Pop Quiz!

by Nicole

When was the last time you had a pop quiz?!? Here’s one to tap your quilty thinking!

You are making a bed-sized quilt for someone very special to you. You’ve worked very hard for a couple of weeks to piece the top and the backing. Finally, you are ready to baste it. You lay out the backing and batting. When you fold the top in half to find the center, you realize that the corners don’t line up. You measure the top and discover that one side is 4″ longer than the other. 

You freak out and then…?
Keep going! You baste it, quilt it and hope for the best!
Get out your seam ripper and start frogging! You want to fix the problem now.
Fold up your crooked top and put it in the back of the closet with the other UFOs.
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By the way, this actually happened to me last night. Stay tuned to find out what I did!

I can’t wait to hear what you would do!

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Kristy @ Quiet Play October 7, 2012 - 2:54 am

Oh dear – hate when those things happen! I"m a bit of a lazy quilter, I'd just keep going and hope for the best!

After all – it'll be going on a bed and you probably wouldn't notice the difference once it's laid out 🙂

Lynn October 7, 2012 - 3:06 am

Hmmm, you didn't have sit and cry first and wonder why you even quilt in the first place. Actually when I realize a big mistake that will take lots of repairing, I need to put it away for a bit, a week or a month even and then tackle it.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting October 7, 2012 - 3:10 am

I agree with Lynn…sit and cry would be my first response!! But as tempting as it would be to keep going and hope for the best…you would probably never be happy with it. I would bite the bullet and try to correct it , at least some.

Annie October 7, 2012 - 3:49 am

4" is a lot! I couldn't live with it even if it were for me. Since it's for someone else, the mistake would be totally unacceptable to ignore or hope for the best. I would have to fix it…..right after that sit and have a cry over it.

Debbie October 7, 2012 - 4:45 am

What Kristy said – HATE when that happens!!!

Francine October 7, 2012 - 6:30 am

Unlike the sweet readers who have commented so far, I'd be cussing instead of crying. Quietly of course, in case the kiddos are near. My corners never match up, I'd probably press on.

Katy Cameron October 7, 2012 - 9:53 am


Rachel Booth October 7, 2012 - 11:28 am

You forgot my favorite action:
stop, get chocolate, eat chocolate while contemplating the next step!

Charlene S October 7, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Cry, cuss, chocolate, put away til calmer then start fixing while cussing and munching on chocolate. LOL

Beth October 7, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Been there, done that. I keep going and like the two commenters before me, I add chocolate into the mix.

Sooli October 7, 2012 - 1:09 pm

After a touch of swearing, walking away to kick something, cursing under my breath, then making a coffee I'd come back for another look, grab my stitch ripper and settle in for a session of reverse piecing! Its definitely NOT going to quilt out!

Anne October 7, 2012 - 3:08 pm

So hate when that happens! I recently made a baby quilt that was off just a tad. I forged ahead anyway. Those project gremlins seem to strike when you least expect them.

Quiltsmiles October 7, 2012 - 3:36 pm

You freak out then pour yourself a glass of wine to sip while ripping….lol

Poor you but it happens to us all some time or other, welcome to the pack! Jane

Valerie October 7, 2012 - 9:48 pm

Oh Nicole!! Did you just cry?! I guess my response would be determined by how hard the fix would be. Is it obvious where things went awry? Good luck, can't wait to hear what you did!

CitricSugar October 7, 2012 - 10:46 pm

I have found sometimes sewing sashing causes bits to migrate… I've used a seam ripper to fix things but I usually try to identify what happened before I do anything. Then I decide course of action from there…. I hope it didn't go horribly for you.

kat nicholas October 8, 2012 - 12:35 am

You left out the option of just trimming up the quilt top to square it off. . .depending on the design, this could work. . .of course, you end up with a smaller quilt. I've only done it on improvised quilts, ones that I could really muck around with. Four inches is alot. The fix would most certainly involve some alcohol, lots of swearing, and as little ripping as possible. . .I hate ripping. . .

Blogger October 8, 2012 - 3:02 am

Yikes. My jaw dropped and stomach sank reading your post…'cause it's happened to me, too. I think I would have freaked, and a few narshty words may have *popped* from my mouth…lol.
Can't wait to hear what you did, and to see the finished product!!

creativedawn October 8, 2012 - 7:14 am

Take it on out and fix it now. It is best to "true" up your quilt before basting for quilting…


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