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    Junior Member Momwood's Avatar
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    I am new, this is only my second post so I am open to all ideas. I have diabetes and my eyes are not always what they should be. they seem to change with my blood sugar. Anyway--- I am doing a quilt for a new granddaughter and the background fabric is white on white. I finished the quilt and got it stretched onto my frames and basted it. Well today my eyes must be better because right in the middle AFTER I got the first row quilted--- I noticed one of the white on white blocks that I was going to quilt a heart in--- is WRONG SIDE OUT! Now what do I do AFTER I finish crying?

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    I've had the same thing happen to me. Since it was white on white, it wasn't really as noticeable as you'd think. I left mine as it was. No one noticed but me. (and if they had, I would have told them I did it on purpose just for giggles)
    Don't worry about it. It's not as noticeable as you'd think. Really.

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    I would change the plan. Are you free motion quilting, or in the ditch? You could do a grid, heavy enough to hide the mistake, applique something on it, or free motion quilt it but dense quilting.

    Can you show a picture?

    Maria

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    I have lots of trouble with white on white, too. I think it's hard for most people. Just leave it as it is. Babies don't care about such things. Wrong side out or not, it will wrap her in love.

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    You all are sooooo sweet. I just want to cry! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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    No- I am hand quilting this. The blocks are 6 1/2 inches square and I talked to my daughter and she said to leave it. She said she is happy I am here to do it at all. I have congestive heart failure my heart is enlarged and a valve is leaking and it is only pumping at about 20%. I had a defib put in last August. This group is a real inspiration to me and a big boost of HOPE.

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    I made a quilt that got all the way through the longarm quilter to the binding and I noticed one HST was turned around. What I did was to make another HST and I sewed it on top of the quilt with invisible thread using a hidden stitch, then the quilter quilted a little on top of it and now I can't even find the mistake. :D

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    Momwood, sounds like you raised your daughter right! She said exactly what you need to hear...are you listening? That quilt will be treasured for years to come by your grandbaby and your daughter. Do the best job you can with your handquilting and remember, it's the love you are giving her, not fabric. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I made a quilt that got all the way through the longarm quilter to the binding and I noticed one HST was turned around. What I did was to make another HST and I sewed it on top of the quilt with invisible thread using a hidden stitch, then the quilter quilted a little on top of it and now I can't even find the mistake. :D
    Brilliant!

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    Been there, done that, many times. WOW does that to quilters. 'Just leave it, you're the only one who will know it's there. May in Jersey

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I made a quilt that got all the way through the longarm quilter to the binding and I noticed one HST was turned around. What I did was to make another HST and I sewed it on top of the quilt with invisible thread using a hidden stitch, then the quilter quilted a little on top of it and now I can't even find the mistake. :D
    Suzic,I've used that trick too. It's a good one.

    ranger

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I made a quilt that got all the way through the longarm quilter to the binding and I noticed one HST was turned around. What I did was to make another HST and I sewed it on top of the quilt with invisible thread using a hidden stitch, then the quilter quilted a little on top of it and now I can't even find the mistake. :D
    I made one with 16 pinwheels and one of the pinwheels was done incorrectly. I quilted it, showed it at a quilt show and didn't notice it until it was posted for a year on my website.

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    I certainly wouldn't worry about it Momwood... I have a friend who used to do that deliberately with some fabrics if she wanted a slightly different color, etc for a block and the fabric worked. 2 looks from one fabric.. and there are some quilters who deliberately put a small error (and yes that's definately small) in a quilt as a sign of humility.

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    I agree to just leave it!! By the time you get it all quilted, I'm betting even you will have a hard time finding it again! :wink:
    And congratulations on that new grandbaby!!
    Post some pictures of her and her new quilt when you get it done!! :D :D

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    I've done this! I was upset for about a minute then just shrugged and said Oh well, this quilt is really me alright. I did learn my lesson though. Now I mark the WOW wrong side by putting a piece of masking tape on each cut piece. :wink:

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    Heck, I have a hard time even seeing the design on white. I have run out of one print and used a different one to finish up. It is not noticed. Wrong sides are just impossible to see so dont worry about it.

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    Thank you to all of you! You give me courage and comfort. I USED to be a perfectionist but I guess with quilting I can just be myself! :D :D :D

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    I have turned some whit-on-white pieces the wrong way - AND I left them. Guess what: Nobody called me on it. Just keep on going - I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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    This thread reminds me of Lisa Boyer's humorous book: "That Dorky Homemade Look: Quilting Lessons from a Parallel Universe."

    Some suggestions from her book:

    "You should plan on cutting off about half your triangle or star points. Any more than that is showing off.

    Throw away your seam ripper and repeat after me: 'Oops. Oh, no one will notice.'

    Plan on running out of border fabric when you are three-quarters of the way finished. Complete the remaining border with something else you have a lot of, preferably in an unrelated color family.

    You should be able to quilt equally well in all directions. I had to really work on this one. It was difficult to make my forward stitching look as bad as my backward stitching, but closing my eyes helped.

    When you have put your last stitch in the binding, you are still only half finished. Your quilt must now undergo a thorough conditioning. Give it to someone you love dearly—to drag around the house, wrap up in, spill something on, and wash and dry until it is properly lumpy."

    According to Lisa, "If we didn’t make Dorky Homemade quilts, all the quilts in the world would end up in the Beautiful Quilt Museum, untouched and intact. Quilts would just be something to look at. We would forget that quilts are lovable, touchable, shreddable, squeezable, chewable, and huggable—made to wrap up in when the world seems to be falling down around us."

    I love her books. I remember she told about one of the first quilts she made, how crooked it was and how many other mistakes were in it. But she entered it in a local contest anyway and, if I remember correctly, won a blue ribbon!

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    All the love that goes into the stitching negates any perceived flaws....that's the magic of quilting!

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    I just did the same thing...once it is quilted it won't matter..don't worry!

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    Call it your "God Block"... many Amish quilts of old have blatant mistakes in them...done on purpose, with the reasoning that "Only God is perfect" and to make a "perfect" quilt would be competing with God....

    :) I'm sure it's beautiful!

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    That happens to me a lot on this one quilt that I'm making. There is very little difference and it is only under an ott light that I can tell which side is the right side. If your quilt is like that, I wouldn't let it bother me.

    If it is, I like the idea (if possible) of quilting it so that no-one will notice.

    laughing at myself...when I made the flying geese block on the URR, I goofed at the last minute and ended up having the geese in one part of the block flying out of the block instead of around the block. (That is not the way it is suppose to go.)
    I realized this after the whole block was put together and I had trimmed the block. Looking at the block, I started laughing...since the block made me laugh I decided not to change it. From here on out, I will look at that quilt and laugh... You can't beat that.



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    [You should be able to quilt equally well in all directions. I had to really work on this one. It was difficult to make my forward stitching look as bad as my backward stitching, but closing my eyes helped. ]

    Oh my gosh...that paragraph has me in stitches. I'll have to try it!
    :lol:

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