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Thread: Getting frustrated here...

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    I am trying so hard to finish my churn dash quilt with the fussy cut centers. It was so pretty & was going so well, right up until the fabric shortage one block short of finishing the top & my sandwiching it! During making it I've run out of main fabrics, pinned the sandwich together twice because of a long cattycorner wrinkle in the backing & it's gone downhill from there. This morning I found out I'm a yard short on the binding & I must have clipped some of the fabric (that I'd run out of) on the front when clipping threads because I found a hole. I can not get rid of this quilt fast enough!!! My oldest daughter is waiting for it & it's just going from bad to worse.

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    Step back, do something else then do what is necessary to make it right. Your daughter will love it no matter what and be sure to not point out any errors:)

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    Although I've SID all around each block, I want to tie the center of each block. I got the embroidery floss out last night (just before the bird tried to make a work of art out of the skein), so...my question is, how much floss do I need to make each tie. Is four inches too short to get the ends in & tie it or should I cut longer pieces maybe 6", then trim it back?

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    Becky, I make ties just long enough to work with and then trim them when I'm finished.
    Your bird sounds like a character! lol :D

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    I did one years back that I tied and I went with 6 and cut them back, 4 was too short to handle to me.

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    This is the very reason that I always buy at least a yard more of each fabric than I think I'll need.

    Sorry you're having problems with this quilt. Set it aside for a few days then go back to it.

    Bindings don't have to be all one fabric. I've made some beautiful bindings by cutting varying lengths of all the different fabrics in the quilt and sewing them together randomly.

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    You don't cut the ties at all until after you've put the thread in the quilt unless you're fond of threading the needle. Thread with a very long piece, put the stitch in the quilt, pull it through it's until about three inches from the end, then cut the long thread to match. Go on to the next one. Go back, tie the ends - you can use a surgeon's knot - then trim to desired length.

    I'm sorry you are having so much trouble. There are days that make the quilts in Penney's catalog look good, but those aren't made with the love that's gone into this one. Can we see a picture?

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    The quilt that I'm making for my DGD will be one row short, kinda for the same reasons. I was cutting the last two blocks, which were five fabric strips sewed together, and I measured by starting at ONE instead of zero!! They were strip sets of five different fabrics, and I was too short to make any more, so now she will get a slightly shorter quilt and a matching pillow!!!
    When life gives you lemons, make lemon aid!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    This is the very reason that I always buy at least a yard more of each fabric than I think I'll need.

    Sorry you're having problems with this quilt. Set it aside for a few days then go back to it.

    Bindings don't have to be all one fabric. I've made some beautiful bindings by cutting varying lengths of all the different fabrics in the quilt and sewing them together randomly.
    It was a big piece of fabric 10 yrs ago, but has been used many times in small quantities. I purchased the binding & simply miscalculated how much I'd need. I bought two packs because the first quilt I made I used an actual pattern & it called for 6 yds & it worked. Finances are tight, so I've been nickel & diming it. I'll get through this, but this quilt is not on favorites list. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    You don't cut the ties at all until after you've put the thread in the quilt unless you're fond of threading the needle. Thread with a very long piece, put the stitch in the quilt, pull it through it's until about three inches from the end, then cut the long thread to match. Go on to the next one. Go back, tie the ends - you can use a surgeon's knot - then trim to desired length.

    I'm sorry you are having so much trouble. There are days that make the quilts in Penney's catalog look good, but those aren't made with the love that's gone into this one. Can we see a picture?
    Thank you, I like your way better than mine. I'll try it tomorrow. Today I'm too frustrated with it. Here's 3 pics of it. It's cold/windy outside & very tiny inside. They'll give you the idea anyway.
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    Oh I love it!!! And I totally agree with Raptureready- pieced bindings are awesome looking!! :)
    Sorry you've had problems honey!!!

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    Lucky car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jory
    Lucky car!
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    LOL! I'm sure it thought so too this morning! It got down to 27 degrees here last night & is only 43 now & windy. I had to shut one corner of the quilt in the car door to hold it down so I could get the picture!

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    It looks so great that I forgot what you said you did wrong.

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    The sun really does justice to the wonderful colors you chose! Your DD will be so happy with it! Please don't give in to your frustration: this quilt deserves to be finished with the same care you've already shown in getting it this far. Applique a little churn (or star) on any holes; piece the binding; take the embroidery floss away from the bird, and show us when you've finished it!

    Jory

    Have you been tempted to hand-quilt the outlines of the fussy-cut centers, rather than tying them? E.g., a running stitch around the flower, or dragon fly? It would go well with your SID quilting!

    And finally, 27 F? Are you kidding me? We had single digit temps last week!

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    Your quilt is beautiful. Take a break and then just finish it up. Your daughter will love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jory
    The sun really does justice to the wonderful colors you chose! Your DD will be so happy with it! Please don't give in to your frustration: this quilt deserves to be finished with the same care you've already shown in getting it this far. Applique a little churn (or star) on any holes; piece the binding; take the embroidery floss away from the bird, and show us when you've finished it!

    Jory

    Have you been tempted to hand-quilt the outlines of the fussy-cut centers, rather than tying them? E.g., a running stitch around the flower, or dragon fly? It would go well with your SID quilting!

    And finally, 27 F? Are you kidding me? We had single digit temps last week!
    Thank you. No, I'm just going to tye this one & ship it. DD/DGD are waiting for it's arrival for Christmas. I already shipped one to them, but told DD to wait until this one arrives to choose the one she wants;otherwise they'll fight over it. LOL!

    Yes, 27 degrees last night & we're in sunny Florida! Had to bring in my plants & tomatoes! Shades of New England! LOL.

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    Can you get more fabric online or maybe someone on here has some they would sell you. Do you know the name? Post a picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit
    Can you get more fabric online or maybe someone on here has some they would sell you. Do you know the name? Post a picture?
    Thank you for the websites. I've saved them and will check them out. I'm thinking a bumble bee applique might be cute to cover the hole since most fussy cuts are flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    Your quilt is beautiful. Take a break and then just finish it up. Your daughter will love it!!
    Thank you. I did what you suggested. The next new plan change is to pick up another package of binding after supper & a few bumble bee appliques to sprinkle around so the hole will be covered. Since most of the fussies are flowers, the bees will fit right in.

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    27 degrees in Florida?!!!!

    Please don't hate me, but right now it's 65 degrees in Denver, CO. So sorry.

    Holly

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I'm glad you figured out how to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skillon
    27 degrees in Florida?!!!!

    Please don't hate me, but right now it's 65 degrees in Denver, CO. So sorry.

    Holly
    No problem! At least Florida only gets 2 wks of this normally and no snow. LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    Your quilt is beautiful and I'm glad you figured out how to finish it.
    Thank you. I just got back with the binding and... no bumble bee appliques..had to get butterflies instead. I guess they'll work too. The way this day has gone, I'm lucky they had the butterflies! LOL!! I might even set up and try again tonight! :-)

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    I was too tired to work on it last night, but this morning I got up, put some brownies together to warm the place up & went to work. I am happy to say, 2 pretty little butterflies are placed at opposite ends as mystery surprises (Only one is covering a hole)& the binding now goes all the way around the quilt! Even the corners behaved this morning & are ready to be hand-stitched down to the back of the quilt! If I didn't have yet another dr. appt, it would be a wonderful day!!!

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