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    If you don't use a consistent seam, I have learned over and over, your pieces do not match up properly. I believe in personal 1/4, unless, I am doing a swap, or something to that order. All the other "rules" I break frequently. I don't believe there is just one right way to do things. Many patterns are set up for a 1/4 seam and don't work properly if you use a different one.

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    I belong to a Yahoo Liberated Quilters group....having fun with our quilting is top priority...matching points is not, nor are straight seams ...wonkiness in our blocks is strongly encouraged. We say "Boo" to the quilt police!!
    I started out 26 years ago doing traditional quilting and stressing about every little thing. And while I admire those quilts and the painstaking work it takes to make one knew it wasn't for me! We are all different in our creativity...what fits one doesnt fit another! We can all appreciate each others work..there is total freedom in the wonderful world of quilting! I am grateful for that....and love being "liberated"!! PS..I'm a babyboomer too:)

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    Let me put this in my perspective.....the so called quilt police are those self designated people who are free to express their opinion and preferences. However, there are "rules" to any craft. There are "rules" to cooking etc and it doesn't make any difference who makes them. If you built a new kitchen cabinet you would want someone who works by the "rules" of carpentary. The doors and drawers must fit. It is the same with quilting. If you want the pieces to fit then certain rules must be abided by. These rules are: accurate measuring; accurate cutting and accurate piecing. If you want it to fit together like a jig saw puzzel then these "rules" must be followed. Beyond this, it is your choice. When the pieces fit then there is less frustration in piecing and making the quilt. If you don't care if the seams don't fit or points match then it doesn't matter. Your choice is pattern, colors and style (as selecting a kitchen cabinet).

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    If the entire quilt will be made the same, you can make the rules. However, when swapping with partners or doing an IRR quilt, anything where other people are working on the same projects, something as standard as seam allowance can be very important. If you do 1/3" seams and I use 1/4" seams our blocks will not be the same. Of course, if your block is measured and meets the 12.5" requirement, I guess it doesn't matter. Uniformity is what counts.

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    What I meant to say is in making traditional quilts..there are of course rules!
    1/4 inch seams have to be made for the blocks ....points must meet as best one can ...things need to be straight..or a traditional quilt will just look poorly made.
    I'm not for that., what I meant to say is there are different styles of quilts, traditonal, art quilts, liberated quilts where the point is "wonkiness"!! I have found that I don't have fun making traditional quilts just as there are those who would be driven crazy by things not being perfect. I just meant to say there are choices to be made..and much freedom to make the choices in quilting. When I go to a quilt show I love looking at all the different styles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
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    The quilt police are like the fashion police, they exist in a strange kind of way, but after a while who really cares? I still wear my jeans, tee shirts and athletic shoes because to me comfort is more important than fashion. Do people find me dowdy and unfashionable? Absolutely, but it doesn't matter one bit if I'm comfortable.
    Oh my, now I'm dowdy???!!!!! lol I live in jeans and T shirts!!

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    Well, I had other words but this is a family board. Imagine what the folks on "What not to wear" would say!!!! They might not use "dowdy" either.
    Just had to tease you about the dowdy word!! I'll just keep on living in my jeans & tshirts, don't care what anyone thinks! Guess once ya hit 55-60 you don't care what anyone thinks!!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    To me, the one rule that is supreme is the 1/4" seam allowance. Most all quilt patterns call for the 1/4" seam allowance, and I like my blocks to fit together, so I am very vigilant about this one -- especially in a quilt that uses more than one block pattern, like a sampler. If you are quilting with only one style of block, by all means fudge on the seam allowance, they'll all turn out the same size, and it will be great. I am one of those "pointy" quilters, as Kaye Wood calls us, and to me there is nothing more satisfying than to have all my points pointy, and my seams straight. I know I am a little OCD about this, but I have found that quilting is a happy place for my Obsessive-Compulsiveness.

