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Thread: Do you ever have a jinxed project?

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    Yes, I recently did one that drove me crazy. Pieces wouldn't line up, problems with my machine, thread issues, ran out of fabric, and had a hard time finding more. Everything that could go wrong did. What a relief to have it finished!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrappyAZ
    I was given an applique kit for a wall hanging. I decided to make it for my aunt, and I worked on it for two months. From the beginning, the instructions didn't seem quite right, but I diligently followed the instructions. The end result was horrible. The instructions said to bind the quilt before doing the hand quilting, which resulted in puckers throughout the quilt. I thought about taking the binding out, but the instructions said to bind using the birthing method (which I will NEVER do again) so I wasn't able to do that.

    Fortunately, I was able to make my aunt another wall hanging, but now I have an ugly puckered up wall hanging. My goal for this year is to repurpose/reuse instead of filling up the trash with more trash, but I am at a complete loss as to how to repurpose this project. Any ideas??
    Can you make a pillow out of it and stuff it to help with the puckers? Just a thought. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    I decided that Iíd like to make a lap quilt for my Mum. I chose a paper-pieced block that looked to be well within my capabilities, but Iím really struggling! Do you ever have a project that just seems to be jinxed? Anything I could do wrong I have: sewing the fabric on the wrong way round, getting the fabric doubled over, cutting off the wrong piece of paper..... at one point the needle even fell out of the sewing machine! Each block has 4 sections: I got 2 sections together and they wouldnít line up. Three days and I havenít even completed one block! And there are 30 in the quilt.... If I donít manage to get the first one completed today, itís back to the drawing board.
    You sound like me, only I never realized this was not the norm for learning to quilt. :oops: Usually when it gets as bad as you have just described, it just means you are tired or too distracted. Address whatever is causing your attention to waiver, get some rest and go back to it later. Little by little your quilt will be un-jinxed

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    Oh, I can so relate to your problem. There are times when the quilt just goes into my UFO box and may never see the light of day again. Others, I have plodded on, quit and took breaks when I had to and eventually the quilt got done. Part of it may have been that it was a family reunion quilt that I was making in my sister's memory (she passed away shortly after the last family reunion 2 years ago), so it was a very emotional time for me as well. After deciding on the larger block, 10" v 15" I would put pieces in backwards, cut the background fabric too short, so ran out and had to use another white fabric. My husband helped me pin baste the now king size quilt (don't ask me how that happened), we had huge puckers, so unpin, then pin baste again, machine quilting it with my bad back, yet pictures were ready to send off to the reunion in NE, but the quilt didn't get there in time. However, everyone loved the quilt, I had finished a tribute to my sister, my best friend, and my niece was thrilled to have won the quilt. If y ou can't regroup and finish the quilt - put it in a safe place and forget about it. Let another generation finish the quilt. Keep the faith.

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    Oh yes. I just finished a top called "Framed" that I got all wrong & there is no way to fix the problems. I had it sandwiched & started to FMQ it but the backing fabric just would not slide on my extension table. What a mess. I ended up taking all of that stitching out. I took the backing off & now I just put it aside til I feel like tackling it again. It would have been such a beaut. pc. I rarely let a pc. defeat me but this has the upper hand right now.

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    Pat, i'm a novice, but what is a pc?

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    Maybe there should be a "quilt block cemetery" where we could just send all our mistakes and frustrating pieces! Someone could be the mortician and bury them all or even cremate them.Maybe we wouldn't feel so bad.


    Better stop.

    This is getting spoooky now!

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    I;m guilty to ,I just finished a quilt that I won't say how much fabric I bought In order to finish it, I couldn't get my pieces cut with the right angle, I started to junk it out but had to much in it,just had it quilted and it didn't look to bad.

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    Yes, I have one of those. Hex applique quilt.

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    I choose homespun not understanding its worse than trying to sew two live snakes together.

