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Thread: I could just kick myself!

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    Stupid quilting math! Just when you think what we're doing isn't rocket science.....

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    I can sure relate to making mistakes - last weekend I was working on a project for my online class - a little zippered bag. Had trouble with the serger and realized that I had not cut off the end of the zipper just as it got to the blades. So I stopped sewing, cut the end of the zipper off, continued to sew. That end stitched out just beautifully. Got ready to stitch the other end and started to cut off the excess zipper. That's when I noticed that I had cut off the zipper pull on the other end. Oh well! You know what they say - "STUFF happens!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudgoddess View Post
    Stupid quilting math! Just when you think what we're doing isn't rocket science.....
    I completely agree. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I've done similar boo boos. It is usually when I am being super careful, the pattern is difficult and the fabric is expensive.
    I know what you mean. My thoughts exactly.

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    Sooo, at our guild meeting this month they passed out pkgs. with block pattern and wow background fabric for each of us to make a block for the president's quilt. There is just enough wow to make one block (the other fabric is your choice of anything turquoise). Sooo..... need 4 - 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" wow blocks and 4 - 3 1/2" by 6 1/2" wow rectangles, (you know where this is going, right?) Blocks.... done! Rectangles, measured 3 times, cut 6"!!!! There is no more background fabric available!!!!! Can I blame it on the ruler??

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    Maybe you can use the ones you cut wrong in the border. That might be unique.
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    We've all been there---Some of us more than others! lol Just get another jelly roll and make 2. Then you will will have an extra gift on hand.

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    Well if this is a first for you your doing well! I just hate messing up too!

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    I am working on a quilt for my daughter - three fabrics - one size block - you would think it would be easy ... WRONG! I have bought extra fabric twice! Now I know why I LOVE scrappy quilts!

    Because I have two different rulers to do the same block, the directions for cutting are different for both of them because one is going to make 8" blocks and the other 10" blocks - but I wanted the 10" size and cut for the 8" size - then I needed more fabric because smaller blocks equals more needed - then cut one whole strip of blocks 1/2" too short --- ARGH!!!!

    This should be easy and it has been more work than some of the more complicated quilts I have made - which is usually the case for me - I think it must be that I look at the pattern and think "this will be easy", then I don't do as good a job reading the instructions as I should ...

    It will be fun to see a picture of your finished project.

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    Been there, done that, too!! I will say that I only cut enough fabric to finish the block(s) that I'm working on at that moment.

    And let me one up you guys......Imagine having a vision of a quilt - buy all the fabric - out of town while quilt shop hopping on an out of town trip....get home put the block together and it looks oogalie!!! Now I'm trying to find another quilt to make w/ all these fabrics....btw - the quilt is going to be king size....That's a lot of fabric!!
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    We all do this sort of thing a few times a year. At least I do. And I kick myself all over the house for a day or so before I get over it.
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    I feel so much better now knowing that I am not alone in this type of error! I was making this quilt for my son last year and cut the center of the blocks on the wrong angle and had to buy more yardage and then I cut some of the dark green strips too short and had to scrounge for more (thank goodness I had the number/name of that particular batik and could find some online!).
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    I always buy extra fabric -- and when I don't I know I will miscut and wish I had the extra (I even miscut when I have extra). Murphy is alive and well in my sewing room.
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    I finished my Strip Search Quilt today. I made mine 25 blocks. Thank you everyone. I was so close to tossing the whole thing but I love the end result.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tttdoc View Post
    I feel so much better now knowing that I am not alone in this type of error! I was making this quilt for my son last year and cut the center of the blocks on the wrong angle and had to buy more yardage and then I cut some of the dark green strips too short and had to scrounge for more (thank goodness I had the number/name of that particular batik and could find some online!).
    Wow! This is great, I'm glad to know I'm not the one one.

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    I think your quilt came out beautiful in spite of your mistake plus the mistakes of the pattern maker. WTG!!!Beautiful!!!

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    We're getting ready to start cutting out a Jinny Beyer kit for grandsons graduation. The sewing doesn't look so hard but we are scared to start cutting for fear of making a mistake. We also have read and retread the directions. I am going to try rewriting them in a format that is easy for me to follow. Hopefully that will help. Hope the quilt goes together easily when you get the cutting problem solved.
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    Sometimes we just have "those moments". Despite it all....we are pretty resourceful creatures and some beauties rise from the ashes. Love your work and I would be contacting the patternmaker regarding the errors.

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    Thank you, I added a 3 in boarder last night and the quilt evern looks better.

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    I was making a log cabin quilt for my sister, and using some stash fabrics. Some of the fabrics are from my MIL, who used to own a quilt shop, and there is literally none of it left except for what I have (not in the whole world, but as far as I'm concerned :P). I was careful to cut the strips correctly because I knew I didn't have any wiggle room. I was doing a skewed pattern, so two different blocks, switching which side got skinny vs fat strips to get a curvy look.

    Anyway, along I go cutting the strips, thinking and repeating the dimensions in my head the whole time, and I finish cutting the strips and I have fabric left...uh oh! I had cut the strips sans seam allowance! So I had to go back and sew the too-skinny strips together (I'd already cut the skinny set, this was supposed to be the fat set) and then trim them to the right width. Then I had to sew the strip remnants together to get to the end of the blocks. The last couple of blocks had these terrible strips on them that had at least 8 seams! The pattern was a little too big for it to be unnoticeable, too.

    I felt a little sheepish giving the quilt to her, having made such a mistake, but she didn't notice until I pointed it out to half-apologize. She said it was fine, more than fine, because now she can prove her sister made it! :P
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    Been there, done that...several times!
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    Your quilt looks gr8! Please show us a snap with the border on.

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    Strip Search is all completed and it has turn out wonderful.Name:  Strip Search Quilt 001.JPG
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