Calamity Jane Earns Her Name

Sigh….

Were you mad that I called you this? Or were you destined to live up to your name?

I got the top together and realized I measured two borders wrong. Ugh.

I got it loaded into the frame and spent 20 minutes quilting some hideously ugly feathers.

 I spent the next 4 hours picking it all out. In the process, I cut a tiny whole in the border. I dabbed fray check on it.

I switched to monopoly thread which is handy in some situations, but feels decidedly inauthentic for a quilt made with repro fabrics. But clearly, I was not at the top of my game and needed help camouflaging my shoddy work.


I like my quilts with lots of tight quilting. It just wasn’t to be here.


Someone yesterday commented on my well pieced blocks. I nearly spit my coffee out! Because some look like this:


Um…yeah. Granted those little brown squares are only a half inch but goodness, some are practically disappearing! And how about that stitch not quite in the ditch?

When I finally took Jane off the frame, I realized I missed quilting one of the blocks and I had to go back and fix that. I’m not sure what happened in this corner.


After I get the binding on, I’m going to see how Jane feels about a violent run through the washer….

Linking up with Free Motion by the River

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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17 Responses to Calamity Jane Earns Her Name

  1. Cécile says:

    Really, this quilt gave you a hard time ! Sometimes, it happens !
    I’m sure it will be gorgeous !

  2. Diane says:

    I’ve had “Calamity Jane” projects and couldn’t believe how many things could go wrong in one project. Only thing to do is go on to the next project.

  3. Val says:

    Some quilts just seem to fight you from
    start to finish, don’t they?

  4. Sandi says:

    Your to hard on yourself, I would never knit pick your quilts. To me it’s the overall effect. Some days I can’t sew anything right. LOL. Hugs,

  5. Ramona says:

    There are days when it doesn’t pay to turn on the sewing machine, but in the end, it’s still a work of art!

  6. Luann says:

    Katy,
    Sometimes, we need to realize that only Jesus was perfect. We just strive for our best. That means the best we can do at that given moment. It is good for all of us to share those inconsistencies so others can be more accepting of where they are in learning.
    Keep doing your best, and being yourself!

  7. viridian61 says:

    You are almost done. My jane blocks are done but only partially assembled! Congrats on getting so far!

  8. Donna says:

    Katy – Jane is going to be just fine. Some projects seem to have more ‘personality’ than others. Have a blessed Christmas season.

  9. redeemedsheep says:

    After a violent wash, she will be much better. It is gorgeous, no matter what!! Thanks for the laugh today!

  10. Susan says:

    After all of that, Calamity Jane is a very fitting name. She deserves a rough wash – show her who’s boss! Thanks for the laughs, and showing us that not every quilt is perfect. This one has a great story though!

  11. You have patience…if I don’t like quilting, it stays. No time or patience for unpicking. Maybe a good spin around the washer will do her some good. LOL

  12. I hope after all that you can relax in front of some favourite TV while you sew down the binding! 😉

  13. I think you’re a brave woman to even attempt any of those blocks! They look fine to me (looking through my non-judgmental eyes) and a run through the washer and dryer is almost always an improver of less than perfection anyway!

  14. Kathleen says:

    I think the violent wash will camoflage (never can spell that word . . .) some of the inconsistencies you find in your quilting. But you know what the first thing I thought of about your feathers (and I know you’re good at feathers) is that maybe that bubble type print was distracting your eye. It seems that it would do that to me (if I even knew how to fmq!!). Anyway, it’s still a beautiful quilt.

  15. diane says:

    At least your sense of humor is intact! I giggled reading this. Too funny!

  16. Oh Katy, you made me laugh while I read this! Thanks for sharing your “keeping it real” quilting with us. It helps me to know that even the best quilters sometimes have off days. 🙂 Sounds like Calamity Jane is really earning her name!

  17. Connie Campbell says:

    It looks beautiful and….you will always, always remember this quilt LOL!

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