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Thread: Need help to solve a big mistake!!

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    Junior Member awf60's Avatar
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    A friend of mine asked me to post this question:

    She was cutting some fabric and didn't notice some of her blocks underneath the fabric she was cutting. They got small cuts in them and they were critical to the quilt pattern so she had to use them. She finished the quilt top but she has these small cuts in three of the blocks. What should she do??????

    Thanks

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    Learn to applique! :D If she can find a small shape or something that would work with the quilt she can expand her horizons while fixing her oopsie.

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    applique over them.
    Gale

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    She could applique something over them, or do a top stitching across them using same color thread as fabric. I like the applique hiding trick myself! :-)

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    If I had to use them, I think I would back them with something like Seam a Seam (Lite) and then put a very small amount of fray check on the top. It dries clear, but you can feel that it is there.

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    * OH MAN* I've done this, but luckily hubby always makes me buy a little extra fabric....( I Know it's tough to have to get extra fabric.. hehehe)

    hmmm possible use a little steam a seam behind the cuts???

    a little embroidery here and there to cover the cuts ?

    don't guess they are in an area u could put the label?

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    There isn't much for options except to patch over them in some way. That sure is a shame that it happened.

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    I always iron a lite fusible innerfacing over the back, and yes i've done it OFTEN :oops: sometimes my seams are too close and pull out, i do that there too

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    That definitely is a big OOPS. (I probably would have muttered a few more vulgar words about then . . . . )

    Good suggestions given.

    Good idea to get the cut edges as close together and stabilized with something behind the cuts - and then she will have to use her creativity to cover the cuts - if she does appliques - she could scatter a few more over the top to make it look intentional -

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    Applique. Make something out of fusible web or buy some embroidered flowers, animals, butterflies etc. at the fabric store. I made a tiny cut once and covered it up with a lady bug applique from the fabric store. No one ever knew!

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    Thanks everyone for the wonderful ideas!

    The blocks with the accidental cuts are Alphabet Blocks that came in a kit!!

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    she should have put some fusible tape behind the cuts while they were blocks. but she can still do that. then iron that area. afterwards if this is to be a quilt and not a wall quilt,she needs to stitch over those cuts or applique something over them to stabilize those areas better.

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    To begin with, I would never had used the blocks and made new blocks. There is way to much time and money put into a quilt to piece blocks together with cuts in them.
    A picture would have been helpful to see where the cuts where.
    After a quilt has already been quilted its hard to repair it and not make the repair look like a repair. Not sure if fraycheck would help, worth a try. Maybe applique? More than likely these cuts will continue to get larger everytime the quilt is washed no matter what is done. Live and learn, when cutting fabric never have finished blocks or other fabrics anywhere near the rotary cutter. :cry:

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    I wouldn't use those blocks . I would make new ones.

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    Picture to see problem?

    The poster said that the maker HAD to use the blocks - - -

    I agree - if possible, replacing would have been better

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    I repair rips in clothes for the kids and the lightweight fusible interfacing works great on cotton fabric. The rips are still together after weeks of washing and drying.

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    apply fusable interfacing to the back of the blocks to hold them together and add stability

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    applique something small on a few of the blocks that start with that letter. lion - l flower - f etc.

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    I tried the fusible on a bed quilt and it didn't hold up with all the wear and tear.

    I'd either applique or embroider over the problem areas.

    ali

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    Ricky Tims' suggested putting the same material underneath with whatever you guys use to fuse your applique pieces with. then, once the thing is sandwiched and quilted it will not be detected.

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    I like to do little hearts over places like that.

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    If necessary you can applique a small piece of the same fabric over the cut so it blends in. Do it like a tiny piece of a "stem" right sides together and stitch as close to the cut as possible. Roll, tuck and stitch down the other side as close to the cut as possible, If you don't want to stitch you can fuse a small piece of matching fabric to the back and a tiny sliver of Misty Fuse to the top instead of Fray Block or in addition to Fray Block. Hope this helps.

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    I'm try to be careful when I cut but have been known to snip where I shouldn't have. After saying a few not-to-be-said-in-front-of-children words, I try to recut the piece. I usually over-estimate my fabric needs (there's always something I can do with extra fabric) but these suggestions are great. I'll be adding them to my tips/hints/suggestion folder.

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    you said alphabet blocks could you applique a figure with the name of something that starts with that letter over the cuts

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    if pattern appropriate, I use yos yos over the area......

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