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Thread: A little trouble with my first pieced WIP

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    It's hard to tell from the lighting, but this is red, white and blue. Really it is. I've only made a couple of rag quilts, so this is my first attempt at piecing. The pinwheels were fun, and I am pretty pleased with how they turned out. But I'm having a little trouble with the extended "arms".

    I made the pinwheels blocks, then stitched rows of squares together, and attached them to the pinwheel blocks. Was there a better way to do it to ensure my lines matched?

    Should I pull out that block and try again, or will I end up having to undo so much it isn't worth it?
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    go easy on yourself girly! i can barely see it and i'll almost bet when it's quilted and washed you won't be able to see it
    if i were grading it i'd give you a 99, and to me that's pretty darn good :thumbup:

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    Looks awesome to me, can't believe you haven't been piecing for a long time! Relax and enjoy.

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    It looks great! I didn't even see it in the top picture at all. Like kathy said, when it's quilted and washed you won't be able to see it. you did a great job!

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    I can't see where the problem is, honest and your points are perfect, better than my was for the first couple of quilts. :thumbup:

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    I have to agree with the posts above. The points are really good. I do see a little mismatch that you see, and if it REALLY bugs you pull them out. Make sure your seams are ironed in opposite directions, and when you put the two pieces together, 'nestle' the seams together real well, and pin. I don't know any other way to describe but 'nestle'. Someone else care to describe what I am talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraJJ
    I have to agree with the posts above. The points are really good. I do see a little mismatch that you see, and if it REALLY bugs you pull them out. Make sure your seams are ironed in opposite directions, and when you put the two pieces together, 'nestle' the seams together real well, and pin. I don't know any other way to describe but 'nestle'. Someone else care to describe what I am talking about?
    I ironed all my seams open. I had no trouble matching points on the pinwheels, but I found that when attaching the strip of sewn squares to the next row, I had trouble lining everything up. I thought I had done a good job with my 1/4 inch, but practice makes perfect, right?

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    Looks pretty darn good to me. I have not attempted this type of block yet, so I can't really judge. Very nice looking. Want to see the finished quilt.

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    Wow ~ it is great. I wouldn't take it out. Good job.

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    Well it looks wonderful to me, many of us who have been quilting for years, can't get our rows to line up as well as yours.

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    It looks good to me!

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    What trouble, it looks great to almost perfect to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraJJ
    I have to agree with the posts above. The points are really good. I do see a little mismatch that you see, and if it REALLY bugs you pull them out. Make sure your seams are ironed in opposite directions, and when you put the two pieces together, 'nestle' the seams together real well, and pin. I don't know any other way to describe but 'nestle'. Someone else care to describe what I am talking about?
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    looks fine

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    Looks good -- I would not worry about something that tiny. I have a 5' rule -- if you can't see it at 5', then do't rip since you can do create more distortion when you take it apart.

    Sewing in rows then attaching the rows is a great way to assemble a quilt. I have also made large blocks, but the rows are easier to handle for me.

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    It is beautiful as is. Do NOT take it out.

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    Looks good to me.

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    Keep going! Then maybe the 6th or7th quilt will be more perfect (In your opinion) but you will have got something done that is beautiful.

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    Don't worry about not being perfect, worry about not trying... You did a fantastic job!!!

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    Use the 25 mile an hour rule...if you hold it up and someone drives by at 25 mph and doesn't see it, don't sweat it. I had to LOOK to see your "mistake"

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    I agree, once it's quilted and washed it will look perfect !

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    Now I'm depressed because I thought that was the mark of being human, ooops.......

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    Don't make it any harder on yourself than you have to. We are always our worst critic. In the grand scheme of things it will not be noticed at all.

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    I love pinwheels and make a lot of them. Your quilt top looks great!!

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    It looks great! Don't fret about it. Sometimes I think we (well not me) are getting paranoid about matching points and so on. Enjoy it - it's all a learning exercise and 'finished is better than perfect'.

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