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Thread: when do you say, OK not perfect and move on

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    I have a three seam quilt block. Have ripped out 9 seams! Hah!
    got the rotation finally. and ripped out the one that works, to use as an example..
    My seam ripper is dull ! hah!
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    quite often actually! i do not choose to enter any competitions, and the quilts i make for others are always appreciated, and most think they are beautiful. what they don't know . . .

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    joined squares: 11 x 11 inches each, set crooked on mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappy
    quite often actually! i do not choose to enter any competitions, and the quilts i make for others are always appreciated, and most think they are beautiful. what they don't know . . .
    Thank you ! I like that idea! I to have no plans for competition but want each quilt liked/loved.

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    I like the blocks you made. Very pretty. They look perfect to me.

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    It's sweet and it looks really good to me :thumbup:
    I make quilts because I enjoy it and as the others have said they are made to be loved to pieces :-D

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
    But don't forget to scream!
    Your blocks look fantastic, so you conquered!!
    Great job!

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    I think they look great, you've got permission from the QB to move on :-) :-)

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    Adorable!

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    If it is for friends or family? I am blessed that they are very forgiving :wink: and enough comes much quicker :D:D:D

    I LOVE that Donna Dewberry fabric!!

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    The very first quilt show I went with my husband. In a somewhat loud voice while looking at a quilt that won a ribbon he said "look her points dont match up either". So since then I stand 3 ft back and if it looks good to me thats all that matters. The quilt police are not permitted in my house. I had a relative bring that to my attention while looking at one of my quilts yet she asked me to make a quilt for her daughters wedding, go figure. I did not make it for her.

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    If you can't notice it at a glance 10 foot away, it's perfect. lol

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    I think it looks great! If you don't tell, they will never know you had to get that seam ripper out.

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    Gee I'm sure you're the only person to dull a seam ripper on the whole planet! lol :D:D
    Love the blocks!!!

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    I let go of perfect when I'm darn good and ready to. I find that comes earlier with each quilt!

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    I quit counting the times I had to rip on this baby quilt I am working on right now. Finally got it sandwiched and started quilting and my machine decided to act up. I am now taking out all the quilting I had in because I am using white thread on the top and deep rose on the back and guess what is showing on the back.

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    I very rarely rip seams out, done is better than perfect to me. :) I don't make quilts for anyone that won't love them no matter their imperfections.

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it that sweet with the faces.

    People look at things as a whole, don't stress so much. Perfect is overrated. Done is the best

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    Mistakes add character to the quilt. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

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    Strive for perfection, settle for greatness. I think your blocks are great. Therefore objective achieved.

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    As long as it's reasonably flat & with 1/8" of the finished size, I quit ripping!

    I will mark the block with a note, so I don't forget the size when piecing the top, adjust the seam allowance, and remeasure the blocks after piecing to be sure it's true to size.

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    How often do I say: Good enough? Almost every day!

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    Really cute blocks!!

    As for me, I try not to count the number of times I rip stuff out. I have learned that I need to press each seam - AND if it does not "look" square or straight - I need to measure it and solve the problem before I continue. Sometimes this does not require ripping out - just a "straighter seam" lol.

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    I think it looks lovely..it is made with love and you did a great job!!

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    I think ahead to determine if the next block (or row) will be affected. Then I ask if I can live with it. Over time, I have come to realize that some little flaws will not show up in the finished project but it took a lot of trial and error on my part to "get" that.

    I used to take anything apart that was more than 3/16" off. Well, glad to report that those days are over. I have gotten quite good at fudging, tweaking, adjusting and making pretty things.

    Your block is a pretty thing. Don't be too hard on yourself, go slow and do your best.

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