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Thread: Do you ever struggle with something that should just be easy??

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    Bargello quilts can be fun and easy to do do but, if you get one square in the wrong place the intire thing becomes a night mare.
    I think some of the quilts have a mind of their own and an attitude that taunts the maker with "Just try to put me together" or how about this one " I dare you!"
    I am working on a quilt now that keeps whispering to me "if at first you don't succeed, get another hobby!"

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    [/quote]Whoever it was that says they learned to sew by making doll clothes wasn't me! They're the hardest things in the world to sew! Give me toddler's patterns any day - nor real waist or hips - and they don't usually care about perfection![/quote]

    I agree! I just finished a really lovely outfit for my DGD's American Girl doll. Even though these dolls are larger than Barbies, and I've made my share of those too, they are still not a piece of cake. I didn't think I'd have to have the doll actually WITH me for fittings since the patterns would be exactly correct wouldn't they? WRONG! These patterns were just too small enough so that I couldn't get the doll's arms into the sleeves without ripping them off. The sleeves, not the arms. So after trying to get the clothes on the doll, I had to take out the sleeves and enlarge them. Not fun. But I learned my lesson. Have the doll with me for fittings just as though she were human. :lol:

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    When I worked on my denim quilt I had a moment where I wanted to chuck it in the trash as well. And I almsot did. My first quilt had been a baby quilt, but this one was a lot larger. So when it came to sandwiching the layers I found I had quite a bit of trouble getting them to line up straight and flat. I think I finally got it to work, but when I quilted a couple rows the top wouldn't lie flat against the back and it twisted up and wrinkled. I also had trouble feeding it through---I had the stitching at like 4, but I get over some parts and it looked like the setting was at 1. So finally got fed up with it, took the quilt, and proceeded to go chuck it in the trash swearing like a sailor the whole way there. My Mom convinced me not to throw it away. Figured out a way to work on it and came out with this nice looking quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Cal Quilt Girl
    Started an easy Basket weave the other day. I blame myself for making it harder than it had to be GRRR will end up nice when done. and don't want it to be a ufo or set aside, seems to be the Quilt that never ends!! :)
    Oh shoot, might as well tell it all, vent it out. LOL
    Thought I'd make a throw for a local charity, have some Fab for another project, the thought was just to use a small part for the throw. Thought I cut to do a mirror image in the center, these didn't end up mirror but were cool looking, so no problem. The neutral has a real small stripe to it, so it thought it would be neat for these all to go the same direction, HAH then needed more of one direction so have ripped to get it to go the right way. Then needed other colors to make it pop, then another and another, LOL and Grrr... now were way over throw size but the stripes will match !! All I know is I'm glad its not brain surgery :) I'll see if can post a pict of it.
    I know how it is about directional fabric! I am really anal about it!

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    Of all things right now it is half square triangles! I think the fabric stretches no matter how careful I am to cut, sew, and press lightly. I've recut twice already. I've done a kabillion of them in the past without having this problem. Oy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    I had a time today. I'm making a bridal gown for my DGDs 18" doll.
    Whoever it was that says they learned to sew by making doll clothes wasn't me! They're the hardest things in the world to sew!
    The trick for doing sleeves is to sew the top of the sleeve first then sew up the waist and down the sleeve to the wrist. if you want to put anything on sleeve bands etc do it before you sew it up. It is easier that way. It is a pity I live so far away or I could show you ALL the short cuts which makes sewing dolls clothes more manageable.
    i love making doll clothes i even tackled a victorian for my DML doll it was her mothers (called Highland Mary only had head had to make arms and legs)

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    No quilt is ever perfect, but the love that goes into it - IS !

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    The box cut for my bags, still can't figure that !
    errr :)

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    cosyquilter,
    Bless your heart....you worked so very hard. The good news is that you did not give up and from the sounds of it you learned how to do it! Good for you! :thumbup:

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    I think of my grandma who would say, "A blind man would be pleased to see it." Helps put things in perspective.

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