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Thread: Cut fabric too short- Need advice please

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    I am working on a large block quilt, cutting out fabrics. This morning I cut 4 pieces of fabric 1 inch too short. One piece is black and one piece is gold. Do I sew the back together since the quilting will hide the stitches or go buy two more half yards and start over? At $10 a yard, It seems like a waste of money to start over, but I want it to look nice too. Ugg!

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    unless you have some use for more fabric I would piece it. On the other hand if the pieceing would bother you more than someone else, then buying the extra fabric would lessen your stress and frustration. It is possible, since you say the quilting will cover it, that no one but you would ever know.

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    Can you incorporate new/other material for the missing sections? Just add new color for the missing parts?

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    If the quilting will hide it, piece it together :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemmyfrog
    Can you incorporate new/other material for the missing sections? Just add new color for the missing parts?
    No, I cannot add new color for the missing parts. It is a turning twenty block.

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    If it's a Turning Twenty block, just piece it. No one but you will ever know. If your fabric is patterned you may not even notice the seam. As my daughter often reminds me when I stress about little quilting mistakes, "Mom no one will ever see it when they are sleeping under that quilt". Just piece it and move on.

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    I have had to piece many times. It usually does not show.

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    I would piece it.

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    I have done that a couple of times before and I've just pieced it back together and treated it just like whole cloth. It's never stood out in the end product to my eyes.

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    Just piece it. I would probably press the seam open on those two pieces so there is no seam bulk in those blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    unless you have some use for more fabric I would piece it. On the other hand if the pieceing would bother you more than someone else, then buying the extra fabric would lessen your stress and frustration. It is possible, since you say the quilting will cover it, that no one but you would ever know.
    ditto

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    I would piece it and use it for your "humble block." As I continuously have to remind myself..only God is perfect. Just wish I could take that more to heart sometimes!

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    piece it!

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    Okay... That is what I am going to try. Turns out I made a secondary mistake on the first piece I cut. Not I am counting the inches prior to cutting to check myself. I'll let you know how it turns out. :-)

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    I sewed it together and it turned out perfect. You can barely tell I resewed it together. One of the pieces was going to seam and seam so I trimmed on the other side. Now that I am all cut out and mistakes fixed, I am ready to sew, sew, sew!! :)

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    I never empty my trash fabric bin until I'm through with the project I'm working on. I have pieced so many tiny pieces on to a miss cut to make it fit. No one can tell and only another quilter with their nose in my quilt would know.

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    I asked my husband to take a look at it since he doesn't have that "quilting" eye. He said it looked fine, so I knew all was well. I am my worst critic.

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    glad it turned out ok!

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    I would definitely just piece it.....especially if the quilting will hide it anyway.

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    I had done needle turn applique on 12 12" blocks. The backgrounds were done in light beige scraps that I had on hand. When I was squaring them up to piece together, I accidentally cut one side too short!!!!!! Boo Hiss! I of course didn't want to redo the applique so I pieced the part I had cut off. I haven't finished the quilt, but I am sure it's not going to show after it's all done. If it does, that's okay too.

    Just piece it and be happy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    If it's a Turning Twenty block, just piece it. No one but you will ever know. If your fabric is patterned you may not even notice the seam. As my daughter often reminds me when I stress about little quilting mistakes, "Mom no one will ever see it when they are sleeping under that quilt". Just piece it and move on.
    That's the same thing my daughter tells me. My reply is they my not but I will and that bothers me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyoung
    Quote Originally Posted by gemmyfrog
    Can you incorporate new/other material for the missing sections? Just add new color for the missing parts?
    No, I cannot add new color for the missing parts. It is a turning twenty block.
    Is turning twenty block a pattern? I'm new to quilting and this is the first I've heard of it. If it's an easy pattern, I would love to have it.

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    ThaT's why I try to measure twice or thrice and cut once.

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    Good deal..glad it worked out for you :) Show pics of your finished quilt..can get enough of seeing what others are doing.. :) :)

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    I think I would just piece it if you have enough fabric to cut the inch (adding seam allowance) to the piece you need.

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