When I made my first prototype aeroplane blocks for Little Island Quilting’s Soy Amado project, I had a little accident: I cut the wing on one aeroplane too big. I blame my new ruler and my unfamiliarity with its markings, which seemed more suited to a left-hander until I got used to them. (Yes, I blame the tools!)
The result was one block that was bigger than the 12½ inches needed. Unfortunately, I was making quilt-as-you-go blocks, and I did not realise the problem with the block until after I had sandwiched and quilted it. What should have been an easy fix (unpick one seam, trim a bit off, carry on) was no longer so easy to repair. Trimming it down would have cut off part of the wings or the tail. Not good.
What to do with a 13-inch quilted block? Make a baby cushion!
One of the most annoying things is that I used a good printed fabric on the back of the block because it would have been visible in the quilt, but now it is lost in the lining of the cushion. Normally, I use plain white calico to line my cushions.
I think a few borders to make it a bit bigger might have been better, but I had already quilted it. I could not find a ready-made cushion insert the right size, so I quickly made my own and stuffed it with hobby fill.
As I was cutting out the aeroplanes for ‘Squadron Leader’, I cut out spare parts that were not quite the right colours – too blue and not enough aqua. These have since been added to and become a humidicrib quilt that I can donate to the neonatal unit at the local hospital. I am still on course to make one humidicrib quilt each month in 2018!
I quilted the aeroplanes the same as ‘Squadron Leader’, but I did my usual loopy stipple to fill in the background.
I am sure that this will not be my only ‘oops’ quilt-as-you-go block, so feel free to offer suggestions of what I should do next time I have an irregular-sized block to rescue from the UFO pile!