Thursday, September 11, 2014

Camp and Cabin Fever

Sandy Pond is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. My family had a small camp (some might call it a cottage) in the woods, and growing up, this is where I spent my summers. As soon as school was over for the year, we packed up our summer things and headed there. My dad would commute to work every day (it's only about a 40 minute drive from Syracuse), except when he was officially on vacation. Now my sister owns the camp, so I spent a couple of days with her there this weekend, and even brought my sewing machine along.

The camp is uniquely situated on a super-sized sandbar. On one side of the dunes, the quiet, musky atmosphere of a typical pond. . .

And on the other side of the dune, a short walk away, Lake Ontario awaits, complete with sandy beach and dramatic sunsets.

On this particular weekend, a full harvest moon rose over the pond (facing east) simultaneously as the sun was setting to the west.

Pretty spectacular!

I brought a couple of projects to work on. I'm making a few Mini Mug Mat samples for Fall Quilt Market. Mostly I worked on cutting and prepping the fabrics.

To feel a bit more accomplished, I brought a project I started several years ago--finishing "Fat Quarter Log Cabin" from Log Cabin ABCs by Marti Michell was my objective. The quilt center is made entirely from fat quarters, cut using Marti's Log Cabin ruler. My quilt looks a lot like the one on the cover of the book (on the left).

The quilt is square, but I want to add a scrappy border on each end of the quilt to make it rectangular.

During the weekend, I made scrappy log cabin blocks using the courthouse steps block arrangement, and then brought the quilt center home where I had more space to lay out the center and the borders and to audition some inner border fabrics to finish it all up. . . . but there's a little problem . . .

You can see my courthouse steps log cabin borders at the bottom (one border is for the top). Do you see the problem with the quilt center? I didn't until I walked by the quilt laid out on the floor. In my peripheral vision, I noticed a problem. Some of the blocks in the upper left portion of the quilt are sewn the wrong way. The darks are where the lights are supposed to be.

Some might say leave the mistake, it's part of the quilt. I might do that if I discovered the error when I was at the quilting stage. But it will be very easy to remove the blocks and replace them in their correct positions. So that's my plan.

This quilt has been in the works for a long time. In the grand scheme of things, what's a little more time so I can be completely happy with the result?

What would you do? When you discover an error at this stage, would you let it go, or let it rip?

Inquiring minds want to know! *wink!*

Happy Stitching!


  1. Is there really a choice? Rip it for sure at this stage.

  2. At this point I too would rip & redo. As you say I would also want to be "completely happy with the result". Lovely quilt though.