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Old 07-15-2012, 04:32 AM
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Sometimes I learn a 'better way' to do something part way through a project - Example: making HST units - but the better way will look different from the 'how I was doing it' way - I usually continue with the 'old way' just so it will look uniform.

Do you change your technique as soon as you figure out it is more efficient and/or looks better, even if it will 'show' - or do you continue with the old way until you finish that item?
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:40 AM
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I guess it would matter how far along I am, the impact on the overall design, and the purpose of the quilt. If it's for me, I don't care about the inconsistencies. A lesson reminder doesn't bother me.

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I changed how I was doing my pieces for my cathedral window part way thru,.,..too much to go back and redo, but at least the rest will be better
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
Sometimes I learn a 'better way' to do something part way through a project - Example: making HST units - but the better way will look different from the 'how I was doing it' way - I usually continue with the 'old way' just so it will look uniform.

Do you change your technique as soon as you figure out it is more efficient and/or looks better, even if it will 'show' - or do you continue with the old way until you finish that item?
That's one of the merits in doing a test block or two or three before going full-on into a project!

However ... and HST is an HST, isn't it?
How would constructing differently, give you a different look?
... unless you're referring to that one is on the bias, and the other is straight of grain?
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Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
That's one of the merits in doing a test block or two or three before going full-on into a project!

However ... and HST is an HST, isn't it?
How would constructing differently, give you a different look?
... unless you're referring to that one is on the bias, and the other is straight of grain?
HST was the only thing I could think of at the time -

Other examples:
Bias binding versus straight grain binding
Starching/sizing versus not (in my experience, starching/sizing makes the fabrics stretch)
Pressing seams differently mid project (open versus to the side - or vice-versa)
Deciding a mitered corner looks better than a butted corner
Or deciding that it's easier to do a butted corner than a mitered corner
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If it was half done and it changes the look, I would soldier on and finish it the old way. If I had just started, I would probably do it the new way and scrap the pieces I started with.
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If it was half done and it changes the look, I would soldier on and finish it the old way. If I had just started, I would probably do it the new way and scrap the pieces I started with.
Are you like me, Tartan?? ... when you see HST, you think HSTax!



Bear ... ditto to Tartan ... if it's different, yes motor on or backtrack and create some lovely orphans for future uses!
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Depends upon what I'm making and whether or not it'll show. If it'll show, I've been known to undo/redo the first work.
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If the end result is the same and I have enough material I will definitely change the method I use.

Quilters are also artists... and artists are known for doing this.

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My quilting always gets better or looks slightly different as I move along through the project. I just keep going. It's all for fun and most changes I make are minor.
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