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Thread: What Was The Worst Quilting Advice/Instruction You Ever Recieved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neeng
    It's fine not to wash your fabric first as long as you're using all the same kind of fabric e.g. all 100% cotton, no problem. If you're mixing fabrics (cotton top, flannel back) you'd want to wash the flannel. Or if crazy quilting using different fabrics then I would wash them first if possible. (Quite a change of view for me since I came into this board thinking always wash... because I did dressmaking, where the size of the finished object is critical and the fabrics are usually mixed fibres that shrink at different rates).
    I came into quilting after 3 years of garment sewing for my kids and so I always wash first, too. I don't mind the pucker in the quilt that happens when you don't wash, it's just habit, especially since sometimes my girls raid my stash to make some skirts for themselves.

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    I think someone on TV said - "think of your body shape, small on top, bigger on bottom". Have found that very easy to remember!

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    I guess the worst "advice" I had ever been told was by a clerk at JA's when I first started quilting 10 years ago. She told me "If there isn't a pattern for it then it can't be done. It just wouldn't look right if you made something up on your own." She even had a very nice fake smile when she said it. I actually started quilting by following patterns on the net and in books to a T, even fabric and colors. Quickly decided that I don't want to spend weeks or even months making something everyone else has, what's the point in that?? She also laughed at me when I told her I was mixing 2 different blocks to create something unique. Said it wouldn't be worth the time to do that, why mess it all up? *Gasp*
    I went back to that shop a few years later and talked to the manager, told her what had happened and that I didn't know why they even hired clerks like her as it really was the worst thing I had ever been told. Haven't been to a JA's since.

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    I was advised to buy Insul brite for baked potato bags -- and made a whole bunch before the light bulb went on -- e-mailed to ask if it was safe before giving them away. Have a lot of nice pads for hot dishes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    ........ the only rule to quilting is, never sew/ quilt when you are tired.
    This made me laugh. Every one of my quilts has been slept under before it's finished . . . by ME! And I wake up with thimble and needle still in hand, sometimes mid-stitch. Ahhh, handquilting can sometimes be a bit too relaxing.

    :lol: Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this . . . .

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    Well, I came to this board a couple months after my first quilt and never really had any bad advice or negitive feedback on anything I've ever wanted to do. If anything the bad advice came out of my own head when I'm frustrated with a project: "This is IMPOSSIBLE!" I counteract that with a quote from a video game I played once: "Impossible is just a word to let people feel good about themselves when they quit."

    Though I must say when I was buying band t-shirts for two quilts Mom kind of gave me some criticism on it. Like that "I don't understand why you're buying so many t-shirts. And you're making a quilt out of them?!" Finished the top for the quilt made from Slipknot t-shirts and she was impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Mine was from a quiltstore owner who disagreed with my fabric choice. She told me it was going to be ugly and I allowed her to pick a different fabric. I ended up giving the top away because it was not what I had in mind at all. It taught me to follow my instinct even when "the experts" disagree. Colors and patterns are very personal in today's quilting and we do not always need to follow cookie-cutter samples.
    Gosh can I relate to this story - I was in a quilt store a few years ago and a new quilter was selecting fabrics for a beginners class, well the store owner was just dreadful in that everything the lady in question picked out the owner would be scathing about and tell her how ugly it was going to look. I was absolutely horrified and wouldn't be surprised at all if that poor woman never took to quilting after her ordeal. Some people just shouldn't be quilt store owners and if they are then they shouldn't be advising people in this manner as we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    I don't really know about worst advice but worst class experience.
    My friend and I took a class for a birthday table runner because we wanted to learn to machine applique. We were not allowed to cut our fabric ahead of time because of a couple of tricky pieces. We spent most of the class time cutting our pieces, sewed a few together and then the class was over. Never did get to the applique and haven't yet learned how. One of these days I will bite the bullet and just do it!

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    I quilted for 30 yrs before I found out what causes wavy borders. Now I always use lengthwise cuts and no more wavy borders. I asked everybody I saw about wavy borders but nobody seemed to know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkary
    Not to waste my money by buying more material than I need for the intended project. A) I almost never actually make what I bought the material for in the first place and B) it turns out I love to make scrappy quilts! What would I do without all those left over pieces!
    I learned ages ago to ALWAYS buy more fabric than you need just in case you make a mistake. The fabric is not always avail, especially if it was clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanted Quilter
    Went to a quilt store and the lady tore my fabric. I was in SHOCK !!! so I advised her cut another piece. She looked @ me & said OH but its so much easier to rip this fabric? That is what my Manager said . I polite advised her the manager is not buying this piece. So she cut my piece. My Maw Maw always said don't tear & she quilted by hand for over 75yrs.
    Back in the day, the material dept. always tore the yardage requested. About 10 yrs ago I was in a quilt store in TX and was shocked to see the lady tear the yardage. Hadn't seen that in years and years. She said tearing keeps it straight.

