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Old 10-20-2018, 01:36 PM
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I am making a memory bowtie quilt. Actually I've finished it! However as I was finishing the binding, I noticed that one square was catching lint & strings. Upon closer review, I found out that I had sewn the block "wrong side out"! I had used some interfacing on a white t-shirt square. When I made the bowtie, I must have turned the square over, hence it has the interfacing on the top of the quilt. Any suggestions as to a possible fix? Do I just leave it & call it my humility block? Will the interfacing wash off? It's going to a male college freshman & is made from his deceased grandpa's shirts.
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Old 10-20-2018, 01:38 PM
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I would applique the quilt label over it, if the block isn't too big. If not any applique will hide it.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:18 PM
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Ouch! I think something has to be done to correct or hide the mistake because this is going to another person and it will have very personal memories for him. Unless you used a wash away stabilizer, it will not disintegrate. Possible solutions would depend on how the quilt has been quilted and if the block is in the center of the quilt or near the edge. Can we have more info please or perhaps a picture?
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:21 PM
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I have made a raw edge applique over a turned piece before on a quilt that was completed. Maybe you could do the same, just make a duplicate block and put it over the backwards block. follow the same quilting lines and it will blend in.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:31 PM
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Sorry this happened, but you have got to fix this. Similar mistakes have happened to all of us.....which is why we all have "solutions" to the various situations. Show us a pic and we can offer you a solution to your block.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:36 PM
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I noticed a similar problem on one of my quilts. I had hand quilted the majority of the quilt. I had a star block that the points were facing the wrong direction. I was able to pull the block out, fix it, reinstall and go on my merry way.

I'm not overly familiar with interfacings or stabilizers but I think I would rip it apart and flip the block over. Tedious process to be sure but since it is a memory-type quilt, I would feel compelled to fix it and 'make it right'.

Good luck!
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:10 PM
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I would have to fix it, even if it was for myself.

I hope it goes easy for you.
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:12 PM
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Can you appliqué a block over it?
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:01 PM
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I would either fix the block or applique something that will represent his life over it. Maybe the mascot for the college he's going to, or a favorite hobby. Or, can you cut all that interfacing away until there is just a fringe left at the seam line? Then you could just applique a small border around the block, covering that icky seam and call it done. In quilting, mistakes make us think outside the box. This is your opportunity.
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:13 PM
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Ugh!! I’m so sorry that happened! I feel for you!! So you know you are not alone, we’ve all had that ”Oh, noooooooo!!!” moment. But you’ll fix it in a way you’ll be proud of, one way or another. Let us know how it turns out while we cheer you on from the virtual sidelines.
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