Saturday, April 21, 2012

Directions Matter (FNSI & BINGO)

Directions matter.  Reading them ahead of time is always a good idea.

During FNSI, I also learned that direction matters as well.   Our task for FNSI was to make pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer.  I purchased a yard each of very cute fabric.  

When I studied the directions last night (which are very clear, very easy to follow), it was clear you needed a piece of fabric 40 1/2 by 26 1/2.  If I wanted the owls and trucks to run across the long way on the pillow, the largest piece I could cut was 36 by 26 1/2.  Ugh!  I didn't realize that by buying directional fabric I really needed 1 1/4 of a yard to get a piece 40 1/2 by 26 1/2.  Lesson learned - directions matter and direction matters.

Luckily on the same shopping trip I had bought some Peanuts fabric for no other reason then I liked it.  (Does there need to be another reason?)  So I was able to get a pillowcase done - it is so cute!

Did anyone else trip into the same problem?  Did you just make the pattern go the wrong way or did you improvise somehow?   I will definitely make at least one more pillowcase but will need to order some more fabric first!

Heidi & Bobbi - THANKS!!!  This was an awesome idea!!

My son (from college) called via Skype smack in the middle of FNSI so I lost some sewing time but enjoyed talking to him.  I was able to get one more thing done last night - Bingo card.  I am linking this up and will be participating in the May for Me!  You have until the 22nd to link up so if you haven't already done so, check it out.  I put off the making of the BINGO card for far too long but finally went diving into my scraps and was able to find enough unique squares.  (My piecing accuracy is really atrocious so hopefully there are no points deducted.)   Information and instructions can be found here.

Here are the squares:

B:  Bird   Bean  Cupcake  Lighthouse  Tree
I:   Snow  Carrot  Corn  Muschroom   Coffee
N:  Robot  Ornament  FREE  Stripe  Dragonfly
G:  Swirl  Letter  Leaf   Onion  Tomato
O:  Horse  Dots  Cowgirl  Broccoli  Flower

Happy Stitching!


  1. I've made pillow cases before and was aware of the "directional print" issue. I have seen plenty of pillowcases made with the print going vertically around rather than horizontally across. I don't think kids will care... they'll just love their new pillowcase. It's just us... the crazed sewing ladies whom it bothers...


  2. Nice work on both projects! I've finished the same two things recently :)

  3. Your Bingo Card is just fine and thank you for linking up with us.

  4. I love love love your pillow case prints! Sooo cute! Your bingo card looks great to me. :o) Just popped over from the FNSI links. Have a great weekend. xo

  5. Great job on your card...enjoy the game!
    I didn't have trouble with my your peanuts one!

  6. I just got your Bingo card all logged down and ready for you to go. Good luck!

  7. LOL I dont even think I would have thought of the directional issue on the pillowcase. I am sure glad I read this post!! I plan on making pillowcases to match my grandsons quilts.

  8. congrats! I see you are a winner. Yay!


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