Friday, May 08, 2015

The Devil's in the Fine Print



***Warning: Quilt content ahead. Non quilters beware!



My friend Marilyn found a quilt block she loved and thought it would be beautiful on a bible cover. “I’ll make it for you.” I said, “just send me the dimensions and the pattern.”

The pattern arrived a few days later along with the necessary dimensions. Please note the word “necessary.” Meantime, with input by email from M, I'd gone excavating in my stash and selected some fabrics. And started to cut out out the pieces. If you’re a quilter, you know that adrenaline rush you get from a new project. I was in its grip and barreling right along. I'd cut a couple of pieces, sew them together, admire them, cut a few more and stitch them to the others. It would have been smarter to cut all the pieces before even threading the needle because then, surely, I’d have copped on sooner to how enormous it was going to be. But hind sight, as they say, is always 20/20.   

On top of everything, since Marilyn has been ill, fighting the Big C, I had decided to hand stitch it, reasoning that there'd be more love in it that way. Well, the love was there but the brain was out to lunch.

After I had stitched several pieces together, finger pressed the seams as I was taught to do way back in my first piecing class and held it up to the light to admire it, my brain came back from lunch.



“Hmm,” it said. “What were those dimensions again?”

 Consulted M’s note and confirmed that her book was 5 ½” wide x 8 ½”long x 1 ¼”thick. Consulted the pattern. There it was, in tiny print --- finished dimensions: 12" square.  For some inexplicable reason it had not, until now, occurred to me to check this. Twelve inches square was more suitable for an old record album cover. Considering the possibility of brains being out to lunch, don’t you think it would be wise of  pattern companies to make the dimensions the largest, most noticeable part of their patterns? Or for me to make an appointment with the eye doctor....

“So,” said, my brain, “I can’t trust you to keep your thinking cap on if I leave for five minutes?”

In my defense, while not a genius at math, I can do it. I can figure it out. But first I have to be aware of it. So what was I thinking, or not thinking, to start on a project without a care in the world for measurements?

What to do? I’ll be consulting Mr. Google about a bible cover. And, with my adrenaline rush deflated on the floor, I decided I might as well finish the block, but not by hand. Maybe I could make her a pillow from it? But it was a bible cover she wanted, not a pillow.

And then, both because of my short attention span and the three bananas, dying a slow death on the kitchen counter, I went and made banana bread and threw in some grated almond paste and chocolate chips because almond paste and chocolate always help with deflated adrenaline rushes.




I did gather up the dregs of my dignity and creep back into my corner to work on my older sewing project. All ye Bristolites --- do not despair! The last Little Red Hen block now has a pair of legs, her loaf of bread is finished, and I have to say she gives me a bit of a rush.



And there you have it: another day in La-La Land.

13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

How nice, in a perverse sort of way, to know that someone else's brain goes out to lunch and doesn't invite them.
You are so right about the healing properties of almond paste and chocolate too.
And I love your red hen. Feathered enchantment.

Amy said...

What a delight to find that a favorite writing blogger also dabbles in quilting. There are myriad bible cover tutorials out on the web. Are you on Pinterest? Using it will save time opening all the hyperlinks of a web search by showing you a photo of the finished cover. Blessings on your friend.

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StitchinByTheLake said...

If you look on Pinterest for quilted Bible covers there are a lot. I bet you could get some help there. :) blessings, marlene

Molly Bon said...

EC --- After several slices I'm feeling quite serene again!

Amy --- Welcome to my ramblings. I wish you had a blog...And thank you, and Marlene too, for the Pinterest suggestion. I only come out of my "don't do technology cave" on very rare occasions, so it blew my mind when I went for a look. Thank you both!

dianne said...

the devil and his dimensions get me every time, too ... it IS pretty, whether or not it suits its intended purpose - maybe you can make it into one of those wedge pillows for resting books upon and then it would match the lovely cover that you WILL make after the Little Red Hen finishes eating her banana bread and tea...

dianne said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, too, Molly!!!

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny Molly! I LOVE your little Red Hen block -- SO cute. And now that you are back to quilting work, I trust the finished top will appear here very shortly?

As for your large Bible cover, you can't waste all that hand sewing, so, the solution is to buy a larger Bible!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I scan patterns and then scale them down on the photocopier till I reckon they're right .
In fact I can find ways to dither for ever ! It's finishing the work that I find impossible .

Molly Bon said...

Thanks Diane! Hope everyone had a nice day.

Anna --- You know it will. Have to finish at least before the little person starts kindergarten. As for the hand sewing, it only lasted until my brain started working again. And then the sewing machine was immediately deployed to finish the job....

S&S --- sounds like a good plan ---if only I had a clue! You must be a Gemini too. All that dithering and not finishing --- very familiar.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Oops. I've done that sort of mindless over-looking. I like the hen one.

Pauline said...

I've just read the last two posts and you're the second blogger on my regular read list to tell why they haven't been blogging lately. It means I'm in good company. Procrastination is an out-to-lunch brain's best friend. I'll write in May if you do! XO

Lee said...

I do have a valid excuse for being so tardy in responding to your post, Molly...the week you posted it I was unable to connect to the Internet for three days. But I know it really is very remiss of me not to have caught up with you until now.

I love banana loaf...I might just have to leap through my monitor and cut me a slice; but as I'm running so late, no doubt, naturally...none is left! That'll teach me! :)