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    I only saw one offensive block that really stood out, top role 3rd one reading from the left (2nd one reading from the right), the rest do not really pop out, this is from looking at picture posted.

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    I feel I must clear up the misunderstanding all of us came to regarding this quilt. It is not for her mother but her husband in his tv room. He liked the quilt as is and said not to change it. The mother did not feel the same way about it and can see what the rest of us can't so the quilt is being fixed so she is comfortable with it.
    Linda Lee

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    I may be a dunce, but I can't see the mistake you're talking about. That said, I would carefully "unsew" one block at a time, make the correction and then sew it back into the quilt. I have done this before and I would "unsew" about an inch beyond each corner to make it easier to re - piece the corrected block. It's a beautiful quilt.

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    Smile fix a quilt top

    I had this problem on a flip flop quilt I made my granddaughter-it was in the sashing. So, I decided that would be my signature. I would always have some small error in my quilts, to be remembered by.
    No one is perfect and as long as the quilt looks pretty, that is really all that matters. ipdz2712

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyes View Post
    I feel I must clear up the misunderstanding all of us came to regarding this quilt.
    I had no such misunderstanding.

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    I am like justflyingin. If you study each block you can see the sign. If you are unhappy and afraid it will offend someone, you need to take it apart and rearrange each block to your liking. I also think you might try laying a star in the middle of each block to see if that will break up the sign enough that you could live with it.

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    I would take it apart gently and fix the blocks. It is lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    I had no such misunderstanding.
    I didn't either as I read each post but many didn't and think the quilt is for her mother.

    I was being nice about it. Sorry I said anything.
    Linda Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    Well, I'm not German, I can certainly see the problem, and it would bother me, so I can totally see why you want to fix it.

    Sandyms uses the same method I do.
    I call it "targeted specialized surgery."

    Just some random notes from my experience in this field ;-)

    You want to gently open the seams around the blocks, extending it an inch or two on all sides.
    This will allow the block to gently fall out without any pulling, and still leave you some room to maneuver the new or redone block back into the same space.

    Because those sashings are pretty thin width-wise, and solids sometimes tend to fray more than prints (in my experience), I would probably do one block at a time.
    That way you keep the quilt top relatively intact and stable while removing and inserting.

    Just keep track of where you are on the back and front - I've accidentally opened the wrong seam.
    Nothing to do but laugh and sew it back up again.

    Try to allocate the couple of hours it will be take all at one time.
    I've found it's much easier doing it in one sitting then walking away and coming back, and having to figure out where you where (which, btw, led to opening the wrong &#@&& seam!!).

    Work slow and methodically, and you'll find it's really not a difficult process at all.

    Good luck!!
    i am german. lost relatives to it and fav uncle was tortured as an american pow of the regime, because he didn't come home and fight for the "fatherland". i would definitely change out those blocks for your mom. i use the same technique as sandy and MS, tho i am so well practiced at it now lollol, that i would just take out the offending strips amd replace them. to keep myself from taking out wrong seams i mark the ones to come out with pins. recently completed scrap quilt top and i just have to be such a controller! ...i took out some of the scraps that i felt didn't quite work as well as they should w neighboring (2" patches-finished) scraps. tedious, but it is worth the effort. especially in a case like this. btw...beautiful top...well done for some one who is new to this fun past-time we all love & enjoy.
    the rogue quilter - in from wandering in the sun and snow with camera in hand.

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    I've done this before myself...found a problem only after getting the whole thing sewn together, and taking a picture. I figured though that I'd already spent so much time on it, I would take it apart and fix it, or it would always bother me. I don't think that the sign is very apparent. But if it bugs you, you should fix it. As others have suggested, I just picked out the bad block, fixed it and sewed it back in. Mine was small so I did it by hand.

