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Thread: FRUSTRATED!

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    Moderator Up North's Avatar
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    GRRR I had a grand idea, Should have sat down till the thought passed. My girlfriend is having a benefit for her nephew that was hurt while motocross racing and I won' be able to attend due to previous commitments. SO I decided to put together a quilt to auction off (I didn't tell her yet) Well I went to a LQS about 50 miles away (the closest one) and found motocross fabric chose a simple, I thought pattern, cut it all out and started to sew well the blocks are all wonky. OK I will square them up- great lost the points- Well it is a disaster!! Points chopped off squares don't match and I thought I was being careful. Maybe it will keep the dog warm this winter!!! I am so frustrated I could scream! Ok had to vent-- Sorry
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    Oh, my! I think you are being way too hard on your quilt. My tendency is to be perfectionistic too, but there are lots of people who would *love* that quilt just the way it is!

    I wouldn't do an auction, though, if you can do a raffle for $1 per ticket (assuming raffles are legal in your state). Especially in these tough economic times, raffles are likely to raise more money. Raffles also give everyone a chance to take home a quilt; not everyone can afford to bid on a quilt.

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    I would use it anyway. Only very experienced quilters will know the difference. I bet they will be truly honered to have it.

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    It won't have quite the same look, but maybe you could do a really narrow sashing in between the blocks, and sew it at 1/8 inch, that way the points that don't quite match up won't show, and you'll chop off les of the points that you had to square up....
    I know it's a pain to unpick all those blocks, but it might make you much happier with your quilt, and you'll be more satisfied to auction it off?

    Just a suggestion, I don't really have any other ideas.


    And to be honest with you, I don't think it's as bad as you make it sound. Mcdaniel is right, only an experienced quilter would see the difference. Plus the person who wins that auction will be thrilled to have it.

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    It is a beautiful quilt, and a wonderful, thoughtful idea. I would defintitely use it. And I agree, a raffle may raise more money. If you are truly unhappy with the points, could you do a little flag applique, or button to cover the intersections up? It is too great a quilt to not allow someone to enjoy it!

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    Since my daughters injury so many people have come together and had fundraisers for her. Peolpe have donated perfect and not so perfect items to auction and all of them went. I think you are being to hard on yourself. I REALLY think you should give it to your friend if you feel it will not bring that much money if it is auctioned have a raffle that is what they did with some of the items for my daughter, people might not have spent $50 on a not so perfect quilt but if you sell raffles for $5 each you only need 10 people to buy a raffle. Funny thing some of the items that were perfect brought in less money then a not so perfect one with a raffle. No matterr what amount of money they would get it is a blessing every little bit counts. I know I am talking from experience.

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    Sorry I did mean a raffle not auction. In my frustrated atate of mind I am a little oopsy! LOL Thanks for all the kind comments, you folks are just TOO nice!

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    Is the quilt finished all the way. Can you save some blocks by ripping them out and add solids and take out the wonky's. Save that quilt and make it work :wink: :D

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    Ok, lets' fix it. Cut out wheels from the motorcross fabric, put them on Heat n Bond lite, and heat press the wheel over each triangle point meeting in the blocks. You can machine stitch around each one. That is what I would do. :D

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    I also think it's a beautiful quilt, and the fabric was well chosen for the occasion. I bet you can raise quite a bit in a raffle, and this is such a nice thing for you to do. Best of luck to the nephew who was hurt.

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