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    Giving instructiion/directions - - -

    There are so many opportunities for slippage between what someone intends/wants and what someone understands/does.

    I once told my son who was doing some piecing for the first time to alternate the way the seams went so they would nest.

    I had done a demo - but did not leave a sample.

    We both think we are intelligent articulate people - but slippages can and do occur.

    So I understand that misunderstandings happen.

    What suggestions do you have for minimizing this type of thing?

    (I have noticed that there is a lot of "verifying" before surgery is done now!)
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    It is difficult to clearly articulate piecing/quilting instructions. I found that out in trying to write out directions on how to make a quilt from requests here on this Board! I just try to take it step by step, visualizing it as I go. Then re-read it over several times until I think it is clear. I think there is a developed skill to being able to write "how to" instructions for lots of things!

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    Some times when I press my seams they look like your son's. Really enjoyed the giggle.

    I'm the opposite I really don't like a lot of instructions because I would rather figure out it myself.

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    Mine look like that sometimes. I just press the dickens out of them. I don't have any suggestions to help. I think it is always going to be that way because we can't see what's in another's head. You ask if they understand and they say yes because they think they do.
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    I had a cousin who was very directionally challenged. He was given instructions for a destination. Was so funny the way his dad wrote them out. Each line was "your right side turn at this; then he'd draw a picture of the landmark. etc. He could tell you how far you had gone; if you had gone a mile or (?). The guy never had a wreck and used handsignals. Not fun riding with him in the winter time. He would say, "Just think how nice and warm it will be when you get there!!

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    I think I give much better driving directions than my DH.
    He thinks his directions are much better than mine!

    I tend to get misplaced easily - so if I have checked out my path on a map - and there are no unexpected detours - I usually manage to get where I want to go.

    However - I do have a dreadful time with verbal destination directions. There seems to be something in my brain that just does not process them well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    There are so many opportunities for slippage between what someone intends/wants and what someone understands/does.

    I once told my son who was doing some piecing for the first time to alternate the way the seams went so they would nest.

    I had done a demo - but did not leave a sample.

    We both think we are intelligent articulate people - but slippages can and do occur.

    So I understand that misunderstandings happen.

    What suggestions do you have for minimizing this type of thing?

    (I have noticed that there is a lot of "verifying" before surgery is done now!)


    OH, seeing that drawing sent me into a laughing fit that made me cough my head off!

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    Ha, ha! well, he made it work. I've even done that when all sewn and then pressing again. it seems one or more seams will move on me!! we all see and hear things differently and need things explained in more than one way.

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    Love that story! I always have trouble with directions like "up" or "down". Did they mean "face up" or toward what you would think of as "north"? Plus, I have trouble with left and right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    Ha, ha! well, he made it work. I've even done that when all sewn and then pressing again. it seems one or more seams will move on me!! we all see and hear things differently and need things explained in more than one way.
    He undid them and resewed them. He did so much redoing on that quilt! But it is now bound and in use!

    HIS idea to redo them.

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    I have had that happen accidentally as I assembled, and took it out and resewed, but always wondered if you could just snip in the center and repress flat, or would that leave a weak spot. Anyone know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post

    However - I do have a dreadful time with verbal destination directions. There seems to be something in my brain that just does not process them well.
    Me too. My DD, who has a near photographic memory, says I have "a defective mother board".
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    I have had that happen accidentally as I assembled, and took it out and resewed, but always wondered if you could just snip in the center and repress flat, or would that leave a weak spot. Anyone know?
    Yes it does leave a weak area. My friend wanted me to teach her to quilt and some did the bottom example so she got tired of redoing these area's and no matter what I said it was her choice. Once the top was finished I sent it home with her and told her to wash and dry it---every one of her snipped seams came apart. The process to then tear out and replace each area was days of added work. She offered to pay me to re-do her mistakes but when I said yes but it would cost her $2 per she counted them and picked up the seam ripper. She is now down to the binding and can't wait to start her next quilt.

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    When I've had a twisted seam - I clip each side of the seam separately -

    I don't know if it really lessens the weakness of the clipped area - but I like to think it does - -
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    giving instruction/directions

    When I give directions for how to do something, I always assume that the person getting the instructions has never done any hand sewing at all. I usually apologize first so that no one thinks I am talking down to them - then I start at the beginning. I once had to re-sew the arms and legs on 12 rag dolls because I didn't tell the ladies to use two strands of thread when sewing them on, and nobody knew enough about sewing to ask. Lesson learned, don't assume people "just know"..
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    Quote Originally Posted by pal View Post
    When I give directions for how to do something, I always assume that the person getting the instructions has never done any hand sewing at all. I usually apologize first so that no one thinks I am talking down to them - then I start at the beginning. I once had to re-sew the arms and legs on 12 rag dolls because I didn't tell the ladies to use two strands of thread when sewing them on, and nobody knew enough about sewing to ask. Lesson learned, don't assume people "just know"..

    It's true about anything. People don't know what they "don't know." It sometimes amazes me when I have actually learned something to realize what I thought I knew about it before I learned it! ....if that makes sense!

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    When an someone asks "any questions?" after a lecture or demonstration - I KNOW I will have some questions - I just don't know what they are then.

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    One day a couple of years ago, as I left for work, I told my DH that if he went into town that day to pick up some mulch and water softener salt.
    I was in shock when I came home to a trailer loaded with an entire pallet of mulch and an entire pallet of salt!!!
    We finally used all the salt, but I still have 20 bags of mulch LOL

    Next time I MUST BE SPECIFIC.........LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    One day a couple of years ago, as I left for work, I told my DH that if he went into town that day to pick up some mulch and water softener salt.
    I was in shock when I came home to a trailer loaded with an entire pallet of mulch and an entire pallet of salt!!!
    We finally used all the salt, but I still have 20 bags of mulch LOL

    Next time I MUST BE SPECIFIC.........LOL
    You did say "some" - - - - LOL

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