Thursday, May 5, 2011

Seam Ripper to the Rescue!!!

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I almost hate to tell this next little story but I figure, I need to show my little duh moments as well as my successes.   Otherwise you might get the crazy notion that I never make mistakes.  (Which I do, often :)

So I started working on my VIB Block yesterday.  It requires some major cutting, piecing, and a first for me, curved piecing.  So basically, I was trying something new to me :)   So I got everything all cut out and laid out.  Won't these just be adorable little arches :)


I begin sewing the pieces together and start to get the feeling that something might be wrong.  But of course, I ignore that little feeling telling myself it will all come together in the end.  So I keep on stitching.  And then press and Wha La!!!  It didn't come together in the end.  I am staring at this trying to figure how in the world I piece a curve into that bottom and why it isn't a pretty scallop anymore.  And then it hits - I mixed up the inner and outer pieces and sewed the pieces backwards!!!


And this is the only time when chain stitching becomes a major bummer.  Not only do I have to unpick one segment, I have to unpick them all.  Why don't I listen to that little voice in my head saying this isn't right???  Luckily, at this point, it was time to pick the kids up from school so my seam ripper and I became friends again while waiting for the bell to ring.  


I think it will be much easier to piece a curve into this arch then the previous one.  Hopefully tomorrow I can show you the finished product :)

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18 comments:

  1. Its nice to know I am not the only one with those 'duh' moments... and unfortunately I have my share. :)

    Hope your week is going well.... can't wait to see the finished results!

    *hugs*

    Debbie K

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  2. I have had those moments myself when I ignore that little poke saying, "Stop and check! Stop and check!"
    :) I look forward to seeing where this goes.

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  3. Bummer is right. I'm sure the second one will be much easier to work with!!!

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  4. Hee - I throw all my seam ripping for the day into a bag and do it while waiting for school pick up, too! :)

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  5. Well it certainly will be easier the 2nd time around. Man, all those seams to rip. Yuk.

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  6. thanks for sharing your mistakes. I have learned to put a pin in the left side so I don't do the very same thing! But, I still flip things all the time.

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  7. Ha! Been there...done that!! Hate it when that happens. And you know, I often have that little voice saying something is not right ....hard to listen to isn't it?

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  8. :) My seam ripper and I am the best of friends. We spend a lot of time together as she constantly saves my projects (and sanity). Can't wait to see those blocks! They look like they will be darling!

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  9. You are definitely NOT alone. I flipped a segment of a project just two weeks ago. Had to rip out the middle two pieces of a six piece long segment... and because I too was chain stitching, I had to do it six times (once for each row).

    And I am too glad that quilters are willing to share our mistakes, it makes it so much easier to laugh it off when I make one.

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  10. I'm the queen of having the "duh" moments ~ my seam ripper is my best friend? I am new to chain stitching and wondering how you chain stitch those four together...I've only done it when it's two at a time

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  11. Are you sure you aren't my twin?

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  12. Ugh!! I know the feeling well. When my children were younger I always carried an "Oops Bag" full of thing I could undo while waiting for them.

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  13. My seam ripper and I are best friends. It's so bad that I have three spare....

    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  14. Thanks for sharing this. I HATE to rip. My seam ripper and I are not best friends. :) I think I can chalk it all up to impatience.

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  15. The very first seams I sewed this morning were quickly introduced to Mr Ripper. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in the world of sew and un-sew - lol!

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  16. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/voil%C3%A0 .

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  17. oh, no! That is a bummer! (It really is looking pretty from the pictures, though) ;)

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  18. Oh that little voice. It is ok we all do it. Thank you for posting a mess up. It is nice to see, but of course I love your successes more, LOL!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa