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    I made a big quilt with tons do different blocks. Each block contains a new technique I wanted to try out. I also machine quilted for the first time. I made TONS of mistakes on this quilt. I learned how to: "lock" seams together so seams line up, tried circles without appliqué (disliked it), machine appliqué (disliked it) fancy stitches on the machine, floating stars (loved them), Y seams (disliked it, won't do it again) and other techniques. The finished quilt gets thrown down on soccer fields and amazingly, I get lots of compliments! I learned a ton and made a utility quilt at the same time.

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    I mean no disrespect to Eleanor Burns but I won't use her patterns because of the "cut down" method she recommends. Her quilts are beautiful but I want to make a block that is the correct size the first time and if it's not, it's MY mistake, not because the pattern makes it larger so I can "cut down" to the correct size.
    I agree with all the suggestions--try resizing your blocks by making them smaller or adding borders. Or just do what I do when I have a project I don't care for; I put it in The Box That Shall Never Be Opened. (My heirs can deal with all those LOL).
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    You might enjoy reading this thread posted by another member of the board today. Belive me, you are not alone and this will probably not be the last time you make a mistake. We all do our share of them. You will figure out a way to make it so you can enjoy it for a long time.

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    Don't get too discouraged. I threaten to quit any and all quilting at least a couple of times a year. Sometimes you need to step away from the project, sometimes just abandon it. You can only do your very best. I have been quilting since the mid 70's and to be very honest, no matter how careful I am cutting, sewing, and reading the patterns, I still screw up. It used to drive me crazy. We always our worse critics. Everything you do, you are learning and getting better. It isn't always human error either. Patterns get written incorrectly, fabric stretches, machines pull the fabric....it's actually a wonder that anything comes out right.

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    First, I want to say that there is a lot of good advice on this thread. As someone said, lots of experience here. If you are still reading this, please post pictures. They help me all the time!! (Board members that is.)

    Second, while I agree with others here, don't trash.........I would like to say "yay for your hubby!!!" Sounds like he is just trying to support you and doesn't want to see you frustated. How sweet is that?!?!?!

    Good luck and let us know what you end up doing with your project!

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    I would put it aside for now and start a new project. Pull it out later....even a year from now...and by then you will be experienced enough to have some ideas for it. I just pulled out a quilt project I had given up on last year, and I found that it wasn't as bad as I remembered. I have a pretty nifty quilt now.

    Of course, I don't mean to tell you what to do, not really. That is just what I would do. Lots of good advice here.

    At any rate, go back in your sewing room and make something...maybe a coaster or something, just so you feel better about sewing.

    DIna

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    If possible, make wonky blocks out of them & put a sashing around each block. Don't toss it, just revamp it.

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    I am still learning and absorbing new ways of doing things after making a number of my own quilts. I've spent the majority of my time perfecting long arm quilting with classes and practice instead of piecing. I found the videos on The Quilt Show worth the price of membership. Especially some I've been watching on precision piecing. You sound like me, a "perfectionist". I am learning to be patient and give myself time to learn. Follow the advice given here - set it aside for a time then come back to it with fresh eyes and more experience. You will then be able to appreciate the nice work you did on the blocks and figure a way to recut, sash or some other method of putting them together in a quilt.
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    I agree -- don't trash it. I also agree that it would help going forward if you can figure out what went wrong, but maybe setting it aside and doing something else before going back to it will work better.

    I have had this problem (most of us have). I have added sashing between the blocks, I have remeasured and adjusted the seams of the smaller blocks. I frequently make the blocks larger so I can trim them to size (especially HSTs), but I also make more blocks than I need so I can use the best ones. Sometimes a good night sleep helps me see things better, but sometimes I just put the project aside and go back to it later. I find that the more I piece the better I do, but if I have a lot of time between sewing sessions it is like I have to start all over.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do -- but don't let one problem kill the pleasure of making a quilt.
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    You have been given some wonderful advise. Remember that a quilt made from very pretty fabric doesn't show the mistakes that you see. It still stays pretty and will still keep you warm. One of my favorite quilts has the most flaws but since the fabric is so pretty, no one seems to notice. Just don't give up. I have made 4 practice squares of a new pattern out of scraps before diving into a costly project. Those practice squares became table topper gifts.

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    I agree with everyone who suggests that you don't trash your quilt. The first quilt top I made a few years ago is my favorite. It isn't perfect because it was my first and I was so new to quilting that I was petrified about starting - from cutting my beautiful fabrics to squaring the blocks. Well, I finally dove in and I loved working with the fabrics. My DH was a Godsend to me with his eye for design. He helped me along the way by questioning me about what I had done and making suggestions in such a supporting manner that I didn't give up. So please share your pictures and let others here guide and support you.

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    You are all such special people. Thank you so much for your support. You honestly encouraged me to the point that I went into my sewing room and reevaluated the quilt. I have 80 squares sewn into 10 rows with 8 blocks in each row.

    Last night, I ripped and trimmed and sewed the first row over. It may be a little smaller, but the points do all match now. I think I can make all the rows work. We will see what happens when I try to sew the rows together. I might be back with pictures for more help. If not, I will post pictures of the quilt top when completed.

    Thank you all so much for your support and advice.
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    Hey, not everything comes out the way we want it to. Funny, my tablerunners are always worse than my quilts. I think because I get in a hurry due to the small size. I just need to slow down and take the same care with the runners as I do with large quilts. I have a "shadowplay" UFO in my drawer. I need to trash it too. I hate my fabric choices. It happens.

