Hope you can go forward now and make that patriotic quilt! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!
Oh boy, nothing like ripping! Hope the next project goes better - thanks for sharing!
Keep moving forward! It looks possible. BTW, I wanted to reply to your kind comment on my blog, but you're a no-reply blogger. I was in that same situation until someone let me know recently. There are fixes out there, if you do a google search. Bonnie Hunter's worked for me. http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/08/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html