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Thread: Help! What should I do??

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    I made 12 blocks for a lap quilt and none of them are square or the same size. Do I square and size each block up before sewing into rows or try to even the rows up or what! If I do that is it going to look worse? It all looks like a big mess at the moment. I'm really disappointed in myself. It's obvious that I didn't take my time be precise with my cuts and now I'm gonna pay the price!
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    Measure all the blocks find the smallest and cut the rest down to match that size- or you can add borders to make the blocks more uniform in size but that will be more challenging. Better to fix it now :lol:

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    Definately take the time to square up before you sew together. You may need to adjust a block or two but it should work out fine.. Easier to square up blocks than the whole quilt

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    You may be disappointed with yourself, but I sure do like the blocks! It will be astounding when you get it together!

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    sweetie, it was not you..it is all those triangles..was bound to happen...

    did you wash your fabric? If not, then you can just measure the smallest and cut them all down..
    IF yes, then spray them with water, and BLOCK them out with the iron, then measure the smallest and cut down. You might find that after they are blocked, they won't be so bad! :thumbup:

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    some say our best teachers are when we make a mistake.
    Accuracy is key to good quilt making.
    Accurate marking or measuring
    Accurate cutting
    Accurate sewing
    and take your time in doing each of the above.

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    Definitely square them up before you sew them together. Otherwise you're just asking for puckers and valleys and hills. You can do a certain amount of easing, but if they are all different sizes probably following what others have suggested is best.

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    If you square them to the smallest you will have an easier time putting the top together. Odds are, you will be fighting the seams to match if you don't. Speaking from experience. BTW, not sure why you need sizing.

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    I agree with the advice above, but if this design would benefit from sashing, you could also try that and adjust the sashing strips to add whatever you need to each block.

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    You have already been given some great advice, but I just wanted to say hang in there! I know sometimes it is frustrating.

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    I made a quilt with blocks similar to the ones you posted. Mine came out like your did, not all the same size. I bought a 12 inch square ruler and squared all the blocks to the smallest block. The quilt turned out nice and no one knew (okay, now everyone does!! LOL!!) but me. I backed it with fleece and it is a favorite of DGD's.

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    sounds like you're getting great feedback and support for members, and I agree, perfection is not the goal, it's all about process and making something work better than you thought, despite challanges that will always pop up along the way, other wise what would be the fun? You work looks beautiful, hope you post a picture of the finished project! :)

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    I do not think any block I've made was ever just the right square. always have to square up each block and sometimes before block is completed. Good luck on yours as it looks like a beautiful quilt coming together. :)

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    Love the fabric! I'm doing my pinwheel blocks with Sunkissed layer cakes. Definitely square your blocks before sewing them into rows. Trust me, it will create fewer problems in the long run. Find the smallest square and make them all that size. I usually have to fix mine as well.

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    Thanks for the advice. I hope this works out, I'll post when finished! I knew I could count on getting fast and goodhelp from y'all.

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    What is the name of the block or pattern you are using? I'd like to give it a try. Your block is gorgeous even if it may not be perfect. I can't tell. I'd love to see this when you get it put together.

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    I'd square them up to match the smallest block!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts
    Definately take the time to square up before you sew together. You may need to adjust a block or two but it should work out fine.. Easier to square up blocks than the whole quilt
    Yep. Square the blocks FIRST. a LOT easier!

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    Are you sure they are different sizes? have you pressed each one to see. sometimes I will think mine are off but once I press them they are all the same. If they are off then i would take the smallest and cut them all down unless there is only one small one then i would remake that one to fit the others.

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    sounds like you have gotten what you need.... isn't this group wonderful!!!...love your squares, once you square them up & get it together it will be beautiful!!

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    they would be easy to square up to the same size...no points to cut off..LOL I would starch them all, press and then square up so they are all the same size...viola...easy piecing.

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    Had the same problem with a d9p I had in my UFO stash. Think I was trying to sew it too fast and stretched some out of shape. Just gave them a final press and cut them the same size. Quilt went together like a charm and lays flat. If the quilt police look it over, they will find that the strips are not all the same width. but a rider on a fast horse will not see that.

    Love your fabrics.

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    These are Great Colors, going to be cute!!
    Square'em up and go for it!! With the prints being multi color will help cover any not quite the same size, agree w/above triangle are not easy.

    Will be a lesson learned and fine in the end, don't give up!! and yes we want to see the finished top :)

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    Do what several others have said. Measure your blocks and take the smallest and cut the rest to match that and you should be good to sew them together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutt
    I made 12 blocks for a lap quilt and none of them are square or the same size. Do I square and size each block up before sewing into rows or try to even the rows up or what! If I do that is it going to look worse? It all looks like a big mess at the moment. I'm really disappointed in myself. It's obvious that I didn't take my time be precise with my cuts and now I'm gonna pay the price!
    Yes square up your blocks to the smallest one.

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