Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.
Meet Krista Yokum from Corning, California.
Krista sewed with Sunnyside fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. Her completed quilt is shown below.
We first met Krista at Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Portland last March. We selected her for Back to School without realizing it was the same person! It’s rare that we have met a Back to School applicant in person. She’s every bit as sweet as she looks. (Hey, wouldn’t you like to join us for the next Block Party @ Sea?)
I asked Krista to share a few thoughts with QP readers.
What fun this entire experience has been for me! I have to say it was pure torture waiting for the fabric to arrive.
My youngest daughter got married soon after my fabric arrived so I didn’t get to jump in as quickly as I wanted to.
I did have some trouble trimming the quilt center per the directions. After I attached the first two side borders, I headed to the ironing board where I noticed that something didn’t look quite right. I discovered I hadn’t trimmed the quilt in the right line. I was 1/4 inch too far out.
I had to remove the borders to re-trim the quilt correctly. In doing that, I managed to stretch both sides since the entire center has bias edges. It would have helped immensely if I had stay-stitched around the quilt before adding the borders. I think one of the other ladies had mentioned doing that but I didn’t remember until after I was finished.
Something that I learned in the process of making this quilt is that it’s okay to admit to other people that you made a mistake. And not to be so hard on myself.
When others were sharing pictures of their finished quilts, they voiced their displeasure at the imperfections in their work. Most of those mistakes were not even visible to me.
Quilting is supposed to be fun! Enjoy the process, practice your accuracy in piecing, and be willing to learn how to do things better or differently. There is more than one way to achieve the end result and I am a firm believer that what’s right for me may not be the right way for you. And that’s okay!
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Krista reports that her husband “has already said that we can do another Block Party trip in the future.” That’s great news! We’ll look forward to seeing you there!