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Thread: Mistake in my own pattern - keep it?

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    Mistake in my own pattern - keep it?

    I made a quilt top for a boy who is a friend of my granddaughter's, age 10. I made it with 4 patch squares as well as large squares of the focus fabric. I had a pattern I made up, with large squares at the corners and four of them making a square in the middle. I finished the entire top. Before adding the backing (not going to quilt it, just tie it to flannel) I discovered I had put two of the large squares in the wrong rows! I could change them out (I have added sashing) or leave it. It is noticeable, especially for me. I feel I did not even follow my own pattern and should change it, but would the young man notice? What would you do?

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    I'd fix it.
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    I would change it. I would think about the mistake when I saw the friend or anyone mentioned the quilt.
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    Chances are a 10 year old boy isn't going to notice but if it bothers you I would take it apart and fix it if it were mine. It would bother me, no matter if the giftee notices or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Chances are a 10 year old boy isn't going to notice but if it bothers you I would take it apart and fix it if it were mine. It would bother me, no matter if the giftee notices or not.
    ditto from me
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    I hate to admit it, but I have upon occasion said ... "it's close enough ..." while working on a quilt. But I think even I would fix this. Would never feel good about the project if I didn't. But remember it's your quilt, so it's your call.

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    Well....... here's an option. It sounds like this boy is a unique friend of your grand-daughter. You could just attach a note and explain what your original pattern was supposed to be - but - you placed one block uniquely different than the original plan because he is a unique friend.

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    I have read "That Dorky Homemade Quilt Look" and repeated, "Don't worry, no one will notice" until I am blue in the face. But the mistakes still haunt me, so I end up taking them out. (One time it took me over 18 hours of unsewing!) So I know I would have to take it out.

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    ​If I notice a mistake in a top, I fix it. If I notice a mistake in a finished quilt, I call that a design modification and leave it.

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    I would fix it, but it's your quilt and your choice!

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    If he has ADD or OCD change it. My grandson with both notices everything and it bothers him! Luann
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    Not so hard to fix while it is still a top. Once it is quilted, it would be very difficult to fix. Some mistakes I can leave, and call them my "humility blocks" but other times, the mistake seems too obvious, and then I would want to fix it.

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    It would bother me if I didn't fix it -- and others would look at it (and if noticed) would point it out, of course. You'll feel better once its fixed. How nice of you to make the quilt, too! He'll love it!

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    other people looking at your quilt are going to have no idea it is not exactly what you planned it to be--they do not know (unless you tell them) that you didn't plan it that way- so if it bugs you do what you need to do- but if it's just a change you didn't plan---
    no one else will know it's a 'mistake'---it's only a change of plan
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    I would fix it.
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    I would probably fix it or it would drive me nuts every time I thought of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Chances are a 10 year old boy isn't going to notice but if it bothers you I would take it apart and fix it if it were mine. It would bother me, no matter if the giftee notices or not.
    I have to agree

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    I spent half the day taking one apart yesterday cause I didn't do it right, I hate frog stitching but I had drawn out my pattern and knew what I wanted so un-sew I did!!!!

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    if itis not too much of a problem i would change it-----i had no real choice so ended up with a duck swimming in the sky!!! so every time i see the quilt i only see that square

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Chances are a 10 year old boy isn't going to notice but if it bothers you I would take it apart and fix it if it were mine. It would bother me, no matter if the giftee notices or not.
    My feelings too.

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    I would fix it!

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    If you haven't quilted it yet, fix it. You will feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakers1 View Post
    I made a quilt top for a boy who is a friend of my granddaughter's, age 10. I made it with 4 patch squares as well as large squares of the focus fabric. I had a pattern I made up, with large squares at the corners and four of them making a square in the middle. I finished the entire top. Before adding the backing (not going to quilt it, just tie it to flannel) I discovered I had put two of the large squares in the wrong rows! I could change them out (I have added sashing) or leave it. It is noticeable, especially for me. I feel I did not even follow my own pattern and should change it, but would the young man notice? What would you do?
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    Thanks everyone for your input. I have the chance to change it and I am going to or it will bother me forever. And a lesson learned - follow the pattern, even if it is one you created.

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