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    Ditto to this answer. Sorry you had such a bad experience. People seldom like what I choose until they see the finished product.

    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    I have to be honest when I say, I don't care who likes or dislikes the colors I choose. Being creative means you make the decisions. I love my bright and at times almost obscene color mixes. To quilt it makes me happy and the people I give them to. That is what quilting is for me. If you don't like what you are working with or using someone else's idea then you are not doing it for you.
    Nuff said.

    BTW.. you Will enjoy this group. They are supportive and give you honest feedback. It is nice to know there is support and encouragement at every turn here. Welcome!

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    Sorry about your first experience on the quilt, but even after doing afew there still are bad experiences. I just did my 3rd and took the quilting out 3 times, now the 4th time, I finally like what I did, but the quilt looks kind of ragget. I think it will be ok once washed. I know you willl, like I did, every quilt is different, you learn every time you quilt. The colors I choose are not what others would choose. My sister always says "I would have choosen another color", but she won't make her own quilts. Enjoy and keep quilting

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    I bought a kit - my first - from my LQS. It was from a national designer and was kitted by the designer and sold to the LQS. That was five years ago and I'm still working on the top. The kits (one for each block) were skimpy on material. I had the same problem you've got and finding extra material has been a PITA. I just put the kit away until I can afford enough Prozac to let me finish it.

    I have been sewing for almost 60 years and this quilt is the only kit I've bought. It is also the last kit I'll buy.

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    Sometimes when I'm piecing a block that is composed of several pieces my block will come up "short" also. I fix this problem when I add the sashing or borders. PM me if you want more details; I would be happy to help.

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    I got the best laugh from this!! So many times you think bad Karma won't be reaped on those that deserve it. So happy to hear "you" got to bear witness.

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    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience with the LQS. And I am glad that you are not giving u, we all have different likes and dislikes when picking fabric and colors. How boring it would be if we were all the same! Hang in there!

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    I'm sorry you had problems. It might not be just your quarter inch foot. It could be the thread you are using too. If the thread is on the thicker side, you need to be one or two threads shy of the one-quarter inch. This would be enough to make the difference you mentioned.

    Using a thinner thread you would only need to be shy maybe one thread width. Quilt patterns call this using a scant quarter inch.

    A lot of patterns and pre cut kits are designed using computer programs that do not allow for the thread difference.

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    Please don't feel bad, just think, when you get lemons just make lemonaide. LOL

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    So sorry to hear your story. I wondered how the kits would be. Have never bought any.

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    Don't be discouraged. Everyone has different taste in colors, but everyone should have the same manners! My lesson like that is I offered to make a quilt for a non sewing friend. I HATED her fabric selection in some of the colors, but I kept my mouth shut. It was her quilt.

    When I was finished, the colors I had hated the most were the ones that made the quilt. A lesson learned.

    Not knowing the pattern, adding sashing to even the blocks out is an option. The other is to trim the blocks to the smallest sized one and adjust the rest of the block, if that isn't too complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltergrrl
    Bought a pre-cut quilt kit at a local quilt shop about a year ago at the urging of the woman who runs the shop. This was going to be my second quilt.

    When I originally went to their shop, I knew nothing about sewing and went to their Saturday quilting with the promise they would be happy to teach me to quilt. I did buy my fabric from them.

    I had to stop going after my first quilt because of a death in the family and I was downsized from my job.

    Finally had time to piece it, only to find out that when the single blocks are pieced into blocks of four, they're just enough off to cause major problems (about 1/4 inch off between all four) and I don't know that I can go back and square these up enough to make them work. It's so beyond my limited skills.

    *Sigh*

    This is the same shop that made fun of the colors I chose for my first quilt, then offered no help when I said I wanted to machine quilt it instead of using their long arm (which of course cost me additional money - and my quilting looked like heck. I really wanted my first quilt to be nice.)

    I guess I'm just a slow learner but I will never, ever darken the doors of this LQS again. I'll be driving over to Kaufman instead.

    Being a newbie and somewhat insecure, I made the mistake of trusting them.


    Don't let anyone tell you what you have to do in your quilt....they can suggest something but the bottom line is that it's your quilt and you are the one buying the fabric...They should be grateful that someone is there in the first place...Maybe you have to drive farther but you will probably get better service...When the other store has to close their doors because of their rude service, maybe they will think about how they have treated their customers...Very few shops I have been to don't help me...they love to see what fabric each person puts together...All they ask for in return is to see the finished product...I tell them that it might be awhile and they just laugh and say that's OK too...So keep going with what you like...

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    Sure wish there was a "LIKE" button one could easily use for lots of these comments. I think they are right on. So glad you continue to pursue quilting. I would hate to show you my first quilt: wrong type fabrics, seams that don't match, ugly hand quilting (in contrasting colors yet!)... But I hold on to it to see how far I've come. Onward and upward!

