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Thread: Frustration

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    I seriously need to vent. I purchased 2 sun printed blocks (subject turtles) . I am making up my own pattern for a wall hanging , it uses logs and corner blocks around the turtle blocks. (The blocks are to be set vertically.) I haven't worked on a quilt for a while, or for that matter any sewing, so I am rusty. My piecing is slightly off especially on the small corner blocks. But I felt that I could work around that if I couldn't completely make adjustments. So I continued to sew , joining the turtle blocks together in the center of the future wall hanging. One of the small block junctures was very "off"....then I realized the turtle blocks are not the same size. I have a real mess. I don't really want to take it completely a part,but I don't know if I would be happy with it if I don't. I have thought about embellishing the quilt in the "off" areas. I will try to fix as much of the worst area as I can....I just get frustrated when things go wrong and I get impatient with myself. thanks for listening.

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    (((HUGS))) I hate when this happens!!!
    The blocks should have been the same size, we shouldn't have to measure everything :roll:
    I hope that you can get it all worked around in a way that you are happy with :D:D:D

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    Can you post some measurements and some pics so we can help!
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    I will try. Right now I am just too frustrated with myself for being impatient and for forgetting to measure the main blocks.

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    I have already had to rip out stitches and sew strips over and over. I think this might be one wallhanging that I put away for a while and return to it when I am less upset.

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    sorry to hear that you are having problems :cry: it probably is a good idea to put it away and maybe try something else..thats what I do when things dont go quite how I want them to..chin up!

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    I hate when that happens!
    I sure hope you can figure out and get it fixed!

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    I'm so sorry. Keep us informed.

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    I feel your pain, was working on a quilt top yesterday, blocks sewn together in rows, then add a sashing and another row. The day before things went really well and I got 5 of the 9 rows sewn together, yesterday however there was on row I rippped out three times, it just would not line up and when I finally overdcame that issue went to put on a sashing piece and I completely sewed it on upside-down (directional fabric). Time to step away from the sewing machine :evil:

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    We all have days like this. Took all day to make a 12" block this week, kept sewing the pieces wrong, had cut some pieces wrong, sewed a row upside down, ETC: LOL Just walk away for awhile, and the n you will think how you want to fix it.

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    You can still use camoflauge. Using what you have now, create wonky blocks. If the centers are not perfect, it will be lost because of the odd angles at the block edges.

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    UGH!!!! I hate when that happens!!!!

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    I feel your pain. We have all been there. I have a little bit of advice for you that MIGHT help.

    -Stitch, press, measure, square up. Stitch, press, measure, square up.

    I know that this sounds so basic and mundane, but it really does make a difference. I have found that if I measure my block after every seam and make sure that it is the size it should be, I have better end results. It takes longer---but it is worth the effort.

    If your block consistently measures too small, then you can correct one of two ways---either make your 1/4" seams scant, or cut your fabric a little bit wider and then trim to size.

    Some days the sewing machine gods just seem to be against us. I hope after you have had a chance to take a few deep breaths you will be able to go back in and make it all right.

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    Most likely all of us have done that one time or another. I hate ripping out, but certainly have done my share!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skpkatydid
    I have already had to rip out stitches and sew strips over and over. I think this might be one wallhanging that I put away for a while and return to it when I am less upset.
    Sorry to hear how upset you are. Take a deep breath, and put it aside for awhile. That's what I do.

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    I feel your pain. I agree - just set it aside for now, otherwise the frustration will only get worse. I think some blocks have gremlins in them that just don't want to get together.

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    I feel your pain. The 3rd quilt I started was - Playing cards. Being new at this, I didn't square up the blocks as I went. What a mess

    They are now in a bag in the closet - buried.

    But I will not make that mistake again, however I know I will make others - it is good to have this group to help fix these problems
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    Thank you for all your support and suggestions. Thanks Marcia, I tried the press and square idea and it does look better. Plus I am the Queen of Embellishments. lol I am not going to rip any more out. I am going to sew on the last border,prepare for quilting, quilt it and emblish the "wonky" places. Plus I am just learning to machine quilt, so what better to practice on than an already imperfect piece. What more could happen! lol

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    Trying again. Here is the offending wall hanging top.
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    It doesn't look bad to me. I still screw up and mess up at least a few times a quilt or it seems like it to me. I have become a very fast ripper. I can't make a perfect quilt but, I sure have perfected ripping. I have made about 89 quilts and comforters over the past 44 years. Some I thought I would be happy with, then I wasn't. If it is not to my liking I stop before I get too far and start ripping and redo. Keep trying you will get better. I am very good at just keep working and not stopping until I get it right. DD says I like banging my head against the wall, meaning I am stubborn and won't give up. I am what I am.

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    I don't think it looks bad either. It took me a bit to figure out that the bottom square is a little bigger than the top one. My recommendation: Add some irregular embellishment and nobody will notice. You could add some algae, sparkleys, ...whatever suits your fancy. Honest, I think you are too hard on yourself - - - and a wallhanging by definition is a piece of art.

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    Each time you see this wall hanging, you'll remember the lessons you learned from it. Just be glad it's a small project & not a huge quilt that you're almost finished with. Love the turtles. Great theme for your wall hanging, or a quilt.

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    It doesn't look bad to me. I do love your fabrics.

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    Jingleberry, I plan on taking a motif from the leftover border material to applique on that "wonky" spot.

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    I think it looks pretty good....anyway Mad is right embellish away...it's art...It certainly looks better than some of the "art" I saw last time I visited our city Art Gallery.

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