To Rip Out, or Not To Rip Out….

To Rip Out or Not To Rip Out…. 

We’ve all been there. Many hours of planning and sewing have gone by. 
It’s late at night….

It could have happened while machine quilting a basted quilt, only to find a big lump in the back, halfway through. Or it could be that you were rushing. (I was rushing). I was cutting up the yellow, floral squares fast and furiously. And, then sewing on the borders of the courthouse squares, not fully focused.

I didn’t realize before I started sewing, the next border, that the squares were an 1/8″ inch short. I realized when I was finished.


Yup, that was me. And it was a humbling reminder to slow down and be mindful, as I remembered my interview with Amy Gibson, and her book, For Keeps. (Thank you Amy Gibson.). 

This square I re-did on Saturday during Hudson Valley Quilt Guild meeting and our sew-in day. 

Above – a perfect 19″ x 19″ square. Just as it should be.

After ripping out the outer square, I measured, and it was not 13″ x 13″. So the inner, blue border came off. Some of the yellow inner squares were 7″ x 7″, and I will re-use them.

And my scant 1/4″ seam allowance was more than it should have been. 

In this case, I was rushing, trying to get more projects completed this year. But, it’s okay, and has reminded me of a some good lessons.


Double-check my measurements. 

Stop multi-tasking so much. 

PAY ATTENTION to what I am doing, and keep my mind on task. 

Fortunately, we are not in the emergency room. I am a quilter, working on my hobby. As I re-do all nine of these courthouse steps squares, I will remember to be more mindful, and take breaks, as I work throughout the day. 

Thank you to Cheryl@Meadow Mist Designs, who is leading this Midnight Mystery Quilt, for your encouragement.

This Wednesday I am linking up with WIP at Freshly Pieced, and Let’s Be Social.
And it will all be fine. Sometimes we have to take a step or two backwards, to go forwards in a gracious and more elegant way. 

It will all be fine. Happy Quilting…mindfully!!

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  • Reply andrea @ tideline quilts February 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I find that can really happen to me when I'm super-excited to get something done so I can really see it! It happens…(to everyone). I think the trick is to chill and go with the flow – we're not saving lives, it's just quilting. Important. But should be fun, lots of fun, too.

  • Reply Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts February 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Yep, when I get distracted or rushed things go wrong. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful. That's a lesson I can use in many parts of my life!

  • Reply canuckquilter February 4, 2016 at 3:33 am

    It happens, we've all been there. Glad you were able to fix things.

  • Reply Jody M February 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I hope that you are in your new room now – sometimes it really helps to have your dedicated space. Because I work full-time my sewing time is really precious. Slowing down and enjoying the flow is a 2016 goal for me too. Hope to see you soon – keep up the lovely work!

  • Reply Afton Warrick February 11, 2016 at 12:37 am

    You have a point. I'd love if you'd join the party at http://quiltingmod.blogspot.com/2016/02/lessons-learned-linky-2.html.

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