What’ll I do?

My weekend of sewing didn’t go exactly like I planned. I wanted to get a lot of sewing done. Instead, I hit a speed bump (AGAIN!)

Early Saturday morning I decided to cut out the remaining pieces for the Christmas Mystery quilt. So I set up the cutting mat on the kitchen table because, of course, there was too much stuff on my cutting table in the sewing room. I used my handy dandy 12 1/2″ square ruler and my rotary cutter and starting slashing through the focus fabric. It needed to be cut into 11 1/2″ squares. I also cut the other accent fabric into 6″ squares and then I was ready to sew the quilt top together.

First I had to sew the small squares onto the corners of the 11 1/2″ blocks to make a large snowball block. Zoom, zoom, zoom – I ran them through the sewing machine in no time flat. Then I trimmed the corners and pressed them nice and flat. Oh, I was on a ROLL!!

I sewed all the 6″ accent blocks to the corresponding sashing pieces and then I was ready to sew the big snowball blocks to the remaining sashing pieces.

That is when disaster struck!!

Apparently, early in the morning is not a good time to cut out big blocks of fabric! Apparently, the markings on the ruler are easy to confuse at that time of day! Apparently, I cut out 11″ squares instead of 11 1/2″ squares!!!

Now I have a large amount of the quilt already sewn together and the pieces are not going to play nice together. What’ll I do?

Here are three possible solutions:

First, I could un-sew the accent blocks and sashing, cut them all down slightly and make the blocks work in a slightly smaller size. The points will not match very well, but it would still retain the basic look.

Second, DH suggested that I add some strips to the centers of the snowball blocks to make them the correct size. I only need to add 1/2″ so this gives an idea of what a contrasting fabric would look like with only 1/2″ added. Other variations of this option would be to cut more of the center away so that the cross is wider and more prominent; OR use strips of the same fabric so that it would not be as noticeable; OR use strips of the gold accent fabric so that the cross matches the cornerstone blocks. I’m sure there are other variations that I haven’t thought of.

Third, make new snowball blocks – IN THE CORRECT SIZE!!! This is some other fabric that I had on hand. I don’t think that this fabric is a good option, but some other fabric might work. I would have to un-sew all the corners on the wrong size snowballs and re-sew them onto the new 11 1/2″ squares.

Or maybe there is another option, that I haven’t thought of. What do you think? How do I rescue this quilt? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, since I’m stuck with a mental block until I get this figured out.


5 thoughts on “What’ll I do?

  1. Things like this usually happen to me late at night when I should quit for the evening but keep on going when I’m way too tired, or especially when I’m working against a deadline! And that’s usually when something goes wrong with the machine. Here’s my vote for what it’s worth. I’d probably buy new fabric because I like the brightness of the red in those centers, but if you don’t want to go to the expense or time to get new, I’d go for option 2 but I would use something that blends in like some of the same fabric. It’s so busy you probably couldn’t tell. Or if you have the time, sew the additional fabric to the outside edge where there is less of it showing and it might not be as noticeable. But then, by the time you do that, you could have been to the store and back and washed the new fabric! I’m just no help at all!


  2. But of course – I vote for buying more fabric and remaking the snowball block! Un-sewing sucks. Slashing the block to add more matching or contrasting would irritate me to no end. I love the three colors you’ve used too much to change that combo. You could then repurpose the too small snowballs. Maybe a table runner to match the quilt, or pillow cases. Maybe another option will jump up and shout, “Pick Me!”.
    This too shall pass. After all, it’s still playing with fabric.


  3. I love that I have such enabling friends!! Yes, my vote is to get new fabric, too. I have to decide on something fairly quickly, since I am supposed to have the Mystery quilts done for the May meeting of my quilt group. (Just the tops, not the quilting – so I’ll be able to add them to my pile of needs-to-be-quilted tops!!)


  4. I vote for new fabric as well and I like Bev’s idea of using the snowballs for another project/hence another one for the pile.
    I also love the focus fabric–pointsettias are my favorite Christmas decoration.


  5. My first vote would be “Never again cut fabric in the very early morning or very late at night”!!! Second vote is same as Bev H’s. Maybe use the “too small” ones to make Christmas place mats. Not being a quilter, I have no idea if that would work, but they would be beautiful.


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