    This has to be the funniest description I have ever read on here. LMAO. Thank you so much leatheflea for making my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    our local landfill is decorated by my jinxed projects. :lol:
    HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!! This is so funny Patrice! Good thing cotton is biodegradable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraSue
    Quote Originally Posted by ScrappyAZ
    I was given an applique kit for a wall hanging. I decided to make it for my aunt, and I worked on it for two months. From the beginning, the instructions didn't seem quite right, but I diligently followed the instructions. The end result was horrible. The instructions said to bind the quilt before doing the hand quilting, which resulted in puckers throughout the quilt. I thought about taking the binding out, but the instructions said to bind using the birthing method (which I will NEVER do again) so I wasn't able to do that.

    Fortunately, I was able to make my aunt another wall hanging, but now I have an ugly puckered up wall hanging. My goal for this year is to repurpose/reuse instead of filling up the trash with more trash, but I am at a complete loss as to how to repurpose this project. Any ideas??
    Can you make a pillow out of it and stuff it to help with the puckers? Just a thought. :)
    Great idea! I'm going to give it a try and cross my fingers. Thanks much!

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    When ever I want to bless someone with a quilt or what ever, I get opposition...that just makes me more determined to finish the project no matter how hard or long it may take. Hang in there and don't give up! You can do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalartquilts
    perhaps the the pieces of paper are drawn incorrectly

    Julia
    I agree wiht that!
    It happened to me!
    I hope you can finish your project without much pain!
    A hug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    our local landfill is decorated by my jinxed projects. :lol:
    You are the best!
    :thumbup:

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    donate your mistakes to a thrift store...someone will want the pieces for scrappy quilts. save our earth.

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    Still no good news about mine, I'm afraid. I started the 3rd block yesterday. First section was fine so I went to the 2nd, finished it, trimmed it, turned it over - and realised I'd missed one of the pieces. Just walked away at that point. This is getting positively spooky - I've never done anything that seemed to be so doomed! I'm away for the next few days, so I'll try again at the end of the week and see if the hex has lifted :roll:

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    There are some projects that just don't want to be done. Fight with them for a while if you must, but they always win. I know because I have a closet full of them.

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    I remember a speaker at quilt guild telling us that when something just doesn't work, put it in a box, put a name of one of your unfavorite relatives on the box, and put that box away in a closet. Makes you feel real good knowing that someday they are going to receive this box, thinking that you remembered them. You get the last laugh knowing what you have really given to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imatopper
    I remember a speaker at quilt guild telling us that when something just doesn't work, put it in a box, put a name of one of your unfavorite relatives on the box, and put that box away in a closet. Makes you feel real good knowing that someday they are going to receive this box, thinking that you remembered them. You get the last laugh knowing what you have really given to them.
    Wow - that's good!!!

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    Happens to me all the time

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    Yes, I'm trying to finish one now. Finally I'm at the point of working on the borders and am so glad to have finished the main part of the quilt. I've never had such a struggle any time throughout my quilting history. Can't be done soon enough as far as I'm concerned. Now if the pieced borders would only cooperate.

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    Saw this thread and initially thought - not really - no need to respond. Well! I've been quilting with a 14 year old all week. And she's not the problem! We've been working on BOM's from our LQS that she, her mom and I are all doing. She managed to not get a couple of hers done so I said I'd help her these last couple of weeks before school starts. I think we did the same block 3 times yesterday and today. Used the wrong fabric for the center of the quilt; put star points on backwards; put triangles on wrong. I can't tell you how many times we ripped out this thing and started over. And I was the one doing all the layout and pinning. Geez! Thankfully it's finally done and we can move on to her last year's blocks still to be done.

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    Thought I'd update this. I've now managed to complete 5 blocks. I'm only doing 1 each day and am taking it very slowly. I'm still making the occasional mistake, but seem to have almost overcome the jinx! But don't think I'll look back on the making of this quilt with any pleasure!

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