Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. I am a longarm quilter who can work for you. I enjoy any style, from pantographs to all-over to full custom, ranging from traditional to modern. I love bringing vintage tops to life and am willing to work with a challenging quilt top. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, December 3, 2017

BOMs Away - Wrestling with "Wind in the Whiskers"

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

Talking about stalled out projects. . . My Wind in the Whiskers BOM has been abandoned since March, when I did hardly anything on it. And it was August 2015 before that, that it was last touched.

(These two blocks were individually pinned on my design wall.)

There's a reason for that. This is the WORST pattern I've ever worked with. Which is horrid, actually, because her patterns are quite expensive. I've done several other McKenna Ryan projects, and while they were intricate, they were completely decipherable.

This one is not. Working on it is a huge drain, and you just don't get anywhere - not because there's so much work, but because you CANNOT figure the durn thing out.

So today, I've vowed that this thing is going to move forward one way or another. It's a beautiful quilt, and I want it hanging in my longarm studio by the end of next summer. So I'm bagging the pattern, other than tracing out the pieces, and doing it my own way.

First of all, I assembled the entire upper portion of the backrounds. Blocks 1 and 2 already had everything but the tree fused down, so they got trimmed to perfect size and joined. The pattern has you do a ton of stuff first, but not some stuff - and it's impossible to figure out what is what, and there's no exact full-size layout, so you can't figure the exact place to put some of the ones you're supposed to do before sewing the blocks together. . .

You get the drift. 

The other three backgrounds got cut slightly oversized so that the little bits of shrinkage during fusing won't matter. I'll trim the other edges to perfect size later. (That's why you can see them hanging over at the outer edges)

And that's all pinned back up on my design wall above my domestic machine. Had to shift everything around to accommodate its growth. Next I'll assemble all the non-tree components for blocks 3-5. Then I'll figure out which pieces I actually need for the tree and branches/leaf-regions that overhang all the blocks. It's not the least bit clear in the patterns which pieces those actually are. [Each block has its own pattern packet, and I think the gobbledy-gook of it all comes from these being written as individual mini quilts first, and then she intended the replacement pieces and full-quilt instructions to bridge the difference when you're making the full quilt, but that just didn't pan out anywhere near as well as it was supposed to. Those full-quilt adjustments are supposed to be explained in Block 4's packet (btw - why isn't this up front in Block 1's??), but it's like only the first 1/5 of the necessary adjustment discussion is there. And you can't get sufficient clarification on the errata page online.]


Block 1's fusible pieces, for example.

I'm not doing any of the tracing and placing of lots of little pieces today, though, to do anything more than this. Doing what I did today put me in a foul mood, and I would rather do something Christmasy. I have hopes that the next session with this BOM will be a much better experience.

Instead, I put the downstairs tree up, and that really cheered my mood. Bonus points: It sits right by my sewing nook.  :D

And I rewarded my intense, stress-inducing foray into "Whiskers" by finishing my easy 4-patch "Daisy Days" blocks which I'd half-way sewn three weeks ago. This quilt will now wait until after the holidays to be assembled. Everything's been cut, ready to fly through the machine. :)

And it's much more fun than deciphering this crazy pattern. 

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


  1. I've never done a McKenna Ryan projects. I think they're lovely but I wouldn't have the patience. Just do your own thing with this project and it will look fine. No one is going to realize it is change from the original pattern unless they've encountered the same problem. This way you are making the quilt your way and it will be a Lynette original! She's going to be lovely. Happy stitching!

  2. I'm surprised that this happened. Just go to show one can't take anything for granted. Much luck - I know you can do it.

  3. Well, if you're swearing, then you're on the right tack. Never minimize the helpfulness of swearing. The decor is looking very festive!

  4. I love the "Doing it my way"...😁😁😁 of course this sounds good to me. I often misinterpret patterns so then my way is all that is left.

  5. Well it is going to be beautiful. I am sorry the pattern is giving you fits.

    Your sewing room is beautiful especially with the tree.

  6. Hi Lynette,
    Geez, I share your frustration with that whole big project. I have to give you kudos for returning to it though. I would have stuffed it in a bag and put it at the back of the closet. {{Hugs}} That Christmas tree right by your sewing area is a definite mood improvement helper. Maybe we need a swap-a-project-we-hate where someone else takes a look at it and all would be clear (in theory anyway). It really is a beautiful project! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. I'm so sorry this quilt has such an unfriendly pattern to work with. It is beautiful and I congratulate you for doing it your own way. I hope you love it when you're finally finished with, especially because of all the trouble it's caused you. I've never used a pattern for a quilt -- except the Cheri Payne Baskets of Plenty blocks: she gave us the pieces but not the layout and we played and came up with our own flowers and own arrangements. I don't know if I could actually follow a pattern so I admire those of you who do!


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