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    Ohhhh noooo. Why UFOs happen

    Finally back to sewing after a hiatus due to Sandy (we lost power for ten days but no other damage, for which we are very grateful).

    I'm making a QAYG using the Fast Lane pattern (kinda looks like plaid when completed correctly, correctly being the operative word).

    I completed all 48 blocks, assembled them into 8 rows of 6 blocks each, laid them out and .... Hmmm ....what's wrong here? The colors weren't lining up correctly. Finally got out the pattern, pored over the instructions, and found that 45 of the 48 blocks had been assembled incorrectly.

    Two options: disassemble the rows and correct the 45 incorrect blocks, or take apart the three "correct" ones to look like the rest. I will lose the plaid effect but, well, I don't think I'm up to the bigger task. Not sure I can bear this job...it could become a UFO.

    This is so discouraging.

    Thanks for letting me whine.
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    Pic of the way the quilt will be assembled using Plan B, which loses some of the woven effect.
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    You poor thing! I hate it when I do stuff like that! I am glad to hear you only lost power, so many have lost so much more!
    I like your signature, kinda reflects this case!
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    Sorry to hear that. It's no fun having to change plans at this point. But if you exchange the position of the blocks, on every second column, doesn't that get the woven effect back?

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    Don't rip them all out. Just rip out the three. The quilt will be just fine like it is. So sorry to hear about you being without power for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Sorry to hear that. It's no fun having to change plans at this point. But if you exchange the position of the blocks, on every second column, doesn't that get the woven effect back?

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    Good thought...I will keep trying. But I think if I do that the paisley (lighter pink) and floral (darker pink) rows wont line up. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana View Post
    Good thought...I will keep trying. But I think if I do that the paisley (lighter pink) and floral (darker pink) rows wont line up. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Oh... I didn't notice the difference in those 2 fabrics. Rats! How about rotating each of those blocks 180 degrees as you swap them. That will put the paisley on the other side of those columns which would actually make the horizontal and vertical patterns more similar (alternating paisley/solid/floral ... floral/solid/paisley).

    Good luck. I hope you can find something that makes you happy, with minimal ripping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Oh... I didn't notice the difference in those 2 fabrics. Rats! How about rotating each of those blocks 180 degrees as you swap them. That will put the paisley on the other side of those columns which would actually make the horizontal and vertical patterns more similar (alternating paisley/solid/floral ... floral/solid/paisley).

    Good luck. I hope you can find something that makes you happy, with minimal ripping.
    If I rotate them either the vertical pink fabrics or the horizontal pink fabrics don't line up. I'll have to decide which is the lesser of two mistakes.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Don't rip them all out. Just rip out the three. The quilt will be just fine like it is. So sorry to hear about you being without power for so long.
    Thank you for your concern, but we really only suffered an inconvenience (and besides that we escaped to visit my 2-1/2year old grandson for part of that time, always a delight). We have friends who had lots of damage, which puts things in perspective.

    People have been amazing...Lots of volunteers, linemen/women and law enforcement from distant states, national guard keeping everyone safe, donations flowing in.
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    Glad to hear you made it through okay. the quilt on the other hand. This all depends on you of course. IMHO, I would change the three and call this one 'Sandy's Fault'. Ha. It looks cool the way it is and I would do another with the plaid theme.
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    I think your plan b will be fine...then chalk it up to a lesson learned.......
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    Well you couldn't wait to get back to sewing, but like I said it would be in the trash if it were me! You do have alternatives and I really like the colors in it! It will look nice anyway.

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    Learn from my misfortune: fix the three. It'll be beautiful anyway, even if it isn't what you originally intended.

    One of my UFOs is stuffed in the closet because I tried to fix every block. Yeah, that's never happening...

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    Am glad to know you came through the storm safe and sound! I'd say change the three, and say it is creative license to do it that way! Who will know besides you-???
    Perhaps later, you can do the pattern again in different colors/fabrics and see how it turns out~
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    i think it looks ok. Only a quilter with a negative attitude (quilt police)would comment adversly. For what this is worth I belong to a scrappy group whose new motto is "Finished is better then perfect." That little bit of breathing room is wonderful.
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    Hi,

    I couldn't let go of this, because I keep seeing a fix for it. I took the upper left corner of your picture, grabbed the middle column, and flipped the entire set of blocks 180 degrees. Outlined in red is the section I flipped. Imagine you had these 4 blocks stitched together in your original orientation (as a vertical column). Now, grab the whole thing and turn it top to bottom - this is the result. Do it on every second column and you have a woven pattern.

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    Just do the three. Five years from now, you won't remember the "mistake." Glad to hear you have power again.
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    I wouldn't worry about any of it. I was glad to see the picture where you circled the and arrowhead the blocks that were wrong. I just couldn't see it! Plus, it Ppears as thought those seams will show up on the front, which interrupts the woven look anyway.

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    Will they match if you turn them upside down?

    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana View Post
    Good thought...I will keep trying. But I think if I do that the paisley (lighter pink) and floral (darker pink) rows wont line up. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Been there done that, it looks fine this way. But as you said it changed your pattern finished look, who will know but you.
    I like it, the colors are nice also.
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    I agree with quiltmom. Unless this is to be a 'show' quilt, leave the whole thing as is. Sometimes we worry too much.
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    If it was me, I'd undo the wrong ones . . . but that's just me. Otherwise, I'd always be thinking of how it "should" look . . . and regret not fixing it, when I had the chance.
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    I feel so bad for all of that that was hit by Sandy and glad to know you are ok. Living on the Gulf Coast I know first hand what it's like having gone through Ike a few years back and glad to see you are quilting again. Your quilt is beautiful. I don't have any suggestions but you have several to choose from. Good Luck and Glad you are ok.
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    I agree with most others; just change out the three that are "correct" and only you will know it in the finished product. Glad you have power back. In our mountainous areas, some folks go for weeks without power when we have bad snow storms, so glad you did not have to wait too long.

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    Heres the good news. To me it looks like a ribbon weaving, and very beautiful. i think you should change the three and finish it, then post your results. Go for it! i think you have a beauty there.

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