HELP! Quilting Problem :-(

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by PineBurrowPeeps, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. I'm copying and pasting the e-mail I sent to my MIL and SIL... Maybe someone here can help me.

    I'm having a quilting problem with the pattern I'm using and was wondering if one of you could help me figure out the problem. It's mathematical, the pieces don't match up.... Here's the link to the pattern I'm using. I cut out all my pieces, got through the nine patch part without a problem and then get into the quick piece flying geese part and hit problems because the two side squares on the rectangle don't match up. I have cut and re-cut those rectangles 3 times now and checked and re-checked my squares and they still don't match right.
    So, I looked at it and figured out that of course they won't match when the pattern has you making 3 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangles but the two squares they have you laying on top are 3 1/2" squares, totaling 7" in length laying on top of the 6 1/2" rectangle. I increased my rectangles by 1/2" making them 3 1/2" X 7" and now everything in the flying geese part fits perfect. I thought I fixed it but when I moved to the next step to put the whole block together, now the flying geese parts are too long for the nine patch! I have made 3 blocks so far and they look funny, I'm still going to include them in the quilt because they're my first ones, they're supposed to be imperfect but I need to figure this out!

    When they have you sewing the strips together to make the nine patch and then cutting them into the correct pieces, there is a bit left over that gets tossed, so there is room to increase the width of those pieces, but by how much? They have me making them 2 1/2" right now.

    I just want to bang my head against the wall. I don't have the money to keep wasting fabric and starting over because things are fitting but on the other hand I really like the finished pattern!

    http://www.scrapquilts.com/0202_bom.html
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    It will work out. The two outer pieces will cross over eachother where the point meets. Don't worry though, because that will be in the seam allowance when you piece your squares together. It doesn't sound logical but it works.

    ETA: here is a picture of what it looks like. You can see how the side pieces cross.
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    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    How are your blocks coming along?
     

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