Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What would you do?

In my last post, I shared my current WIP and said stay tuned for the 'end of the story' . . . well, I finished a panel today, put it on the wall and.... it is a full 3 inches shorter than the other two panels!

Notice the difference in length  at the bottom right?  :(
I have been sitting here staring at this for most of the afternoon trying to figure out how to make it work.  I have figured out that this problem was caused by different sized seams (the squares in the shorter panel are exactly 2" . . . Congratulations to me, I have finally conquered that elusive scant 1/4" seam.... What this has caused is a major difference in these panels.  The other two panels are just over 2" . . . Here's a perfect example of how being just a little bit off, will add up big over the seams of a project - and this one has 46 seams on the horizontal.

So as I see it, I have a couple of options:

Get the seam ripper out and take the panel apart.... this seems like a daunting task to say the least.  I can't even imagine keeping those blocks in the right order, and then they would be sewn together differently than the other two panels. . . . would that make a difference??

Take the two longer panels, rip the seam in the middle and sew the two pieces together and make a baby quilt.... part of what makes this an attractive option is that I am obviously going to have to play with seam allowances to find where the longer panel seams were sewn.... It might be easier to just sew 7 more panels with my new found ability to sew 1/4 inch seams ....

I have also been wondering about whether or not the original panels have stretched.  I actually had a conversation with my mom about that very thing last night before I sewed the third panel together.... so what if I sewed a 'boarder' around those two longer panels with a long wide zigzag and washed and dried the panels. . . is there any chance it would shrink enough to be able to match the shorter panel?? Is this a viable option? I would love to hear if you think this would work.

What would you do?  Do you have other options for me to consider?? 

Linking to a couple of linky parties to hopefully get more traffic and a few answers!  You can find the links in my left hand sidebar :)

Linky Tuesday with Connie over at Freemotion by the River and WIP Wednesday with Lee over at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Hey! Dropped in via Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday linky... I'd probably go for setting up the two longer panels as a baby quilt and do a new panel to match the newer (shorter) one. I wouldn't bother with ripping all the seams up - but that's just me - I'm lazy!

    Either way, good luck, and what you've done is really impressive!

    Oh, the joy of 1/4 inch seams (and getting them right!)...

  2. Thanks for stopping by Sel! I wish it was just one panel to match the newer. . . the idea is to make a large king size quilt which will require 7 new panels.... I think I am up for the challenge ;) This pattern done in batiks is stunning!!

    I am actually very excited about actually mastering the 1/4 seam even though it kind of changed the entire road for this project!!


Comments make me smile :) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Come back real soon!

If you left me a comment, I will be responding in kind either by email and/or by visiting your blog and commenting on your wonderful creation :)