Where is my Seam Ripper?

There are days when the quilt gods decide they need some entertainment so they spend their time playing with me. Then they just laugh and have a great time. At my expense. Yesterday was such a day.

I am making the blocks for the Twirl pattern – I showed them to you here on Monday. There are only two blocks in the pattern. Apparently I didn’t think that was good enough so I created a third block. Translation: I screwed up.

This is just one of the ten I made of Block A. Pretty, right?

Block A with Mistake


This is how the block should look:

Correct Block A Twirl Pattern

How could I have missed this? I have been looking at these blocks for three days now. How could I have messed this up so badly? Geesh! The quilt gods are now giggling and high-fiving each other.

So I have one block that is right, and ten blocks that are wrong and I’m thinking “if I don’t say anything no one will know”. Hmmm……

Then I bring in hubby, show him the two blocks without explaining and he immediately sees the difference. He also comments on how much he likes the second block. You know, the ‘right’ block. Crap.  If hubby sees it then I’m in trouble.

This is a commission quilt and the client is my baby sister. She has already seen some of the blocks and loved them. She doesn’t know a single thing about quilting. She will never notice my mistake. But I told her anyway. Said I would do whatever she wanted. She said to continue with the ‘wrong’ blocks since I had so many done and she liked them. A quilt with the wrong blocks would be fine, she said. I said okay. Whew! Take that quilt gods!!

So I started working on the B blocks and you know how it is. A person can do a lot of thinking when they’re sewing. I got to thinking. If I leave the A blocks wrong, this will not be the quilt my sister is paying for. And every time I look at the finished quilt I will feel disappointment. And I will grow to hate it. More importantly, Sis is going to know there are mistakes in the quilt. Then she will be disappointed. Worse, maybe she will grow to hate her quilt. Drat!

Can you hear the quilt gods laughing hysterically right now?

So I took a deep breath, scooped up my seam ripper and all those freaking blocks and started tearing them apart. Ten blocks, four seams each equals forty seams I am ripping out!

Blocks to fix for Twirl quilt

The good news is they are now ready for me to fix, so that’s what I’ll be doing today. I’ll admit, I felt so much better once I decided to fix the blocks, and I know Sis will be happier too.

I hope the quilt gods find something else to do today and leave me alone!



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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10 Responses to Where is my Seam Ripper?

  1. Kate says:

    The Quilt Gods can truly be cruel. But you will be so much happier that you fixed it. Sounds like the worst of your fix is done.

  2. I am so sorry to hear that, Beth!! I hate it when that happens. Glad you caught the mistake now, not after you stitched all the blocks together. Deep breath, continue….. 🙂


  3. Oh, I’m sorry. I really like both versions of the block but I agree that if it is going to bother you then you did the right thing by un-sewing.

  4. Judy says:

    I like them both, I really like that your sister said to leave them! I’m with you, I would have had to rip them. . . we really are our own worst enemies!! Excited to see how this comes together – the fabric is fabulous and the blocks are looking fantastic! 🙂

  5. Susan says:

    Honestly? I like the wrong block much better. However, the telling point is what your sister was paying for. If you’d been making it for me, I’d have said I’d prefer you not change them, but your sister does deserve what she paid, just like any other customer. I think your own conscience will probably feel much better. But I like the wrong block better. =)

  6. Diane says:

    I laughed myself silly with your referencing the quilting gods. You have a good sense of humor. Glad you picked out the “wrong” blocks. They always would have bothered you. My daughter once painted her bathroom yellow but it came out A LOUD YELLOW. I asked how long did it take to paint it and she said a little over two hours. I said “If you add up the moments of regret you’ll have when entering this garish bathroom will it exceed that amount of time? ” She looked at me and said good point. They repainted the bathroom and were much happier. Sounds like, though tedious, your picking out did not take a humongous amount of time and you caught it fairly early on. I had a quilt for my son where I messed up the FMQ. Took over 12 hours to pick it out but I am glad I did none the less. If you want a laugh or to commiserate see the second half of my post


  7. The hardest part is deciding what to do. I am so glad you feel better about it and I bet you have them all fixed already!

  8. Jasmine says:

    It is definitely worth the time to fix it if it will always bother you. Glad you caught it now instead of later.

  9. Tish says:

    Oh, man…I HATE when that happens. I did the same thing on a quilt my husband wanted me to make for his boss. He picked the pattern and fabrics out and was very specific about what he wanted. I managed to sew my geese flying the wrong direction on 10 out of 12 blocks. He noticed immediately. Needless to say there was a ton of seam ripping going on.

  10. Colleen says:

    We are our own worst enemies.I agree, no one would have noticed if you had kept it to yourself. That said, it would have eaten at me until I changed it too! I hope you reward yourself with a glass of wine AFTER everything is sorted out.

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