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Thread: What A Waste Of Time And Money

  1. #76
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    How sad that someone would be that rude and unkind. I'm with you - I wouldn't step a foot in that place again and certainly not recommend them to anyone. There are an untold number of excellent quilters on here that would be so happy to assist you in correcting your problem. Never mind the colors. Everyone has their own choice. We don't all wear the same color clothing, etc. Just hang in there and send a picture of the blocks and get some really good advice from here.

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    Don't be discouraged. Everyone has their own taste and most quilt shops understand that. Sometimes they will make a suggestion to add to the quilt, but never make fun of someone.
    Just keep quilting and enjoy what you make. Like a few people said ad a border around the 4 patch and it should all turn out nice. Once it is quilted and washed it will be great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    With those measurements, it should come out to 5" x 5". Check your center measurement on the top side and it should measure 2 1/2" from seam line to seam line. If it is smaller, try taking a slightly smaller seam allowance. I hope this helps.
    Just wondering if you have tried this yet? I want your project to be successful.

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    I would say that it is time to 'expose' the shops that put profit before customer satisfaction and quality. After all if we do not share the less than positive experiences we have shopping how are these shops going to learn that we will not shop there again?

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    Perhaps it was just one person who was having a bad day (not a good excuse for treating people that way, I know, but we all have our human failings), so I would give another representative of the store a chance. Also, we sometimes really need another shop to find the fabric we need.

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    Your story is sooo sad! i hope you find a different quilt shop and continue quilting. I'm a newbie too and luckily the quilt shops I have been to have been extremely helpful.

    I agree with other posts that say that this board is also supportive. I am a new member on the board and the amount of info available is amazing!

    Hang in there!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by libber
    I would say that it is time to 'expose' the shops that put profit before customer satisfaction and quality. After all if we do not share the less than positive experiences we have shopping how are these shops going to learn that we will not shop there again?
    I have to agree here...I think letting each other know the names of these "less than friendly" shops would help us all to know where to spend our hard-earned, and less abundant, dollars. I love this forum, as all the sharing does help you to analyze your experiences, and then can determine if someone was just "having a bad day" or if its a quilt store with a lousy attitude.

    I say, bring on the names....(of the stores, that is) :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by purrfectquilts
    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.

    Now you see reading posts like this one is interesting to me as a new quilter. I did not know this and have not heard it mentioned before by experienced quilters.

    I was told recently by an experienced quilter at our Wednesday sew day "for a non-quilter you sure know alot of stuff about quilting". Little did they know that I come to this board and other sites online and I read and learn stuff like this. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltbeagle
    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 know that is the very first thing I learned last fall while at a craft night in town last fall from a lady. They were asking folks to make a block of any kind for a Christmas quilt they were going to sell raffle tickets to and when some mentioned or asked about what if it doesn't come out exactly a certain size as others she told them not to worry that she would coordinating pieces of fabric and would frame each block and square them off and that is exactly what she did.

    I remembered her saying this just the other week when a friend who has a couple years experience quilting invited me to come sew at her house and she was working on a quilt for a GI she and her hubby adopted who was leaving to go to Germany after having come back from Iraq or some such place.

    Anyway I reminded her of what that quilter told us and taught us last fall and we placed the blocks on the wall to see what would be needed and used coordinating fabric to match up and when she showed it last week it looked even more beautiful than what she expected it to be.

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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.

    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???
    I just had to chuckle at "love the idea of breaking all the rules when I quilt". That is my attitude exactly and I'm making the quilt police really freak out.
    :twisted:

    My attitude is do as you please and just have fun with it. Make it your idea, your project and yours entirely.

    I always tell them "different strokes for different folk" when one of them proceeds to make comments that is not the way to do it. And it makes me want more to keep annonying them with doing things outside of their box.

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    It is sad that you had a bad experience at your lqs. Maybe you should talk to the owner. Sometimes the hired help does not have much more experience than the customer they are trying to help. Do not let it keep you from trying again and from completing your project. Maybe get some help from another quilt shop if the ideas here don't help.

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    So sorry about your bad experience. This is not the norm, at least not in NC! I find shop owners, and especially customers, full of ideas, ready to share, teach, lend ideas and techniques, and wonderfully willing to help. Next time you need help, come here and post questions. I am a novice too and have learned so much from reading posts from the experts who frequent this site!

    Don't give up! Your next quilt will be a masterpiece! Hang in there! Every time you complete a project, you will get a little bit better!

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    Sorry about the experience you had. I think what ever you do should please you and not someone else. They are no rules

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    Sorry you have had a bad experience. But please chalk it up as just that.
    Each quilt shop has it's own personality. Just like local stores of any kind. would I go back if what you described happened to me. No, but then, maybe it was not the owner.

    Good luck.. hope you are enjoying quilting.
    Ell

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    I signed up for a BOM via the internet with a quilt shop out of state. First kit arrived, it was short on fabric. I complained, was told it was the correct amount. Apparently soon thereafter several other people also complained. Then I rec'd an apology letter and some extra fabric strips. This was not a good experience - I will not order a kit from an unknown shop again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramarraine
    It is sad that you had a bad experience at your lqs. Maybe you should talk to the owner. Sometimes the hired help does not have much more experience than the customer they are trying to help. Do not let it keep you from trying again and from completing your project. Maybe get some help from another quilt shop if the ideas here don't help.
    You are so right about this! I remember my first day at the cosmetics counter 30 years ago. A customer said, "Which color lipstick is good for me your the expert?" I thought to myself, " I don't know. Yesterday I sold pots and pans." But asked her, "what color do you usually wear?"

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    I agree with all the others, don't give up, there are many ways to make your quilt come out nice. If you had a pattern where all the seams had to line up perfectly, I would consider just rotating them so more of the seams will not show so much if they don't line up (hidden by the common color). If all your blocks are the dimensions you described, you could sew all the (3-piece) blocks, then measure them all & trim them all to one size before continuing. I would also add some more black sashing to fill in. Here is just one idea based on the block you describe...a "Rail Fence" of sorts in a weave layout.

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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!!
    What ARE the hard and fast RULES?
    Whatever works for you!

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    Be sure you let that qs know exactly what their kit was really like. It may be late to get your money back but they should know!

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    Hi Neighbor Grumpy, I live in League City also. I go to Pin Wheels & Posies to the Saturday Sampler. It is on the 1st Saturday of the month. It will be this Saturday and we have 2 more blocks in this session. Really love it alot. They are very helpful.

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