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    My grandparents and great grandparents were German. When I look at your beautiful quilt, what comes to mind is your intention. You did not intend to offend or hurt anyone, you followed a pattern to make a gift for someone. That is beautiful. Your intentions were good and pure. You made a lovely gift. I think your mother might understand this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonjaG View Post
    This is only my third project...why I decided I could conquer a queen sized quilt without any problems is beyond me. Anyway, I pieced the quilt together and after having it on the floor for a few days, finally saw a big problem. I laid everything out before putting it together, how did I not see it then? There appears to be an "unfortunate" pattern in some of the blocks. Seeing how my Mom was born and raised in Germany during the War, I just cannot leave those blocks as is. How do I fix just three or four of the blocks without taking the entire quilt apart?
    I sure do SEE the pattern you don't want. I have taken an entire quilt apart when I used the split rail block for that very obvious "incidental/accidental" symbol. Given your own sensitivity to the swastika issue, you have no choice but to redo those offensive blocks. I no longer use the split rail blocks unless the colors are all very light or I can combine them without getting the symbol. The fact that others did not see the swastika indicates they are not sensitive to the feelings and experiences of people who lived through some pretty gruesome times. Chin up and you will feel better about giving your mom something you made without bringing hurtful memories of that time in her life! God bless! Barbb
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    I did the same thing with the first split rail I did. You are right, it needs to be fixed because you will notice it like a neon sign. You've been given good info on how to do that. Good catch.

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    Most of replies are over the symbol but I see that 4 are turned in a different direction. Top left and bottom first 3 are turned with the rails running different than the others.

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    I think I would take the offending blocks out one at a time. Just open up all four sides and change the way you need to. An easy way to take out a seam with out distorting it is to use a seam ripper or a very pointed pair of small scissors. and cut about every 4 or 5 stitches. Then flip the seam to the other side and pull up the thread. The whole seam will come loose very easily.

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    The first thing I saw was a saint bridget quilt I think its a beautiful quilt! I always hate to see a pretty quilt ripped into
    (even when it is necessary).

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    I finally saw it - my daughter and I were looking together and when she held the computer further away from me I could finally see it.

    And ... "Barbb - The fact that others did not see the swastika indicates they are not sensitive to the feelings and experiences of people who lived through some pretty gruesome times." I really feel this statement was a little harsh - it breaks my heart thinking that these crimes were committed against other human beings - I would never intentionally make a quilt with this symbol in it, but sometimes when following a pattern things like this turn up -

    Good luck fixing the quilt, I would feel the same way and feel either the need to fix it or cut it up and make something different from the squares. If they were cut on the diagonal or like an 'x', you might be able to reassemble and get a totally different pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w7sue View Post
    And ... "Barbb - The fact that others did not see the swastika indicates they are not sensitive to the feelings and experiences of people who lived through some pretty gruesome times." I really feel this statement was a little harsh
    I have to agree. I did not see a swastika because to me, this does not LOOK like a swastika. It's missing parts! The OP asked for opinions and I was honest with mine. I don't think I - or anyone else who gave an opinion - deserve to be called insensitive.
    Last edited by Peckish; 11-29-2012 at 11:37 PM.

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    i would pick them out and fix them. I don't think you will ever be happy with it if you don't. I will be a lot of extra work but in the end you will be happier with it. There are a couple of quilts in my cabinet that have never been finished because of the same kind of issues. Every year I think that I will either fix them or finish them the way they are and donate them to the homeless shelter. They won't care if it doesn't meet my standards they will just be happy to have a warm quilt. Hugs to you and I know you will make the right decision. The applique over them is a great idea. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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    I had the quilt up on my computer last night and called my husband to look at it. He saw the problem IMMEDIATELY. I didn't say anything about it, just asked him to look at this quilt. Even though that symbol has been around for thousands of years, now it has a different meaning.
    Good luck in taking it apart. You'll feel better later.
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    I would take out the two bottom row middle blocks and trade them with the right sided corner blocks. then the four corners would be the same and all the others would be the same. Saves you from making new blocks or totally tearing the blocks apart for reinsertion. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    First, I don't think the blocks resemble swastikas. They're missing that outer leg on all four sides. To me, it just looks like some kind of spinning block.

    Second, it's too bad that anytime one looks at such a symbol, all we see is the negative connotation of Hitler. Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.

    I hope your mom likes it as is. As others have stated, I'm not sure how you could change it without completely remaking the entire quilt.
    My thoughts, too. I unwittingly did something similar on the backing of a quilt (H blocks) but I didn't change it. I think we shouldn't let a symbol usurped by a monster continue to rule our lives. But I understand that your mileage may be different. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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    Since you said you haven't done a lot of quilts -- find help fixing it. It could get frustrating and the help of an experienced quilter will keep you sane. My local quilt shop offers private "lessons." I have a quilt that I would have thrown out the window by now without the pro help.

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    I would never have noticed the swastikas if you had not pointed them out. It sounds as though your mother hasn't either. Keep calm and carry on. This is a very pretty quilt.

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    The quilt is for her husband??? What a way to fish for compliments. Never thought of that. lol

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