Experiments are for learning

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.

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