Sunday, September 11, 2005

at loose ends

It's called avoidance. I'm half packed and came down to sew a few stitches. Instead, I am reading blogs and trying to figure out how to trim my finished quilt so it is the same size wherever I measure it. I seem constitutionally unable to do this. It's always 1/4" wider or narrower at one point than at another. Am I the only one on the planet with this problem? The other night, while also procrastinating doing something annoying, I screened another layer onto one side of a piece of fabric I had printed with a gelatin plate some time ago. The other side looks entirely different. Those little rectangles were made with a mouse pad I bought years ago at Old Navy during back-to-school season. Here's a random detail - my paternal grandfather when he was young and rather stern looking. I have a cousin who is his clone: isn't it amazing how genes will out?? I suspect we all have similarly eerie resemblances in our families. Enough avoidance -- back to the sewing machine!

6 comments:

Liz said...

Aah, someone else with this problem! If anyone tells you how to avoid it, let me know... (I read somewhere to measure through the middle of each side and make sure they are equal but it doesn't seem to help much).

Rayna said...

No, it doesn't help if the middle measures x and one end of the same side measures x+.5 and the other end measures x-.25 - LOL. Glad I'm not the only one!

Pat's Place said...

Join the club! I use a large square ruler and start at one corner... but STILL end up with different measurements top and bottom or side to side... Argggggggggggggggggggg!!!

gabrielle said...

My excuse is that this isn't carpentry...fabric is fluid..it oozes. How's that for a rationalization?

deb said...

Rayna, RAYNA! One-quarter of an inch!
Let me send you a few so you don't have to worry about being short. Or long, or whatever. Gabrielle's right.
It OOZES when you are not looking.

Rayna said...

It oozes even when I AM looking. I LOVE this group - thanks, guys. I am such a non-obsessive type that you wouldn't think this would bother me. Life is fulla surprises. Gabrielle - I love your new work-in-process on your blog.