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Date: 2/6/13 11:02 PM

In another post said that I had messed up with some cutting of a quilt. A few mentioned that it can still be saved.

OK, so this is what I did. In my quilt I am supposed to have cut 12 strips 4" wide from the full width of the fabric. Then cut out some blocks and sashing strips. After that from the leftover fabric, I would cut 10 blocks which are 11" each.

Well, I obviously had a brain fog. Because when I cut my strips, I had nothing left! And I bought extra fabric. Well, come to find out that I cut from the length and not the width. Yea. I am new at this quilting stuff, too.

Anyway, I do plan on buying more fabric for this part of the quilt. But can I use what I have already cut (the strips) to make the blocks that I need. Or because I cut it from the length and when I go get more fabric, that part will be cut from the width, will it mess up something in the quilt? I don't know if this makes sense or not.

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Date: 2/7/13 0:02 AM

I don't know what a purist would tell you. I am always too cheap to throw anything away - I paid good money for that fabric and it is going to be used.

However, think for a moment. Just because you cut it lengthwise, when you cut a square it is cut partway lengthwise and partly widthwise. Can you cut squares of your strips? Take a look.

I will tell you this. Our foremothers would have used the fabric. Those ladies never wasted anything. If they ran out of fabric, and they did, they used something else, sometimes something close, sometimes not. They made do, and we can also.

Sometimes the quiltiest things are made out of necessity. I would recommend that you look for some of the older threads which show the extreme inventiveness of our Portland. He went through a period of using almost anything and he triumphed. He made a quilt not long ago using corduroy, and it was GLORIOUS. This man is a quilter to be proud of.

As they say, there are no Quilt Police. You must do what you feel is best. Your eye and your vision should inform your work. Can you make the strips you cut out work and be happy with them? Why not try it and see? Great quilts come from experiments, and if nothing else you will learn a lot, and that is not be sniffed at.

We are all with you.

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Date: 2/7/13 8:55 AM

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In another post said that I had messed up with some cutting of a quilt. A few mentioned that it can still be saved.



OK, so this is what I did. In my quilt I am supposed to have cut 12 strips 4" wide from the full width of the fabric. Then cut out some blocks and sashing strips. After that from the leftover fabric, I would cut 10 blocks which are 11" each.



Well, I obviously had a brain fog. Because when I cut my strips, I had nothing left! And I bought extra fabric. Well, come to find out that I cut from the length and not the width. Yea. I am new at this quilting stuff, too.



Anyway, I do plan on buying more fabric for this part of the quilt. But can I use what I have already cut (the strips) to make the blocks that I need. Or because I cut it from the length and when I go get more fabric, that part will be cut from the width, will it mess up something in the quilt? I don't know if this makes sense or not.



Thank you!


Sew - I think this is how we learn, by our mistakes!

Can you post the pattern to see if the squares will be affected by the on grain or not?

Maybe they said WOF to save fabric. Stretch them both (the WOF and the others), if it's not on the bias it should still be OK, just a bit more stretchy than WOF... it will depend on the squares

Me? I'd just use it and move on I'm pretty new at this to and have made some real awful mistakes but after it's been quilted, they Feel warm and have all my Love into them! That's worth more than any Art Gallery award.

Barb has some good advice, those ladies back then used whatever they could get their hands on regardless of the grain or fabric - we are so lucky to have great quilting cottons so one cut or another should not make you crazy.

Good luck and photo's

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Date: 2/7/13 9:06 AM

Honestly I would figure out how to get the most out of what was already cut and buy enough fabric to cut those pieces which you couldn't salvedge. No one will ever know you cut it wrong. Or maybe you can cut those pieces out of some of the other fabric you have left over without affecting the look. Be creative!!

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Date: 2/7/13 9:36 AM

I'd still use the strips too. No need to NOT use them.

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Date: 2/7/13 10:21 AM

I incorporate left overs from the top in the backing for the quilt. It gives the quilt a nice surprise to the backing.

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Date: 2/7/13 12:31 PM

This is the quilt. I don't know how to imbed pictures. So, I will give a link instead.
Buttonholes Quilt

It is a really cute quilt. I picked lots of blues and a little bit of black fabric. (Fat quarters) These is for the buttonhole blocks.

I am super excited about this. And I will take the advice of you sweet ladies and use what the fabric that I already cut and get more!

Thank you for helping a newbie out. And encouraging me with my new quilting addiction. I mean, hobby.
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Date: 2/7/13 3:52 PM

It really won't matter. Just use up your fabric, nobody will know.

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Date: 2/7/13 3:56 PM

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This is the quilt. I don't know how to imbed pictures. So, I will give a link instead.

Buttonholes Quilt



It is a really cute quilt. I picked lots of blues and a little bit of black fabric. (Fat quarters) These is for the buttonhole blocks.



I am super excited about this. And I will take the advice of you sweet ladies and use what the fabric that I already cut and get more!



Thank you for helping a newbie out. And encouraging me with my new quilting addiction. I mean, hobby.

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Sew -- In those squares it won't matter which way you cut! Very cute quilt and welcome to Quilters Addicted err I mean Hobby board

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Date: 2/8/13 4:11 PM

I feel the need to give my two cents even though I just found this wonderful place today. My first quilt was 2 years ago. I made it for my mother as a mother's day gift. I had a great pattern, a fabulous line of fabric, but in my haste to start sewing, I immediately messed up the cutting. As I had a brand new baby at home, I couldn't afford all new fabric (I really, really screwed up my cutting) I just started playing around with what I had cut and started sewing together into new block configurations. After many hours of laying strips out on my bed and rearranging I came up with what I think was a pretty great quilt.

I think you can make anything work if you love the fabric and colors. If you can't follow that pattern this time, don't sweat it too much, look forward to the completely original creation you could make.

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