I’ve been piecing a pink and green quilt recently—which will henceforth be known as “the iPad ate the original pattern, but isn’t this pretty” quilt—and had an idea for the scraps. (Did I mention I’m also working on a braided rug? I like to multitask. Or rather, I like to start lots of things…)
Anyway. I was at a local fabric shop, Gotham Quilts, and saw QUILTED rugs, which were basically like the traditional round braided rugs, except, well, quilted and not braided. Also machine-sewn vs. by hand, as I’ve been doing it, partly on principle and partly because I’m not sure how. But I liked how thin and streamlined these rugs were. Not for rugs—I like a more cushy feel under my feet—but as placemats or trivets.
So I thought I could use the scraps from my pretty quilt to try it out, but make a “flatter”and looser braid to aid machine zigzag sewing, and a four-strand braid to make it faster (also I like the look).
It took about 20 minutes to realize it wasn’t working out. Too much fraying, the braid was too thick and uneven, I could go on. I was so disappointed, so convinced it was going to work. I won’t make you suffer through attempts #2 through #4, just know each time I believed I’d fixed what went wrong before. And I did. Just not all of it. I’ll get there. Some day.
Originally, I was going to title this post, “Some experiments fail.” Then I remembered that by definition that’s impossible. Experiments are for learning. Sure, you might have a hypothesis you want to prove or confirm, but at the end of the day, I’ll count it as a win or time well spent if I figure something out, improved a skill, or discovered something to avoid in future 🤪.
This post’s soundtrack:
Stuff You Missed In History Class: “The Gallipoli Campaign” (tragic) and “The Green Children of Woolpit” (weird)
NPR news: Serena lost. Other crazy things happened.