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Thread: I don't know what to do .... please help :-/

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    Ok so a while back I designed a quilt that would be in a labyrinth pattern. It was the first quilt that I attempted to do that was not just squares or triangles. Long story short ... instead of doing this in strips which would have been SOOOOO much easier, I attempted to do pieces and my pieces are all turning out weird ...

    I have probably a little over half of the top pieced together but I am wondering ...

    Would it be easier to undo all of these pieces and start over? I have extra fabric, so that would not really be an issue and I feel that several of these pieces can be salvaged and reused ...

    I guess I just don't know what I should do :-/ I really want to finish this quilt (if not quilted then at least the top) to give to my younger sister as a thank you for throwing me a baby shower ....

    I have a month :/

    Star fabric I am using for the quilt
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    entire pattern (I got tired and did not finish filling it in with photoshop)
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    example of how I was piecing ... not the easiest for me when I am sure stips would have been much better
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    Strips would be a lot easier. Less seams and less bulk for quilting too.

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    Beautiful design & great colors. I would re-do & use strips, it will work up quicker in the long run

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiles
    Beautiful design & great colors. I would re-do & use strips, it will work up quicker in the long run
    I agree! On all counts!

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    I love the pattern and my daughter would say, "That fabric is sooo you, Mom!" and then roll her eyes. Love it!

    Do you mind if I borrow the pattern? I have a fabric that I have been wondering what I would make of it. I think this would work very well!

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    I agree that you should redo it. Going around corners is going to be a bearcat and you will end up with lumps. I will be a beautiful quilt. Please post a pic when you are done. I am sure we will all be cheering you on!

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    stay with it great design i think strips are the answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    I love the pattern and my daughter would say, "That fabric is sooo you, Mom!" and then roll her eyes. Love it!

    Do you mind if I borrow the pattern? I have a fabric that I have been wondering what I would make of it. I think this would work very well!
    I actually just finished transferring it to graph paper so I know that one square is actually two inches, finished top will be 66 inches wide and 72 inches long :) if you PM me your email address I can scan it at work tomorrow and send it to you :) I will even color it after I scan it :)

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    That you all very much!! Guess my seam ripper and project bag are going to work with me tomorrow :)

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    To give something more of a patchwork look, long strips (example: 4x26) should be cut into squares that are sewn together to give final length correct? I am trying to see if I should do all squares that are sewn into strips that are then sewn together or do longer strips to save time???

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckogirl
    To give something more of a patchwork look, long strips (example: 4x26) should be cut into squares that are sewn together to give final length correct? I am trying to see if I should do all squares that are sewn into strips that are then sewn together or do longer strips to save time???
    I tried doing longer strips in a bargello once and it was a mistake. When I did the same pattern pieceing the number of inividual squares I needed for the length it looked much better. In my opinion I think you would be happier with the squares sewn into the length that you need but that is just my opinion and we all have our own way of doing things. I love your pattern also.

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    LOVE you pattern!! I would switch to strips too :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingcreek
    I tried doing longer strips in a bargello once and it was a mistake. When I did the same pattern pieceing the number of inividual squares I needed for the length it looked much better. In my opinion I think you would be happier with the squares sewn into the length that you need but that is just my opinion and we all have our own way of doing things. I love your pattern also.
    One of these days I will try my hand at a Bargello ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiles
    Beautiful design & great colors. I would re-do & use strips, it will work up quicker in the long run
    I agree. This is a pattern where even small variations in seam size will matter. I love your fabric choices. It would be a shame to make a less than spectacular quilt. I would do this with lots of pressing and spray sizing, with measuring each strip pair to make sure I'd gotten it right before going on to the next. You have the makings of a spectacular quilt here.

    BTW, this is a really delightful pattern. Good for you!!!

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    I love the design and would guess strips are going to be easier but then I would probably keep going with the pieces as I couldn't bear to start over

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