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Thread: Humility block...not really

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    Senior Member collady's Avatar
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    Humility block...not really

    I was just finishing up on the fmq on a wall hanging that I had made from a panel when I discovered that the lower left block was upside down! As the panel was a landscape scene that I had cut and framed each section with attic windows and then bordered, I knew that I couldn't finish and hang it like it was as I would always see that upside down block. After spending most of the morning yesterday removing the quilting stitches from the block, and the ditch stitching from all the seam lines, I carefully hand stitched the block back inside the frames and then re-quilted the entire corner. I spend about 6 hours fixing a mistake that I shouldn't have made if I had been more careful with the piecing. Advice to everyone...look carefully at your blocks as you put them together, it saves time and frustration! LOL!

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    We've all made that mistake. Glad you got it fixed. I usually lay the quilt top out on the floor or tacked to the design wall for a day before quilting it, just so I can (hopefully) spot any mistakes before they're much harder to fix. And sometimes... well, they just have to stay that way.

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    It really helps to take a picture too. Sorry you had to frog stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It really helps to take a picture too. Sorry you had to frog stitch.
    I really agree with Tartan on the photo suggestion. For some reason, mistakes really jump out in a photo, probably because you can more easily see the entire quilt as a whole.
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    Oh, sorry you had to go to all this trouble. I am glad though that you fixed it, because it would have bothered you to know end if you had not. Sometimes the extra effort is just worth it.
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    The hurry rule at work here. The closer I get to the finish the more anxious I am to see the finished piece and caution goes out the window.

    TAKE A SECOND LOOK!
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    hence the duck swimming in the sky--i hve not your patience

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    I guess I am unusual in that it normally does not bother me in the least. In fact, it usually makes me laugh at myself.

    If I catch the mistake early, I will take out some stitching but I have one that got to quilting with a crazy block and I left it.

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    been there, done that. In fact, I finished the quilt, photographed it, gifted it. Then, I looked again at the photo and BOOM! there was a mistake. and sadly, I did this twice! The second time was on a retreat and NO ONE noticed either! ah well, there but for the grace of god...
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    Unless the mistake is glaring, don't worry. The Amish purposely make one mistake on every quilt because they say that only God is perfect!
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    I'm suspicious of any quilt top that hasn't had some seam ripping done. If this happens I start eagle eying it with a magnifying glass. Once I'm satisfied there are no mistakes then its ok to sandwich and quilt.

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    I was just at a quilt retreat this weekend. I put together a wall hanging. I laid the blocks out and had a couple of people check them. I sewed them together and showed it off. Someone pointed out a block out of place on the last row. She said she was sorry for criticizing my work. I was so glad she pointed it out before I got any further. fixed it last night.

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    You are preaching to the choir! But reminders are always appreciated

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    I have made that kind of mistake also. I was team teaching a class with a friend...and when we held up our quilts to show...one of the students pointed out my mistake. I sure was embarrassed. If the mistake isn't too bad, sometimes I will leave it in, but when it is very obvious, I will take the time to fix it. Much easier if the mistakes can be fixed before the quilt is quilted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal View Post
    Unless the mistake is glaring, don't worry. The Amish purposely make one mistake on every quilt because they say that only God is perfect!
    No they don't. They think that to assume they are so perfect they have to "fake" a mistake to prove they aren't as perfect as God would be the ultimate vanity, and an affront to God. They know they make enough mistakes, as we all do - in quilting and everything else - so God doesn't need to worry about us being perfect!

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    I've done that too. One time, unstitched it, thought I had it right, restitched, and had it wrong again! That's when you know it's time for a break!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Unless a piece is going to be judged in a show, a small mistake is not important in my book. That is what makes it personal. Human beings do make mistakes. I am sure it is more noticable to you than to others.

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    I usually blame the flipped blocks in my cat. It usually is his fault. 6 hours is a huge chunk of time to fix that, but I'd have had to do it too. Hope you can look at it without analyzing your repair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It really helps to take a picture too. Sorry you had to frog stitch.
    I'm an expert frog-stitcher - LOL!

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    I just had to do that! Luckily I was only half finished and it was a shall quilt. Some of the blocks have letters on them done in a sort of rope print. The other blocks are little cowgirls and cowboys. I had one of the letter blocks upside down. I know it would have driven me crazy on down the road, so I bit the bullet and frogged it! We are all guilty of that sin, once in a while!

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    I missed the block being upside down because the difference in the color placement was small. (I need new glasses.) I don't have a cat upon which to blame the mistake. I do have a chihuahua who loves to help, so it could be his fault! HA HA! I pieced it and put it aside for a while to work on baby blankets for my new granddaughter. I guess those are the best excuses I have for just being careless. Thanks for all the comments. I do plan to hang it when I get finished arranging my weaving room. I will post pictures then. I learned a valuable lesson. More than measuring twice and cut once...look carefully three times! LOL!

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