# Big Boo-boo, now what???

• 03-21-2011, 01:49 PM
retired2
I am attempting a quilt starting with a 9 patch then it calls for 8" square cut in half and sewed to each side to create a square...HOWEVER, the 9 patch is suppose to come
out 8 1/2 " square, but mine is only about 8" or a little less... and it is more like a rectangle instead of a square! Do I cut it down and remake the pattern, toss it all out and start over or what??? This is a class I'm taking, but I goofed up the assignemnt that I am ashamed to go back!
• 03-21-2011, 01:51 PM
isnthatodd
Do not be ashamed. We have all done stuff like that, and the only way to learn is to figure out what went wrong and how to make it better.
• 03-21-2011, 01:53 PM
EIQuilter
It sounds as though it may be a problem with your 1/4" seam. To start at the beginning to see if we can figure out what the problem is, what is the size of each square you cut for the nine-patch?
• 03-21-2011, 01:55 PM
quilting cat
How many of the 9 patches have you made? If this is just the first one, ask your class instructor if she/he can see what you did wrong.
If you have done several, and they are all off-square, are the triangles for the four sides big enough for the longest side? You can sew them on, then square up the results, even if that means that they are no longer triangles!
Either way, don't drop out of the class!
• 03-21-2011, 02:00 PM
LucyInTheSky
Or just tell your teacher you meant to do it with rectangles to be different! :D
• 03-21-2011, 02:01 PM
sherriequilts
Quote:

Originally Posted by retired2
I am attempting a quilt starting with a 9 patch then it calls for 8" square cut in half and sewed to each side to create a square...HOWEVER, the 9 patch is suppose to come
out 8 1/2 " square, but mine is only about 8" or a little less... and it is more like a rectangle instead of a square! Do I cut it down and remake the pattern, toss it all out and start over or what??? This is a class I'm taking, but I goofed up the assignemnt that I am ashamed to go back!

by the way, love the blue irises in your avatar! If your 9 patches are little less than 8.5, how about squaring them up to the exact same size (even though less than original pattern size) and cut the outside triangle as called for. Your 9 patches will float just a little, but personally I think that can be very pleasing to the eye, depending of course on the original design. I have had a hard time with exact 1/4 inch seams too. Accuracy comes with practice. Hope this helps. Quilt happy and much!
PS
Bet your class teacher has been there and done that too. No quilt police are allowed to torment newbies!
• 03-21-2011, 02:08 PM
irishrose
When I did my block for Robert and Cathy's quilt, I had to redo it. The first one was 9 1/4 on my side instead of 9 1/2. I now have a very pretty potholder. Don't throw yours away, just repurpose it and start over. Sew two 2 1/2" short strips together. Press and measure. It should be exactly 4 1/2" inches wide if your seam is a scant 1/4". I'm getting better with my 1/4", but still have to concentrate on sewing straight.
• 03-21-2011, 02:10 PM
Just to make sure I understand: You are making a 9-patch and it is not really square. Hm, I would measure each section to see what part is off.

It is possible that you cut one of the sections not to size. It is possible that your seam allowance is off.

When you have the final size of your unfinished 9-patch, cut the alternating squares to the same size and you will be fine.

I usually make sure that all of my pieced blocks are squared up to the same size.

Most importantly, you are a true beginner. Don't give up and don't be upset. Maybe it is time for you to get acquainted with the frog tool also known as the seam ripper (rip-it, rip-it) WE ALL know it well.
• 03-21-2011, 05:51 PM
laurac
please go back. we always learn best from our own mistakes. surely the person who teaches the class will be able to help you figure out where you went wrong and then you can practice, practice.
• 03-21-2011, 05:53 PM
grugirl
Quote:

Originally Posted by retired2
I am attempting a quilt starting with a 9 patch then it calls for 8" square cut in half and sewed to each side to create a square...HOWEVER, the 9 patch is suppose to come
out 8 1/2 " square, but mine is only about 8" or a little less... and it is more like a rectangle instead of a square! Do I cut it down and remake the pattern, toss it all out and start over or what??? This is a class I'm taking, but I goofed up the assignemnt that I am ashamed to go back!

My favorite saying as a teacher is, "Mistakes help us learn." If you didn't make the mistake you wouldn't have learned so much about what you did wrong and how to better understand future instructions too. It is a valuable step. Never be ashamed to admit a mistake when it only helps you grow!
• 03-21-2011, 06:33 PM
Jan in VA
And when you sew the triangles unto the 9patch next time, be sure to put the triangle on the bottom with the 9 patch on top of it under the needle.

Jan in VA
• 03-21-2011, 09:49 PM
trif
Go back to the class, find out what happened, it's probably a simple fix and you will feel better.

Remember, it's a class......if you new how to do it you wouldn't have taken a class, that's what they are teaching you for. So don't give up.
• 03-21-2011, 10:56 PM
wolfkitty
Someone famous said something to the effect that if we aren't making mistakes, we are stuck and not moving forward. If we make mistakes, we are learning. So don't feel ashamed of making them.
• 03-22-2011, 03:40 AM
quiltmaker
I agree with the above postings but my first thought would be you didn't cut your squares/triangles properly. This is a class to learn and we all had to learn these techniques to begin quilting. I would take what I'd done to the teacher so she could show me what I did wrong and hopefully find suggestions to improve my cutting/sewing correct quarter inch seams. If you don't want to start over...let her know and see if you can't just square up all your squares equally and then make the necessary adjustments for the rest of your quilt. We all make mistakes and as has been said if we didn't we'd never learn.

Never be ashamed of your work...you are trying your best and most importantly trying to learn the correct process. It takes time and understanding. Without understanding what created the problems for you....you will never learn and you are there to learn. So put on your happy face and take what you've done in to your teacher and ask for help. Believe me none of us is perfect even those of us who have quilted for years and years still use our not so favorite friend....the seam ripper.
• 03-22-2011, 06:43 AM
nycquilter
Consider it a design opportunity and go with it. It was kismet! and you'll love it and learn from it. It's all how we think about it.