Monday, February 8, 2016

Oh, No!  An Applique Mistake!

I always think I am being so careful when I cut the back of applique blocks.  But somehow, this morning -- the first time ever --
applique cutting mistake
I cut through the rust-colored fabric into checked fabric of the top circle!  The rust fabric behind the circle is completely cut away.  I was trimming inside the circle a little more.

Now what?  I searched the internet but didn't find any information about fixing a mistake like this.

Can I patch it?  Can I unstitch part of the plaid circle, sew a straight seam to add fabric, trim it, and re-stitch?

I doubt I will be able to unstitch the whole circle, replace it, AND have it come out looking remotely round.  I don't have the experience or ability (yet, if ever) to do it.

Will I need to begin again, from the background fabric up?

I stitched the rust circle yesterday while watching Downton Abbey.  I stitched (and cut the hole in) the checked fabric this morning.

This is what it looked like before I cut the slice out of it.
applique star on scrappy background

Have you ever had a problem like this?  If so, how did you resolve it?

I'm linking this post to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts and Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.  Thanks, ladies.

I hope you're making progress (and not regress, as I am) with your quilting endeavors!



  1. No quilting here, but I enjoy watching your progress!

  2. I don't always trim out behind my applique just so I don't have this happen. I think I would just try and applique another circle or find a fabric with a cute bee on it and applique that over the hole. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  3. I'd just applique something over the hole and pretend that was the plan from the beginning. With the scrappy pieced background, it would look fantastic. Go for it!

  4. I agree with Gayle and Cynthia. My girlfriend gave me a wonderful quilt, and on one of the borders it had the sweetest little Toyota. She had accidentally snipped into the border fabric. It is my favorite part of the whole quilt. And by the wa, your applique is very nice.

  5. Half the charm of antique quilts is seeing the "mistakes" and how they "made do" with what they had. Just appliqué a patch over it and 100 years from now quilt historians will LOVE your charming quilt. :) In the meantime, it will be fun to show your quilt and tell the story about your "oops" moment. There won't be another quilt in the world exactly like yours. :)

    1. I like the way you think, Corn and Wine! I've made the repair and though it may be a little obvious, I'm satisfied with it. And grateful I didn't have to start over! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  6. I think the solution you proposed would work wonderfully! Don't sweat it.....

  7. I'm way behind with reading blog posts this week! I've enjoyed reading the solutions that have been sent to you and glad to know you've made a repair.

  8. I would just applique another circle of the same fabric or different fabric on top.
    Such a lovely project!


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