I hate it when ...

jennifer_in_vaJuly 21, 2012

... a project falls apart!

Last week I bought a pretty floral border print as a jumping off point for this baby quilt. I bought fabric from the entire line in order to pull it all together.

All along the way, I told myself I needed to plan & cut carefully since I bought this in Lancaster, PA while up for a wedding. I couldn't just run out for more if I messed up.

I planned well...only something went wrong. Tonight's goal was to get the borders on. Got them all mitred and ready, set them to pin, and 3 of the 4 are too short! UGGGHHH This really stinks!(okay, actually I really want to use a different adjective, but figured I can't here)

My tired mind thinks I'll use these wrong border cuts pieced together for a center on the back with scraps of the other fabrics to fill in. But my tired mind can't wrap around the measurements...guess it'll be tomorrow's goal, also.

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Sorry. I am sure you will think of something special when the pain disappears.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 12:26AM
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Can you use corner squares in a different fabric instead of mitering the corners? Maybe even add a square of the other fabric in the middle of each side? That might add enough extra length so you can still use this border on the front as you intended.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 5:44AM
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Were we in the same room? LOL . I did something similar on Saturday...put the borders on a quilt, mitre up the corners...an hour later I remembered I wasn't going to mitre the corners,but do something totally different for the border. Well, no ripping for me, it will be as is. You've got some choices ... a day's rest from it and all will be well!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 6:37AM
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Quilt math is Hard, harder than regular math. And measure twice, cut once doesn't always work either. I am sure you will come up with a creative way to make it all work. Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:23AM
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Jennifer, I was going to say the same thing Kate did. Either that or use straight borders instead of mitered.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:11AM
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I agree, see if you can use corner squares, or perhaps just a contrast fabric on opposite corners.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 10:39AM
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Kate's idea sound very workable and if it makes you feel any better, I'll bet all of us have 'been there and done that'. Usually when I fall short on a fabric, it's going to be a teensy, tiny bit......fraction of inch. Yes, it stinks.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:51PM
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Ha. Knowing you (as we do), this will turn out better than planned. It will seem better in the morning, I'm sure.

Breathe... :)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 10:10PM
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LOL, Faye. Yes, I 'breathed' and all is good. Catastrophy has been averted!

I was able to use the mitred borders on the front, add a flange instead of a sashing, and the top is complete! Victory!

Tomorrow I get fabric for the back and maybe I can get it quilted in the next day or two. Pictures to follow when complete.

Thanks for the support system! Worked like a charm!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 10:13PM
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Isn't wonderful when mistakes turn into blessings??\

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:05AM
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Glad it worked out Jennifer. What's a flange?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 8:23AM
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A flange is like piping without the cording inside. A piece of fabric folded wrong sides together and sewn into a seam with the fabric sticking out on the right side of the fabrics. (Think 3-D)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 9:04AM
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