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Old 08-12-2015, 01:52 PM
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I strip pieced my Irish Chain & was zooming along reconsidering my hatred of piecing when I got to pinning the top & bottom sashing for my 9-patch. I cut most of my pieces on the thick 2.5" line and a few on the skinny 2.5" line. Should have done the skinny for everything because the outside of the fat line adds 1/16".

I have pieced sashing - a 2" block, 6" rectangle, 2" block. Should I ease the extra sashing into the patch/side sashing or should I repiece my top & bottom sashings to match the size? Ugh! This is going to get even trickier when I add in my Sun Bonnet Sue blocks that were supposed to be 10" square.

I don't need perfection. This is for my 3-year old niece. I just don't want to have to start from scratch when almost everything is cut and pieced.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:05 PM
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Can you just use a 1/4 +1/16 = 5/16 seam allowance for the pieces you cut using the thick line? No easing in or trimming down the pieces.

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Old 08-12-2015, 02:22 PM
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I don't know if I understand the problem, why not just trim off the little extra?
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:30 PM
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It's the center piece of my sashing that is too long. I already sewed all 26 of my sashing pieces & am trying to figure out if I need to resew all those seams with a 5/16" seam to match the small nine patches.


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Old 08-12-2015, 03:14 PM
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I'd just make new pieces. I don't let stuff like this bug me, I start over and forget it.

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Old 08-12-2015, 03:29 PM
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I'd probably ease in on one block and see how it works. If not too bad, I'd finish the quilt that way. I think that, especially if you did not pre-wash the fabrics, no one will notice anything amiss after quilting and washing.
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I don't have enough fabric to redo every nine patch. Almost all of them have the same problem. I guess I could rip apart the whole set & re-sew with 3/16" seams for the 9 patch and 1/4" seams for the rest of the quilt. Just seems like a ton of effort for a three year old.

Should I just give up on this quilt and start a new one? I was so proud of myself for finally getting perfect 1/4" seams and didn't realize until just now that I messed up on the cutting. I definitely need to get some practice fabric and work on my cutting skills.

I prewash everything due to allergies.

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Old 08-12-2015, 03:58 PM
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If it were me, I'd ease in the long pieces and finish the quilt. Chances are great that no one but another quilter will ever recognize you had a problem, plus many anomalies "quilt out" in the finishing process.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:08 PM
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I totally agree with Prism99. There really doesn't look to be much difference, and a 3 yr old won't notice - or care - anyway. Keep going with it, and put it down to a lesson learned with cutting with rulers.
Don't forget to show us the finished product.
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It looks ok to me. If you are not looking for perfection...just keep at it.
Should be just fine. When you add the blocks together...don't add them by rows.
Sew the blocks in four patches then sew the four patches together into
four bigger four patches. That way you can fudge and little here and there.
Hope this makes sense. I can never get everything perfect so that's how
I add my blocks.
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