Have you ever made a mistake that was so massively obvious, that you totally missed it until it was way too late and your only options were..start over or spend a day unpicking?

Well, today is my lucky day, I finally saw the mistake.

I've been working on this blue and white double wedding ring..of which I have made several in the past, so you'd think I'd have it down by now. WRONG!

I came downstairs today, all ready to put all the round blocks together, they were laid out beautifully in order on my cutting table, it should have been a case of just 1,2,3, and it's done.

You see, you have to leave spaces, spaces where the football pieces of the next block fit into the previous block and hence they make a winding row to which you add the next winding row. In my infinite wisdom, I forgot to leave all the spaces. I brilliantly sewed two footballs to each center and laid them out in a manner that anyone looking at them would believe was right...but in reality, there are many of the centers that actually should only have ONE football sewed to them, leaving the necessary spaces.

Now, I have a good 30+ footballs to remove. I knew this project was going along way too smoothly and I should have stayed in bed today.

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 20, 2013 at 2:42pm
thanks viki & diane. i am glad i bookmarked it this time lol...wandered off to historical site reading about tristan and isolde. explore that whole "womenfolk" site...it is a really interesting place for historical reading.
Comment by Diane Van Cleve on February 20, 2013 at 2:37pm

I checked out the link for the Wedding Ring pattern. I enjoyed it. Thanks

Comment by viki hagan on February 20, 2013 at 1:22pm

thanks rogue, that was pretty cool, and interesting.. I bookmarked it too, the lady I sew them for might be interested

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 20, 2013 at 12:53pm
sitting & reading, waiting for the guys to get here and finish installation of heatpump & air exchanger ... found a site i found once before, only this time i saved it before i wandered off into the land of links and got lost again :)). there was a link for the history of Wedding Ring quilt pattern. very cool, & interesting. hope you agree...enjoy.

http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/wedring.htm
Comment by viki hagan on February 19, 2013 at 8:01pm

Diane, that's awesome, lol. I wouldn't have let you fix it either. I do feel slightly better now, thank you for sharing. Pat, I should have remembered it was you.. I have to thank you for that tip, it never occurred to me to try such a thing but it worked so well. I figured with so many pieces to undo and redo, it was worth a shot. I had plenty of fabric so if I cut a hole in something, I would be upset, but could easily make another piece.

Comment by patbruck on February 19, 2013 at 5:25pm

Viki,I had posted a few months ago about using the razor blade to tear out unwanted stitches,I've been doing this for years,can't see wasting my time with a seam ripper.Actually the only time I use ripper is to take out first 5 stitches.

Comment by Diane Van Cleve on February 19, 2013 at 5:00pm

Talk about blunders !  I 've got you beat!  I completed the entire quilt down to the binding .I laid it out on the floor and took pictures . My friend came to pick up her quilt  and while she was here  I folded up the quilt as she looked at the pictures I took of her quilt and some others.She set the pictures down on the table in front of me and then I saw it. I let out a big OMG and took the quilt away from her. I opened it up and couldn't believe I finished the whole quilt without realizing I turned 2 blocks the wrong way and it threw off the pattern! It was so obvious , yet I hadn't seen it. She thought it was funny and I was almost in tears. She refused to let me fix it. Of all the quilts I've made that will be the one that's still around 100 years from now for someone to wonder  What was that quilter thinking ?  LOL

Comment by viki hagan on February 17, 2013 at 12:11pm

Karen, they really aren't hard at all, I hope you do give it a try. The two main things are to be very organized ...which does not come naturally to me, I always work in a mess, lol. and very accurate with your cutting and stitching. I recommend working at about half pace. I actually slow down, clean off the cutting table so I have a place to lay things out.The more accurate your cutting and stitching, the easier it will go together.

And don't forget..leave spaces for the finished footballs! Hint, one set of your rings will have 3 footballs each and the other set will only have 1, not two like I tried.

Comment by Karen Lightman on February 17, 2013 at 5:53am

A double wedding ring is my 2013 list of things to try. I'll be thinking of this blog....and laughing...when I finally work up the courage to try it :)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 16, 2013 at 4:50pm
i remember reading about the razer blade trick. i used to use one for unpicking regular sewing. but started with the embroidery and now snips to either do stitches or threads. like w the razer the way you used it, when picking flannel or fur, i hold fabric taught and snip threads between the fabrics. that is really hard on the hands. but it works ... so, oh well for the poor 'ol hands. :))

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