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    I am attempting to make a simple, log cabin quilt for a graduation gift for my best friends daughter. I have ripped it out 3 times already and now I am facing the 4th mistake I have made and have to rip the seems on 17 of the blocks again. I made one just find, since I kept trying to make them at the same time, and then would have to rip out 18 blocks. I decided that I would finish one block and then go from there. Did the one, decided it was not that hard so I would continue on and sure enough sewed the next seem on 17 blocks wrong. I want to scrap the whole thing and start over. I still need more fabric no matter what I decide to do. But now I have all this material cut into strips of different leanghts and will have to figure out what block I could do with them. Thanks for letting me vent. Think I will let it go for one more day and then decide what I am going to do. Will post pics later.

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    If you can make one at a time CORRECTLY, then do it that way. Then you won't have to scrap the entire project. It may take a little longer . . . but it seems like you've been spending lots more time UNsewing... KWIM?

    OR - put the next color strip on - DOUBLE CHECK IT CAREFULLY AGAINST THE ONE YOU MADE CORRECTLY - then continue sewing the others. Line things up next to your sewing machine so you grab in the same way each time you go to sew the next strip on.

    Good Luck!

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    Sorry your having so much trouble. Maybe when you start again it will just work out. Sometimes starting over does the trick. Good luck.

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    Is it just a matter of the strips being different sizes? What would it look like of you just continued the way they are cut? As long as each individual color is the same width, I think you may be okay. It just won't be as traditional looking but it is your own creation!

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    Personally I would keep going (though I HATE ripping as much as you probably do). But rather than fixing all 17 at once, I would do as Quiltinghere suggested and focus on fixing one block then finishing it right then. Then I would start a brand new block and start and finish it, then I would do a block that needs to be fixed and fix and finish, then a new block and so on. That way I am finishing blocks as I go and being sure to sew them right and I feel like I accomplished something instead of having 17 unfnished blocks. And throwing the new blocks that don't need fixing in there keeps me from feeling like I am doing a ton of ripping!!

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    What exactly is it that is getting messed up? Are you accidentally putting a color in the wrong place? Or is it that the pieces are getting mixed up and one of the wrong length is going on when it should not? I just finished twenty blocks and had to stop and rip out a couple when I put a dark on the light side.

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    Are the 17 wrong blocks all the same? If they are, I would go with those, and "fix" that other one. You may have come up with something unique that will look just great with sashing, don't despair, show the pics, I bet they are OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan
    I am attempting to make a simple, log cabin quilt for a graduation gift for my best friends daughter. I have ripped it out 3 times already and now I am facing the 4th mistake I have made and have to rip the seems on 17 of the blocks again. I made one just find, since I kept trying to make them at the same time, and then would have to rip out 18 blocks. I decided that I would finish one block and then go from there. Did the one, decided it was not that hard so I would continue on and sure enough sewed the next seem on 17 blocks wrong. I want to scrap the whole thing and start over. I still need more fabric no matter what I decide to do. But now I have all this material cut into strips of different leanghts and will have to figure out what block I could do with them. Thanks for letting me vent. Think I will let it go for one more day and then decide what I am going to do. Will post pics later.
    ((((hugs)))) I can only imagine how frustrated you must be. The others have good suggestions. Me, I would sit down and while watching tv begin the job of reverse sewing. I've worn out a few seam rippers so evidently I'm an expert at this now. :roll: I couldn't work on just one block at a time as Rachel suggests, but that's because of my personality. Hers is likely a saner method.

    My suggestion for the future would be to make one complete block first, checking for accuracy of size and color placement, then use this block as the Master Block and check all the blocks you are making against this one. If the new block you are sewing doesn't match up, then you can fix the problem before you sew the strip on. This should help correct most of the mistakes before they are sewn together. Notice I said most. ;) Another way to do this would be to do a mock-up on your design board, assuming you have one. This way you can lay out each step and then as you are mass sewing the blocks together you can check that they are correct. Hope this helps.

    If you are too fed up with this quilt to continue but aren't sure what to do with all those strips (besides send them to me :lol: ), check out quiltville.com and you may find a quilt to make that you are much happier with.

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    You're right to walk away from it for a day & decide what to do with it. Definitely finish it is the decision, right??? Our seam rippers are our closest friend so name her and tell her come on let's go to work. Eat some chocolate, drink a cup of tea(water, coffee, soda, or something strong in it,lol!!), turn on some music and solve your dilemna. Please post pics so we can see what you're doing wrong. You'll have a gorgeous quilt when it's finished & we're all anxiously waiting to see it.

