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Thread: Have you ever made a quilt that had a mind of its own?

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    a few years ago my mother gave me a fabric panel with WWII planes on it, I guess she was going to make a quillow out of it. Well my 10yr old son saw it and loved it, I however did not. Last week he was sick and I felt so bad for him that I started on this panel and decided it wouldn't look right if I just quilted the panel as a whole, so I chopped it up to make something really cool. I have been fighting with thing non-stop, I cant even get the binding to go on right and I am good at binding. The thing needs to go in the trash. Thanks for letting me vent. I'll post a picture when its finally done or I will have my DH post my obituary it depends on who wins this battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimom
    I'll post a picture when its finally done or I will have my DH post my obituary it depends on who wins this battle.
    ^^THAT made me crack up! Thanks for the morning laugh. Best of luck with it!

    :thumbup:

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    Good luck! LOL

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    Yes, I have been there!! I started a quilt six years ago, well I have learned a lot since then, so now I know all of the mistakes in it. My daughter says it's beautiful, but I know that love it blind, and I am so unhappy with it. So it sits. . . .
    I wish you the best of luck! Win the battle! You can do it!! :thumbup:

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    Oh I am sorry when they don't want to be made into what we want them to be. my avatar was the same way it wanted to be something else after fighting with it I gave in and this is how it wanted to be made :) Just beat the quilt into submission and it will soon learn who is boss!!

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    Maybe the planes don't know the war is over! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Maybe the planes don't know the war is over! Good luck!
    lol good one

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    I feel your pain, I have been there :(

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    Yes, OH YES!! The one I'm working on now. I finally had the front in 3 pieces, after fighting with each of them. I swear on my honor that each and every seam in this @#$% lap quilt has been ripped and sewn at least 3 times (I"m now on my way to buy a half dozen seam rippers, I've hurled all of mine across the room and can't find any now, and one is needed..again) and the last edging on each one I just sewed together. Looked nice, till I put it beside the other two and discovered that AGAIN I'd not accurately measured all the edgings. The one I just firmly sewed on is 3/4 of an inch at least larger than any of the others...
    This is one that my sister loves, and is giving me encouragement from her long distance phone. She is a love, though I'm not too sure she's ever sewed on a button....maybe I can pretend that I was adopted and just found my real family who are nudists and live in a hot country so never need nor understand quilts.

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    I bet your son will love it no matter what it looks like.

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    the quilt I am making now--I miscut one block that was paper-pieced. So, I decided to make it anew only this time, I'd pay attention when trimming it to size, meaning I'd cut on the right lines. So, I did. Very carefully, with lots of attention. Guess what? it looks exactly like the one I'd replaced. Somehow, I made the same mistake, exactly the same mistake. So much so, that I went to my scrap bin to see if I'd taken it out again in error! NOPE. so I left it as it was figuring that's how it was meant to be...

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    I had to redo the blocks for my row robin 3 times. It was as if I had never done a 12.5" block in my life. Was ready to tear my hair out - but bald is not a good look for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    I bet your son will love it no matter what it looks like.
    that thought is what started the problems. When it came time to put the border on I did not have enough navy blue, I went to Joans to buy more and couldnt find the right color, so I went home cause I had some other dark blue I could use, but decided to go with this stuff my mother gave me. After I cut it and started to sew the strips together I noticed it was almost a satin on one side. I checked with my son and he said it looked cool so I used it. Oh god what a mistake. Then I didn't have backing fabric layed on the table correctly and as I was inserting the last 2 safety pins (pinned 10" apart, another mistake) I noticed it and decided I would just cut the border down when I was done quilting. Well I have one whole side with binding sewn down and my son is so happy.

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