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    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
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    What would you do?

    I've been working on a quilt for about a month right now and have almost finished piecing it. Around a week ago I ran into problems decided to take a class to help me trouble shoot and planned on finishing after the class.

    After taking the class I learned a lot and discovered some of my largest issues including finding out that my 1/4" seam allowance from my 1/4" presser foot isn't a 1/4" and is too wide.

    Now I'm stuck in this situation where I want to make a beautiful quilt and I'm almost done but every seam I'm sewing I know is wrong but if I want to continue with this quilt I have to continue with the wrong seam.

    I have two choices I can continue and make this quilt knowing all the mistakes or I can stop go buy new fabric and start all over...

    What would you do?

    Here is an image of my quilt plus the block I did after learning a lot yesterday...

    Thanks for your input.

    Yael

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    I'd continue. Should end up being fine -- just a teensy smidge smaller than you intended . You've done such a beautiful job so far -- honestly, I am in AWE -- that the quilt deserves to be finished.

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    This is a quilt deserving to be finished. I am not one who is always convinced that every quilt should be finished , but yours is too pretty !

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    It looks beautiful! I would finish it even if it was a bit smaller than planned. Maybe when you finish up you can put on an extra border which will bring it to the size you want and make it more unique and all your own.

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    I'd finish it using the seams you started with. Consider it a lesson learned for future quilts. BTW, I think your quilt looks great.

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    I think you have done a wonderful job. The 1/4 inch seam allowance is important if you are doing different blocks/sashing so they all fit together. If you have started with another seam allowance, then finish with the same allowance. "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream" It is more important to have a consistent seam allowance than the 1/4 inch. From what I can see on your design wall, it is coming together beautifully!

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    I agree. Your quilt is beautiful. If I was in your shoes, I would finish it with the size seam you have been using. As others have said, it might be just a bit smaller....but still beautiful.

    I learn something with every quilt I have made. It is just something that happens.

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    Oh don;t stop.It;s beautiful!!!

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    as long as all your seams are the same and everything fits, it should work out. like using the same ruler to cut all your pieces. good luck.

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    i'd continue. it's beautiful
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    Keep going with this quilt, as the others have suggested.

    I discovered, like you, that using a 1/4" foot on my machine is not, in itself, the fool-proof way to make a 1/4" seam. It does keep the right edge of the fabric lined up nicely as it goes under the needle. I learned that I ALSO needed to move my needle two settings over to the right because the standard needle position on my machine is for garment sewing. But it took me a while to learn that fact, and it did cause a ton of frustration when my blocks were too small.
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    Don't worry about the seam width. Mary Ellen Hopkins always called it 'your own personal seam allowance'. As long as it's uniform, it works. Your quilt is beautiful!
    If the top's done, it's a quilt!

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    Ditto, the quilt is beautiful, and you should finish it. Just keep on keeping on, no one but you will ever know your seam is over a 1/4th inch but you and us of course and we won't tell the quilt police.
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    I would finish it to a more complete point in the design. If you don't turn it into a bed quilt, it will still make a beautiful display piece.
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    Awesome Quilt.. I would finish it!

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    I would finish it and try to figure out if I can correct the seam allowance for future quilts. There's nothing wrong with your quilt, it's beautiful! It'll just be a little smaller than planned, but that's no reason to quit now.

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    It looks great to me. It would be a shame not to finish it. Don't worry about perfection - it doesn't exist for us mere mortals!

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    Definitely finish it, it's beautiful!

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    It will be beautiful and you have learned something. Try your new knowledge on the next quilt. I have made over 118 quilts - trying to make the perfect quilt. I have not made one perfect yet, I just keep trying. I have improved alot and still have a way to go.
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    Please continue...the quilt is awesome! You are way to harsh on yourself. You have a gift.

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    It is beautiful...I would continue and use your new knowledge on your next quilt. I love your quilt!
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    The 1/4" seam is an arbitrary width. It matters if you need the pre-determined finished size that you would get using 1/4" or if you are putting together blocks that have different seam allowances. Finish the quilt with the seam allowance you've been using - it's too beautiful to stop now!
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    Please continue it! It is too pretty to abandon! You might see everything that is "wrong" but most people will see how striking and beautiful it is!

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    Keep going....consistency is the key. It looks beautiful and when it's done and quilted it will be a stunner.

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    Consistency is what counts! The books by Harriet Hargrave are a valuable aid - Even tho I have pieced for a long time I have learned a lot from her books! (Quilter's Academy series)

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