The reality doesn't always match the vision
Last fall my friend and I went to a quilt show, A Quilter's Gathering. At the show, we discovered that they were having a challenge for all quilters in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Gathering, where the quilter would purchase a fat quarter bundle and make a quilt that would be part of the show this coming fall. The quilts have to be turned in by August 15. We were very excited by the idea of having a quilt on display, so we each purchased a bundle, although this particular design style was outside of my usual "thing."
Earlier this year we got together and cut out our chosen patterns. I put my parts into a box and set it aside for a bit. My friend put her quilt together, but she did not like how it was coming out; the pieces were not aligning correctly and further examination of the illustration revealed that they weren't perfectly aligned there either. She decided to try a different pattern but she had to purchase more fabric, of course (what a hardship!). Meanwhile, I just started sewing mine together last weekend. I used the same pattern that I used for the Teal Wheel, which was challenging but I thought it would work well with the fabrics. I made the first wedge, and though it only has about 7 seams, I think I must have ripped about 12 seams. I was talking to myself very heatedly by the time the wedge was together. Finally, I could get a glimpse of what was to come!
I hated it. Hated it, hated it. It didn't look at all like I expected it to, and I hated it. Did I mention that I hated it? :-) Anyway, now I am at the same point my friend was a few weeks ago, except that she is binding hers and I have yet to purchase more fabric. I have settled on another pattern, however. We are going to a small quilt show this Saturday and there is a vendor there that I know has that line of fabric, so I am hopeful that they will have what I am looking for. It's not long until August, after all, and I need to get on the stick!