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Old 04-28-2012, 07:44 AM
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If/When someone donates or exchanges a quilt block that 'isn't playing nicely' with the other blocks -

it's too small, or too large, the colors are wrong, the seams are coming apart, etc. -

What do you do?
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I mend the seams, resize the blocks, and set it all together with my favorite color; and it becomes a beautiful memory quilt.
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I would do the same. Maybe the person who made it really doesn't quilt....but at least they tried, and I would make it work into the quilt.

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I mend the seams, resize the blocks, and set it all together with my favorite color; and it becomes a beautiful memory quilt.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:02 AM
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I would check the seams, press any folds and resize the block. I would make it part of the finsihed project. Someone took the time and made you a block, and you should be honored that the block was made for you. Now if I have an extra block when I am done, the special blcok would become part of my quilt back with my label. I would still feel blessed by having the block.
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I will take it apart and re make it adding a border around if I need it bigger. I try to use all of the given blocks except if the block smells of tobacco I toss it. If the person asks about where is her block on the quilt I tell her the truth. It smelled of tobacco smoke. No excuse to be giving a quilt block that is saturated with odor.
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Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
I will take it apart and re make it adding a border around if I need it bigger. I try to use all of the given blocks except if the block smells of tobacco I toss it. If the person asks about where is her block on the quilt I tell her the truth. It smelled of tobacco smoke. No excuse to be giving a quilt block that is saturated with odor.
Couldn't you just wash it - soak it in whatever would take out the smell?

(Just seems odd to me that if you are willing to take a block apart and redo it - that you would toss it instead of washing it)
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:20 AM
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I'd probably mend it and if it really didn't play well color wise, incorporate it in the backing.

You can look for solutions in "Setting Solutions"
http://www.amazon.com/Setting-Soluti...5633451&sr=8-1
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Hopefully there would be other such blocks such that I had too many to use. Then I could pass them on.

If you really wanted to use it you could always repair it and maybe put it on the back.

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If it's an exchange of friends blocks, I stitch over the seams if they are not secure. If it's the wrong size I set them wonky. Someone on QB set wonky blocks so that the angled pieces came together to form a secondary star pattern. It was great! The different colour choices and skill levels is the whole point to me. I want memories of the friends not perfect blocks. Smelly ones I would gently wash before including it in my quilt.
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I got a bunch of smal, wonky 9 patches. Cut them into triangles and used scraps to piece them into half square triangles, then put them together to make pinwheels. Turned out very cute.
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