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Thread: What A Waste Of Time And Money

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    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.

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    That is so sad...I am glad it didn't discourage you from quilting..there are some people out there who are all about the $$. They need to take the customers likes into consideration..not everyone likes the same colors or ideas..that is what makes us all individuals..
    Happy Stitchin' Linda B.

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    That's a shame and I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with them. I have been to many quilt shops in NJ and NY and the women and customers are always nice. I stay and chat for at least half hour or longer after I'm done. They help pick out fabric to start or if I bring in an almost finished quilt the help with fabric for a border. They always want to see the finished product. I would not step foot in that place again either. I'm glad you didn't let them discourage you.

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    Sorry they did this to you. She probably figured that since you were new to quilting that wouldn't know the difference. It's folks like that that give the LQS's a bad name.

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    You could post pictures here and maybe get some suggestions and help.

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    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.......

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    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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    Glad to know you are still quilting. If you haven't fixed the 4 blocks you can put maybe a 2 in border all around each one and then trim them to the same size. You won't notice the slight difference in the size of the borders when you put sashing and finish the quilt. Then you'll always have your first quilt to look back on--even if the memories are not the best. You'll know you kept at it. Welcome to this great site, I think you'll always find encouragement here if you need it.

    Darn! okiepastor types faster than I do-beat me to this idea. Well at least you know it a good one. :)

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    Stick around here - there are lots of experts willing to share time, techniques & talents.

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    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.
    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:

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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.
    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:
    Thanks... I love the idea of breaking all the rules when I quilt. Conformity was never my forte obviously. Feeling free to make your own choices based on the feeling you get from the fabrics makes all the difference for me.

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    You have come to the right place. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. I am so glad you did not give up on quilting after they made fun of your color choices. They just sound rude. I haven't found any rude folks here.

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    I feel so badly that you had that experience. Shame on them! Maybe you could put that project away while you're gaining skills and then you can get it put together.
    Someone also suggested the wonderful people here who would be glad to help.
    Don't give up, we're all here for you!
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    I agree with all. Quilts are about love and creativity...pick the colors you like! I had a quilt shop talk down to my 6yr old daughter for her choice in colors, I was horrified!!! I hope to post pics soon of that one because it's very pretty! Keep on quilting and enjoy the process.

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    You'll learn a lot more here...and it's a LOAD cheaper! Welcome from Kentucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Sorry they did this to you. She probably figured that since you were new to quilting that wouldn't know the difference. It's folks like that that give the LQS's a bad name.
    DITTO

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    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

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    so sorry you had such a horrible experience with your LQS...i do hope you realize that your experience with them is far and few between most quilt shops.....they must not care about keeping customer happy, or they are the only quilt store in the area, so customer service does not matter to them....i am glad where i live we have lots of quilt stores and so they all try to just as nice as pie!!!! please do not give up on quilting, it is great, there are hundreds of people willing to help you.....take care...gina

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    Don't let that one bad experience turn you off to quilting. There are so many people that would love to guide you along the way. That kind of treatment won't keep their doors open for long!!

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    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

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    You didn't say where you lived but if you are anywhere near me I want you to just come ovr to my house and we can work on your kit together. Plus, if you need extra fabric you can go through my stash instead of trying to figure it out on your own.

    Linda

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words.

    Yes, my first thought was, "Oh no, wrong seam width," but I double checked and my 1/4" foot is right on the money.

    The small blocks (168 of 'em) are one batik 3" x 5" with a black 1 1/2" strip on each side.

    Then four are assembled into a block.

    I'm sure I'll figure out some way to square all of the little buggers up after I stopped being aggravated!

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    You said Kaufman do you live in Texas, if do we may be close and maybe I can help you with blocks but please post and I know that a lot of people can help you fix this problem.

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    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.

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    It's so frustrating to have the start of a great project, and to have it all fall apart! My first quilt I did all the wrong things. I used stripes, which have to be perfect, flannel, which frays like crazy if you have to take it apart, and I didn't know how precise the 1/4 inch seams have to be. When the top was together, it was six inches longer on one side than the other. And it was just a small baby quilt! I took it to Hancock, and they basically said the same thing--your seams are all off, and you didn't use great fabric. Have a nice day. It was reqally frustrating. I went home, took it totally apart, redid the seams, and got it together. I ended up getting it finished in time for the birth of my first grandson. But I'm no longer a customer of theirs. Every goof is a learning experience, I guess. Hope yours gets figured out. Maybe if you take it apart and cut all the squares to a uniform size you can save it.

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