I really, REALLY, wanted to have a Friday Finish today!  Apparently, it is not meant to be.  The purpose of my post today is to share with you that finishes don’t always happen when we want them to, or how we want them to.  And that’s okay.  I’ll live to quilt another day.

We’ve all seen the blogs that have multiple finishes each week, and the quilting looks perfect, and the binding looks perfect, and the person posting looks perfect……you get the idea.  I’m here to tell you that even though I might strive for that perfection, it’s never gonna happen.  Life gets in the way and things happen.  (I usually would use another phrase, like “sh** happens”, but I’m trying to keep it clean here.) LOL

Last night I started on the binding for the Disappearing Nine Patch I’m working on.  (First lesson – don’t use cheap fabric.  It might save some dollars initially, but at the end of the day it’s just not worth it.)

I don’t know why I couldn’t get it right, but when connecting the strips I kept sewing the seams the wrong way.  I ended up cutting out the seams and re-sewing them THREE TIMES!!!!!  I was so frustrated.  After an hour and a half I finally got them done and got the binding pressed and ready for the quilt.

216 Inches of Frustration!  But at least it's done!

216 Inches of Frustration! But at least it’s done!

So today it’s time to attach the binding, right?  I trimmed the quilt and got it ready to go.  Before I sewed the binding on I thought I should check my measurements to be sure the binding was long enough.  GUESS WHAT?

The binding is too short!

The binding is too short!

I’m a few inches short……(from all that cutting off seams the night before)…..

So, off to the sewing room I go to try to piece a multi-color binding from leftover fabric from the blocks.  Good idea, right?  Except the blade on my rotary cutter is soooo dull it literally will not cut through a single layer of fabric.  Which leads me to a question for you – do you use your rotary cutter to trim your quilt top/batting/backing when getting ready to bind your quilt? Because I’ve done it twice and both times I’ve had to replace my blade.  Today the blade started dulling by the time I got to the third side of my quilt to trim. I’m assuming it’s because the batting is dulling the heck out of it.  Am I right, or is there another explanation?  Any advice would be appreciated, cause now I don’t have an extra blade, which means another trip to the store.  So, this project is on hold – again.

On a happier note, I did complete one of the placemats I started this week.  Only 5 to go!!  And I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  I can’t wait to finish the others and use them.  They’ll make the table so pretty!

Summer Fun Placemat

Such a fun placemat!

I hope you have a more productive Friday than I’m having so far! 🙂  I’d love to hear your suggestions on my dull blade issue.  Can these things be sharpened?