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    I take ufos and unloved blocks from the guild and you'd be surprised how well they can work. All quilts go through the "ugly" stage but once its'done is gets better and better
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
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    So, I spent a lot of time on these..and now I hate them and don't want to put them into a quilt that I will see on a regular basis, they ended up slightly different sizes and if I matched them all to the smallest one, it would be out of proportion and just weird. I have already started putting together smaller collections to make baby size quilt tops instead of the one queen size duvet I was going to make.

    I learned a lot making these pink blocks. But they turned out so catty-wompus that I just can't even allow myself to make it into a quilt for my stepdaughter. I want something that is more polished. I had intended to put a fleur-de-lis in each white block since that is her favorite shape.

    LESSON LEARNED: This is what happens when you are fearless and thinking you can just sew fabrics together and that will make a block. Not saying you can't do that, but I think I will be more successful once I have a lot more experience, knowledge(and quite a few more failures, I'm sure), and have followed a pattern more than once. I have 18 pairs left, enough for two more tops.

    Now... what to do with them? 1) use them to learn on the long arm....

    by the way, the pinks match a whole lot better than they appear to here.
    OK, so maybe the blocks don't match perfectly, I love the pink fabrics, they are so pretty.Perhaps the black is too much of a contrast, however, you can still use the black, just cut your pink blocks to match the size of the black blocks. I've been quilting for a number of years and there have been times when my blocks go wonky. Don't despair, check the measurement of the black block, center a ruler over the pink and cut accordingly. By centering on the block,then cutting, there will not be a noticeable difference. In one of my books written by Mary Ellen Hopkins, she tells you to cut, sew, and the measurement you end up with is "your personal private measurement", as all machines aren't exactly alike. Please, don't beat yourself up, the quilt can still be saved and remember I'm sure everyone of us has had a similar experience. Just don't give up when things don't go the way we planned, just "drop back and punt" then start again. I really do love the pink fabrics that you used.

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    You could finish them up and donate them to a pregnancy center. Or a homeless shelter. I am sure they would love them.

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    it is only a failure if you do the same the next time Take some time and think back on what you did which caused the blocks to not be "correct". Was it in the cutting, the piecing or pressing. If you don't know what went wrong you don't know what to correct. Did you sew too fast. Did you pin to make them meet because the machine can work against you..........Go back and then "confess" what you did that made them the way they are. Practice only makes more perfect if you correct what was not perfect the first time. We will be waiting for your answer. lol

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    I disagree...I would change out the black block to white and then square it up.. I think you have a pretty quilt in the making...just saying...
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    I've learned from this thread so I'm really glad you were brave enough to post it. And, promise me and all of us, that you'll never call yourself a failure. Life can be tough enough without beating yourself up.

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    Relax! Breathe! We've all been there....
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    Not a failure, it is a learning experience..... I use that statement a lot....LOL...

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    Once I worked them up into smaller quilts, I realized it was a prettier set up than I thought it would be. I have to remember that people see the quilt, and the gift, not the mistakes.

    I used two of the 4x5s to practice on a rented long arm machine, and the very first one that turned out funny, I gave to the shop to donate with their teaching quilts to the shelter. The second one turned out a lot better, and I finished a quilt that I have had ready to go for about 6 years. I feel really good today about finishing those. I now have a baby quilt ready for the next boy or girl. YAYAYAYAYAY.

    And finally, I quilted the family reunion raffle quilt. It is by far the most ambitious quilt I have ever made. I am not 100% happy with the pattern I FMQ, but you know what? it's one of a kind, my first finished quilt and will make someone very happy to win it. It's a Karynne Original.

    FMQ is a lot more difficult than it looks and I can see why the people who do it professionally, can keep doing it. I like doing it, but sometimes it's worth it to just pay someone else to do it well.

    Thank you for all your kind words and ideas! Be fearless, be bold, and everything has a use even if it didn't turn out like you wanted.
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    The words "failure" and "useless" are two of the most destructive words in our dictionaries. Guaranteed to soul-destroy the minute they are uttered or put to paper.

    Quilting, like life is all about the journey....destinations are not always as planned.

    Loved this post, the replies and how it all worked out for you....happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I respectfully disagree with the title of your post. You are not a failure. You may have failed at meeting the expectations of this project but that is it. YOU are not a failure. That said, the blocks are cute. One possible use is to turn them into HSTs with the black on one side. Then it wouldn't be noticeable that the lines don't match up. You can square up the HST and nobody will ever be the wiser.
    Something was nagging at me when I saw the pictures and read your comment. I agree with MadQuilter...this is not a throw away for a pet, unless your pet is Princess Poopoo and gets all the best. The half square triangle idea sounds great! What if you used the method where you sew the two squares together all around the edge, right sides together, and then cross cut to make 4 half square triangles. How would that look? You may have to square it off first but this is definitely not a throw away!! I'm gonna keep reading to see what all these ladies are thinking...they are a great bunch!

