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    Color choices are personal and everyone likes different ones. I won't be going back to that LQS but ask questions here and you will learn a lot. As far as color goes, we all like different colors!

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    Good luck with the repairs, cant add to all the other advise.But keep on keepin on.. You will win out .We are here for you. Hope you have another,better LQS near you.If it is Kaufman Texas, Go to Country Junction in Wills Pointe,they will help you .Tell them the long lost Jo Lofland sent you.

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    Been there done that . Said right then I would not buy kids anymore made in the LQS

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    I'm so glad you are going to pursue your quilting urge. And, that you have another QS you can go to. Hoping the folks there will be nicer. Always feel comfortable with the fabrics you choose. You are the one making the quilt.

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    Sorry about your bad experience with the LQS. Quilting is supposed to be a fun experience so don't pay attention to negative people. Welcome to this Board, you have just found LOTS of new friends and we are all here for one another. Be sure to post your quilt when it is finished, we are looking forward to seeing it.

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    This is the best place to be. Being pretty new myself, I have found this board to be very encouraging. You really learn whick LQS stores are there to help and which ones just want your money. Don't give up. :)

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    Shoot the quilt police around here make fun of my colors all the time and like I care..............NOT! I simply say different strokes for different folk and I keep doing what I want.

    I had a quilt member tell me recently that I'm not qualified to teach them how to use the Accuquilt Go because she could not understand how the machine works. She claims to have been a teacher and only those educated in teaching are qualified to teach. Yet I'm the only one in this guild that is very knowledgeable regarding die-cutting machines.

    I had to chuckle when some of us met this week to sew. She was there and announced that on my advice she purchased the AccuQuilt and when it comes in she wants me to teach her and others how to use it.

    My point being that as a new quilter myself and as new quilters we all have talents that others don't have even in a quilt guild so many of us do not get discouraged. We just keep plucking away until we click with someone in the group that can teach us what we need to learn regarding quilting.

    I have experienced things that have been a waste of time and money but I take it as a lesson I needed to learn and I'm sure the OP will find someone in her area to help her out even if it isn't this LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drdolly
    This is the best place to be. Being pretty new myself, I have found this board to be very encouraging. You really learn whick LQS stores are there to help and which ones just want your money. Don't give up. :)

    I agree wholeheartedly with this.

    I've learned a lot on this board and still learning.

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    One daughter of mine hates green, loves red. I make her a quilt, I put in red. If I make me a quilt, I put in lots of green, like lime green, purple and orange. It is all in the eye of the beholder. I don't put down her choice just because mine are different.

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    All shops are not like this, just shop around for a quilt shop until you find one that is open and friendly and really want to help new quilters. I am with you --I would not go back either. We have two shops in our town and one bends over backwards to help the customers, the other -well the owner cannot tear herself away from her cell phone to actually wait on customers. No one would mind if she was doing an order or helping a customer, but its chit chat with friends. You can tell its that by her side of the conversations. So glad it didn't turn you off of quilting, we old timers welcome the new comers to quilting.
    If you have a quilt guild in the area, you might try joining that.

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    Sad to hear another bad LQS experience. Most of the quilt shops I have gone to are VERY helpful. One LQS let me sit in on a class to refresh how to make quilt from a class that I had taken year ago- at no charge. If you like the fabric at that LQS then go back. Maybe the staff was having a bad day or that staff person is not longer there.

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    IMHO I think that the worst thing for a first time quilter to be encouraged to do is to use a kit. The best kits are well thought out and carefully cut with good directions. The worst can have slightly off pre-cuts or not quite enough fabric and the this brand new quilter has to cope with how to work this out after the fact. I've seen experienced quilters frustrated with things like that but at least they have an arsenal of tools and experience at their disposal to diagnose the underlying error or essentially throw out the original pattern and turn what is left into something else. And a person who wants to try their hand at quilting is already a creative person who will have a critical eye and want to have the final result look at least good if not perfect.

    All it takes is one lap quilt with all square lines to get the basics. An all squares quilt needn't be boring. The squares can be different sizes for some variety like alternating plain and 9 patch. By starting from scratch a new quilter can see the importance of accurate initial cutting, what a 1/4" seam really is, how to match those pesky lines and at the end, the easiest machine quilting to start with is plain stitch in the ditch and straight lines are easy to follow. Now if the next project is a kit, at least a new quilter can then remember to check the sizes of the pre-cuts because they will know this is important to the final product, they will know that if the sizes are correct then the problem is somewhere else. They will also know to look at the pattern and think about seam allowances and whether they add up correctly in the block before they start to sew them together. I can not count the number of times with patterns that I've found errors like this. It often seems like the pattern drafter wanted to re-size the block and forgot to resize one of the pieces. And don't even get me started on paper piecing patterns. Except to say, that my guild, with some long time experienced quilters, held a workshop on a curved block with a "name" quilter. When the blocks were assembled, the curved lines weren't lining up unless the block was stretched a wee bit, which in quilting is a no-no. The printer paper size paper piecing pattern that was to be copied was 1/8" of an inch wrong in one dimension. How is a new quilter going to know to check everything and twice when that pretty quilt picture is so inviting?

