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

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    I wonder if I am the only who once in awhile struggles with something I shouldn't. I was fnishing a UFO top called Heart Patches. I have made it before with absolutely no problems. It went together like a dream.
    This top I wanted to just chuck in the trash(It is still tempting!). It has 18 hearts which each have 6 hst and a rectangle, and it has 34 4-patches and 34 squares. This shouldn't be any big deal, but I struggled with my points matching and my seams matching. The only thing I can come up with is that one of the fabrics stretched.

    Have you ever had an experience like this? Can you tell about it? My sister says I am anal about matching seams, but it is extremely frustrating. When I can stand to look at it, I will take a picture and post.

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    I have a bargello that I had to rip every seam apart meaning every strip of 24 pieces of fabric cut into 2 1/2 inches by 4"s had to be resewn not once but multiple times. I put it away for about 8 months then took it to a ufo retreat and ripped some more seams apart it is now named "The quilt that didn't want to be made". I should have been ok with it but just like you I had to have it perfect it was for my daughter.

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    I have a Lonestar top that makes me want to scream everytime I look at it! After I piced the top I wasn't real happy with my color choices; then it took me FOREVER to find a fabric to 'square' it with! When I finally found something I thought might work, I cut the pieces, sewed the first one in and realized I had pick up the wrong piece! I'm going to have to rip it out AND I forgot to "mirror" 2 of the pieces when I cut then out.....I HOPE I HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC LEFT!! I'm just about ready to see if anyone wants to take this "white elephant" off my hands....ggrrrrr!

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    If I keep having problems on the same item, I usually put it up for a while and come back to it later, then it usually goes together fine.

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    I've put this Lonestar up multiple times! Been in and out of my UFO bin for almost 2 years now!

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    I've managed to mis-sew 9-patches lately.

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    Yup, especially if I have started something, put it away, then come back to finish it. I have learned not to stress. If the points don't match the way I want, well, so be it. As long as they aren't horrendous it will be ok.

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    I find matching seams much easier if the fabric is starched before cutting and, on difficult seams, if I use a tiny dot of glue and the iron to "seal" the seam in place before sewing. Saves me a lot of ripping!

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    Oh yah, I bet we've all been there. For me it has happened while making clothing, handbags and quilts... doesn't matter what type of sewing it is. Usually within 15 minutes of starting work on a project I can tell if it will end up with me doing more ripping out and starting over than actually making any progress... so I go read a book, bake, etc.

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    Prism99, good tips, i am going to add those to my seams, i bought some fork pins and that also seems to help with my seams, my last project i went to school on the seam matching up, need all the tips i can get!

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