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    Question on quilt I am almost finished

    Hello all,
    My question is this. I have made a "Turning Twenty" quilt top. In the square of the big square I have a Printed flower, (material came that way). Some how or other, in putting all the pieces together, a couple of the big squares were turned the wrong way. The result was that I have some materials that were duplicates in this turning twenty and 2 of the big squares next to each other have the same material one block/piece of material apart from each other. The material does not stand out, and it doesn't necessarily look bad but I know it is not supposed to be that way. I also placed two squares in the same repeat pattern right next to each other. (I must have had the "lights on, but left home" when this happened.) I am making it for my sister who knows nothing about quilts so she probably won't notice. Anyway, I did not notice this mistake until after I had the first borders sewn on. I am bothered by it, and wonder if I should take it apart? However, my reasoning for not taking it apart is that with the 1/4 inch seams, the material will fray with all the handling. A friend of mine told me that the Amish purposely have a mistake in their quilts avoid pride in their perfection. This made me feel better.

    Any thoughts?

    PS I am new to the forum and a fairly inexperienced quilter.

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    Nobody will know it's not supposed to be that way. Just finish it.

    The Amish do not purposely put a mistake in their quilts. That would be the sin of arrogance to think they had to make a mistake on purpose or it would be perfect.

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    NO ONE....will know or notice .....just finish it....
    As you make more and more quilts, each one will have a mistake of some sort, because we are human,
    don't stress over them....but learn from them. I have been sewing and quilting for over 60 years....
    every new quilt is better than the last one, but will not be as good as my next one......
    This is a craft....take joy in it, learn from it....and move on....
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    It depends on how much it is bugging you. Your sister probably won't notice it and will love the quilt.

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    Love the way you stated this.... it is my philosophy too and sometimes I even managed to live by it. Yup, don't need perfect. Just learn from each quilt and keep getting better.


    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    NO ONE....will know or notice .....just finish it....
    As you make more and more quilts, each one will have a mistake of some sort, because we are human,
    don't stress over them....but learn from them. I have been sewing and quilting for over 60 years....
    every new quilt is better than the last one, but will not be as good as my next one......
    This is a craft....take joy in it, learn from it....and move on....

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    I did the same thing to a turning twenty except mine was putting two colors too close together. I didn't see it until the quilt was all pieced together. I had to take it apart because I knew that it would always bug me. But if you give it away then you won't have to see it! You need to make the best decision for you!

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    Thank you all for your responses. I think I will leave it because I am giving it away and don't have to look at it, not that it is not pretty, because it is very pretty. If I can figure it out, I will post a picture, although it doesn't do it any justice.

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    I would probably take it out. That is just me. I keep trying to make a perfect quilt, but that hasn't happened yet. I figure if I keep trying at least I will get closer.
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