Monday, February 20, 2012

Math at Night is Never a Good Idea

So I have been playing with this super adorable fabric over the last little bit.  It is Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski and I am putting together a little bakeshop tutorial for it.  This little pile however is now in my scrap bin.  Why you might ask.  Because I broke one of my cardinal rules and did math late at night.  It seems whenever I do that, I tend to make errors.  As was the case here.  I figured the size of these squares wrong and so they are all  1/2" to small.  One of these days I will learn.  Does this happen with any of the rest of you or is it just me that has a brain that shuts off at 9 pm???

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34 comments:

  1. Most nights I have a tough time turning my brain off!! Last night after laying in bed for an hour I finally got out and stitched from 11:00 till 3:30! I hate insomnia!! But have 2/3 of my Honeyman's quilt to topgether! One more row! LOL

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  2. I have entire days like that. There are just some days that I should have my DH hide my rotary cutter.

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  3. Ut oh! Big oops! I'm sure you are cursing at yourself over that one. But I sew know what you mean. Over the weekend I was tempted to continue to work on my teacher quilt blocks but I've learned that at the first yawn I need to stop or I end up making mistakes and getting mad at myself. Cardinal rules aren't meant to be broken.

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  4. No cutting fabric after 9pm at this house, as there is bound to be several pieces cut the wrong size!

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  5. Yes, after 9pm the rotary cutter gets locked up. I even tend to stop piecing after 9pm because I'm bound to put the block together wrong. As I did last night with one of my Quilt Along blocks. LOL

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  6. I have a problem when I try to do the math in my head without double checking it on paper. That happened the other day, but fortunately I cut them too big that time. I wasted a little bit of fabric, but not as much as I would have cutting them too small. Good luck with the next batch!

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  7. I have a hard enough time doing math at ANY time, much less at night! =^..^= I don't cut at night at all, even if the math is done. Just can't trust myself to cut correctly!

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  8. It is definitely not just you! After about 8/9pm, it doesn't matter how many times I check my math, I always come out with the wrong cut!

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  9. Oh, I know how you are feeling. I miscalculated and had to scramble to find fabric to finish the project. After 9pm, I stay away from rotary blades!

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  10. Maths is always difficult, even at 9 a.m. I know exactly how you feel!!!

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  11. Oh it does not have to be after 9pm for me to do that.....
    Hope you did not bin those cute smaller blocks. I am sure you could use them somewhere.

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  12. Oh, you are singing to the choir on this one!
    I once cut 300 rectanges at 3 X 4.25 instead of 3 X 4.5. No fixing that little stunt!
    I don't do strange rotary cutting either, like oddly sized pieces cut LOF instead of WOF when I am tired either. It gets too expensive.

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  13. That's something that would happen to me. There usually comes a point at night when I start making mistakes.

    Must. Step. Away. From. The. Machine.

    If I don't, big mistakes happen! :)

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  14. One of the many things I love about quilting is the math and geometry of it all...but then I'm a former math teacher. Even so, I make all kinds of mistakes when I'm tired.

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  15. oh, wow. that happens to me all the time!!

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  16. My mind shuts down at dinner! I learned many years ago that I can't even sew at night!

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  17. Bad luck. Maximum annoyance. Di xo

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  18. For some strange reason I always finish projects late at night also never a great idea.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  19. I also don't try to cut items at night for the same reason... my brain is tired! Simple sewing and appliquéing I can do, just not figuring. The rotary cutter is not my friend \in the evening!

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  20. So sorry to hear this! I, too, suffer if I try to quilt when I'm tired. I am anxiously waiting to see what you do with the charms.

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  21. They'd still work for something nice though! I usually sew seams the with the wrong side out if I sew late at night! ha ha!

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  22. Nice to know someone else makes blunders like this so that I am not alone!

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  23. I wish, mine only seems to start firing up at 9pm lol

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  24. I think mine shuts off earlier than that these days I would never cut anything at night these days ;-)

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  25. Thanks for this posting, it is making me feel much better about my weekend math mess-up. Can't wait to see the tutorial!

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  26. Once the sun goes down, my brain goes into relaxation mode and will not think serious thoughts at all. If I prepare handwork pieces in advance, I can work on them in front of the TV, but no cutting or planning after dark for me.

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  27. My brain never turns on when it comes to math...late at night, early in the morning, or noontime...makes no difference!

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  28. 9 pm? more like 7 for me. That is, if it ever turned on for the day in the first place.

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  29. It can happen at any hour for me. =)

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  30. I can not do math any time day or night. I have to call one of my sons. I do however do a lot of cutting and/or stitching into the wee hours of the night. Maybe they can be used on the reverse side??

    On a different note......I won on one of the Valentines blogs !! Thank you again for the fun hop :)

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  31. I sew and cut all times of the day, but I have problems turning off my mind lately. Math is super fun to me (that is probably why I studied it in school).
    I do try not to cut material if I am not focused though, cause that is when I mess up.

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  32. Oh no! I hate when that happens. It has happened to me more than once late at night and sadly it's even happened to me during broad daylight. hehe. I do try and measure twice and cut once. Your fabric scraps look great, any chance you can reuse them? maybe a mini? Best of Luck!

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  33. I'm just bad at maths in general!! It's a wonder I can even make a quilt at all!
    Hope it'll work out anyway :)

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  34. Been there, done that...It's frustrating!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa