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May 7th, 2013, 10:32 PM
I'm joining in with the army of noisy frogs that live by our back pond - rip-it, rip-it, rip-it.....

The first quilt top I made, I had to frog the first set of blocks I made as my 1/4 inch seam was more like 3/8ths.... I can't tape a guide on my machine, as the 1/4 inch is right in the middle of my feed dogs.... Then I realised I had misread my ruler, and had cut 2 blocks 1/4 inch too short, and didn't have enough fabric left to cut out new blocks (they are large blocks), so I ended up "bodging" it, and adjusting the seam allowance... But it came together OK, and although I can see a few mistakes, no one else would notice. I hope.

So onto the current quilt top. I am using the Wiggly Whimsy pattern from Moda Bake Shop, using up the scraps from my first quilt plus some plain yardage. I am currently ripping, as my seams are just not matching up, and my wiggly is more like wonky... The mad thing is, that it is not all the panels, just the first 2 I sewed together - the others match up great!!

I know it is a learning curve, and new skills to master. And if I wasn't such a perfectionist, I probably would have left it... But I know if I don't do it now, it'll bug me all night....:icon_rolleyes:

Can I get a few sympathetic nods from those who have been there, and done that too, it'd make me feel a tiny bit better :lol:

May 7th, 2013, 10:35 PM
Been there, done that multiple times. Hang in there and have fun with the process! :) Lisa

Jean Sewing Machine
May 7th, 2013, 10:36 PM
Welcome to my lilypad, fellow ripper!

May 7th, 2013, 10:43 PM
Sympathetic nodding here - I look like a bobble head doll!
Do not be discouraged - we will cheer you up!!!

Mary Ruth
May 7th, 2013, 10:54 PM
I'm a professional rip-it gal. I've done LOTS of ripping and am sure I'll be on that lilypad once again when I begin my next project. Hang in there, my friend. You are not alone.

May 7th, 2013, 11:01 PM
Thank you!!! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one permanently attached to a seam ripper :lol:

I really need to invest in a 1/4 inch seam foot for my machine... But I am sure that won't stop me from occupying my lilypad. I do have an extra large lilypad, so everyone is welcome to come visit :lol:

May 7th, 2013, 11:02 PM
I just finished that old rip-it dance, hope it is the last for awhile.



Grandma G
May 7th, 2013, 11:16 PM
Glad you are a member of the froggin' club. I'm sure membership is at 100%. lol I bought a seam ripper with a magnifier and light. At least now I don't strain my eyes while froggin'.

Sharyn J
May 7th, 2013, 11:40 PM
Glad you are a member of the froggin' club. I'm sure membership is at 100%. lol I bought a seam ripper with a magnifier and light. At least now I don't strain my eyes while froggin'.

I got one too. It's a life saver! I can actually SEE while I'm doin my rip-it dance. :icon_heh:

May 7th, 2013, 11:43 PM
We need one of those home depot retaracable things for the seam ripper too.....

May 8th, 2013, 12:05 AM
Well, I have been sewing for well over 50 yrs, really over 55 yrs, I have been piecing quilts for probably 30 yrs, off and on and I still sound like a frog at times.
Keep on keeping on. Every time you rip you learn something new.

May 8th, 2013, 12:43 AM
Been there and done that...and more lately than ever! Sigh...........

Divine Daisy
May 8th, 2013, 04:56 AM
welcome to the club. You are not a proper quilter till you rippit.

May 8th, 2013, 07:14 AM
I am on a first name basis with my friend Jack.

May 8th, 2013, 08:08 AM
I am on a first name basis with my friend Jack.

Hahaha, Jack the Ripper. My poor ripper just gets sworn and muttered at :lol: I haven't been kind enough to give it a name :icon_razz:

May 8th, 2013, 08:12 AM
Thanks again, for the support :) I managed to undo the seams last night, and pin the panel back in, and it seems to match up this time (fingers crossed).

My Mum always tells me that I rush things, so maybe all this ripping is helping to teach me that more haste is less speed ;)

May 8th, 2013, 08:13 AM
Here is how my sewing goes....sew a seam, rip a seam, sew 3 seams, rip a seam, sew 1/2 a quilt, rip it out. I am just now getting to where I can let small things go.

May 8th, 2013, 08:30 AM
Oh! Let me tell you Sarah can I ever relate. Been there, done that more than once. ARG!!!! Frustrating, but, you will get thru that one.

Iris Girl
May 8th, 2013, 08:35 AM
been there done that and do it again and again. pro tip- don't forget to change your seam ripper from time to time as they get dull and can distort or rip fabric instead of stitches

May 8th, 2013, 10:45 AM
No matter how long you have been quilting, you will be frog sewing. Embrace your seam ripper, and learn to love it. It will make ripping seem like less work.

Cathy F
May 8th, 2013, 11:25 AM
Some days my best friend is my seam ripper and I've been sewing since I was in high school which is almost 50 years ago!