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    Ok, so my MIL gave me tons of blocks that she had embroidered. They just happened to be different sizes and some had embroidery right up to the edge so I would have to see on the embroidery. So I sewed some to the sashing only to realize that I had to take out the stitches and try to square the blocks up. Meanwhile, I have used up most of my Saturday trying to figure out how to lay out this quilt with the many inconsistancies. I finally decided it was time for a break so I am working on another quilt. Maybe next week I will go back to it.
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    Is this hand embroidered?

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    yes it is, I had my daughter redo the really bad blocks

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    How old is your MIL ? Is she healthy?

    Kind of looks like she didn't use a hoop when she did the embroidery.

    I can sympathize with your frustration.

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    I encountered a situation almost mirroring yours.
    The embroidery was far from the edge so that was no problem. I sashed them as they were. She was so proud of those quilts.
    When I think of how Mother felt about her quilts and I look at your Mother-in-Laws squares I do have a suggestion. Measure her largest square. Find a fabric that will enhance her fabric and thread. Cut squares 1" larger on each side than her largest square. Fancy stitch her squares on top of the new fabric squares. The Fancy stitch around all 4 sides of her square will keep it from fraying with use and wash. Then you will have squares you can quilt with.
    That's what I would do after seeing how much pride my mother had in the result of her quilts. She made one for each of her 6 children./Regards, Dorothy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    I encountered a situation almost mirroring yours.
    The embroidery was far from the edge so that was no problem. I sashed them as they were. She was so proud of those quilts.
    When I think of how Mother felt about her quilts and I look at your Mother-in-Laws squares I do have a suggestion. Measure her largest square. Find a fabric that will enhance her fabric and thread. Cut squares 1" larger on each side than her largest square. Fancy stitch her squares on top of the new fabric squares. The Fancy stitch around all 4 sides of her square will keep it from fraying with use and wash. Then you will have squares you can quilt with.

    That's what I would do after seeing how much pride my mother had in the result of her quilts. She made one for each of her 6 children./Regards, Dorothy
    That's a really good suggestion - and doable, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    I encountered a situation almost mirroring yours.
    The embroidery was far from the edge so that was no problem. I sashed them as they were. She was so proud of those quilts.
    When I think of how Mother felt about her quilts and I look at your Mother-in-Laws squares I do have a suggestion. Measure her largest square. Find a fabric that will enhance her fabric and thread. Cut squares 1" larger on each side than her largest square. Fancy stitch her squares on top of the new fabric squares. The Fancy stitch around all 4 sides of her square will keep it from fraying with use and wash. Then you will have squares you can quilt with.
    That's what I would do after seeing how much pride my mother had in the result of her quilts. She made one for each of her 6 children./Regards, Dorothy
    Could she maybe use like a Pellon Wunder -Under or heat and bond to attach the fabric down to help the top fabric from fraying also ? Just a thought

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    dsb's suggestion with the Pellon Wunder is a really good one.

    I think it is wonderful that your MIL took the time and effort to be so thoguhtful. Anything you can do to enhance the blocks is fantastic.

    I'm sure she will love it. The hand embroidery really will give the quilt character. It will be a quilt cherished for years to come.

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    I understand your frustration. I have run into several "projects" like this one. I do the best I can and when it is done, I surprise myself. It will all work out and I have confidence you will like what you come up with too. Taking a break is good. I have a quilt to repair that is about half coming undone and old fabric.....Now it is almost done but took hours to repair. I do one spot at a time and when I finish..Wahoooooooo. Love to see it when you are finished.

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    Thanks for all your ideas and sympathy. I am sure that it will all work out.

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