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Thread: Help, I'm scared. (new Quilter).

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    I pulled out a couple of quilt tops that a put together years (10?) years ago. I started to hand quilt one of them. I discovered that the seam to one of the blocks is coming apart. Tried to sew it back together by hand but it kept fraying. Put my problem on the QB. I have all the things that I need to fix it, but I'm scared to pick it up. :-( I don't want to ruin it. Every time I look at it my mind goes crazy. What do I do? :?:

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    Breathe :-)

    It will all work out :-)

    I am not a very experienced quilter but there will be someone on this message board that will be able to offer you the advice that you need. They are ALL wonderful around these parts :-)

    Best of luck to you!

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    you can do it, just get it out and start working on it, have fun!!!

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    10 years ago? You can't be that new, just feels like it ;-)

    Try some of the things you learned here, closer to the edges of the quilt, or maybe make a couple of samples with the same problem so you can see how it might look.

    And like someone else said, just breathe. The bigger waste will be if you do nothing with it.

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    Just go for it. It all works out eventually. If something falls apart maybe you can add something else or make it smaller. Fray check is great if it is raveling. Just put on edge (small amount is better) let it dry and you can handle it easier. Have fun. Happy Quilting

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    I have fray check. Do I put it on before I rip out the seam to put the fusible stuff under it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by karendenice
    I pulled out a couple of quilt tops that a put together years (10?) years ago. I started to hand quilt one of them. I discovered that the seam to one of the blocks is coming apart. Tried to sew it back together by hand but it kept fraying. Put my problem on the QB. I have all the things that I need to fix it, but I'm scared to pick it up. :-( I don't want to ruin it. Every time I look at it my mind goes crazy. What do I do? :?:
    I'd applique something large enough to cover if only 1 or 2 places.

    If it's a problem in more than a couple of seams, I'd cut a shape to cover in identical fabric and applique them on at every needed spot.

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    Already decided that I couldn't applique something on it. It would disfigure the quilt. The seam is only about an inch long and I tried to sew it together but it kept fraying. So after talking with the QB they suggested that I use fray check and the fusible material. But if I put the fray check on first will I be able to rip out the seam a little more and put the fusible stuff under it or should I rip the seam out first?

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    Sorry I sounded abrupt. didn't mean to. Just frustrated. I do listen to all the suggestions and really do appreciate them. Sorry again gollytwo. :-(

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    You shouldn't need to use both fray check and a fusible.

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    :oops: I already put the fray check on the edge of the material. Was planning to put the fusible web underneath and iron together. Is it too late? :?:

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    Probably not. You can iron over fray check with no problem.

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    I'm doing something wrong. :cry: I can't get the fusible web to stick. What do I do? :?:

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    Actually I got the fusible web to stick. But it's only stuck on one side of the seam. :roll: Now what?

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    I have an old quilt from a friend's daughter ready for surgery. It has quite a few seams that have come undone and frayed so sewing them together is not an option. I have decided to make rectangular applique pieces to hand sew over the open seams. As the blocks are in a regular pattern, I will have to put the same applique in several spots on the block to look even and balanced. Maybe you could do something like that too.

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    I thought about that but I'm out of that material (except for what I need for the Binding). But I did get the seam to stay together.The bad part is that the seam is kinda stiff. But it's better than the alternative. I just hope that it stays together. Am praying. Also the quilt doesn't really lend itself to applque. But if this doesn't work I will have to find some material to match and figure something out. Maybe circles. My daughter is into polka dots.

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    Also, I have a question about appliqueing (sp). I already have the top layered and partially han quilted. How would I applique on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by karendenice
    Sorry I sounded abrupt. didn't mean to. Just frustrated. I do listen to all the suggestions and really do appreciate them. Sorry again gollytwo. :-(
    nothing to be sorry for - no offense taken
    I'm from NYC - thick skin

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    I can't get anything to work. I've tried fray check and fusible webing and then fray check again. See :shock:

    Bad Seam. What to do?
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    Hey gollytwo I used to live in NY. New York city and Rochester.

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    If it is just one seam, could you applique something fun over the seam? Maybe something that your daughter likes (flowers, butterflies, ladybugs....)? If you do a basic applique, where you turn the seam allowance under as you go, then you can just use a basic tiny stitch to secure the applique shape to the top layer of the quilt. It's not hard - maybe a little tedious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karendenice
    I'm doing something wrong. :cry: I can't get the fusible web to stick. What do I do? :?:
    Did you make sure that you took the backing off of the other side of the fusible? A lot of the fusibles have a backing on them so they adhere to one side of the fabric and not gunk up your iron.

    If worse comes to worse, I can see an cute applique project on the horizon. :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by karendenice
    Hey gollytwo I used to live in NY. New York city and Rochester.
    re: NYC: What, if anything, do you miss?

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    Hey, I loved it up there I was a kid. Loved the winters most. The only bad part was that I was a kid and we didn't go see any shows. But, if I could retire anywhere that I wanted I would go to York, Maine. Not to far from Portsmith, NH. Loved all the seasons. Snow, fall, spring and lived close to the ocean. What a life. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by karendenice
    I'm doing something wrong. :cry: I can't get the fusible web to stick. What do I do? :?:
    Did you make sure that you took the backing off of the other side of the fusible? A lot of the fusibles have a backing on them so they adhere to one side of the fabric and not gunk up your iron.

    If worse comes to worse, I can see an cute applique project on the horizon. :-D :-D
    I have never used fusible before. No. I did not take the backing off until about 2:30 this morning. :oops: But I almost cried when it worked. I looks a little funky because of all that I did to it but it works. Also my daughter was over for dinner earlier when I was working on it. She kept saying that it didn't need to be perfect and that it was looking good. Little does she know that it will be an abject lesson for her come Christmas. It's going to be her present and the fact that her mother is not perfect (no one else is either) will be learned by her yet another time. Thanks for all of you alls help. I took a picture of the whole wuilt but it hasn't shown up in my e-mail yet Will post it at soon as I can.
    Again, thank you all.

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