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Thread: Frustrating Day of Quilting

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    Frustrating Day of Quilting

    I know that I am not the only one who has done this but it sure is frustrating. I sew a section of my quilt back, which I decided to spruce up and piece it. I sew the length of the quilt incorrectly TWICE! All those little pieces of thread. That took me a couple of hours to get straight. After my piecing of the main section was finally finished, I started to trim up the piece in order to get ready for some borders. I thought all was going well until I realized that the distances from the pieced section to the outer edge (top) of the back are different than the other end. So frustrated. I have decided (since I already trimmed the extra fabric) that I will leave it as it is. It is the back so it should be okay, right? Please say, "Yes!" There are no quilt police at my door so I guess I am okay. So, so frustrated. Need to pull myself together and finish this back and get the quilt quilted. Thanks for listening. Tomorrow is another day!

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    So sorry! Yes. I've been there, but doesn't make it easier for you! After this horrendous day, tomorrow is usually 10 times better!
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    Everything sounds okay to me. Sounds like you are tired. After a good night's sleep, everything will look groovy and good!
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    Sound like a good reason to relax with a glass of wine or some very good chocolate to take your mind away from it! Tomorrow is another day and things will go better.

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    I will often put a block or two on the back of my quilts and I don't always make sure everything is equidistance from each edge. That is my creative license!!!
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    My day is the same. Cut the borders 4 equal pieces! Duh!!!! Now have to use cornerstones.

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    After fighting with FMQing a large quilt on a DSM I could not wait to be done, except one corner of the quilt got flipped under and double quilted. No wander my machine was squealing (and so was I).

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    I know the feeling quite well, having had issues with 9-patches recently. Your best bet is to back away from the machine for a while...give yourself a break. Tomorrow is another day - I'm sure that you will look at it and wonder why you had any problems at all. Good Luck!

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    Call it modern and pretend you planned it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    Call it modern and pretend you planned it that way.
    Sounds like a plan to me.

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    BTDT. I usually lay my top out as flat as possible and then take my backing fabric and fold and maneuver as necessary to get to where I need to be. Still doesn't always work but I've had more success than failure that way. Tomorrow is another day.

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    Ah, another wonderful day in the wonderful world of quilting!! Leave it, have a glass of wine and a hot bath, and things will be better tomorrow. My mom used to say (over and over and over).... this too shall pass!!
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    Buy a large bag of M&M's and call it a day. I put mine in the freezer, just love them so cold. (M&M's, not the quilts.) Not only do I like them better this way but no one else can find them either.
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    I know what you mean, I hate froggy (constantly having to rip out) and discombubalated (just can't do anything right) days!!! We all have them and it's okay to scream and throw it down and come back tomorrow!!! Ask me how I know....LOL

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    Been there, done that. Best advice..go have the chocolate

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    I hate piecing backs, I always get them turned around, even if I mark them. Of course, I usually have it half pinned before I discover it. I then have to wraggle it around so I can add a piece to it, that I have cut off the longer sides/ends. I try to get the wide backing fabric.
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    Please know you're not alone...I've had those days where I couldn't sew a straight seam to save my life. After ripping out the same seam for the third time, I just back away and come back a day or two later when my mind is fresh. Must have been a fluke for you that day. You can always say it's the same as those quilts where one block on the front is purposely turned or positioned the wrong way...except your's is the backing instead of the front. What the heck are those particular quilts called anyway? Somebody help out. :-)
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    I never make any part of my pieced backs even - I always do them off center or off something On Purpose. Do you know how hard it is to get everything even when you go to quilt! This way you start off center and don't have to worry about it.

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    Sounds like this quiltneeds to be put in "time out" for a while. These things don't have to be perfect. BTW: I use a scalpel to snip the stitches while the DH uses gentle pressure to ease the pieces apart. Very fast!

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    Most of us can relate...just recently I worked ALL DAY LONG on one BOM and was so frustrated at it not going together correctly I balled it up and threw it in a corner of my sewing room.....a couple days later I picked it up, ironed it up and finished it up without a hitch.....frustration and being tired really gives us fits!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I hate piecing backs,c.
    The said, I always purchase 108" wide fabric and call it a day!!

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    I couldn"t keep the 4 colors on the rail fence in the right order. I gave it up for the day.

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    I, personally, have never made a mistake. I never scream at inert fabrics. My froggy ripper is just like new. Every seam is perfect, due to my perfectionistic nature. AND I never lie. By the way, I am very young and very beautiful (anyway, that's what I tell my 80 year old DH and HE believes me!).

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    It is the back and they usually take care of themselfs. No one knows what size the pieces were supposed to be except you. Tomorrow is another day

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    I have found, if I start making mistakes, to just Stop. Usually I am wanting to finish and keep going even when I realize I'm tired. I know, been there, done that, and not with just quilting. But it is always best to just stop and get some rest, walk away and go back later when you are fresh.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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