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Thread: Im such a dunce!!!

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    Super Member seamstome's Avatar
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    I am making the Orion Star with Thangles. Involves triangles turned different ways. Not hard. I make the first six units with one set of colors. Perfect. I am flying along! I take them down from the design wall and set them aside.

    I start the second set of coordinating colors. Make a unit. Put it up on my design wall. This was my mistake. Im such a dunce. I used this one as a pattern without looking really close. 20 sets of 8 triangles later I try to put the big block together and it doesnt go. They are all pieced facing the wrong way. I rip them apart.

    I will be danged if I dont do it AGAIN!!! except this time I turn them 90 degrees the other way. By this time, they are a wobbly mess. Luckily the pattern allows for extra and I am not short fabric or Thangles.

    I had planned on sewing all evening....I think TV sounds good right now.

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    I always take a break when I do something like this. Come back to it the next day and it works perfectly. But if I don't take the break, I keep making mistake after mistake.

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    spray starch and iron them and reuse the fabrics will work if you are not rough wiht them. I will walk away for the project and start a new on to get out of the brain strain rut.

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    I really hate it when this happens. You are not a dunce.

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    I think a little TV is definitely in order...take your mind off the darn thing! I always hate it when I do something like that (and believe me, I've been there!). You'll get it all together after some R & R.

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    TV, chocolate, and wine tonight. You'll do fine when you go back to them. (Ask me how I know this...)

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    Yup, been there, done something similar. I promised my great-niece her birthday quilt from October. I told her I would have it finished to give to her on Thanksgiving. Still working on it tonight. I'm dead tired from cooking and baking, but I will be finished in less than an hour if nothing else goes wrong. We're a persistent crew!!

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    You are not a dunce. I made a mistake on my grandson's quilt and had to sit and think about how to keep going and make it look like the mistake was done on purpose. Sometimes it is good to just walk away for a little while, or overnight, and then start again.

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    make lemonade ! can you just reverse the pattern ? I would not take them apart--I'd find some way to use them. but sorry it happened to you ! but I smiled because I think all of us have done such a blunder at one time--and then did it all over again. I rip twice, but that is the limit. use them, put in scrap bag, or--if I am really frustrated, they might go in the garbage. but I grab them back out the next day after I cool off a little.

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    How frustrating. When I do that I have to take a time out and come back later.

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    Take a break and then go back with a whole new thought pattern. Works for me.

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    I know it is very frustrating. I just walk away & hope sometime in the future I get over it & work on it again. If I don't then I move on to the next project!

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    I'm in the middle of making a rather complex paper pieced block and the other night, I decided I should do a couple rounds. Well, after sewing on just two pieces, I discovered I'd sewn them in the wrong places! Rippp! No more sewing that night.

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    Been there, done that, except it was on a christening gown, beautiful pattern. I made 2 left sides- twice, before I figured out what I'd done. Take a break & come back to it later, when you're rested. It will work out & frustration may not take over.

    Cathy S/Willowwind

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    You're certainly not the only one. Take a break with chocolate, a latte, glass of ??? and walk away. Like the guy said, Starch works!

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    I am sorry that happened. I can relate and see it clearly as you described it. We make quilting look easy to others yet we all know how important the details are.
    I enjoy quiet and solitude when I sew. It doesn't happen often but I so enjoy it when it comes my way. I say this to say I think I make more mistakes when the family tries to join me in my sewing space.
    Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

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    I'm so glad to hear that I am not the only dunce on the planet!!! You feel so stupid, after all, "I'm an accomplished quilter". NOT!!! It's very humbling. I agree, take a break, it will all go smoothly tomorrow!

    Diana

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    I just have to say that quilting has taught me to be persistent and patient. LOL

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    Well I watched TV and went to bed. Ready to conquer it again! This time, besides putting up the right template, I decided to make up a little saying or rhyme so I keep track of it in my mind.

    A quilting instructor once told me that she never demonstrated the wrong way to do something because your mind latches onto those things. It's like when a golfer doesnt want to hit into the sand, he says no sand no sand to himself and goes that way. The better thing to do is to SEE the right thing.

    Thanks for all your support and my dunce cap is off this morning!

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    I hate that when that happens!!!!! Luckly, I've only did
    that once. I agree that when this happens you need a break.

    You will have to send a pic when you are finished.
    Have a great holiday :-D

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    Not duncy at all. I am working on one, and somewhere in the middle turned a hst about a quarter turn and completely lost the pattern. Lots and lots of unsewing to do on this one. Put it in the someday pile and will get to it later, much later.

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    I've done that several times using Thangles! I have a love/hate relationship with them!!

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    I felt sorry for you until I saw you did it TWICE -- then I just laughed....ROL -- sorry (I'll post my next dumb move and you can laugh at me!)

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    Sleep always seems to help :lol:

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    Been there, done that.... My worst was way back when I was into making dress shirts for DH. I had a neat pattern that had you fold one side over to make the fron tab and then cut the other side short before folding over to make the facing. Yep, I stitched and cut and ended up with the center front about three inches left of center!

    Cut and stitch new ones, toss the "mistakes" in your scrap bag and know that they are fabrics that you liked and will enjoy seeing in a scrap quilt.

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