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    Have you tried starching them? It's amazing what some starch and a steam iron can do.

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    I saw those blocks and thought -- what a marvelous modern quilt. It perhaps isn't what you first imagined, but has many possibilities. Have a look at Leah Day's site and the Free Motion Quilt along. She puts together a modern quilt very quickly and that's what I saw in your blocks.

    P.S. There are no failures in quilting -- changed plans, but never failures.

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    I agree with everyone who said you're not a failure. And here's a novel idea. If those silly little squares make you feel like a failure, chuck the little buggers into the garbage! Who said you have to use every square inch of fabric for some purpose? If you don't like it or the way it makes you feel-dump it and move on! They're your feelings - honor them!

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    I am sad for you that you use the word failure about yourself. Your blocks did not turn out as you wished, and you learned something from it. That is in fact a good thing- growing, learning. (And, I see from your subsequent post, you did end up with something you now feel good about, which is wonderful.)

    How you think is how you feel. I advise you to guard against making a totally normal experience worse by talking it down! It's just fabric.

    I could tell you you are wonderful, and that your blocks are pretty, but why do you care what I think? It's how you feel about yourself that matters and only you can change that. Please remove the word failure from your lexicon :-)
    Last edited by noveltyjunkie; 02-02-2013 at 12:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I respectfully disagree with the title of your post. You are not a failure. You may have failed at meeting the expectations of this project but that is it. YOU are not a failure. That said, the blocks are cute. One possible use is to turn them into HSTs with the black on one side. Then it wouldn't be noticeable that the lines don't match up. You can square up the HST and nobody will ever be the wiser.
    I think this is an absolutely fabulous idea!!! You just turned a light bulb on for me for my next donation quilt using mile-a-minute blocks!!

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    Remove the black piece, press the block and square it, then measure the black to be sure both blocks are the same size and sew together. I like the look of your block. You have many interesting ideas given here. By following some/most you will have a very nice quilt. And no your are NOT a failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
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    So, I spent a lot of time on these..and now I hate them and don't want to put them into a quilt that I will see on a regular basis, they ended up slightly different sizes and if I matched them all to the smallest one, it would be out of proportion and just weird. I have already started putting together smaller collections to make baby size quilt tops instead of the one queen size duvet I was going to make.

    I learned a lot making these pink blocks. But they turned out so catty-wompus that I just can't even allow myself to make it into a quilt for my stepdaughter. I want something that is more polished. I had intended to put a fleur-de-lis in each white block since that is her favorite shape.

    LESSON LEARNED: This is what happens when you are fearless and thinking you can just sew fabrics together and that will make a block. Not saying you can't do that, but I think I will be more successful once I have a lot more experience, knowledge(and quite a few more failures, I'm sure), and have followed a pattern more than once. I have 18 pairs left, enough for two more tops.

    Now... what to do with them? 1) use them to learn on the long arm....

    by the way, the pinks match a whole lot better than they appear to here.
    Ok...don't fret....you can save this. Try this: now that you have them sewn together, now square them to the black. It looks like your pink is larger. You can do this to each 2 that you sew, each time. Then put them together. I would press your blocks well first before cutting down. By the time you get this done, it will look like the blocks are supposed to be done that way, as they will all look alike. When you put the rows together, if they don't quite match, you can fudge as much as you can, & if it's not enough...design opportunity--applique a little butterfly or something over it. Just make sure you have at least 3, or 5, or 7 of the appliques. It brings it all together. Now, I do have a little advice for you to help you learn & I think it will save you a lot of heartache. You already have a set square size (the black). So before you sew your pieced (the pinks) block to the solid square...square up your pieced block to the size of the solid one (take the same amount off on all sides), then put your 2 blocks together. If you get used to squaring off your pieced blocks to match your solid ones, you will match well. Takes a little more time, but worth it! And always press your piece well BEFORE squaring. Hang in there!!! We all were once where you are. Don't get discouraged, we're all here to help. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I respectfully disagree with the title of your post. You are not a failure. You may have failed at meeting the expectations of this project but that is it. YOU are not a failure. That said, the blocks are cute. One possible use is to turn them into HSTs with the black on one side. Then it wouldn't be noticeable that the lines don't match up. You can square up the HST and nobody will ever be the wiser.
    This is a really good idea too! Hadn't thought of this... I hope you will finish your quilt...please don't give up. Your daughter is not going to be seeing mistakes...just the love you put into your gift to her. Plus, once you wash & dry it; it's amazing how you don't see the "mistakes" so much.

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    My suggestion, first of all, is remove the black block. Does not belong there at all. Secondly, remove the top row of fabric which has what looks like red in it and redo that row with more of the fabrics from below and see what it looks like then, but add either a matching pink block or a white block to it rather than the black. It is a mistake. Mistakes can be fixed so that they are no longer mistakes.

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