I had one of those situations this week. I had decided to make another mini-lonestar quilt to have a demo project for my current lonestar class. Each of the sections of the lonestar have 25 pieces with the entire block ending up 8" x 8". The sections are about 2" x 4"
I had finished piecing one of those sections and went to cut off the excess fabric around the unit. I forgot the advice "measure twice and cut once" and mistakenly cut the sewing line rather than the cutting line -- basically eliminating my seam allowance. Disaster!!!!
Then I decided I needed to sleep on the issue.
Day 2 -- I decide that I can fix the issue. Just open up the seam allowances between each row. It's only the first patch of three rows that have the problem. Spent 15 minutes ripping out the seams. Yes this final piece is less than 3" on each side -- but I recommend using a stitch length setting of 1 for paper piecing -- which means I have really tiny stitches. I also proceeded to tear some of the paper. After everything was opened up, I'm less convinced that I can get those patches put in correctly so all the points continue to match us. I even consider "hand applique" -- but that seems like too much work.
Another trip to the refrigerator was in order and another night to sleep on the issue.
Day 3 -- I decide to redo the entire section. This took about a hour to execute and produced an end product that I will be able to use.
- Looking for the short-cut cost me 2 extra days and 600
- Redoing the block from scratch -- while it took time it
only took 60 minutes.
- The technique for the project was "fast" and "precise" -- so the mistake only cost me an hour of time.
- Sometimes it is faster to "redo" versus fix.
I then thought about a number of other items in my "inventory". (This is where a put quilts I've decided to stop working on for some reason.)
I'm thinking a number of them could probably be salvaged with an investment of an hour or two. Maybe I should plan to take an hour a week to work on a "quilt problem". It's a pretty small investment and could yield great results.
I'm already starting work on my next one.
I even was able to obtain an introductory clip to use at the front of future videos. This one will only take 10 seconds to watch.