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Old 03-30-2014, 05:57 AM
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I feel your pain on this one. When I first started quilting (self taught) less than 10 years ago, my daughter picked out a beautiful queen sized quilt from a book I had. Each block consisted of 25 pieces if I remember correctly. I wracked my brains because it wasn't going together after the first trimming. The book was misprinted with the measurements for that part. A cable tech actually helped me solve the mystery (his ex was a quilter). Quilt turned out awesome.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:38 AM
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I have that book and am planning on starting one of the quilts. Do you mind telling me which one you were working on? I was planning on doing, I believe it's called, the Ennis House quilt. Thanks!!
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:48 AM
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Best advice of all right here. Walk away, come back to this another time. Sometimes we just need to take a break from something, and then you go back and it all comes together. I wish you the best of luck on this project. I know you can finish it, just maybe not today, in a month or so : )

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I remember a long time ago someone saying those were difficult patterns because of all the long skinny strips which are pieced. Time to walk away from it for a while, methinks. Give yourself a break. Do something else for now, something fun! Return to it with refreshed eyes when you are ready.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
we went over a few things, the instructor and i. i am an intermediate quilter, and really pretty careful and accurate most of the time.

she couldn't see anything out of whack in what i brought to her, and she watched me sew and didn't have anything to add. the math adds up in the pattern. maybe it's just one of those things. i really don't know what else to think.

the author is emphatic about accuracy. i have measured every single seam and cut. i am just kind of done with it, but am loathe to give up. the fabrics are beautiful...

it might just end up being different and less than i wanted it to be. i don't know.


Great advice !!!
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:38 AM
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I can certainly relate to what you are experiencing. All patterns are just not exactly correct. The block I'm making at present is comprised of many pieces and I've measured down to the last thread. I've starched, pressed, prayed and when I went to put one unit together it quite obviously was going to be too small to fit with the rest of the units. So I made the decision to change one HST's size and voila it worked. The pattern is one I will definitely make again, but I've made notes like crazy. So I guess what I'm finally getting around to saying is, blame the pattern. Don't beat yourself up, the designers of patterns are only human - granted they have talent, but they can make mistakes too.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:46 AM
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Life is too short to get that frustrated and upset while working on something that should be a happy experience. I vote for sewing it all together quickly...without regard for the matching thingy, giving the project to your quilting buddy to take care of( for an undetermined length of time and place...LOL ), or just taking the pieces you already cut out and turn them into a scrap quilt.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:54 AM
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As a last resort did you or your instructor go to the site of the pattern and search for "Corrections". There's one very popular web site ( although don't think I'm allowed to say who's) that has enough corrections to her numerous patterns to choke a horse! GOOD LUCK!
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:01 AM
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Ditto here! Like some recipes passed down from Grandma, there's always that secret ingredient that always remains a secret. In quilting just one tiny secret step.
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I vote for blaming the pattern .... good luck!
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:11 AM
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I almost bought that book and I think I am glad now that I didn't.

I hope you have better luck if you continue your quilt. I do love the quilts - just love FLW.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:23 AM
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Have you tried using elmers washable glue stick to match points up before you sew? I've never made a quilt as intricate as the one you're making, so can't say whether it will help you or not. But it's cheap and you really won't be any worse off if it doesn't work than you are now, so it's worth a try.

I made a quilt for my DGD that, no matter what I did, never matched up. I named it "The quilt from hell". I think she liked the name more than the quilt!
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