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    Help HELP! I broke it!

    Made a quilt design and it is really cute. My problem. The blocks are on point and mrs smartypants math whiz MISCALCULATED the corner pieces and triangles (made them too small.) What that means is that my corner points come all the way to the edge leaving me less than 1/8 inch to add a border. I suppose the best answer here is to go ahead and unsew those and make them bigger so they overlap and leave me an edge at attach border to. Do you think that will work?
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    I am a complete newby, but that is so lovely that I think it is worth cutting new pieces.

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    Hi, Tracy! Yes, I think you would be much happier if you were to unsew the small ones and cut bigger. It certainly would work! I very much like your purple and the bunnies!
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    Removing and cutting new, larger ones would definitely work. Actually, I always cut my triangles overly large, sew them on, and then trim to size afterwards. That way I don't have to rely too much on my math skills (which have definitely rusted with the years......).

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    Been there, done that. If you have enough fabric, the best solution would be to take off the edge triangles and put new ones on that are big enough to include the seam allowance. Having learned my lesson once, I now cut my setting and corner triangles about 1/2" big and then trim them to leave that essential 1/4" so the block points don't get cit off. My theory is: if you haven't done this, you haven't designed enough on point quilts yourself. It's part of the learning process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tothill View Post
    I am a complete newby, but that is so lovely that I think it is worth cutting new pieces.
    YOu're a smart Newbie!!!


    Missus Fear ... ITA ... the best way to correct this is to unsew and cut new setting triangles. I usually oversize them. and once sewn in place, I press the whole top well, and then trim the excess. That way you can get it all nicely squared and trimmed before you add the borders/bindings.

    You've got a lovely piece and you'll be more than happy you took the time to back track and correct it.

    (and I bet you'll remember this and will never cut setting triangles wrong again!!
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    I always make all my setting triangles oversize, sometimes I 'float' the blocks, but usually I trim them down to the appropriate size. It will be worth you time to unsew and cut new pieces because this is an absolutely beautiful quilt!

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    Dog gone it! Been there done that! It looks like it is just the edge blocks that are short. If I had enough fabric, I would cut larger replacement blocks. If you are short fabric, it is time to add a design element. You could add an inch or more of one of the other fabrics along the outside edge of the triangles you already have. Recut the triangles to position the added fabric in from the edge a bit so they become a design element and don't look added on. Your blocks are really cute!

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    I would cut bigger triangles & fix it. I'm no expert tho. However, I do know that I luv that quilt & the colors that you used. Please post pic when completed.

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    Been there, done that and have a mathematics degree to boot, but as mentioned, you only do that once!
    Here's a link with a handy dandy chart of common block sizes and the size triangles needed to set the blocks on point:
    http://quiltbug.com/articles/on-point.htm
    very cute quilt, worth the time and effort to cut new pieces.
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    It's really cute so far - as others have said - if you have enough fabric to cut new setting triangles - I think that would be the better way to go.

    If it's for a little one to be used - I think the quilt will survive better if it has at least 1/4 inch seam allowances.

    If it's to be looked at only - then - maybe - you could get by with skimpy 1/8 inch seam allowances.

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    If budget affords for next time Nifty Notions rulers has one that eliminates the need for math and has a little extra built in for trimming. It's a really cute quilt. Let us know what you decide to do, with pics of finished quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Removing and cutting new, larger ones would definitely work. Actually, I always cut my triangles overly large, sew them on, and then trim to size afterwards. That way I don't have to rely too much on my math skills (which have definitely rusted with the years......).
    Ditto that!! The quilt I'm working on now has the side setting tri's still hanging off the edge a bit until I'm done with the applique - then I'll trim the tri's when I square up the whole the quilt top before sandwiching/quilting.

    But yes - that quilt is too cute to not fix. If you have enough fabric, fix it.

    BTW - the one I'm working on also has appliqued bunnies
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    Yes, if you have the fabric, and time, and patience, recut those pieces, otherwise YOU will see them every time you look at the quilt....If you don't have any of the above, then let it go and LEARN from this adventure......
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    What a bummer! You could try a teeny weeny seam, but the blocks are so darn adorable, you'll be happier if you change it.
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    PaperPrincess, thanks for site and chart -- will be helpful in future projects.
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    As long as you are deconstructing, you might want to turn the 9 patch in the block second from the bottom on the right. The solid lavender square is in a different position from all the others. Or was that your deliberate mistake? )

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    Your blocks are pretty!
    If you try to put the top together with setting triangles that are too small, the whole thing will be wavy and/or it just won't lay flat.

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    You designed this? It's just beautiful! I, too, would like to see the completed quilt.

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    This quilt is just adorable! I love the bunnies.

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    It's so cute, love the colors! I would unsew and make bigger corner pieces and triangles.
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    Yes, you will never be happy if you don't cut new pieces. The existing pieces that are too small can be used in another project.
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    I'm a fairly newby, but I wonder what would happen if you would sew a tiny - 1/4" border around the blocks. That way you would not need to redo everything. Does that make sense?
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    it looks great! If you have enough fabric, definitely re-do it! ;0) It will be worth it . . ;0)

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    Go with the good advice here on QB. Lovely quilt. I like the colors.

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