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Old 02-11-2018, 08:15 AM
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This has been a difficult quilt top for me. The photo below is of the center section. I've taken it apart, recut and resewn it numerous times, as my measurements have not been correct. I finally got it to fit (besides the right section is a 1/4" too long). I put it up on the design wall and see a glaring error. That square is totally crooked. Is there a fairly easy way to fix this? Fixing the square is not that difficult, but getting it out and putting it back together seems like a huge undertaking.

It's on the first section where I started. So, if I take it "all the way" apart, I have to remake the whole thing. I'm sure I can get that one square out, but don't think I can put it back in using the sewing machine. Would hand sewing work?

I'm not that experienced at quilting, so may have tackled something more difficult than I knew. I have another two sections that I have to make fit, and I'm already worn out with it.

Any ideas would be appreciated.


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Old 02-11-2018, 08:25 AM
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Bkay- you've said before that you are newish to quilting but what I've seen so far is really nice!! But I see what you mean. I don't think it looks bad but since you asked- what about a touch of applique around that square to straighten it? Someone else will probably have a better solution though. It would be a pain to redo it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:37 AM
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Personally, if it was me, I'd leave it. I don't think it looks that bad. I know how things glare at you when you're working on it, but when it's all done and quilted it isn't noticeable. I think what you've done so far looks great!
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:39 AM
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Been there done that. Sooo many times. I don't think you need to take the whole thing apart. Just take that white saddle square out, with a few stitches into the brown colored seam. You should still have enough of the seam on the brown floral to ease in the saddle square. Use a small ruler and marking pen or chalk to straighten up the square. Pin and baste stitch the sides down first. Press. Measure again. If the sides of the brown floral are balanced, pin and baste stitch the top of the square to the brown. Press. Measure again. If the sides are eye appealing, sew with your normal stitching on machine. This is how I do it. Merely a suggestion. Others may have another idea. I truly believe this will work for you.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:46 AM
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I had to look for a while to see it.

Do you have any more of the border fabric that is around the images?

If you do, I would take out that square and reframe it. It looks to me like you could do partial seams to replace the unit.

Or take it apart, make the inner border a bit wider - which might be a bit noticeable, but maybe less noticeable? , recut the outer borders and put the unit back in the top.

After noticing it - which did take me a while to spot - it would bother me, too.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:51 AM
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Make a new block and applique it over the crooked block then cut out the old block from behind it. Once quilted no one will ever know.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:07 AM
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It doesn't look that crooked and I suspect it was printed wrong. I would leave it and gently reposition it as much as possible when I quilt it. Quilting usually moves the top some and texture will disguise it.
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Me, I am not a perfectionist. I would leave it. It does not look like that square is very big compared to the size of the whole quilt. Once it is quilted and there is more texture to the top it will not be as obvious.

You have done a lovely job on your Texas Quilt and should be proud of what you have created.
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I would take the stitching out between the saddle block & floral frame, but not the whole thing. I would start half way down the sides & the whole bottom. Pin to the new position and re stitch. If you can't get all the way to the 2 lower corners without it bunching, leave them a bit open & hand stitch. If the seam on the left side winds up being a bit to skimpy, then take a piece of light weight fusible interfacing & iron it on the back over the seam. You want at least 1/2" on both sides of the seam, so it should be at least 1" wide. This is how you would fix a seam that has come loose after laundering your finished quilt.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:21 AM
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I don't have any extra of the small blocks, but enough of the brown sashing to re-do it.

Given I've taken it apart 5 times and re-done it, I guess one more time won't kill me. I'm just going to take out part of that center section. I believe I can do it in an hour or so. I have some more of the small blocks that go in the top and bottom section, so I'll put this center section back together with one of those blocks. Then re-do the saddle block for the top or bottom section. This quilt is for the DH, so, I'll have to look at it forever and that's the first thing I'll see.

I also decided to fix the right hand side while I'm taking apart again.

SusieQoh, I've made a couple of disappearing 9 patches, a couple of I Spy quilts and rescued an estate sale top (all lap size), so I'm not totally without experience, but this will only be my 6th quilt. I've made it a point to do easy things so far. It never occurred to me that this would be difficult. Either I can't measure or I can't add fractions.

Thanks for your input. Once I put it on paper, I decided just to fix it right. I'm never going to be happy with it unless I do.

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