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    I want to Cry

    I am trying to make a quilt for my future son-in-laws mother for Christmas and it has been so stressful the whole way...I just want to throw it in the fire....I have it almost done with so many mistakes.......and now I have this problem and don't know what to do...I was doing a stitch in the ditch but now I see where the fabric has came loose...I tried hand stitching but it looked horrible so I ripped it out.....what do I do....I have tried to post a picture but can't upload one

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    I would set it aside for at least one day then try to fix it or maybe rethink my gift idea to them for this year.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Can you possibly slip a little fusible web underneath the gap, smooth it into place, iron it down, and then quilt over it?

    Don't despair, there's always a way!
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    I assume when you say "the fabric has come loose" that you mean a seam has opened? If not, please explain.

    How did you baste it? Pins? Hand thread baste? Spray baste?

    Where in the quilt is the open seam? Near the center? Near the edge?
    How long is the open part of the seam??


    If it's pinned or hand basted, I would remove as much of the basting as possible to gently pull the block up so you can hand stitch it. If it's near the edge (within 8 or 10") and you've not quilted the edge yet - you might be able to remove the basting to the edge to get your hand under it to get the seam sewn. Work slowly, you can do it!!

    If it's spray or glue basted .... more difficult.

    Does the overall design of the quilt allow for you to applique something over the open seam ... even if you put another of the same applique in the other end of the quilt to make it symmetrical?? If not ... you can stitch it closed with quilting - making sure that you catch both edges of fabric (one should be folded under the other - stitch close to the seam line) and use smaller stitches. It should hold.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    When I started quilting I would find my fabric coming apart at some seams. After taking the seam out I could tell I didn't sew both sides of the fabric 1/4". One side was barely caught in the seam. I've learned to be very sure my fabric is lined up straight as I sew seams. I also learned that the bad quality fabric I used for some pieces was fraying and pulling out of the seam. I make sure all my fabric is good quality. I have tossed many a started quilt in the trash because of nothing but frustration and mess ups. I have learned that every step is important to a good finish. It won't even out, it won't quilt out and it will be noticeable. Buy her a nice box of chocolates and make another quilt for her birthday.
    Got fabric?

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    I so sense your frustrations. I think too for your own sake you need to do something else this year and do a quilt for her some other time. You will always be thinking of that less-than-perfect quilt in her house! (I know - I was in a rush to finish a baby quilt and I took too many shortcuts and was less than satisfied with the end product. I so wish I had given her something else for the shower and worked on a quilt for the baby's birth!)

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    What about trying to put some decorative stitches in?

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    I have used the webbing also and it worked out quite well!
    Don't cry though. NO ONE will even notice the spot. Unless less of course you cry all over it! LOL!
    Good luck, you still have lots of time until Christmas. And your gift is very generous!
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    Fuse the area where the stitching has come loose. If you find you can't machine stitch i.e stitch in the ditch you can hand tie the quilt. It is quick and easily done

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    Can you applique a piece of fabric over the problem, then continue quilting???
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Please don't cry! Wish I was there to help you. I would fuse something over it, a flower or butterfly whatever fits the theme of your quilt. Walk away from it for awhile, and get your mind off it. Sounds like your very stressed out over this.
    Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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    I am with Bellyboo's information and suggestions all the way. It is best to put it aside for later and buy something nice as a gift. If it is a matter of a few loose seams, it may work to try something as suggested above. But give yourself a day's break before returning to the project. Once I was making a dress and NOTHING was going well. Finally, I simply threw the project into the wastebasket , pattern and all. Sometimes it is a matter of realizing nothing is working well and it is best to put it aside for later ...or if it is really that bad, pitch it and don't look back. No such thing as quilt police!!

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    It is on the sashing to the block...I have already free-motioned it and put the binding on....washed it and took it out of the dryer...

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    I have been in this position...I get so upseet nothing goes right..If it were me, I would purchase a different gift, Put this away until after the holidays when the stress level eases up, and work on it for her birthdaY!! Can you post pictures? Maybe people could come up with more help if they see what you have to deal with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    What about trying to put some decorative stitches in?
    I could don't know how it would look....oh dear me....Name:  undone.jpg
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    is the area/seam one where you can add a strip of fabric and stitch that on both sides? it needs reinforcement of some kind. I can't sew when not in the mood, so do take a break and then go back to it.

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    Have you ever done hand applique? That would be the stitch I would try to hand sew it to try to fix it. I hope you can fix it...sure looks like a beautiful quilt! Wish I lived closer so I could come help you make it better.

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    I would have to add a strip to all the sashing

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    No I have never hand appliqued...This was my second attempt at free-motion

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    Quote Originally Posted by hisgrace1 View Post
    No I have never hand appliqued...This was my second attempt at free-motion
    -I believe if it were me I would squeeze it together as best I could then hand stitch it together very tightly with a thread that blends with your fabric...she will never notice it in the grand scheme of things... best of luck, very nice job at your free motion too
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    Can you mend the place that is coming apart and use some of the same fabric in the quilt and applique a heart in that area. I have seen one black sheep amoung all white. I have seen a block floating in the middle or on the side. Why not a heart for the love you have put in this quilt. Cowgirl Up and it will be OK.
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    I agree that I would applique over it or do some fancy stitching over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hisgrace1 View Post
    I am trying to make a quilt for my future son-in-laws mother for Christmas and it has been so stressful the whole way...I just want to throw it in the fire....I have it almost done with so many mistakes.......and now I have this problem and don't know what to do...I was doing a stitch in the ditch but now I see where the fabric has came loose...I tried hand stitching but it looked horrible so I ripped it out.....what do I do....I have tried to post a picture but can't upload one
    Try using a glue stick to position what you are working on. If you have a small seam that came loose, you can take a pin and run it across the glue stick picking up a tad, then run the pin under the seam to hold it down until you can sew it.
    Syl

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    The cause of the open seam may be a factor in how it's fixed -

    Was the seam too narrow?

    Did the fabric fray?

    Did it come apart after washing the finished quilt?

    Is it just one place or several?

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