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    I know my 1/4 " seams run a little bigger than they should (certainly not scant) and I don't worry about it on any of my quilts. However, if I am doing a swap, I REALLY try to do it a more scant 1/4" seam so noo one hates me when they are trying to make my block fit the others!

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    all i can do is hope that if the quilt police arrive at my house and inspect things, that they will put me under "house arrest", so i would be forced to stay at home and improve my errant ways. break my heart--make me stay here and play with the fabric until i get it "right". please?? pretty please???? and when can i expect you? i'll bring out the worst of the worst, just for you!!!


    i am soooo looking forward to being busted...

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    I always say there is'nt a rule that can't be broken.

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    Boy, this question takes me back to my first "sorta" quilt. I didn't even know it was considered a quilt until I saw instructions for one recently. I had 2 small children and very few resources, but my mother had given me a bunch of double-knit fabrics. I took a twin flat sheet, sewed one block at a time to the sheet and as I added a new block, would stuff the last with poly fill for pillows. It wasn't the prettiest quilt I have ever seen, but boy did it last. That quilt was used for all kinds of things over the years and I just parted with it a year or so ago, after about 30 years. I think now they are called "puff quilts." And my first 9-patch was made with 1/2" seams because I hadn't read about the 1/4" seam. It's the one in my avatar and was a gift for my 2nd son. He and his wife were thrilled with it and no one is the wiser that I made up each step as I worked on it. Even the binding went on beautifully and it was a large queen size - just kept laying it on the bed until I got the size I was happy with. lol

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    Yep! I think it's that magic age that grants us freedom. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by cag1949
    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
    Quote Originally Posted by cag1949
    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
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    The quilt police are like the fashion police, they exist in a strange kind of way, but after a while who really cares? I still wear my jeans, tee shirts and athletic shoes because to me comfort is more important than fashion. Do people find me dowdy and unfashionable? Absolutely, but it doesn't matter one bit if I'm comfortable.
    Oh my, now I'm dowdy???!!!!! lol I live in jeans and T shirts!!

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Well, I had other words but this is a family board. Imagine what the folks on "What not to wear" would say!!!! They might not use "dowdy" either.
    Just had to tease you about the dowdy word!! I'll just keep on living in my jeans & tshirts, don't care what anyone thinks! Guess once ya hit 55-60 you don't care what anyone thinks!!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Never adhere to the 1/4' rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    The Quilt Police is more or less a joke, except in the case of those who show their art, and I suspect that the judges use magnifying glasses to check out every inch.

    But otherwise, like the Tooth Fairy and others, the Quilt Police is a joke. Personally, if they were real I would hear them pounding on my door and my cats would hide from the screams of the sirens!!

    It's your own quilts and you should do them just like YOU want, and if others don't like them, tough!! Should you make more than you want to give away to friends and family, think of children's hospitals, wounded soldiers and women and children in distress in shelters. They don't care what quilts look like, it's the warmth that matters, and in the end, that is what a quilt or lap robe is about, warmth. The love that makes it adds to its value.
    Years ago my mother gave me cut squares from 4 to 12 inches that were hers and my grandmothers. Not knowing what to do with them, I seperated into size and then into alike materials. I had never made a quilt before but I jumped in with both feet. First I had to recut almost every square. Then took them all to the spare room bed and began putting them together in some sort of order. I ended up with 17 lap quilts. I quilted them by just running straight stitching here and there. I found thick blankets and flannel sheets at the Salvation Army. When done I took them to two different nursing homes. That year I also had an abundant amount of yarn so made 14 lap afghans. When I delivered them to the nursing homes, they were very greatful. I got cards from the Administration of the homes and thanked me. I found no Quilting Police outside my door when I got home. I really enjoyed the project.
    Rita

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    I figure its my quilt/project...my house my machine my money that paid for it...ITS MY RULES...unless its a commissioned piece or something I want to enter in a show and it be judged. And its good practice to make everything as if it were going to be judged...just to not learn bad habits. BUT its to each his/her own truthfully

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