As part of the 30th anniversary of Kona Cotton, 30 different designers were asked by Robert Kaufman Fabrics to design something to show off the beauty of Kona colors. I was particularly enamored with Carolyn Friedlander’s quilt: Bartow, so when my young friend Maya asked for that one, I was pretty excited to get the chance.
I still have a nice stash of Kona Cotton (one of the perks of working for RK in 2014), so Maya and I dug through the them. She chose the Elizabeth Hartman Patchwork City: Autumn bundle, which includes a whole lot of purples, blues and green. Then I chose an additional 20 from a 10-Square of the Dusty Palette Konas.
Then I start cutting hundred and hundreds of strips.
Then I sewed hundreds of strips together. A bunch after work, then the rest at home.
I pressed them to the color side and organized them with the infinitely handy Wonder Clips.
I organized strips and then sewed them together into rows. Then started putting those rows together.
What the what?!
So, come to find out, the 1/4-inch stitch on the machine at the Fabric Depot sewing studio doesn’t give me the same 1/4-inch stitch as my machine as home. I didn’t realize it, but sewing all of those strips together and losing just a smidge on each seam caused my strips to be almost THREE INCHES too short.
Three inches. That’s what happens when one machine is stitching a quarter-inch seam just 1/16th of an inch larger than the other.
So for now, I’m picking out some of the seams to re-sew them and hope I can make this work without re-doing it all.
Lesson learned: Check your quarter-inch seam when switching between machines. I should have listened to you, Mandi.