

Diane H said...

I just finished a baby quilt that I went mad on with FMQ. It looked absolutely awful. Overdone so much the cute pattern of the fabric was lost and all you could see was thread. It took hours to unpick. Lesson learned was "less is more".

Nupur said...

My quilting mishaps usually include sewing wrong sides together instead of right sides together! Or sewing one right side to one wrong side. A seam ripper fixes it but what helps me even more is to slow down and pause before I press the pedal and start sewing. The zen of quilting!

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Sunnybec said...

I had some new labels printed to put on bags or zipper pouches etc..... I had 30 and have nearly used them all, but I STILL finish things completely and then hit myself around the head because I have forgotten to put the label in the seam again !! Useless! LOL I think I am going to have to have one of those snails too!!

M.W. said...

Quilting mishaps.......using to many prints and the quilt looked crazy.
Have really learned to embrace the solids.

Jenny said...

oh goodness, i mess up blocks all the time. no pointed stars or churn dash blocks in my work, i just go with the flow...i love the piece work of quilting, and luckily for me, i dont see all my flaws at mistakes!! thanks for a chance Pam, i love 30s fabrics.

Aimee said...

I tried to do a scant quarter inch on the last quilt I worked on, & it turned out about 6" too big for the batting. I had to pick out 5 rows both on the side & across the top. The top ended up being the exact size of the batting. I put in 1,500 pins to keep anything from moving or shrinking up. It worked.

Tanya said...

I pieced a back for a baby quilt, and didn't notice a inch section that didn't get sew together, until it had been quilted. It now has a cute owl applique on the back of the quilt. Thanks for chance to win.

Robin C said...

Sewing mishaps, well if it can be screwed up I will do it.

Lou said...

They are not mishaps they are design decions:)

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Anita SS said...

After tearing a small hole in the front of a baby quilt while binding it, I used some of the left over backing fabric and cut out some small stars with my Go Baby cutter and appliqued them on to cover the tear. It worked out well to fix to mistake and as a bonus, it tied the backing fabric to the front of the quilt quite nicely.

usagypsy said...

Many of my mishaps are measuring wrong. Cutting squares the wrong size and my quilting on the sewing machine getting away from me. One time I messed up on the quilting so bad and the stitches were so tiny it took forever to remove them! I wanted to tear my hair out lol

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DeborahGun said...

The quilting mishap I most often make is when sewing on the binding. When I turn the binding over to the back to hand sew I realise that my machine quilting hasn't caught all the binding on the front. And so I have to unpick....again...and again!! One day i will get it right!

Natalie said...

I just had a major mishap this weekend! I sewed 80 blocks together incorrectly. I was tempted to give up and pack away my project but instead, I spent several hours with my seam ripper and resewing correctly. I'm so glad I stuck with it; it was worth the extra time.

Katie said...

One mishap I had was I didn't read the full pattern before starting my quilt. If I had, I would have realized that there was a typo and it didn't tell you to buy enough fabric! I was so excited to be almost done with my quilt until I realized I was short :( Thankfully I had some extra sashing fabric that I added to the backing to make it big enough

Diane Pickthall said...

I recently quilted a large yellow headed pin inside a quilt. Thank Heaven I noticed it as I was doing the binding and was able to 'wiggle' it out of there.

Tamara Boatright said...

my most recent mishap (yes there are lots) was I am making a king quilt on point, somehow did the math wrong, made it too big, had to cut a row off the top and one side, did the 1/4 seam allowance on the wrong side, so i cut into the quilt, not the excess... decided to go with it that way all the way around, so they wouldn't notice and im almost finished quilting it! I love these fabrics! I just dont' have perfect points on the outside rows!

Patty D from NC said...

My most recent mishap was making a simple backing for my latest quilt. All I needed to do was sew a strip of the leftover blocks and surround it on all four sides with fabric. But I cut when I shouldn't have and suddenly instead of a 4 piece back plus the extra blocks, I ended up with an 8 piece back. Ugh. No one but me will ever know but it wasn't pretty.

roccagal said...

my recent mess up was making a holein the binding just as I finished sewing in on. Luckily it was on the back so I just sewed over it and closed my eyes as I could not even deal!
this was small and easy to fix but I have had some doozies!

roccagal said...

my recent mess up was making a holein the binding just as I finished sewing in on. Luckily it was on the back so I just sewed over it and closed my eyes as I could not even deal!
this was small and easy to fix but I have had some doozies!

Jess said...

I'm a beginner quilter and forgot to add the border to a pieces to a quilt I was making for a twin bed. Oops, now its a lap quilt.

Quilt n Queen said...

My biggest oops was when my long arm bobbin tension was a...mess...it looked perfectly fine on the front and I didn't notice it until I advanced it to do the next row. It took me almost 4 hours to unstitch what took me only 15 minutes to stitch. I had this wonderful seam ripper...but it still took me what seemed like forever to unstitch the whole row. Just finished my Halloween quilt for the Wicked blog hop. Twice I had to unstitch because the back tension was bad but I only had to do a few inches...because now I always check the back tension every time I advance the quilt...lesson learned the hard way. I luv the 30's, thanks for the chance!

Robin said...

I trimmed the backing fabric too small. I had to add a strip on. The quilt I'm working on now, I made a mistake marking the lines for making continuous bias binding. Haven't fixed that one yet! ;)

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