I'm making more mistakes in my sewing, now that I have to sew at night. Once I'm home from work and have eaten dinner, all I really want to do is some yoga and then watch TV. But I'm pushing myself to finish up some projects, so I sit at my mom's machine and churn away.
But my mom's machine is not my machine. And that has become painfully obvious with my Sisters' Ten BOM quilt. Since it was completed over the course of a year (plus however long it takes me to finish...), I've had to use two machines on it. Seam allowances aren't consistent, tension settings are different, blocks from January have settled and faded a bit while the November block is crisp and unforgiving. And like I said in my last post, the squares are not all the proper 12.5" they should be- some are more, some are less.
I sewed half the quilt together this weekend, making sure to figure out what the quarter inch allowance on my mom's machine is. Her presser foot is larger than a quarter inch, so I had to line up the fabric with the middle of the foot. Very unscientific. Well, tonight, I went to whip together the other half, and completely did not think about keeping a true quarter inch. So I just sewed to the edge of the presser foot. And now my 1" sashing is like 3/4" on the lower half of the quilt. Go me.
One is wider than the other....
On one hand, I really want this to be a nice quilt where points match up and everything goes together and it WORKS. On the other hand, I'm really tired and things don't line up anyway so why bother.
It's times like this where I want to throw all my fabric into the air and fly away. Have you run into a project that just wears you down? When do you find time to sew? Obviously, the nighttime shift isn't working for me.