Subject: Measure once, cut twice.
A few years back as a new homemaker with plenty of time on my hands, I had started reading a quilting forum. I was intrigued by all of the neat stuff people made, so I took it upon myself to learn to quilt. I decided to make a baby-sized quilt to start, since my sister was building her family. But, not having a sewing machine, and, ya know, having never successfully sewn anything in the past, I was doomed from the start. Youthful enthusiasm had me by the throat, though, so I grabbed some old jeans in different colored washes, some scissors, a needle and some thread and set to work.
I learned the hard way the old adage of “measure twice, cut once.” Though technically I didn’t even measure… erm.. at all. I suppose I thought that as long as the squares LOOKED uniform, it’d all work out.
What was meant to have alternating vertical stripes has more like… alternating squiggles. And wonky edges. And a pocket (seriously?! Who told me that was a good idea?!).
When I finished the quilt top I was proud, but embarrassed because… well, look at it. Instead of throwing it out, I went ahead and sewed a backing on and then made another fatal error: tying it off with cheap yarn. I guess you could call that the rotten cherry on top of this crapfest.
Three years later I still keep it around as a reminder to measure twice, cut once.