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Thread: Using a different "eye"...

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    Super Member running1's Avatar
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    Well, I was so pumped that I'd gotten caught up on my guild's BOM blocks last week... I'd even done one over again with different colors and had taken great care to insure more points (where they're supposed to be) and seams aligned correctly. The second block's points and seams were much nicer than the first, and yet, something just wasn't right...

    I put it up with the other blocks until last night when a quilting friend called and she was beginning to work on hers... would I come and just give an opinion on her color choices... "and bring your blocks???"

    We're having just a great time looking at colors and chatting.. We sit on the floor and pull my blocks out and that's when I see it... finally... One whole strip (the bottom strip of a nine-patch-type star block) is sewn upside down...sigh... No wonder it didn't look right... I can't tell you how many times I studied that block to try to figure out why it didn't look right...

    Lesson learned... leave it alone for a while and then bring it back out... best done with a sympathetic friend close by!!

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    I feel your pain, been there and done that too :D:D:D

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    Just think how lucky you are to find it now, rather than when the top is finished...

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    It also helps to take a digital photo and look at that. Mistakes pop up much more readily when you see them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    It also helps to take a digital photo and look at that. Mistakes pop up much more readily when you see them that way.
    That's a good idea!! Thanks!!!

    And yes, I'm VERY relieved to have discovered this before getting the quilt together!!

    Now I'm wondering what else I've missed!!??? Yikes!!!

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    Yes I didn't discover I had a block wrong until I took a picture of it,

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    Using a digital camera sure does help as it allows you to get a different perspective. You can also stand on a chair or stool, take your glasses off, or look at in a mirror (everything's backwards). Anything that makes you stop & think about what you're looking at. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    It also helps to take a digital photo and look at that. Mistakes pop up much more readily when you see them that way.
    I agree.
    And, you can also turn your back to the project and look at ti through a mirror, weird but surprisingly helpful.
    Or use the wrong end of a pair of binoculars to give yourself distance.

    Jan in VA

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    at least you found it before you started building the quilt. I made a wallhanging and didn't discover a flying geese was the wrong way until I was almost done quilting it...

    fortunately it's a busy block so it's not "that" noticable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    It also helps to take a digital photo and look at that. Mistakes pop up much more readily when you see them that way.
    Aghhhh!
    I found a block misguided by a picture!
    So much "anger" that gave me ... because I was sewing the outer edge ... I left the job and still not change the address of that block. It's a UFO!
    Thank your friend who shares this hobby with you beautiful! And I believe in good company, the pain is less! Lol!
    A hug!

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