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Thread: Upsidedown block - how to extract? Help please

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    Super Member SueSew's Avatar
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    It's a 10 inch single piece of fussy cut fabric block set on point surrounded by other 10-inch square-in-square blocks right almost in the middle of the quilt center.

    I sewed the rows together and noticed it when I was pressing the quilt center - Curses!

    Is it possible to carefully 'operate' on the quilt to extract that one block, right-side it and then machine sew it back into place? Or should I undo the whole row on both sides and then both sides of the wrongway block?

    It is one of four huge fussy-cut floral blocks.

    Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks much!
    Sue

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    I was trying to think of a different way, but I think you need to undo the row. I will watch this to see if others have any ideas. So sorry, we have all done it.

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    Yes, it can be done. Just rip out a couple of inches beyond the block at each seam, put it the right way and resew it back into the row, then resew the rows together. I would pin it carefully and be careful not to stretch where it's on point.

    Good luck!

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    you should be able to take out the one block for correction. you have to be careful, when sewing it back together, to make sure to reconnect all of the surrounding seams.

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    I have operated on a couple of blocks that have been surround by sashing or blocks and it is doable, you just have to know what your doing, so you don re-do it wrong again.

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    It has happened to me and all I did was carefully take the one block out turn it around and put it back in, You will have to unsew afew stitches on all sides of the row but I never found it necessary to take the whole row out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Yes, it can be done. Just rip out a couple of inches beyond the block at each seam, put it the right way and resew it back into the row, then resew the rows together. I would pin it carefully and be careful not to stretch where it's on point.

    Good luck!
    :thumbup:
    It's a specialized field of surgery, but block replacement is definitely possible, and almost always successful.
    Work slowly, keep your focus, and the patient will have a complete recovery. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    You just got some great advice so get scrubbed and do the surgery!! LOL
    Let us know about it turns out :)
    I've done it more than once! I feel your pain :(

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    .....or, you could just leave it. the Amish regulary mis-place a block in a quilt as they believe only God is perfect. I, on the other hand, have never claimed one of my quilts to be ''perfect'', and would get ready for surgery!! Go slow and the patient should recover nicely!!

    jodi

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Yes, it can be done. Just rip out a couple of inches beyond the block at each seam, put it the right way and resew it back into the row, then resew the rows together. I would pin it carefully and be careful not to stretch where it's on point.

    Good luck!
    Been there, done that, several times.

    Carol J.

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