    Keep quilting. A year is not a long time to throw the towel in?
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    I am so glad everyone here was able to cheer you up, and give you the motivation to go back and reevaluate your quilt. I am a new quilter as well, and I am sure I will be where you are one of these days soon. But, as a long time sewer I can tell you some thing I learned long ago. IF it seems to not make sense, or its not going together right, sometimes it means you need to take a break from it. It always seemed like the next day, I wondered why I had such a problem with the pattern I was looking at. It was perfectly clear the next day, or went together without a hitch. Best of luck and cannot wait to see the pictures !!
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    This has happened to most of us at some time. Don't let it dissuade you. Just remember quilting is meant to be fun. Put this aside for now, maybe you will find a different use for the fabric and it will still be beautiful. Don't give in as that is a rather ambitious quilt pattern for a relatively new quilter. Put it aside and maybe try again after you have made a few straight forward quilts. Happy Quilting and don't forget the quilt will be just as warm and loving even if all your seams don't match.

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    is it possible to put sashing between your blocks so that the fact they don't match up won't be so obvious? It will likely change the pattern completely, but it, ay be better than trashing it.
    C9P aka Jan

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    [QUOTE=kristakz;5448616]A couple of thoughts. If it's the picture I saw, and your problem is that the points don't match, perhaps you could add some sashing between each block? Then the point matching won't be so important. You might still lose a few points, depending how you trimmed, but it won't be as obvious.

    My thought exactly, sashing will sometimes do wonders!! Post pics, you may be way too hard on yourself...I have only trashed one quilt in all my years and that was a quilt as you go......it was awful and stitching didn't line up front and back...threw in the junk!!

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    Yes, I also get discouraged. I have been quilting for four years. I tend to be a perfectionist anyway. I still feel like a beginner in so many ways.
    I went to a quilting retreat this spring where we used templates to make "Storm at Sea." I spent 15 hours cutting out my pieces. When I sewed the first block together, it was a mess. It won't lay flat, and I can't figure out what I did wrong. I tried really hard to do it correctly. Plus, I have about $100 in the fabric!
    I finally just put it all in a large zip loc bag. Maybe someday, I'll come back to it and will have enough experience by then to figure out what I did wrong. But, for now, it was just too frustrating to keep at it.
    Don't feel badly. I'm sure many of us have experienced the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I wouldn't trash it. I don't trash, I reinvent. I don't like wasting. I will repurpose. I would take a picture for those in the know to figure out what can be done. It also would help if you went on to something else temporarely. Another thing I have in my head is I don't use other people's patterns. I prefer to make my own. I have seen many patterns I like, but will create my own design.
    IMHO as is the opinion of many quilting fiber artist there is no such thing as an error or things not matching up. I agree with you that I also do not use other people's patterns and make my own. I belong to at least two quilt guilds around here and another in another city in this state and they will tell you I have never used a pattern and refuse to do so. I have taken many online classes from quilting fiber artist who are known internationally who will tell you "rule #1 - there are no rules", "rule #2 - oh yeah there are no rules".

    DO NOT THROW away your project, reinvent it into something else.

    I've had ladies around here who are of the "cookie cutter mindset" tell me in the last year that when they first got to know me they felt bad for me and felt there was no hope for me because to them what I was attempting to create without another persons pattern and saw what I was doing was sending chills through there bodies and today they admire what I create although they feel they could never do what I do.

    My point in sharing this is THERE REALLY ARE NO RULES even if you use a pattern. If it does not come out like you think it should based on the directions create your own design out of it and make it yours. If you really think about it all a pattern is for the most part someone who most likely used someone elses pattern and modified it into a new pattern to make it there own.

    There are many things to do to salvage such a project so post a photo so we can see what your concerns are and we can make recommendations on how to make it your own.
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    I trashed all my blocks on a quilt I was working on a few years ago because they didn't turn out right and I was so frustrated. About 6 months later it came to me how to fix them. It was a lightbulb moment. Dang it! I had thrown it out and I could have fixed it. So, don't trash it. It might come to you some day or night, completely out of nowhere.

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    Keep trying, don't give up! Good Luck, can't wait to see your quilt! I'm with some of the other posters on here, I don't use patterns, I get ideas, then just do it MY WAY!
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    Jan, I wanted to make a comment, but wanted to read what everyone else said first. I'm glad I read all of them and saw your second post that you had been bolstered into trying again and had success. I was eager to add my comment to please don't be discouraged. You obviously have improved in the past year and still love quilting. And I was hoping you wouldn't trash the project since you said the fabrics were so pretty. So, good luck with the rest of the quilt, and I do hope to see pictures of the finished product. By the way, I've been quilting for about 9 years now and do something utterly stupid with every project. I just shake my head and keep going. I love quilting too much to give it up. Keep going girl!!

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    We certainly don't tackle simple projects, do we Jan! :-). Geez the pattern looks tough. I'm with those who think something can be done. Get that pic up!

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    I tend to be pretty hard on myself and later found that what I thought was a glaring error didn't even show when I put a quilt together. If I put it aside for a while I can usually think of a way to salvage my mess ups. Know you must be really frustrated.

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    There are no mistakes, just design changes.
    What about sashing between the blocks? Blocks on point? Flying geese inbetween the blocks? With all that work and your love of the fabric finish it, use it and love it.

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