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Thread: How can I fix this cutting error?

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    How can I fix this cutting error?

    I can't believe this is the second major cutting error I've made on this stupid "quick" project. It's not rocket science.

    I'm making a 'fracture'. You take two identical pieces of the same motif. Cut the first piece in 1.5" strips. Cut the second piece into one 3/4" strip (1/2 of 1.5") and discard, then 1.5" strips, then discard the last 3/4" strip. This gives you "offset" strips of the same pattern. Then you sew them in alternating rows from the first piece and second piece.

    I finished cutting the first motif, labeled and hung them on my design wall. I then took a break to do some dog chores and have a snack. I went back into my sewing room and lined up the second motif and proceeded to cut the first strip 1.5".

    (for those that didn't follow me, I cut a 1.5" strip and it should have been 3/4" strip - which is going to throw the remaining strips (and the design) off).

    BLAST!!!

    It gets worse. The instructions above is done again with another set of 2 motifs. You have two sets of two motifs with alternating rows of 1st and 2nd motifs. You then cut both of these two in the same fashion (offset the 2nd motif) but you cut it horizontal instead of vertical.

    It's the 2nd SET that I screwed up. So I can't just get another motif ... I would need two more then do that whole scenario with those two before I can start again. I already checked my LQS earlier this week and I KNOW they only had TWO panels left and I already bought one of them because I screwed up making one of the sets the first time!!

    DOUBLE BLAST!!!

    I can't believe how much trouble I've had with this SIMPLE "make it in a week while you're off work" project!! Start with wonky panels that had to be muscled into shape and blocked, then trimmed to within an inch of the actual design, then a mis-cut because I spazzed on the measurement, then another measurement spazzout that I was able to recover with some trickery.

    IT'S STRIP PIECING FOR PITY'S SAKE!!!

    I am sooooo "over" this project. When I'm done, it's going far far away so I never have to see it again.
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    you will have to post a pic of the project I would love to see what you are doing. having trouble following the instructions. I have done the same thing also. luckily it is not too detrimental to my project.
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    ok- i'm not quite following you- if you cut the 2nd strip at 1 1/2" instead of 3/4" why not just cut it in half?
    it seems like it would be a problem if you cut the 3/4" when you needed it to be 1 1/2" but you stated you did it the other way- maybe i'm too tired to comprehend the problem.
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    Fractured quilt project 'easy'?????? I've had the book and four panels that I want to do for almost a year and haven't done it yet because it's scary!!!!!
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I think I understand how you could get so confused. Good luck finishing and getting rid of it. I'm with you never look back. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    ok- i'm not quite following you- if you cut the 2nd strip at 1 1/2" instead of 3/4" why not just cut it in half?
    it seems like it would be a problem if you cut the 3/4" when you needed it to be 1 1/2" but you stated you did it the other way- maybe i'm too tired to comprehend the problem.
    Because the remaining strips will now be off.

    It's not just a piece of fabric, it's a panel with a picture. Each strip goes in order. When I cut that first strip too wide, the remaining strips will all be in the wrong place.
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    What if you cut the second panel exactly in the same starting order (with the wrong measurement)? That may not be exactly what the pattern calls for but it would align all the bits again.

    aaaahm, you did say this was an "easy" project. Doesn't sound easy from where I sit.
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    I think we've all done that before. I am working on a "Gemini" pattern and my 3 set of blocks were cut wrong. I keep looking at them and looking at them and I still don't know how I did what I did or, really, what I did wrong. Thankfully the quilt takes 42 sets of 2 blocks each and I have lots of fabric so it shouldn't be a problem. I always buy extra fabric because I'm prone to cutting errors and I still haven't cured myself of it. Oh well.....

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    OOPS you lost me, sounds like very confusing directions, and of course that makes it worse if you are rushing! Chill out and Think through this can you substitute another fabric (Iam assuming this is a kit with limited fabric), or can you just cut some more? It sounds like you have alread joined some strips, which of course complicates EVERYTHING and takes it past cutting mistake to cuttingmistake not discovered till joined. A whole different ball game. I did this on the Christmas table runner I was making for one of my sons (and wife), so I rushed to store purchase small amount more of fabric and set aside miscut, mis sews until next year when I will adapt those to a runner for my self!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I can't believe this is the second major cutting error I've made on this stupid "quick" project. It's not rocket science.
    I'm making a 'fracture'. You take two identical pieces of the same motif. Cut the first piece in 1.5" strips. Cut the second piece into one 3/4" strip (1/2 of 1.5") and discard, then 1.5" strips, then discard the last 3/4" strip. This gives you "offset" strips of the same pattern. Then you sew them in alternating rows from the first piece and second piece.....I am sooooo "over" this project. When I'm done, it's going far far away so I never have to see it again.
    this is the type of thing where i drag out one of my personal mottoes....."Give it a new name and move on!"

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