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    Done a Dumb thing...

    I have done a dumb thing. I have been working on a BOM this year. I missed a couple of months and finished the blocks up today. Problem? About 2 months ago was going to start a new project and decided to check out my 1/4" seam, make sure is was really a 1/4". It wasn't, it was smaller. So I adjusted the needle so that it measured to the right 1/4". Now the two blocks I made came out 1/2" smaller. Instead of 12 1/2" square, they are 12". Not sure how it happened and makes me think I better check the measurement again. Now I think the easiest thing to do is trim all the other blocks down to 12", or buy more fabric and make the 2 blocks over again. Any advice on this dumb thing I've done???
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    Either way way should work unless they have points... if you cut down you will cut them off.. in that case remake them..

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    way not just add a sash to your block that is too small?

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    or better yet...I forgot the name of it...but you take a 1 inch strip and fold it in half and sew like you would a border. its will make a really nice frame on the block.

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    Bummer! You can add sash to the 2 smaller ones as others have mentioned. You can sew 2 new blocks or you can downsize your quilt. Use the smaller blocks for pillows?

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    I'd just take the 2 blocks apart that are to small and check the seam on the blocks that are 12 & 1/2 and reset the needle and resew the blocks. Just my 2 cents.
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    I agree with framing the smaller blocks with a delicate 1/2 inch sash. Lovely! Call it your design detail.

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    I would just undo the 2 blocks and do them over using the OLD setting!

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    Unless the two blocks have a "million" pieces, I would remake these blocks. If not, add a border. I don't believe I would cut the other blocks down to smaller size. But that's my own opinion.....

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    Just for future use: when I am on a project I put a sticky note on my machine to let me know my needle and other settings if not default. Also, if it is a BOM I might put down which rulers I used too, so I use the same rulers each month. Then I keep the sticky with the project when I go to do something else. I need lots of notes!

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    Either idea, which ever you can live with. Welcome to my world of oops, still I am sorry for your problem.

    Alicat what a great tip, as I like to work on a two or three projects at once this will be a great help, thanks.
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    Thanks for all the feed back. I think I will add the small border carolaug suggested. I think I have enough fabric from each block to do that.
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    I think I would take the blocks apart and re-sew them. If that doesn't work, I would re-make them. I had this problem when I used 2 different machines one time. Lesson learned, whatever machine you start with, use it to do the whole project. I would think that that rule would apply to rulers as well. Good luck!

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    I would probably sash them too, but depending on the block, if that looked weird, i would redo them. If it were the other way around and you were trimming just 2 blocks, I would do that, but I would hesitate to trim so many blocks.

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    I would redo the blocks , if you must do a " fix" make at least one more block match the " fix"..they will fit into the finished quilt better..uneven always looks better and will not stick out as much...hope this makes sense..:-)

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    I also need lots of notes because I adjust the needle to get the correct seam width but since two adjustments are so close to the same size it is sometimes hard to remember the one I used.
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    I put a border on them and they look fine. I will do one more like that so that I have the odd number as suggested by nyleve. Hope I can find enough fabric to do one more. Thanks all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valleyquiltermo View Post
    I'd just take the 2 blocks apart that are to small and check the seam on the blocks that are 12 & 1/2 and reset the needle and resew the blocks. Just my 2 cents.
    Ditto! It was probably your re-setting of your needle that threw off these 2 blocks.

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    I have a same problem and haven't decided how to fix it. I probably won't be able to sleep at night unless I do over two 18" blocks.

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    I have a book on setting orphan blocks that suggests framing every block to a universal size. Some will have a frame a quarter inch wider than the others, but in the quilt, you won't notice it.

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    If the sashing idea won't work, I'd remake them. I'm always concerned about the 1/4 setting when I'm making my quilts too. I hate to take a break away from a step untill all elements of a particular step are done, for fear of having the seam allowance be off a bit.

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    I like Jacquie's idea, sounds like the solution to me.
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    I would undo the 2 smaller blocks and redo them with the same size seam allowance of the others.

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    I would pick out the sewing and redo with the correct seam allowance. You would be happier in the end

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    I agree with Valleyquilter, take them apart and resew.
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