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    Senior Member sarahrachel's Avatar
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    I would like to know if anyone has deliberately made a quilt imperfect, turned a block the wrong way, made one block not "match" in color.

    I'm just wondering because I'm hand piecing a quilt and since I'm not the best at it, the stitches don't look perfect from the top, but I like it since it's a country style quilt and it looks more rustic that way.

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    I do that to all of them. At least that's what I tell people anyway ;)

    don't sweat it, no one will notice except you and if they do they won't care and will probably like it that much more cause it reminds them that it was made and not purchased.

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    I have done it but not deliberately LOL
    There is an old tradition among quilters before us that they would make an intentional mistake b/c only God is perfect.
    So I guess I am keeping the tradition alive :D:D

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    Maybe I'm cracked, I dunno, but that legend about a "humility block" has always set wrong with me. I hope that it's only an old wives' tale. :)

    To intentionally set a block in wrong would be a "false humility block," in my opinion, because what it says is that I have to set out to do something imperfectly because I'm so good that I will otherwise make something that's perfect. :shock:

    Don't worry about the imperfections. Do whatever you do with a cheerful heart and your best effort and God will make it beautiful. :)

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    thepolyparrot, You are absolutely right!!!!!!! Again, nothing I'll have to worry about though LOL :D

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    I would never do that on purpose, but I'm sure there are plenty mistakes anyway!LOL

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    I don't have to try to do anything wrong it just happens naturally with me! :lol: :lol:

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    Yeah, all my quilts provide plenty of good examples of what not to do! ;)

    If a block has more than one piece, it's automatic trouble for me! :D

    If a block has only one piece and no angles lesser or greater than 90, there's a 50/50 chance that I'll get it evenly sewn into the quilt top. :mrgreen:

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    No, I would never make a mistake on purpose. My points may not all meet all the time, but none of the errors are deliberate. If something was sewn inside out or upside down, I would rip it out and re-sew it.

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    I agree.....only God is perfect, there are mistakes in each one of my quilts, some bigger than others.....I have enough to worry about, don't need God mad at me too !!!!!!

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    I don't know of anyone who's perfect, I don't worry about it. Quilting is supposed to be fun, not stressful, and we all get better the longer we quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Yeah, all my quilts provide plenty of good examples of what not to do! ;)

    If a block has more than one piece, it's automatic trouble for me! :D

    If a block has only one piece and no angles lesser or greater than 90, there's a 50/50 chance that I'll get it evenly sewn into the quilt top. :mrgreen:
    Hahaha, that's me!! :thumbup:

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    I agree I make plenty of mistakes. But they did deliberately made a mistake in the old days.

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    I can guarantee that 100% of my quilts would be considered Humility Quilts. No matter how hard I try, there is always some block, seam, stitch that is not "quite" right. Maybe I didn't make the right color choices with the fabric or my thread or method. So, I pick myself up and say: "Tonnie, get over yourself." ;)

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    LoL...I do enough "mistakes" on my own without really meaning to that I think that takes care of my "humility". If I ever finished a quilt without a mistake I don't know what I would do. =)

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    I made one a few years ago. It was one of my first quilts. I left my mistakes and added others. I called it "Maze of Frustration". Cause that is how I felt at the time.

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    I made one; first block I made a mistake and after I had the entire block together, I liked what I saw so finsished the quilt the same way. It was the double star quilt pattern and accidently placed two pieces wrong. THis is the result...
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    your quilt is beautiful and I don't see anything wrong with it! I guess it's more of a case of judging your own work more harshly than others!

    and I was just wondering because I'd heard of this and it seemed silly to me because so many of my quilts are full of little (and not so little) mistakes!

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    I've never DELIBERATELY made a mistake.

    I make enough unintentionally.

    It's always struck me as arrogant to "intentionally" make a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I've never DELIBERATELY made a mistake.

    I make enough unintentionally.

    It's always struck me as arrogant to "intentionally" make a mistake.
    I think that is a little harsh.....

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    I make plenty of mistakes but only once have I done it intentionally. Last Christmas I made a couch quilt for my son's girl friend. She is a huge Chicago Bears fan and we are all die hard Vikings fans. I made her a Blue and orange Bears quilt but "ran out" of binding and had to finish with about 6 inches of Viking purple. she was shocked when she noticed it! I think we may be able to get her turned around yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixiebelle162002
    I don't have to try to do anything wrong it just happens naturally with me! :lol: :lol:
    Me, too! :lol:

    An intentional mistake is not a mistake. Conscious decisions are just that: decisions. You can choose what you want to do with YOUR quilt!

    Just like I can choose to rip some seams and not others. :oops:

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    Lately, when I make a mistake, I assess it and see if it would be ok to leave it alone. 99% of the time I will fix it. The other one percent of the time, I really try to leave it alone because I am trying to stop being a neurotic perfectionist since quilting and sewing is supposed to be fun. Also, I really would like to eventually finish a quilt. One percent of the time is a big improvement for me. I really need to attempt two percent of the time soon. :) So I guess my answer is No, I would never make a mistake on purpose. :)

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    no i try very hard not to have mistakes.

    i like everything i make to be of show quality.

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    my sister calls that a DIVA. and your right no one will even notice.

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