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anaximander
« on: July 11, 2011 12:27:57 PM »

Dear Self:

While fabric is typically sold in yard-increment *lengths,* the width is almost 1.5x that. So when you're cutting strips for binding a 90" square quilt, you do not need TWELVE of them. That's 200" extra that is unlikely to be taken up in the corners. Discovering this, only after seaming & pressing it all and going "hrm, this seems a little bit long" was.. frustrating.

Please, somebody, help me feel better - what's a boneheaded quilting mistake you've made?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011 12:57:43 PM »

I have a basket of extra binding lengths.  When I finish machine sewing binding on I attach the leftover to my franken-binding... And use it for scrappy quilts.


My last half square triangle quilt I forgot that each square set makes two "blocks" I ended up with twice as many cut neutrals.  So I made two quilts.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011 03:45:39 PM »

That's 200" extra that is unlikely to be taken up in the corners.
Cheesy  Shoot, I do stuff like this all of the time.  My usual M.O. is to forget about seam allowances, so I end up with smaller blocks than I anticipated.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011 08:51:40 PM »

Oh, thank you both - I feel like much less of a dunce now. I also really like the idea of a franken-binding (Most of my binding ends up being Kona, because I'm lame like that, but still, franken colours would work on my mom's latest creation, which she dubs "the ugliest quilt in the world."

I also like the idea of just making 2 quilts - I did that for the boys for christmas one year - I bought twice as much fabric as I needed, so they just got complimentary quilts.

My problem isn't making them too small, my problem is somehow ending up too large - with no idea whatsoever of how I've done it. I've got a monstrosity of a top awaiting quilting that somehow ended up being 120x120". I figure at this point I'll turn it into a tent.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011 06:28:18 AM »

I'd like to see your mums ugly quilt,  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2011 09:29:13 AM »

I did an entire wall quilt that was applique in complete reverse to what it was on the package for the kit. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011 02:17:54 PM »

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I did an entire wall quilt that was applique in complete reverse to what it was on the package for the kit. 

LMAO... I've done that before. Only realized it when I went to put the words on it. Whoops. (Applique and I have since agreed to disagree, and stay 500 yards apart from one another.)
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011 02:53:31 PM »

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I did an entire wall quilt that was applique in complete reverse to what it was on the package for the kit. 

LMAO... I've done that before. Only realized it when I went to put the words on it. Whoops. (Applique and I have since agreed to disagree, and stay 500 yards apart from one another.)

The problem I had is that I couldnt tell which way the applique peeled....so when I went to go iron on the first layer, I had to reverse peel it (cause it couldnt make up its mind cause its an older heat bond) and thats how i reversed the whole darned thing
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011 10:31:01 AM »

I somehow made some of my pinwheels spin the wrong direction.  Which I noticed after the entire quilt was pieced. Adds "charm" right?  Right?
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011 11:01:25 AM »

I somehow made some of my pinwheels spin the wrong direction.  Which I noticed after the entire quilt was pieced. Adds "charm" right?  Right?

Absolutely! :-)
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