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Thread: Ever had a quilt that everything went wrong from the beginning?

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    Senior Member pyffer3's Avatar
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    Ever had a quilt that everything went wrong from the beginning?

    I planned a quilt for my hubby. Everything went wrong from the first cut. I forgot to take into account the 1 inch strips that I used to frame each square. So, of course that meant that nothing was matching or evening out from that point on. Well, I thought I would just cut each block square knowing I would loose fabric. I got the blocks together and the top finished, then I sandwiched and began to quilt. After I had quilted around each block (in the black 1 inch strips) I laid the quilt down to trim around the ends and discovered the batting was crooked and so was the backing. I just trimmed anyway and instead of making a binding I am just going to use the large sashing and fold over. I really do not like this one and have found mistakes all over it....like a nick in the fabric when I trimmed a thread too close (you can't tell it unless you know it is there - like me). I will have it finished by Father's Day and I know he will love it, but I feel really bad that out of 5 quilts I have completed so far this one is by far the worst of the lot! Anybody else ever had this type of situation and what did you do? Don't ask for pictures as I would really feel embarrassed to show this work to such an esteemed group of quilters as you all!!!

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    Oh boy, that reminds me of the last baby quilt I made. Too painful to talk about - and I have made loads of quilts. Don' t feel bad. Sounds like he will love it anyway.

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    Super Member Dina's Avatar
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    Yes, I have had that happen also. Sometimes things just work out that way. It will probably make you more careful on your next quilt, as every quilt is a new learning experience. When you finish it, just forget all the problems it caused you, and be glad it is finished!! Then start your next quilt...it will make you feel better. I have only been quilting 3 years, and I have had things go wrong all the time. Usually I think "What were you thinking....didn't you check what you were doing before you did it!!!!"


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    Super Member crafty pat's Avatar
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    I was making a baby quilt for my DGD and was using the pinwheel pattern I love to make. For some reason the points just would not match no matter what I did. My DD had ask for dragon fly fabric which I had not been able to find, I went to the store and found pretty iron on dragonfly's and put in the center of each pinwheel and sewed them down for extra hold. It turned out so cute and they loved it. So what started out as a bad headache turned out good.

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    You must have Murphy's law working. If it can go wrong it will........ Hugs

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    Super Member Knitette's Avatar
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    Never was there a truer saying than, "Better to be finished than perfect", lol!
    Try and put the mistakes down to that big learning curve we're all on. Think positively about what (hopefully) you'll never do again.

    BTW - this advice is from someone who the other day broke a needle switching from straight stitch to zig-zag without changing the foot. I put in a new needle, threaded it up - and did exactly the same AGAIN! (I went for gold on the second attempt, as I actually managed to take a piece out of the plastic foot ).

    Your husband will love it - just as he loves you.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I started a rag quilt baby size for charity over 10 years ago. Since I am in the process of packing for a move, I tried to give these blocks away to my local friends but NO ONE wanted them. So I said HOW hard can it be to finish?? It didn't take me long to figure out WHY I had stopped: I was short of the flannel for the back. So after a couple of days on my design wall, I made a pattern on the back using some of the turquoise to make it look like this is what I had planned all along. STILL SHORT 1 bloody piece!! So I used one of the extra yellow square for the back and I can now say at least it is done and no one except for you will know the error...... Going to be a donation to the devastated area in Oklahoma. My family roots are from that is also in tornado alley.

    Please remember there are NO quilt police. We have ALL made errors so no one can actually point a finger at your quilt. Your husband is going to love it no matter what because it is a gift from the heart. And really, that is ALL that really counts!! RIGHT???
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    Fray check will take care of that nick . . Or at least keep it from fraying

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    Senior Member QuiltingCrazie's Avatar
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    I just finished the nightmare quilt. haha still have to put the outside border on it but I couldn't look at it anymore. Lets just say every time I ripped I made the exact mistake again......

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    Senior Member isewman's Avatar
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    I wont say, I've had a complete quilt go wrong. What is a disappointment is when cutting all of the pieces for a quilt out. And either the triangles, are too small, or the sq's are too small, or something. Or the measurements are wrong, or directions. I'm working on some blocks for my long arm lady friend. I cut out sq's-3 5/8''..192 to be exact. I had to recut them to 3 3/4". And I even used the templates in back of the book.

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