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Thread: My first traditional quilt,,,not going so well...frustrated!!

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    Super Member Dina's Avatar
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    I have been quilting about a year, but this is my first traditional quilt. I am using the Ohio Star pattern. Yesterday went really well. I figured out what fabric to use, figured I would make four different squares and make four of each, and I successfully sewed three squares.

    Today nothing has gone right. I just finished ripping and ripping and ripping.

    I am smart enough to not sew any more tonight, but when I was stacking my 4 1/2 inch squares, I noticed that some of them seemed larger than the others. Well, I was right. Some of them are 4 3/4 inches. Now how did that happen??? I use the June Tailor Shape Cut ruler???

    So I am frustrated and wish I had not started. The quilt is for my sister-in-law. I just decided to make her a quilt and asked her husband what colors she liked. He happened to mention that she had been looking for a quilt with the Ohio Star pattern, so I figured....why not? She doesn't sew, but she sort of collects quilts.

    Well, now I wish I had stuck with Warm Wishes or something that I had done before.

    BUT, things will look better tomorrow. I just had to vent. I have ripped enough seams out today to last me until 2011!!

    I am not trusting myself enough to trim those squares tonight. I would wake up tomorrow and find they were wrong again.

    Thanks for listening. I feel better already. :)

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    ok, this happens to everyone. Take a break today,, try again tomorrow. Some days are just better than others! You'll be fine

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    It will be worth all the extra effort in the end. I learn by my mistakes. Trust me I have made them ALL. Tomorrow will be better!:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    It will be worth all the extra effort in the end. I learn by my mistakes. Trust me I have made them ALL. Tomorrow will be better!:)
    Ditto........

    When you get back at it tomorrow you will have much better luck!

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    Yup, we have all had many times like that, I bet. Just walk away from it for the night -- you shouldn't be around dangerous sharp quilting tools anyway when you are this frustrated. :-D :-D

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    Been there, done that! LOL It will be better tomorrow. I am teaching my dil to quilt, and she is learning that in quilting, you have to accept boo-boos and learn how to fix them.

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    You are so wise to walk away when things are not going well. That is a hard lesson to learn, but a valuable one..whether quilting or some other life activity...

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    been there done that.......and hate when it happens. I put it away and take it out the next day.

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    Yes, I did my share of rippin out today and I am still not ready to sew tomorrow. I'm trying to do a tablerunner with FMQ and I just can't seem to get my machine to work. Come back to it tomorrow, I guess.

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    I don't believe I've EVER gotten all my squares to match up when I get them done!!! That's why we SQUARE UP!!!! I just pray the points are obviously bad!!!!! Hang in there....

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