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Thread: Bear Claw -severe frustration

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    Member kaykid815's Avatar
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    I had 11 blocks made, then finished up the last 9 on my daughter's machine while visiting her. I'm learning that one machine's 1/4" seam is not the same as on another. I am TRYING to square the blocks, but I have 9 blocks that are as much as 1/2" smaller than the other 11! I can't square to the smallest block or I'll lose the points on the triangles of the big blocks. I don't have enough fabric to re-make the 9 small blocks (or enough patience!) From a distance, the lay-out looks good, but I'm afraid this will be a crooked mess. I'm taking one block apart to see if I can make the seams smaller on the sashing, and "fudge" the difference. Any ideas?

    Looks good when laid out...
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    Yikes - blocks are two different sizes!!
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    I like it. I understand the frustration, I learned the hard way too.

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    I would take the nine blocks apart and sew them on your machine. A lot of time and work but. you will be happier with it. It is beautiful and such good fabric choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle
    I would take the nine blocks apart and sew them on your machine. A lot of time and work but. you will be happier with it. It is beautiful and such good fabric choices.
    I agree, if you know there is a problem, FIX IT NOW!! You will never be happy, and your eye will always be looking at the flaw. It's better to fix nine blocks, than put the quilt on the shelf beacause it's just not right.
    This comes from my own experience. . . . :oops:

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    I would disassemble and sew them on the same machine...now if you just HAVE to go ahead NOW.....then you can block them. Choose either the "larger" or the "smaller"...I'm not sure which would be the best...but saturate with starch and pin to the correct size...let dry.

    Its beautiful and will be when you are done.

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    Could you add a small sashing to the 9 that are undersized and do an alternative layout to make it look as if you intended it being that way? It would break my heart to have to unpick all that beautiful work!

    Good luck and let us know how you get on it! This will be a real beauty when you finish it :wink: :thumbup: :D

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    Love the bear claw and the fabric.

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    You could add the sashing to each block, like a frame, and square them like that and alternate the colors so it looks like a checkerboard in the framing throughout, hope I said that right lol

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    That is so frustrating! You could try framing the blocks and make the framing on the smaller blocks just a little wider so they end up the same size as the larger blocks. (BTW...did you notice that one of the bear claws in the bottom row of blocks has a piece that is facing wrong?) I really like your fabrics. Simply elegant!

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    If you dont want to take them all apart, you could add a border to all the blocks making them all bigger than you want and then square them up. Any color border would work, or you could go with different color borders. Then you could do the sashing!

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    Thank you! I found another one and corrected it, but missed that one! Thanks for the good eye!

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    Would add necessary small frame fabric to the smaller ones. If you use
    color similar to what you use for sashings, blocks should blend in.
    Would set them randomly with your larger blocks, so it looks like you
    planned it that way.

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    I vote for varying your sashing widths. Depends upon your personality. Will you still love it? it is beautiful!

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    You can add a narrow border to the smaller blocks. If you are using sashing between the blocks, you can adjust the sashing width to accomodate for the smaller blocks.

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    Did you use the quilt in a day method. I have a set of over sized bear paw blocks because I forgot to trim the half square triangles down before using them. They look just like your blocks. Fortunately for me they are just part of a larger quilt with other blocks. I am planning to remake my blocks and use the 4 or so that are over sized on their own in a small square quilt with sashings. In your case i would find a good movie and do some unsewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyfireo4
    You could add the sashing to each block, like a frame, and square them like that and alternate the colors so it looks like a checkerboard in the framing throughout, hope I said that right lol
    I agree, easier than take all 9 blocks apart :cry:

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    Only 9 blokcs to redo. You will be so happy if you fix them. Would be a shame to goof up such a lovely quilt.

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    Need to think about it . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    Could you add a small sashing to the 9 that are undersized and do an alternative layout to make it look as if you intended it being that way? It would break my heart to have to unpick all that beautiful work!

    Good luck and let us know how you get on it! This will be a real beauty when you finish it :wink: :thumbup: :D
    I did that on a quilt and it came out fine. Of course I am not real picky if the flaw isn't glaring. If no one else notices it then I don't beat myself up over it :)

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    I find that varying the width of the sashing is the cure to a lot of evils (including panels that are not square and blocks that are not quite the same size).

    One thing I do to make sure the 1/4" seam I use is the same on different machines is take a lined note card with me. The lines are 1/4" apart. I make sure I know where they are on my main machine, and I use it to set up the machine I take to class or DDs machine so I have a consistent size.

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    OK how about putting like a 1 1/2 or 2 inch border around them all, then square them all up to the same size. Sew them together, and I bet no one would see the difference.

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    I found this out with my Viking and Featherweight. So now, if I start making a quilt with one machine, I stick with that machine through the whole quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennie and Me
    I found this out with my Viking and Featherweight. So now, if I start making a quilt with one machine, I stick with that machine through the whole quilt.
    Interesting! - This is exactly the combination of machines I was using...

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    I have a seam guage that I use to check every different machine. Just for that very reason!!

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    I love your quilt

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