Rookie Mistake

Hi There ! I’ve made another quilt from John Q. Adams cub crawl pattern. The first one I made out of Oink-a-Doodle-Moo fabric and showed you here. With this second quilt I have used mostly “Speedster” by Riley Blake and there are a few other prints thrown in as well. The quilt measures approximately 49″ x 56″.


How do you like my quilt ladder ? I think it would hold as many quilts as I would need for awhile ! Below is a better perspective, you really have to look for the quilt:


I went out to our grain bins for this photo shoot. This bin stands about 41 feet tall and holds 22,500 bushels of wheat. To give you a working idea of how much wheat that is… that’s close to a million loaves of bread once the grain is milled into flour. It all depends whether you are making white bread or whole wheat and what size of loaf, of course 🙂 .


For the quilting I did the same serpentine stitch that I have used on several quilts now. Someday I’ll try something different !

Here’s a peak at the backing fabric.


So, are you wondering why I named this post “Rookie Mistake” ? Well, I’ll confess… I quilted the entire quilt without adjusting  my foot pressure for the batting layer !!!!  How could I do such a thing ? This isn’t my first rodeo !! The only excuse I have is that I was overly concerned about the backing fabric. It is a looser weave than the quilt fabric on the front and while I noticed the drag in the quilting I just thought it was caused by the difference in the density of the two fabrics and made sure to change the direction I was quilting from in each pass. I realized my mistake RIGHT after I did the last pass ! It did cross my mind to pick it all out but… nope, couldn’t see myself doing that. I went ahead and put the binding on and gave it a wash. The shrinkage crinkles did help to disguise my mistake but I can still notice it. But really, I doubt that some little boy is going to call me up and make me defend my absent mindedness. I hope he just enjoys it and wears it out with snuggles and tent making !

Now, I know that all of you out there reading this have NEVER made a silly mistake like this. Perhaps though, you have a ‘friend’ that did make some kind of Rookie Mistake and you would be willing to share it with the rest of us in the comment section up at the top by the date. I would really appreciate hearing of others RM’s so that I know that I’m not alone here feeling sheepish and chagrined :)))))


Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend, we hope to have better weather and get more of the bins filled.

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 08:40:14

    The quilt looks great – you should be winning prizes for unusual places to photograph a quilt (remember the railway incident 😉). As for rookie mistakes, yesterday evening I stitched two border strips together using a 1/2″ seam instead of a 1/4″ seam. That’s 48″ of unpicking…



    • Colleen
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 07:21:46

      Thanks Allison – photo shoots can be creative too ! Some people see grain storage – I see quilt ladders 🙂 Photos are sometimes rushed though, I would have liked to wait for better light with these pics. Your RM is so similar to mine only yours was easier to fix !

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  2. Carrie Wikanderr
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 18:58:15

    Well, looks like it turned out okay anyway. It’s a nice quilt, and hopefully your machine is not any the worse for wear! Your arms might be , though…



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