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Thread: Boy Did I Mess Up!

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    Boy Did I Mess Up!

    It looked like a quick and easy pattern using six fat quarters + yardage for the borders. So I grabbed six fat quarters and started to cut. The cutting instructions were very clear with diagrams for each fat quarter. Of the six fat quarters I messed up three of them! I'm blaming it on the 1/4 and 3/4 inch cuts. I usually do 1/2 and full inch cuts. I was also using a new ruler for the first time. So now I'm in the process of re-designing the pattern to fit what I've cut. Who knows, I may like it even better than the original.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    OH, BOY! Can I ever relate to that one! I usually buy 1/4 to 1/2 yard more than a pattern calls for, just because of my propensity to cut wrong the first couple of times! I feel your pain.

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    I can relate also. I have a stack of 120 squares that I'm using as borders on a quilt. One border will be a saw tooth border and so I cut a bunch of squares on the diagonal. The other border will be a diamond in a square pattern. I forgot about the second border needing a bunch of full squares. Too late - I cut too many on the diagonal and am now sitting here trying to design a fix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingme View Post
    OH, BOY! Can I ever relate to that one! I usually buy 1/4 to 1/2 yard more than a pattern calls for, just because of my propensity to cut wrong the first couple of times! I feel your pain.
    Ditto that!!!!!

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    It happens. Try marking your ruler with post it notes on the correct line. It's very helpful, especially if you are interrupted frequently, like I usually am.

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    I feel your pain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    It happens. Try marking your ruler with post it notes on the correct line. It's very helpful, especially if you are interrupted frequently, like I usually am.
    this is what i do also. it is a wonderful tip
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    been there, done that. I think all of us have or will have done this if we're serious about quilting.

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    Just artistic license....

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    i use painters tape to mark my rulers --leaves no sticky!--but i have to put an arrow to indicate the bulk of fabric--or i still cut the wrong width !!!!!

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    The very BEST Christmas ham i ever made was totally screwed up from what the recipe called for. I realized what I had done when the ham was about 3/4 cooked - so I 'fudged' from that point and served the meal. It was a hit with the family. To this day I serve my "Fudged Ham Dinner" every Christmas.

    All is not lost - it just might turn out better than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    i use painters tape to mark my rulers --leaves no sticky!--but i have to put an arrow to indicate the bulk of fabric--or i still cut the wrong width !!!!!
    I usually do that. But my main problem was that I was supposed to cut on the fold and I cut the fold off. So I ended up with a bunch of small pieces instead of long ones.

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    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    Hope you find a solution that makes you happy. I usually buy more fabric than needed since my mind tends to wander around on its own.

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    Wow, we are all so similar!!!! Whenever, or when I always do one like that, I think of what my husband would say. "Measure twice, cut once!" Sometimes that is easie said than done, lol.

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    How about an unplanned opportunity to be unique? Wish I could say I have never been there before - - - - (hee-hee)

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    Yeah, been there, done that !!

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    I am making DD#2 a Christmas quilt. Christmas themed, not a timely Christmas gift. I have (had...) 36 different pieces of Christmas themed fabric for the face, and she chose the ones she wanted. So, a sampler quilt of various stars. I have books, I can FIND stars in there! Most of them have gone just fine. One of them, sad to say, is both MY mistake and the books mistake. I didn't see that I was looking at a 9" star instead of a 12" star! But, better still, the templates in the book for this particular pattern - don't even make a 9" block, they're just wrong all around. Well, poot! Get out my grids, draft the darned thing, and oh guess what! One of the templates for the 9" block? Fits the 12" block! SERIOUSLY?!? Holy cats. What a MESS! And boy howdy, did I feel stupid when I finally figured out what went wrong, and where.

    So, the day after tomorrow, I'll recut my blasted block out. At least I can use the bits I originally cut out a few weeks ago, before I started all my cookies! Hope I have enough of the stripe stuff that I can do the rest of the pieces out of it too!

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    Great attitude! Post pics.
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    It happens to all of us. I have a bunch of strips clipped together for another quilt, as I cut them too small. I kicked myself as I really wanted to use that particular white print as background on the blocks, guess I'll just try to remember to use them in another quilt and pay closer attention when I'm cutting strips in the future. Don't beat yourself up, as nobody is perfect.

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    Hurrah for humanity, governed by Murphy's Law. And Happy First Day of Christmas.

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