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    I don't read where you say what the problem is. Describe what is going wrong........

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    I would just keep going and put it all together. it could be your practice quilt and might come out really cool and be something unique. post a pic of what you have going on. maybe someone will have an idea of what could help. I like to make piles of the cuts and colors I am using and then stitch all the same pieces together, think that this is called chain stitching. this way I know that I am connecting them all "correctly".

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    Ok take a minute & breathe......
    Eleanor Burns has a great book out on Log Cabins.

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    First things first... {{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Second you did the right thing by walking away :thumbup:

    Now to try and figure out what is going wrong . When I do paper piecing ( I know not the same, but close) I make one block to make sure everything will work . Then I cut the rest of the fabric , put it in a baggie , label and put aside. As I work I only have one baggie of fabric in front of me .

    AND I have found out the faster I try to go , the worse it gets :oops:

    Relax and enjoy, this is suppose to be fun :wink:

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    For the most part quilters think the log cabin is an easy block to do. I have always had a hard time doing one so you are not alone. I just did the best I could and the recipient was thrilled with it.

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    If you cut all your strips to size and then chain your blocks, it will keep the confusion to a minimum. It's a lot of prep work in the beginning but keeps the frog stitching to a minimum. Only put the strips you're using next to the machine for each round of the chain.

    First you'd have the center square and the first color bar--do all those chain piece through the machine. Next, get out only your second color bar & clip the chain. (Eleanor Burns & some others don't clip the chain but it confuses me so I always do.) Organize your pile so the blocks are all facing the same direction--I keep them to my left and the pieces I'm going to sew on, on my right and if anyone comes in messes with my very organized little piles; I throw a very big hissy fit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justquilting
    Ok take a minute & breathe......
    Eleanor Burns has a great book out on Log Cabins.
    This is the book i am using. Quilt in a Day my foot!!!!

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    Hi, I know exactly how you feel. Try keeping a finished correct block visibly close so that you have a reference point to check on as you go along. I made a log cabin block that started in the corner and at least half of them were wrong. Then I ended up sewing the rows wrong to boot ! The best thing to do is walk away and then regroup. Don't try to get it all done quickly. This is supposed to be a pleasurable experience not something you HAVE to do. Baby steps. Good luck. You will get it done right eventually! Anne

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    Take a breather. Rip out what you need to and set it aside for a few hours then go ahead and contine. You can get thru this, I know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    What exactly is it that is getting messed up? Are you accidentally putting a color in the wrong place? Or is it that the pieces are getting mixed up and one of the wrong length is going on when it should not? I just finished twenty blocks and had to stop and rip out a couple when I put a dark on the light side.
    I think my problem is that I am sewing on the wrong side of the strips so the colors are backwards.Need to go to the store and get more fabric, then will try to figure out what to do. Thanks for your help everybody.

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    Thanks for the reminder that this is suppose to be fun, It does not feel fun at the moment. i know I am not the only one that feels like quitting at some point or other..... Suppose I like it to much to actually quit anyway. It is a graduation gift and I have already shown the mom the fabric so I guess I will have to finish it after all.

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    You can start over and the rip out watching tv and then you will have those to sew up in a day or two

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    Some times it's seems like I can't make a correct block to save my soul. When that happens, I know it's time to just walk away for awhile. When you come back, take a deep breath, then like most have said, tackle this one block at a time. Don't make the next block until that one is right. Double check each piece before you sew it on. It takes longer, but less time than ripping.

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    This is the book i am using. Quilt in a Day my foot!!!![/quote]

    I know what your saying....I've never made a quilt in 1 day!!!

    Another too good to be true!!! :-D
    I just the strip method.

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    The way it's easy for me!!
    Is after I cut the strip apart I always put the last sewn upside down and ready to place on the next strip.
    It's less confussing that way

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    how are you coming along now are you making them okay, please keep us posted

    Craftybear

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan
    I am attempting to make a simple, log cabin quilt for a graduation gift for my best friends daughter. I have ripped it out 3 times already and now I am facing the 4th mistake I have made and have to rip the seems on 17 of the blocks again. I made one just find, since I kept trying to make them at the same time, and then would have to rip out 18 blocks. I decided that I would finish one block and then go from there. Did the one, decided it was not that hard so I would continue on and sure enough sewed the next seem on 17 blocks wrong. I want to scrap the whole thing and start over. I still need more fabric no matter what I decide to do. But now I have all this material cut into strips of different leanghts and will have to figure out what block I could do with them. Thanks for letting me vent. Think I will let it go for one more day and then decide what I am going to do. Will post pics later.

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