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Thread: Blocks are too small

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    Blocks are too small

    I am making a small wall hanging with nine blocks. I completed six of the blocks a couple of weeks ago and started on the seventh block yesterday. As I was trimming the block, I re-read the instructions and saw that the blocks are to be trimmed to 5 3/4". Well, dummy me trimmed the first six blocks to 5 1/2". Do you think that will make much of a difference when completing the wall hanging? Can I tweak the blocks by adding an extra 1/4" to the sashings? I feel like such a chuckle-head! Note to self: Read instructions, and then read again!

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    happens to all of us ;-) can you show us the design?
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    As long as you keep them consistent size I think you should be ok. It will just be a little smaller than anticipated.

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    Fix it with sashing and move forward! Easy mistake that can happen to anyone and I'm pretty sure we have all had it happen to us at least once. I myself quit counting. LOL I know it can be dishearting, but like I said, we all make a mistake here or there. If anyone notices it, just tell them you thought you'd make yours a little more personalized!
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    Sorry, my crystal ball is in for a tune up!
    It really is hard to know how it may or may not affect your overall result.
    A photo could help make the feedback you will get more relevant to your concern.

    It may not make a difference ... and the end result will be smaller.
    (sashings will be smaller now too).
    Or it could make a HUGE difference ... depending on how the blocks go together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Sorry, my crystal ball is in for a tune up!
    It really is hard to know how it may or may not affect your overall result.
    A photo could help make the feedback you will get more relevant to your concern.

    It may not make a difference ... and the end result will be smaller.
    (sashings will be smaller now too).
    Or it could make a HUGE difference ... depending on how the blocks go together.
    I'm at work right now (don't tell my boss!) so I don't have the pattern with me, but this picture is very close to it. Not as large...only nine baskets.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/72864802...anging-cottage

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    You might be taking off the points off your baskets. try and sew them together at 1/8 in.
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    Wall hangings don't have to be a specific size. Nobody but you will know what size it was supposed to be anyway so it doesn't matter what size it actually turns out to be.

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    There is even a pattern where the points on all the stars are purposely NOT pointed but cut off in the seam allowances.

    So, just let it go, have a chuckle, call it a design decision, and know better for next time.
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