Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 74

Thread: Do you ever have a jinxed project?

  1. #1
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    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.

  2. #2
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,167
    Blog Entries
    3
    our local landfill is decorated by my jinxed projects. :lol:

  3. #3
    Power Poster alikat110's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Waco, Texas
    Posts
    15,217
    Blog Entries
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    our local landfill is decorated by my jinxed projects. :lol:
    Lol.

    So sorry about your frustration. Good luck!

  4. #4
    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    martinsville Indiana
    Posts
    4,454
    Yep Me too! I've got one right now that I decided enough is enough. Its a 6 year old ufo and it over! It has had bad quilting mojo from the start. Piecing was a nightmare, I choose homespun not understanding its worse than trying to sew two live snakes together. Two sewing machines broke during its construction, broken needles, missed stitches, puckers, if something could go wrong it has. So I decided last week I was gonna finish it and be done. Its not meant to be, Immediately the thread in my machine starts fraying, the bobbin area gets a jam of thread. Throwing in the towel on this one. I'm having a fire tonight outside and this quilt is going in it! The funny thing is I started making this quilt for my ex-husband. The pattern was called Carrie Nation. Well just like my marriage to him, it was more drama than I wanted in my life.

  5. #5
    Member char7439's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    southeast texas
    Posts
    65
    OH YES!!I decided to make the quilt called Flying Kamona from the ModaBakeshop.The instructions were not very clear.Even though I have been sewing for more than 60 years this one got to me.I carfully sewed my 2 1/2 strips together and cut them at the 45 degree as the pattern said being carfull not to stretch the strips. Needless to say , It still came out wonky.So I ripped them apart.represed using my 45 degree ruler.Still having trouble. so I printed off the pattern on freezer paper and used it to paper piece the strips. It works!!!!

  6. #6
    Super Member JulieR's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Emmitsburg, MD
    Posts
    1,624
    Yep! I'm working on one now that I am methodically UNsewing 11 blocks for at least the second time. When I re-sewed one of them last night and squared up the block I managed to lop off too much on one side - I'm still not sure how, I was very careful - so now we're in the 1/8" seam allowance territory. I HOPE.

    This thing is about to become a dog blanket. I'll send my college-bound niece a box of microwave popcorn and a check.

  7. #7
    Super Member RkayD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,841
    YES! and it always seems that the ones that I want to be a little more perfect than usual always have the most mistakes. I mean..I can sit and whip one up for no reason and it doesn't have a slipped stitch one. But if I'm making one for someone special...grrr... How does it do that??!

  8. #8
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Yep Me too! I've got one right now that I decided enough is enough. Its a 6 year old ufo and it over! It has had bad quilting mojo from the start. Piecing was a nightmare, I choose homespun not understanding its worse than trying to sew two live snakes together. Two sewing machines broke during its construction, broken needles, missed stitches, puckers, if something could go wrong it has. So I decided last week I was gonna finish it and be done. Its not meant to be, Immediately the thread in my machine starts fraying, the bobbin area gets a jam of thread. Throwing in the towel on this one. I'm having a fire tonight outside and this quilt is going in it! The funny thing is I started making this quilt for my ex-husband. The pattern was called Carrie Nation. Well just like my marriage to him, it was more drama than I wanted in my life.
    Oh Lea, thankyou for the laugh! I think that quilt is trying to tell you that that part of your life is definitely over!

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,693
    Yes, sometimes the quilt isn't done but I am soooooo done with that quilt! If it can't be repurposed into something else, I send it to the secondhand shop. I figure maybe someone else can save it and I have no guilt about letting it go.

  10. #10
    Super Member Annie68's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    1,273
    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.
    I've had plenty of jinxed projects!

    Good luck, hope you can get this project sorted out!
    :)

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,067
    Just finished the quilt top from h*ll. Three re-designs and my total inability to cut the right dimension and sew right sides together. I don't like the colors. But I will sandwich it today and get my quilting done which will of course be a nightmare. This is a wedding quilt for a co-worker - I am sure he will like it but right now could care less if he does. This is what he is getting!

  12. #12
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,177
    Blog Entries
    1
    My row robin was a bugger from the start. It's as if I had never sewn a 1/4" seam in my life. EACH block was the wrong size. From 1/2" too small to 1/2" too big. I took them apart and resewed them. SAME THING. Ended up recutting and resewing everything - one block TWICE. What a nightmare.

  13. #13
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    Yes, two blocks I was working on last weekend... I finally gave up LOL :D:D:D

  14. #14
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,381
    Oh yes! I have a mystery quilt that my quilt group is working on that just doesn't want to be sewn. I am sick of looking at it and sicker of picking it out. The kicker is that the piecing isn't even very complex.

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    63
    perhaps the the pieces of paper are drawn incorrectly

    Julia

  16. #16
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    Yes and sometimes its the "easy " ones!!! I have started to learn just as Eleanor Burns would say "get rid of em" she generally uses that phrase for scraps and tosses them over her shoulder... but I have adopted the phrase for those projects that are indeed jinxed from the start. Oh sometimes if its a big project I toss it into a box to give it a "time out" and till it or I behave it will not come out.

  17. #17
    Super Member btiny36's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Somewhere in the Heart of grain field
    Posts
    1,791
    Blog Entries
    4
    LMAO Oh yeah for sure, matter of fact, I just finished my Wolf Song quilt, it is now hanging on my design wall all quilted and waiting for the binding, but I have to say that this quilt is cursed for sure, if anything could go wrong it did......but it's pieced and quilted and ready for binding...some will remember me talking about fixes along the way..... :lol:

  18. #18
    Super Member franie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    6,573
    I pass them on or rethink it.

  19. #19
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    I'm feeling so much better after reading all your replies! Right - I'm off to try again and see if I can get a bit further this evening....

  20. #20
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    Here's the block that's caused such grief. THREE DAYS it's taken me to get this far! Only 29 to go... (oh, and before you think you have some bad news to break to me - yes, the 4th corner is supposed to be terracotta!)
    Attached Images Attached Images

  21. #21
    Super Member mhansen6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Bend, Oregon
    Posts
    1,856
    Been there, done that. I made a retreat quilt and I picked out way too busy fabric, but I went ahead. You had to buy a special ruler to make it, but the blocks wouldn't come out square with that ruler, so I had to resize about 500 blocks. When I got done, the quilt is just too busy. Scrappy, but not scrappy. My LAQ did a wonderful job on the quilting. I am sorry I had to make her work on such an awful quilt. The first person who says they like the quilt will get it.

  22. #22
    Super Member mhansen6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Bend, Oregon
    Posts
    1,856
    Oh my gosh that block is beautiful. You did a great job. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

  23. #23
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    Oh my gosh that block is beautiful. You did a great job. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.
    Thankyou - but at the current rate of progress, don't hold your breath :-)

  24. #24
    Junior Member mom2boys's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tacoma, Washington
    Posts
    241
    Mine like that end up as scrappy quilts

  25. #25
    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    South Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,095
    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boys
    Mine like that end up as scrappy quilts
    I've added two orphan blocks to my collection so far...

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.