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    I really need to read the directions.

    I am making a Cabin in the cotton quilt. Yesterday, I spent three hours putting on the last few logs on 18 blocks. Squared them up and then decided to read how to finish it up. That is when I noticed that in bold print it says that the last two logs were from the background fabric. Tonight I will get very intimate will my least favorite tool.....the dreaded ripper. AHHHHH!!!!!
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    When all else fails, read the directions! I've done that before too
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    ...and then read 'em again!
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    Before you rip, put the blocks up on a design wall. Maybe you will like the way they are now, after all it's YOUR quilt, you don't always need to follow the pattern exactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Before you rip, put the blocks up on a design wall. Maybe you will like the way they are now, after all it's YOUR quilt, you don't always need to follow the pattern exactly!
    I would leave them, I just can't figure out how to do the finishing triangles to make them fit. This may be the first time I was following directions. LOL!
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    I'm with you I don't like the dread ripper either!! LOL
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    Finishing triangles? Is this quilt set on point? Can you send us a photo, we may be able to help easily if we can see what you are doing.

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    I learned my lesson about not thoroughly reading directions! Now I have all the 5x2 1/2" strips I need to do something with.

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    I keep reading and rereading the directions on the Jinny Beyer quilt kit I am making for fear of something like that happening. I don't have time to rip. It is for grandsons's HS graduation in June. Keep us posted (with pics) on what you decide to do. Like they said make it your way.
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    So sorry!!!!!

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    We all feel for you. Been there done that way to many times.
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    This it the pattern. I have all the blocks unsewn. It only took a couple of hours. This the pattern. The setting triangles have small blocks in them. I have had this quilt on my to do list for 7 years. It is going to be right. LOL!

    http://www.cotton-picking.com/Large_...nTheCotton.htm
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    I feel your pain. Sometimes it seems no matter how many times I read the stupid directions, I still get something wrong!

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    You can always add a couple of extra rows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023 View Post
    This it the pattern. I have all the blocks unsewn. It only took a couple of hours. This the pattern. The setting triangles have small blocks in them. I have had this quilt on my to do list for 7 years. It is going to be right. LOL!

    http://www.cotton-picking.com/Large_...nTheCotton.htm
    I see. It looks like the last logs of the background fabric form a sashing between the blocks. I'd try the design wall suggestion and see how I'd like them as they are now. As to the setting triangles, there are numerous tutorials on calculating the setting triangles if you don't know the size beforehand. Just do a search. I love the pattern and I'm sure your quilt will be lovely no matter how you decide to finish it.

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    I think I know how to sew my blocks - and then I read the directions! Bad habit!

    I am so bad at making myself read directions ALL the way through! Just finished the third blocks for a very simple block quilt and started to arrange the blocks in rows. Come to find out I sewed them together incorrectly and now they don't fit the right way in the rows. I am thinking about using them as they are - but then I will have seams where they shouldn't be - versus taking apart 30 blocks.

    At least I have a great seam ripper! It's the kind that looks like an x-acto knife with a small curved point that is super sharp.
    If I had known how much fun I could have quilting, I would have started 40 years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    I see. It looks like the last logs of the background fabric form a sashing between the blocks. I'd try the design wall suggestion and see how I'd like them as they are now. As to the setting triangles, there are numerous tutorials on calculating the setting triangles if you don't know the size beforehand. Just do a search. I love the pattern and I'm sure your quilt will be lovely no matter how you decide to finish it.
    The small blocks are in the setting triangles which are pieced. Thanks for the suggestion though.
    Happy Quilting.

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    I am WAY too familiar with a seam ripper. It is the most used notion in my sewing room.

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    I feel for you, been there done that. Only read the instructions when all else fails? Here is one where I could kick myself. I am making a little sundress for my niece and am at the final assembly of the yoke to the dress and read that the pattern is for the top to the pants, not the dress. Do I feel stupid? A big yes. All is not lost because I just added an eyelet band to match the yoke and it is going to be super cute in spite of me. I'm going back to quilting, at least there I am a little smarter, not much; but a little.
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    I know nothing about log cabins but my first impulse was to say to add 2 more rounds of background fabric and just made the quilt larger. Now that I have said it, would that have worked? Just curious.

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    So true and then again! I leant the hard way!
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    ...and then read 'em again!

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    I hate when that happens

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