Oh ... that's right ... I am a rookie ...
One of the challenges in teaching yourself how to quilt via looking at photos on Flickr is that you don't learn the tricks that make quilting a little easier ... you don't know what you don't know ...
For example ... chain stitching is a new one that I have recently learned. Earlier this week I posted a photo of the start of my queen size quilt. For that 25-square block, I laid out all the pieces to make sure I had variety and no 2 patterns too close to each other. Then I sewed two blocks together, got up and ironed and picked up the next block, then sewed the next block to the row, got up and ironed ... well ... you get the picture.
Last night ... I had the brilliant idea that I could chain stitch a series of 2-square combos (what I termed a diad), ensuring that I had different pattern pieces in each of those diads, I could later lay the diads out into a larger block & play pattern police.
For those of you who have been doing this for awhile ... your response is "Duh!!!".
Patting myself on the back for my new-found brilliance, I sewed up a storm ... then worked my way over for an ironing marathon (and a big smile from John as he got to turn down the volume on the TV since the machine wouldn't be operating for a few minutes). This is when I discovered the rookie mistake ... direction matters ...
As I ironed, I placed each diad in a neat little stack ... until I got to my fourth diad. And I couldn't stack it ... no matter which way I turned it, it was the wrong direction !!! (see top right diad in the photo).
Out of the 20 diads I stitched ... I did 17 of them WRONG ... who would have thought ?!?!?
Now in a perfect world, I would tear out the 3 and switch directions ... well, in the real world I live in, I already have a block of 25 squares completed in the "right" direction.
So ... I will be spending some quality time the seam ripper today.