Saturday, January 07, 2006
To YBR or not to YBR?
Recently on Stashbusters, a yahoo group that I have been on for quite sometime now we have been talking about Yellow Brick Road (YBR) quilts. It is a pattern for sale by Atkinson Designs. Well here is my most recent ones and its story.
Aside: Apparently there are some people who really don't like it. & I can see why. If you haven't done one, realize that it is a show case for a fabric collection - nothing more. (BTW - the name came about because the original has a lot of yellow - ther eis not road - so you can quit trying to find it....)
Back to the regularly scheduled story:
I have successfully made a YBR before - a baby and a queen/king size to be more specific. I previously gathered12 FQ's and the border and backing fabric. (One of my favorite shops had a fat quarter sale $1 each! The "plaid/woven ribons" fabric was my inspiration piece.) So all I have to do was cut and sew and cut and sew... No big deal right, I started out by cutting the fat quarters the wrong way. (In case you did not know, there is a right and a wrong way to cut them using this pattern.) So I had "left-overs." At this point I was not 100% sure that I had cut the fq's wrong. So I started to do the first two sewing steps - I correctly doubled the amounts (1 of the few things I did right.) I then skipped ahead to the part where you cut the "other" 6.5-inch strips into four 5-inch units. My strips were only making three units. So I fished out two similar fat quarters to make up the missing units (my earlier left-overs were not big enough.) Since I was cutting, I started to cut the skinny pieced into 9.5-inch units - most of mine were not long enough to make 2 from each strip. So I figured out how many I needed and made the rest from the "left-overs."Now to the sewing machine. (Amazingly no mistakes here) and to the pressing. I now took my "step H" units and sewed long skinny pieces to them - this was a mistake. So I did not make and "step I" blocks.(& I messed up how those were supposed to be used with the other units - but I did not know it yet.) For me it was time to sub-cut. I was supposed to get 2 cuts of 1 size and 2 cuts of the other size.You probably guessed, I got 2 of one cut, but only 1 of the other(after messing up buy cutting a few of the skinnier pieces 1/2 to narrow.), so once again, I went to my "left-overs" and cut "full"strips to replace the missing pieced strips. Luckily I had enough. Now some of my "Step C" look like they are supposed to while others do not have "squares." And for steps E & F, some use a pieced long piece while the others look like they are supposed to. My blocks all ended up the right size & all look "right" but I have about 5 different blocks instead of 3. Finally, according to the directions, I was supposed to make 35 blocks. I ended up with 40. Luckily I have enough "left-overs" to make 2 more blocks for a 6x7 layout. My border was made a bit skinny, but it still fits the back. Oh and here is the back. You might have started by saying - those aren't "Amy colors" and you would be right. I am not sure why but I fell in love with the ribbon print & so felt compelled to buy some fat quarters to go with it. Luckily they were only $1 each and they all go used in this quilt. After all that was said - I LOVE the back.... Isn't is scrumptious. I like it so much that the "quilting" goes with the back not the front :o) (Unless you think the pinks and burgundies and ribbons go with fishies.....) So now do I have a whole cloth quilt with a pieced back? Maybe.....
I hope this works... I posted the close ups in the next two blogs (I had to write them first....)
Just playing with how this format works.....