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    I wonder how a store like that can stay in business? To fix your blocks you can find a coordinating fabric (or one you just like), frame each block log-cabin style to make a border, then square them all to the size you needed for your pattern. You never know, it might come out looking even nicer than the original. Don't be discouraged though, everyone here is very helpful and not like those nasty store people you had to deal with.

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    Sorry that things are not going good with quilting. It is good that everyone has their own color choices. One of my best friends uses more browns and greens in almost all her quilts and I'm a pastel quilter. How boring it would be if we all made our quilts the same!! Good with your project.

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    Sorry this happened to you.

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    I have found I can learn anything there is about quilting from this site so I don't even bother asking anywhere else.This is great for us who are still learning, after years of quilting.

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    Green sleeves has a good idea about framing your blocks. But my suggestion would be to put your blocks on this website and you will get more help then you'll realize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    I love the idea of breaking all the rules when I quilt.
    Rules? There are rules????? :shock:

    Pre-wash your fabric...or not, your choice, not a rule
    1/4 in seams or scant 1/4 inch seams...your choice, just be consistent, not a rule (and I know I'm not consistent :oops: )
    Press seams to one side or open, and press after each seam or when you are finished with the block or whole top...your choice, not a rule
    Use starch, press with steam or dry...your choice, not a rule
    Press fabric before cutting...your choice, just makes it easier :lol:
    Color choices are totally your choice...it's YOUR quilt and only you have to be happy with it. (working on a hot pink, hot orange and black right now that would curl some quilters' toes!)

    Oh, I know a rule...don't IRON triangles, just press them or they get wonky...but maybe wonky works for you (I've made it work for me!)

    OK, I need help here...what ARE the hard and fast RULES for quilting...other than giving credit to the pattern designer and quilter if you don't do it all yourself???

    Have a blast with your new addiction...it is a fabulously fun one and this board if filled with wonderful experienced quilters just waiting to help you with any question you may have!!

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    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with them. Some people don't understand the meaning of customer service but I so happy you didn't give up on quilting. You are not slow you only require direction and technique instruction. A pattern and directions are not always clear especially if you don't know what the name of a techique means. Perhaps you can find another quilter here that lives close enough to give you a hand if classes are finacially out of reach right now. If no one lives close by just ask us someone surely has the experience to help guide you. Ask and you shall receive. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    I love the idea of breaking all the rules when I quilt.
    Rules? There are rules????? :shock:

    Pre-wash your fabric...or not, your choice, not a rule
    1/4 in seams or scant 1/4 inch seams...your choice, just be consistent, not a rule (and I know I'm not consistent :oops: )
    Press seams to one side or open, and press after each seam or when you are finished with the block or whole top...your choice, not a rule
    Use starch, press with steam or dry...your choice, not a rule
    Press fabric before cutting...your choice, just makes it easier :lol:
    Color choices are totally your choice...it's YOUR quilt and only you have to be happy with it. (working on a hot pink, hot orange and black right now that would curl some quilters' toes!)

    Oh, I know a rule...don't IRON triangles, just press them or they get wonky...but maybe wonky works for you (I've made it work for me!)

    OK, I need help here...what ARE the hard and fast RULES for quilting...other than giving credit to the pattern designer and quilter if you don't do it all yourself???

    Have a blast with your new addiction...it is a fabulously fun one and this board if filled with wonderful experienced quilters just waiting to help you with any question you may have!!

    Yes, as I was told, the quilt police live only in your head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlong
    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    I have to be honest when I say, I don't care who likes or dislikes the colors I choose. Being creative means you make the decisions. I love my bright and at times almost obscene color mixes. To quilt it makes me happy and the people I give them to. That is what quilting is for me. If you don't like what you are working with or using someone else's idea then you are not doing it for you.
    Nuff said.
    't see what I saw.
    I have a friend who is more artistic than myself and her first quilt's colors were not even near my color preferences. But it was great when she put it together. I'm hoping you can find patterns and colors that will inspire you to continue this obsessive hobby. :lol: :lol:
    When I picked out fabrics for my quilts, my sister would have such a pained look on her fave. Then when the quilt was finished she was so amazed at the outcome. She just couldn't see what I saw.

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    I'm new here myself, and I've got to say I already have the warm fuzzies.

    As many have said, quilting is about love and expressing your own creativity. It's very rude to criticize your color choices without offering anything constructive.

    You'll be far happier with these people. I am! Welcome from Ohio!

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    I think I'd go find another shop -

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    I suggest you take a beginner class or series of classes obviously at a different shop. Some community colleges offer continuing education classes in things like quilting. Depending on your age you may have an active senior center where there is a quilting group. Join a guild. Check out your church, many of them have quilt groups. There are a lot of places to get help starting and save yourself some frustration. My basic suggestion is when starting out stick to squares and rectangles. Triangles are a bit of a challenge at first. Set yourself up for success. Good luck we are all pulling for you.

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    PS If you like it, it's a success. You are the qualified judge.

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