Jul 142018

My youngest is finishing up her last year in a preschool we LOVE, and I’m so sad that we don’t get to go there anymore! The teachers work incredibly hard and they’re wonderfully loving with the kids, so I wanted to make quilts for them.

I was very excited about this dog quilt pattern because it’s wacky and cute, and I was looking forward to making more quilts in the series, but I had such a junk experience with the pattern designer that I don’t want to give her anymore money. Basically, I bought the pattern directly from the designer’s website and received a file that had a ton of errors. I spent a few hours writing up all the corrections I could find and emailed the designer back. It turned out that she had sent me a non-final draft, so she sent her actual final draft, along with the tiniest apology possible (“Sorry about that.”), a bunch of non-apologies that made me SO MAD (“I am sorry you…”), many explanations that just felt like excuses, and a refund.

The thing is, I didn’t ask for a refund and I would have been perfectly happy without one if she had just replied with a pleasant and sincere apology. Bleah. Then, to add insult to injury, when I finally made up the pattern — with the final draft! — it STILL had errors!

I’m just happy that I’m finished with this one. It does make a funny quilt!

Elizabeth Hartman’s Legendary quilt — as always, her pattern was a pleasure to sew. The sasquatch block is delightful!

Pen and Paper Patterns’ Tonal Trees quilt was super fast to sew. I like it! I didn’t realize when I bought the pattern that the trunks were made from bias tape.

This quilt made me really notice how much better straight line quilting ends up when I go SLOW. Previously, when I had problems with stretching while quilting on the bias or rippling in any straight line quilting, I thought it was just me or the batting or my basting, and I didn’t think I could do much about it. But when I quilted Tonal Trees, I did the top half while I was sewing with friends, and I quilted very, very slowly because I was talking at the same time. The next night, I quilted the bottom half by myself, and I went faster because it was so boring. It was ripple city! I even picked out the quilting and redid the lines as slowly as possible because the difference between the top and bottom halves was so noticeable! You can still see how my bad quilting pulled the bottom trees’ trunks out of shape. Ooooops! I actually hadn’t noticed that until writing this up.

I had the kids sign all the teachers’ quilts. Since all the backings are solid, I was lazy and told them to write directly on the quilt. Now they can’t be regifted! Muhahahahaha!

I have one more quilt for the teachers that is finished, but not signed yet. Just in time — the preschool summer session ends this month. I’m going to miss this school!