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    Debs Shelties wrote:I learned ages ago to ALWAYS buy more fabric than you need just in case you make a mistake. The fabric is not always avail, especially if it was clearance
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    I recently bo't a pattern online and bought the yardage called for on the pattern. That was last month. Now I find that instead of 4 strips of background I need 8 strips. Off to the LQS tomorrow. What do you want to bet that they are out of that fabric? Boo hoo

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    Perhaps not bad advice, but certainly old - fashioned advice when I was constantly criticised in a group for not doing everything the traditional way. It didn't really worry me as I find it quite laughable when 'experts' can't be flexible. So I think the worst advice anyone can give is to not be open minded about your criticism and constructive with it rather than fault picking.

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    Just find something that goes with it and make it a one of a kind! You may like it more than the orig. idea you had! :D

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    Took a class at JoAnns to learn how to make a Texas Star. It was quilt as you go.......Well the lady told us to sew everything together as you go, but she left the store and never came back, that was 13 years ago, so I don't know how to finish........

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    I haven't actually had bad quilting advice, just a bad experience with my first and only quilt class. I've sewn all my life and knew I wanted to quilt when I retired. So I waited six months for a class, but in the meantime I decided to get a book and make a baby quilt. It turned out great! The class was awful though. I was not allowed to use my 1/4" foot because "the rest of the class doesn't have one". While I brought my own machine to class, most of the others did not have their own machines and much time was spent on teaching various people how to sew on various machines. I went to three classes and then decided I'd do better on my own. A friend invited me to join a quilt quild. Imagine my surprise when the president happened to be that teacher! LOL!

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    I love the old fashioned advice I get now and then from older quilters that I run into in Joann's (some have been so kind as to stand at a distance and squint at my fabric choices for me) but sometimes it is easier to follow the newer, modern techniques. No one ever taught me to make an attic's window, I just winged it with a prayer and a dummy book on the topic. When I was done, I took it to my local sewing machine shop and the woman gasped and said, "You didn't even do it the easy way!" Well, I can say, that had I known the easy way (using hst's in the corners instead of mitering) I probably would've done it that way! But, I can say I'm pretty decent at mitering now. :lol:

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    I don't have a worst advice, but I do have a most eye-opening event. A year ago I was at an all day quilt retreat with my guild, in a "posh" hotel. Early in the evening, a dad with his little girl arrived at our door asking if anyone could help with his little girl's dress which was coming apart and he was out of pins. She was the flower girl in a wedding party.
    NO ONE offered to help.There was dead silence as no one even addressed the group and said "OK, who can help here?" Here was an entire room full of "experienced" quilters who held office in the guild and had "impressive" quilt resumes. I was one of the newest members and sitting in the back corner. I was so embarrassed as the ladies of the guild were "too important" to do a measly repair job.
    I called her over and it was just that the stitching was coming apart along the top edge where the straps were attached. She stripped it off and waited wrapped in her daddy's suit jacket while it took me less than 5 minutes to fix. Daddy and little girl were amazed and very grateful.
    I lost a lot of respect for the "experienced" guild ladies that day.

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    I just finished a French Braid quilt. The instructions from the book were absolutely the worst of the worst. A friend of mine did the same quilt and if she hadn't made the mistakes that were caused from the instructions, I would have done the same thing. Had to read and reread the instructions several times. The lady who wrote the book should never be allowed to write another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    One of the worst ones I've ever heard is to sew the border on with the border next to the feed dogs. That's almost a guarantee for wavy borders.
    Yes! I was told that and boy what a mess I got.

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    Only bad advice was that it was necessary to prewash any fabrics.
    I almost always prewash as a personal preference, not that it is necessary.
    I piece my borders on the diagonal and cut lengthwise, and measure the quilt top first before cutting border to length. I pin from the center then the outside corner then inbetween. Never have wavy borders.

    I teach quilting 2 to 3 times a week, I tell my students there are no quilt police. Explain why I it things "my" way, but there are other ways and find what works for you.

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    I always piece my borders on the diagonal. I lay straight edges and overlap, stitch diagonally then trim the corners away. NO bias edge to sew.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Worst Quilting advice?

    Never pin.

    *Always* make bias binding. I have never, not once, done this in 30 years!)

    Piece half-square-triangles by using two triangles.

    Join your border strips on the diagonal. (??? I have never understood the reason for this! Diagonal is bias/bias stretches. Period)

    Jan in VA

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    I don't think I've ever had any bad advice, mostly because I don't ask for help. I have a friend I run things by, but I trust my own judgment on colors and patterns and such. As for technique, I just read on the board for awhile and somebody will address what I want to know!!!!! And if people contradict each other, as they will, I try out what I think will work.
    Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't, but then it's my choice and I have no one to blame but me. I consider everything a learning process, so I don't even blame me.

    I do agree that one should perhaps not sew, at least by machine, when tired. That's almost always when I make a mistake.

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    It was my first quilt. There was one color I had to pick, I asked advice, took it. Mistake. My first quilt is sewn well, but that color sticks out like a sore thumb.

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    The worst advice I ever received was to put a fat batt in my quilt and then proceed to hand quilt it!! It looked great when it was done, but OMG I broke and bent so many needles. It took me 7 years to finally finish it, I hated working on it. Dh's Aunt and Uncle are the proud owners of it, a queen size, Card Trick.
    I named it : "The Pointless Card Game", it was my 3rd quilt and had many triangle points missing. :oops:
    :roll: :cry: :thumbdown:

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