    I don't necessarily think that the LQS was being deliberately unhelpful for monetary reasons. There is the underlying assumption that if a kit is put together by someone else then it is that person's problem. If the kit was put together by the LQS, it probably wasn't done by the sales person. When you asked for help with the machine quilting, the person you spoke to probably doesn't even know how to machine quilt. Often people will be dismissive when they in fact don't know the answer. In any event I believe it is important that a sales person for something like this not hard sell the kit if she knows a person is totally new. She should first find out if you have a sewing buddy or have any basic experience and suggest that it might be better to get some experience with basics first.

    This is a personal hobby horse of mine. Sorry for the long post. I hope you hang in there with quilting and have much better luck with your next quilt!

    Diana

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    "I'll be driving over to Kaufman instead....." said by quiltergrrl

    With your location in hiding, I am unsure if you are in Texas or not...but I was wondering if you would PM me and let me know what store this was. If you are in Texas, I am not that far from Kaufman, and want to avoid said store....no need in me throwing away my money at a store that would treat a customer the way you were.

    I would offer to help you, but seems you have had some offers from some others already....

    don't give up.....I am sure in time you will figure out what to do with all those squares.

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    Terrible starts mean great endings. Keep the faith. Remember that it is your quilt and you can do as you please.

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    Don't get discouraged. I think it is important in your first few quilts to do it all yourself. That way you learn the whole process. From choosing the fabric, choosing the pattern, cutting the fabric and sewing it together. There is a lot to learn. I took a class when I was first starting. 6 week beginning quilting. The teacher was a bit arogant but she knew her stuff and I learned alot. Find another quilt store and keep trying. This is a wonderful hobby and there are a lot of ladies on this board to help you out.

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    Sorry for your bad experience--keep quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu
    Are you sure that you are sewing with a 1/4 inch foot? I had that problem with some precut pieces from a quilt shop years ago - swore that they cut the pieces wrong - come to find out it was MY machine/foot.

    HTH
    This was one of my thoughts. If this is so, you go unsew the seams, iron the fabric and then resew.

    There are several tutorials about how to check to see if you're sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam. When you first sew you should've been instructed to sew a scant 1/4 inch. This is 1 or 2 threads shy of the 1/4 inch. I believe there might be a You Tube video.

    You could also follow some of the other suggestions given.

    Pam M
    My thought too. I know how hard it was for me to sew a 1/4" seam allowance when I was learning. A little variance here, a little there...boy it adds up quickly.

    Have you measured your seams to make sure they are accurate?

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    Don't worry about your first quilt. The dogs sleep on mine. It wasn't bad but..........I have learned a lot from my mistakes and seem to be making steady progress--snail-like at best. It makes me happy and someday, I will be able to proudly say "I made that quilt".

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    visit your library for quilt books too. Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day show is good for beginners if you can find any by her. and watch any quilt shows you can. also search online for tutorials.

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    Hey dont beat yourself up on this one, you live and you learn! I am a guy and just think how the quilt shops tried to take advantage and make fun of me.......... :roll: They laughed me out of their shop when they found out I was going to use a 1910 Singer 27 in a treadle to make my quilt. The owner said something to the effect of "Good luck with that one".

    Quilting is supposed to be a nice relaxing experience. Remember this back in the good old days they used what ever fabric they had laying around. Flour sacks, table cloths, old clothing, sheets, etc and they were all different colors and mottled but they did the purpose, kept you warm and with lots of love. So what you need to do now is look around on the board and see a quilt you like and try to make it using the colors that make you happy!

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    I would call the shop owner to tell her exactly why I won't be shopping at her store again. Remember that your color choices are YOUR choices. You are making this quilt to please yourself, not the store clerk. It is a labor of love to be making this quilt--both for you & the recipient. Keep on quilting. It will become one of the greatest pleasures in your life.

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    I haven't read all the posts, just the first few, but could you post a picture, maybe some of us have the fabric and can help you replace the bad cuts? Or do you have some other fabric that is close to the colors that you could cut to make new 4-patches?

    Don't give up, we're here to encourage you ~ we've all had disasters, somehow, someway. Sometimes the frustration quilts become our favorite cherished quilts :) Hang in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    Is this a pattern that would allow putting strips on the 4-patches, then squaring up the blocks with the strips? Then the variance is not noticeable, unless maybe the quilt police look!
    Otherwise, I would just put it together. Pressing well can help too. Believe it or not, if this is to use, most likely NO ONE will notice after it is quilted, esp. if you have not washed the fabrics first.......
    I say go with this advice.

    Remember my grandma's advice, "A blind man would be pleased to see it."

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    One thing you could do with your blocks is use a chalk marker and a square ruler to mark the stitch line on the wrong side of the block around all four sides.
    Then use a pin to match the corners before you sew each side to another block. Even if the seam allowance is 1/8", it will be enough to hold the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo
    I would call the shop owner to tell her exactly why I won't be shopping at her store again. Remember that your color choices are YOUR choices. You are making this quilt to please yourself, not the store clerk. It is a labor of love to be making this quilt--both for you & the recipient. Keep on quilting. It will become one of the greatest pleasures in your life.
    Nah just give it a while Karma will bite the owner in their @#$.

    The shop owner that said "good luck with that one" got it good a year later. Her hubby wanted me to paint his 1957 Chevy Convertible and when I saw who his wife was I tacked on an additional $5000. The best part of it is when they came to pick the car up and pay me, it was her that handed me the money. So a $50 fabric sale cost her $5000!! :mrgreen:

    Billy

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