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    I told her that only someone that quilted or knew to look really careful would see them. Most people look at the gifts; not the mistakes.
    Thank you so much for your ideas and kind words, I definitely have to remember this. As it turns out already, I have enough squares for three 36x45 blankets and two 36x36's which I am actually falling in love with as they will make great gifts to either mommas or hospitals. Ones that I will be proud to give. I guess I just had to work them up and make the tops before I called them a failure.

    I have extra squares that I may make HST's out of. So many great ideas. I was just so bummed at first and just wasn't happy with how they turned out. I need to learn to be truly fearless. Thank you all for your kind words. I have been busy on the pedal today. Never day done!
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    hope you post a picture of the finished project. Looking forward to seeing how they turned out.
    Happy Sewing, Lisa E.

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Size:  700.3 KBOkay, the first one is one of the 36x36 I made with just flannel backing , no batting. and the other is a tshirt quilt I made for me and DH, which I am in the process of clipping the raw edges to make it a rag quilt. Anyone know if laundromats get mad if you wash the rag quilts and clog up their washers with all the stringies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    Anyone know if laundromats get mad if you wash the rag quilts and clog up their washers with all the stringies?
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    It's best to keep a low profile. ;-)

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    I'm glad you found a way to use your blocks. Nothing wrong with admitting something didn't work out -it's learning, not failure. (It took me a long time to learn that and stop bating myself up when I made mistakes). My "learnings" go in my scrap box and will be cut up to make crumb blocks.
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    They are not "failures". They are "artistic oppertunities", at least that's what I keep telling myself

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    [QUOTE=KarynneStorm Anyone know if laundromats get mad if you wash the rag quilts and clog up their washers with all the stringies?[/QUOTE]

    Some places sure don't appreciate that. LoL! I just wet the seams with a spray bottle, get them really sopping wet, then toss in my dryer. I do check the lint trap every 15 mins or so and do this a few times until they are frayed as much as I want them to be. This works for me and doesn't clog the washer when I do run it through for a full washing.
    I love how the pink one came out, and I am so-not a fan of pink. Great job ya did there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    Here's a trick I learned from making all those Blooming 9 patches -

    Don't ever cut the plain/solid squares until all the pieced squares are sewn and squared up.

    And then, whatever that measurement happens to be, that's the size you cut the plain squares......
    THAT is the answer!! Always make the most pieced blocks first, then the lesser or plain blocks; even do this within a block such as the star below. Cut that center square last after measuring the adjoining components. Personally, I would piece the four patches first, measure the four patch and then cut and sew the "goose" points, then cut the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I respectfully disagree with the title of your post. You are not a failure. You may have failed at meeting the expectations of this project but that is it. YOU are not a failure. That said, the blocks are cute. One possible use is to turn them into HSTs with the black on one side. Then it wouldn't be noticeable that the lines don't match up. You can square up the HST and nobody will ever be the wiser.
    I just love your response and cheering attitude!

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    You could always turn them into mug rugs! I love mug rugs, you can never have too many ... they make great gifts too.
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