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Thread: Inspiration, encouragement...needing a pick me up!

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    OK ladies and gents, here goes.

    Not this last Christmas, but the Christmas before I made my youngest sons D9P's as one of their gifts. Well, I made so many mistakes with those three that I had a really difficult time attempting to make another one.

    Well, a girlfriend that I quilt with showed one she made using 4 or 4 1/2" strips instead of the big 6 1/2" ones I was using. It was such a darling baby quilt and I totally fell in love with that size. So, I whipped two out for my sons' teachers at his request. They both had babies this year.

    Back to my problem....between that Christmas and this last fall I started another D9P for a wonderful little boy. I cut all the strips and had the strips sewn together. I made it as far as cross cutting the strips to prepare for the 9 patch...then got so scared of it, I just couldn't go back. I kept envisioning the nightmares those other quilts caused me. Fast forward to now....

    So I pulled out the bag and decided that I was going to have to rip it all apart and start again. I about cried, but I looked at all this crap on my table for 3 full days before I decided to just go ahead and do it. So now I've ripped out all the seams and ended up with the squares. I made enough to make 20 blocks. So, I resized all the coordinating squares down to 4 1/2" and my faith in my abilities was partially restored.

    Well, then I went to tackle the focus fabric and it's cars...little tiny racecars....well not tiny. That's my problem. I'm going to have to fussy cut each of these blankety blank blank cars to make sure their flags or wheels or sides aren't cut out or in the seam allowance. I'm so dang frustrated. There are 4 pieces in each block, 20 blocks, now I get to fussy cut 80 blankety blank blank cars!!

    I just need to hear someone say something nice about this. Hubby thinks I'm putting too much work into such a small quilt. The boys mom used to be a really good friend of mine, but we seem to be growing apart a bit. I adore the little boy and want him to love his quilt...I just couldn't stand another minute of looking at it with the blocks that big.

    So, am I a complete crazy person by wanting to rip it all out and start again? I wanted to save myself the nightmare of previous experience, but he's 7, it's not like he's going to know that it didn't look right. But I would know, so that's why I wanted to completely change it mid stream.

    I CANNOT let this project turn into my first UFO. I usually only work on one project at a time, but some things have come up that both this one and his sisters was pushed to the back burner. I want to finish them both (the other is a patriotic Soduku that is just AWESOME) before I get going on my projects for this year since they are already a year in the making. I just couldn't get going on them, know what I mean?

    I am just so dang frustrated!

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    I don't think your crazy. Sometimes our DH's don't get it. Or at least mine doesn't. As sweet as they are, it's fabric to them.
    I actually enjoy fussy cutting and just think how happy the little boy will be to cuddle up under it when it's done. Once you get going it may not take as long to cut the 80 squares as you think.
    Sending hugs and smiles your way. :)

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    I am sorry you feel so bad. I am not the one to give you A answer but you keep watching post on here and you will get all kinds answers. In mean time set back and relax. I am sure when its done it will be beautiful !

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    Sending hugs! I think you need some chocolate right now.
    Just think how happy the little boy will be with his quilt!

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    I too agree with katiescraftshop.......
    My DH hates for me to spend that much extra time on something......To me it is OUR creative mind going to work to make it better......
    You go and do it your way and [[[bighugs]]] and we are here for you........

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    Is there any way that you can select a few of the spots where you are planning on putting the "80 blankety blank blank cars!!" ??? Maybe just fussy cut 20 of them and let the other 60 fall where they may, but position the 'pretty' ones in strategic positions??
    It sounds like it's going to be darling!

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    I agree--some chocolate will help you feel better. If you're fine with ripping it out, then that's what you should do. Good luck!

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    or you do not have to fussy cut, and however it turns out, it turns out. but if you really must have the fussy cut, then do it, otherwise you will not be content with the final result. quilting should be relaxing - remember that.

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    I lay the fabric pieces on top of each other and fussy cut them together. Watch the thickness though. Its fast. Youc an do it and yes the time is so worth the love and time you put into each of your quilts. When you are done, you will be so proud and glad you did it. Giving you a little "nudge" to get it done. Great day for quilting, we have rain here. Love to see it when you are done. *H*U*GS*
    Nudge Nudge.....YOuc an do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a coke. Works for me. LOL
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    You might want to take a small break before you tackle it. Maybe a nice calm walk or chocolate!! You can do this.

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