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    collage and one block wonder aha moment

    I am a bit (to put it mildly) OCD when it comes to collage and one block wonder projects. My analytic side gets in my way and I fret over the optimal piece placement. I can't just use the random placement method. But today, I had a most amazing discovery. I was working on a collage without my glasses. I found I did better with limited vision. I tend to be too analytical studying the print and forcing patterns; but with my glasses off, the motifs were blurry and I could see only the colorway rather than the exact motif. I finished my project in record time.

    I hope this tips helps .....

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    Very clever! Thanks for the tip & reminder to relax & just play.

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    Won't work for me. Maybe I can pick up a pair of really strong dollar store glasses.
    I'm glad it worked for you - a good idea, for sure.

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    Interesting concept - - - -

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    I use my camera and take pics. Often looking at the quilt on a small screen gives me a better perspective. I had a friend who said that she would put her blocks on a wall and stand back and squint at them. She swore she could see mistakes better that way. I'm glad the no-glasses approach works for you. I might try it some time.
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    Sometimes turning your back to the quilt hanging on your design wall and looking at it through a mirror over your shoulder will help "distance" yourself from the individual blocks, giving you an overall perspective. Or through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars.
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    I've found that I also look much better in the mirror when my glasses are off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've found that I also look much better in the mirror when my glasses are off.

    Thanks for the smiles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've found that I also look much better in the mirror when my glasses are off.
    I love it!! I'm getting rid of the glasses right now!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've found that I also look much better in the mirror when my glasses are off.
    ROTFL!!!

    I had lasik surgery over 10 years ago, after a lifetime of nearsightedness. worked great, but one thing I miss is being able to take my glasses off when looking at a Christmas tree ... the lights are so beautiful when they're out-of-focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Sometimes turning your back to the quilt hanging on your design wall and looking at it through a mirror over your shoulder will help "distance" yourself from the individual blocks, giving you an overall perspective. Or through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars.
    You can also use one of those door peep things to put it farther away. I learned that at a quilt camp and they are tiny enough to keep close by. Never heard about the mirror trick, might give that a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmquilter View Post
    You can also use one of those door peep things to put it farther away. I learned that at a quilt camp and they are tiny enough to keep close by. Never heard about the mirror trick, might give that a try.
    Door peep holes work GREAT!!!!! And a cheap tool.

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    Dunster! You are the bomb girl, so true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've found that I also look much better in the mirror when my glasses are off.
    Don't we all! Thanks for the laugh!
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    That's a good idea! One guild member is very ocd about fabric placement and cannot be around me when I do scrappy or color choices blocks. She gets so upset that I don't care what color goes where. She gets very anxious and agitated but tries to hide it.
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