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Thread: Someday I will learn to read the pattern! Maybe

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    Someday I will learn to read the pattern! Maybe

    I am working on a star block quilt. The instructions are not well done, there is no placement diagram, and the picture is of the quilt on a table and taken from an angle - you see the borders well, but the top - not so much. BUT even given that if I had REALLY looked hard I would NOT have made the stars scrappy. When I really look at it I see the stars are all the same print and the gingham borders around them are the same, too. Like --- a red star with a yellow sashing. But not mine. Nope - mine are scrappy, scrappy. Since I plan to keep this and use it as a table cloth on my kitchen table - no big deal, but SOMEDAY I will REALLY read the pattern. Maybe.

    The first pick is my biggest excuse - I'm currently working on a different star block project which IS scrappy.
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    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I like it!

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    Since it's what I THOUGHT it was supposed to be I'm okay with it. I'm NOT going to even think about whether I would have preferred it the other way. But ... I keep doing this... read enough to get started - maybe even glance all the way through then ... Hannah, bar the door - I'm on my way. Full speed ahead. Then too often ... whoops - there it is! Something that's not quite how I thought it was and I have to spend time adjusting what I thought was there to what's really there. Sigh. Someday, someday, someday!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I think it looks terrific the way it is! I love the gingham frames. It's so cheerful and fun.

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    I'm not usually a fan of gingham but I like this, I like it a lot! Maybe it's because you made it scrappy!
    Bernie

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    okay, okay ... I am by nature and rearing a follower of rules. Quilting has brought out both an ADD and an OCD that I wasn't aware I had. Here's what I'm going to do ... the pattern calls for 30 blocks - 1 becomes an orphan, 4 are cornerstones and the other 25 make up the top. SO ... the 5 I've made scrappy - one will be the orphan, 4 will be the cornerstones (since it to be a table cover those will hang over the sides). I'll make the rest to match cause ... I really like it better. There! I said it - AND I don't have to rip.

    The dark star blocks I'm making are made of 30 different fabrics. These little ones are just 10 fabrics. I think that's what bothered me the most - not enough scrappy to be truly scrappy. So the new ones will look like this:
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    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Now that I see it, I do like it better although the scrappy was pretty too!
    Bernie

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    i think you came up with a good solution... one that makes you happy. thus, it is the right way to do your quilt
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    I like them both, consider what you think of as a mistake as your unique twist on a pattern.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    When a quilter makes a mistake - just call it creativity and continue on. Folks will think you are so artistic and clever

    One time I pieced the back of a crib quilt. Folks comment more on that than thefront. I was just trying to use up all the left over fabric and not have an unwanted stash left behind

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    I love the gingham blocks-they are sew cheerful
    It's not a stash-it's a fabric library!
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    My dad always told me that when all else failed read the instuctions.lol
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    I love the way yours is turning out - bright cheerful. I think the center of the star is "less busy" this way.
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    I love your blocks! They have a real 1950's look to them.

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    I like both blocks, they're very bright and springy. As long as you like it though, that's all that matters!
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    I like it scrappy. That is the fun of quilting. You don't ALWAYS have to do what the pattern tells you to do.
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    Love your fabrics!! I love gingham, polka dots and plaids. I try to add one of them to every quilt I make, nice break from florals, and blenders.

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    Quilters are problem solvers!!!

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    You are well on your way now to making a very happy quilt. Love it.

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    Good problem solving but I liked the scrappy one better. Just MHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    When a quilter makes a mistake - just call it creativity and continue on. Folks will think you are so artistic and clever

    One time I pieced the back of a crib quilt. Folks comment more on that than thefront. I was just trying to use up all the left over fabric and not have an unwanted stash left behind
    Now, I'm not new to sewing, so I know what a stash is. However, I have never heard of an "unwanted stash". Is there such a thing? LOL
    April
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    Both of them look really good!!!!

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    Hmmm... I'm sure your tablecloth will look great with any fabrics, but I still REALLY like the scrappy ones. I like that fabric line you're using too.

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    I like them both! Great job!

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    I really like the scrappy stars.

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