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Thread: Could just bawl!!! Please give suggestions!

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    Unhappy Could just bawl!!! Please give suggestions!

    I could just bawl and tear my hair out. I have been working on a quilt for my 7 year old granddaughter. One block is entirely applique. Have never done this before and if I never do it again that will be too soon! Well anyway, I have put everything on the background and ironed everything on. Looks ok but really need lots of practice with this. I was to cut the block now to 12 1/2 inches. I made one cut and realized I should not have done this!! Now my block is way off center because of the way I made that one cut. Can I just take the applique's off and spray baste them onto another piece of background? I do not have enough material to cut everything out and start all over again and after the trouble I had I really wouldn't want to do this either. Can the applique pieces be saved!!!!

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    Mommabear, If it is hand appliqued you can pick the threads used to sew the pieces down and reapplique to a different block. I have done this before, not fun but it is necessary some times. Hope this helped. I dont know about spray basting though if you are hand appliquing.
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    you could just cut around the design and put them onto a new back ground piece if that will work for you- or you could simply add a piece back onto the background you cut- maybe add some more appliques to disguise the add on- but really you probably wont even be able to tell the added piece when it is all done and quilted- it does not have to be perfect- it only needs to be done with love- so, don't bawl---just compromise and carry on- she will love it!
    many of our errors just lead to new design features
    if you choose to add back onto the area you cut off you could then (after centering/squaring) add a frame border all the way around to distract- but i bet it will be just fine...
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    I would cut out the whole thing and then put it on a new background. Maybe not a perfectionist fix but it is what I would do. I would then probly blanket sticth around it if it lookes too thick.

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    Can you cut the block square to the largest measurement possible, then add sashing/borders to make it the size it needs to be to finish out your pattern? Or cut the background fabric as small as possible and applique it to a larger block of the correct size? If you can lift the pieces off, I see no reason why you couldn't replace them onto a new background block! Linda

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    Cut it down and put a border on it. If your quilt is one that doesn't have a center block, cut down a few more and put borders on them. Eat some chocolate and relax with your favorite beverage. After a box of chocolates solutions will just come to you out of the blue.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready View Post
    Cut it down and put a border on it. If your quilt is one that doesn't have a center block, cut down a few more and put borders on them. Eat some chocolate and relax with your favorite beverage. After a box of chocolates solutions will just come to you out of the blue.
    I agree, then if you really need to, go ahead and bawl. It is good for the soul.
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    Cut block a smaller size square and border it would be my suggestion. It would be the easiest solution.
    Take a break have a chocolate bar and something to drink, relax then go back to it.

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    if you used wonder under or heat bond...just reheat them with iron and pull off carefully...then you can reuse

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    Can you make your goof a design element? I would cut a nice circle around the applique and applique the circle unto a different coloured background square. OR You could machine sew the circle unto a new background square and stitch down a piece of trim over the stitching line. If a circle won't work try a different shape like an oval or diamond shape. Do a couple of the other blocks the same way and people will think you wanted to do it that way.

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