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Thread: Feel my pain

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    Super Member willferg's Avatar
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    So I'm working on a French Braid quilt using a bunch of gradated color fat quarters that I got for a steal of a deal at Michaels on clearance (alerted to this by a post on this board :lol: )

    I have five colors, with five shades in each. I started with a center square, and after attaching several braids on either end, I realized that I has miscalculated and was on track to make braids over 100 inches instead of just 54 inches.

    No worries, I just cut the beginning squares in half, and now I have twice as many braids as I needed but that's okay, right?

    So I got all the blues on, the greens, the yellows. It's gorgeous. Then I realized I was running out of time before I had to pick up my son, so I decided to cut the rest of the fabric. I cut all the pinks, then the purples...

    And on the NEXT TO THE LAST purple, I lost my concentration and cut one row an inch too small.

    ARGHHHH!

    I had to just walk away. I've been thinking and thinking, and my only choices are to try to sew small pieces back on (which will look sort of dorky but could work) or go try to buy another purple pack (but it won't be a screaming deal) to use just one fat quarter.

    Sigh. I know you all will understand!

    Laurie

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    Oh no!!!!

    I'm wondering how noticeable a seam will actually be after quilting, if you sew the pieces back together.

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    Post a pic of the fabric that you're short of & maybe someone has it in their stash & can give you a really good deal. You never know unless you ask. It'd bother me to sew on that small of a piece also.

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    How awful for you. Hope you find a way to salvage it.

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    If all you need is one fat quarter, I would just go to the LQS and buy one in the shade you need. At most, I wouldn't think it would cost over $3 tops. A small price to pay for the perfect quilt!

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    i'm thinking that piecing it won't show much

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    I hate when cutting mistakes happen! Perhaps you can cut a square to correspond to the position of the starting square and add the shorter pieces to it? It would look like you planned it?

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    Oh, that sucks! Too bad about your goof. I did something similar today. Just one strip though. I was cutting 1 1/2" strips for a blue log cabin that I'm going to donate to a silent auction. Silly me, cut one strip 1/2" too short.

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    If the purple is dark enough, a seam won't show. If you have enough fabric, go ahead and piece it. If it's a lighter purple, you might have to replace that fabric.

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    I want to see this quilt. It sounds awesome.

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    I have 16 pieces that should be 2" by 6" inches, and instead they are 2" by 5". If I sew on 16 little pieces to make them the right length, that little seam will be in the middle near the center square or near the edge and cut to the point where it might not stay on so well.

    I think I will go to Michaels and see if I can find that pack. I've already been through my stash and I don't have anything else that works. I have 16 pieces with the accent already, so I'd like to not have to redo those pieces.

    Sigh...

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    Michaels is associated with Joann Fabric. They might have the fat quarter you need. Good luck!

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    I'm always a nervous wreck when it comes to cutting fabric. One time, I measured once, measured twice, wrote down the measurement and still cut the fabric too small. Talk about being a chuckle-head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Michaels is associated with Joann Fabric. They might have the fat quarter you need. Good luck!
    I didn't know that!

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    Hi neighbor,sounds beautiful. Can you show us a picture? As dkabasketlady metioned maybe someone will have the same fabric. I have guite a lot of purples. Live near to you so wouldn't take long to send you a package. Then again it might be worth it just to go to Michaels. That way you are sure of the match. Let us know what you do. Good Luck. Hugs, BrendaK

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    If you can line up the cut pieces, fuse onto the back so it is one, then put an applique right over that area!

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    awwww. so sorry!

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    I'd sew on the end pieces, press them well and put the seam toward the outside edge if you are going to quilt it with a meander. If you are going to use straight lines in the quilting then it might show more. I had to add on to a strip in my son's quilt and now I can't find the seam and it's only pressed, not yet quilted.

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    Well, I went to Michaels and got the pack of purple fat quarters for $6.99, BUT I used my Joann's coupon (don't think they are related, they just honor competitors' coupons) for half off. So the fat quarter cost me $3.50 plus tax. And I have some extra purple fabric, never a bad thing, lol.

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    A seam won't be very noticable after it's quilted. Seam it and move on.

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    Glad you were able to find the pack and get the exact color you needed.

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    How frustrating!!! A pain we all can feel, lol. Good luck with your search for matching fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Michaels is associated with Joann Fabric. They might have the fat quarter you need. Good luck!
    They are? I didn't know that!!! I also didn't know that Michaels had fabric. Stopped going there because they didn't carry it. Will have to check it out!

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    I've done that. Make the seam. It will not show. Promise.
    MK

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    Pictures!

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