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Thread: I messed up...start over or choose a different pattern? (or just give up!)

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    So I wanted to make DH a wall size quilt for Christmas using this Rectangles Behind Bars pattern http://www.judysisneros.com/FloraFauna.htm (I was planning on make it a square with one of the "behind bars" thingies). I started on it, cut everything and sewed [IMG]http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...n/DSC06075.jpg[/IMG] this strip set and about a quarter of the blocks, and then realized I'm lousy at sewing 1/4" seams (yes I have a 1/4" seam foot but sewing perfection is not something I'm good at). So now I need to either rip the seams out of every piece and re-sew them, or buy more fabric, cut everything again and re-sew...or just choose a simpler pattern (or plan D, just give up which sounds really tempting right at the moment)?

    I was really hoping to get this quilt done by the end of the month and there's no way that's going to happen. I don't know how I'm going to find time to do this and the six million other Christmas gifts I need to make in the next two months (did I mention I have a 3 year old and an 11 month old??).

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    Well I have to say It looks great to me I would call it pigs behind bars!! LOL

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    I like it,

    though I would have left my fabric whole and just put the strips in the top and sewed them down, You could use some fusible web or something to keep them in place and then just top stitched them down. that way you also get an accuate look on what should be hidden behind the bars.

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    I don't think I have ever read that pig pen bars have to be spaced evenly.
    I kind of like the random look! Looks like you planned it that way!
    Keep going.
    :D

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    I would take measurments of what you have and trim so it has square corners and add more or less bar pieces to get to the right size.


    I love the pigs :D not in the bacon business are you...pigs look to happy :wink:

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    I like it just like that... the bars don't have to be symmetrical--it's pigs!! Make your won rules and proceed!! And congrats on taking this on with two wee ones at home. Wow. clap, clap, clap, clap!! :wink:

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    I would just continue on and after you are done with all the blocks then square them up to match in size. There are no Quilt Police here and therefor no "hard" rules :wink:
    Sharon

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    I really like the way it looks!! Thought you had planned it that way until I read the thread. :D :D

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    Gosh it's cute and it makes me smile. I hope you can see that too. I started quilting before my daughter was born but then stopped. I've only just started quilting again (my daughter is in college.) I wish I had kept it going instead of stopping. It's great to have a creative outlet.

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    i'm not sure what the problem is: did you want it to be square? did you want the spacing even? it looks fine. it's a pigpen, after all. :lol: :lol:

    if you have any piggy faces left and the quilt really annoys you (it shouldn't), you could try cutting out a face and appliqueing it so it looks like it's trying to squeeze through the bars.

    never give up. don't let those pigs win!! :lol: :lol:

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    Looks great, how cute, someone said it's a pigpen and it doesn't have to have the bars perfectly spaced. I think it add's a lot more with the random spacing. HE WILL LOVE IT!!!!

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    It looks a lot like Ricky Tims convergence quilts, where all the bars are different sizes. If you are afraid of the blocks not matching later, just put a border on this one and, quilt it and bind it. You will have a smaller wallhanging, but finished is better than perfect.

    I have to admit, I wasn't trilled about pig fabic, but now that I see what you did, I love it.

    Maria

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    I think it's cute!
    Keep going. Unless you tell no one will ever know it's not the way you planned it!

    Quilting is doing it your way.

    I like what butterflywing said about appliqueing a pig so he looks like he's squeezing through the bars. :lol: :lol:


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    I think it looks great! Especially with a 'farm' theme, the bars look great uneven- like you purposely planned it that way! Even the fancy farms have uneven picket fencing, some slats are spaced apart more than others.
    So don't do a thing!
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    I would absolutely keep going and not worry for 1 second about the spacing of the bars! That is a darn PIG PEN! We have very fancy fencing on our farm and not all of them are spaced evenly....If it really really bugs you, do what BFW suggested about the appliqued piggie...that would be really cute and different!

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    I would continue on making sure that all of the blocks have a few uneven spaced bars...it will tie it all in together!!! Like what was suggested, put a sashing strip around all of the blocks and it will look great!!! :D :D :D

    ** the farm down the road from me had stalls just like that...the bars were uneven in front of the feed troughs, so they could stick their heads out**

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    I think it's cute just the way it is.

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    When I looked at your photo, I thought it was a Ricky Tims convergence quilt, too. I think it's cool!

    Renee

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    I love it! I'd have thought it was intentionally planned that way, if I hadn't read that you thought it was a mistake. Look at that cute little porker on the bottom, just eyeing those bars , trying to figure out if he'd be able to squeeze through!

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    Looks fine to me. If someone was driving by at 55 mph, would they see your "mistakes"? If not, don't worry about it. LOL

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    That is so cute!! I wouldn't have known anything was suppose to be wrong with it either!!! Keep going!! I love Amma's suggestion, just keep on as you are, making sure there's some uneven ones through out it! :D

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    Hog gates are never uniform after a little time in the hog house. Hogs beat them all out of shape. What you have going looks good to me.

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    I'm with everyone else!
    I like it and see nothing wrong.
    So what if it doesn't look like the pattern you were referring to? My guess is hubby will love it. I would!
    Besides! When I looked at sort of the middle of your photo, I saw one little piglet making a charge for the opening ... it is NICE to see a whole pig ... and he IS doing what pigs do - - look for the opening! LOL
    I wouldn't change a thing because I think it is PERFECT!
    If you really think you can do a better job than the good one you have just photographed, then make another project, but I wouldn't change one thing on this masterpiece ... not one thing!

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    You have the bars parallel, that's what matters. I looked at the picture, said "ooh pretty", and then read where you said it was "messed up". I think it looks perfectly fine with the varied spacing. Until you said it wasn't "right", I didn't know.

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    I find it hard working with smaller pieces like that too. I hope you keep it because it is really cute as is.

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