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Thread: The worst mistake you ever made{quilting}?

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    Sewing the wrong side to the right side, instead of right sides together.

    Also, ripping out a mistake because it was in the wrong place, then sewing it wrong all over again! Not too funny at the time! :)

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    I have not yet done what I always fear, basting a quilt with the backing wrong side out.
    I was ironing a Lone Star top once, not mine but I was going to quilt it. Steam iron decided to urp up some rusty water right on the unbleached muslin. I had to replace the whole big square. Haven't used steam on a light colored top since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I cut the back of my quilt while snipping threads to remove it from the sewing machine. I had to put the label in a creative spot!
    What an ingenious way to "cover up" a BOO BOO!!! LOL

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    a lady hired me to quilt for her
    I had my frame set up in my utility room
    I didn't have heat in there ,I was heating with a kerosene heater.
    I got to noticing that the quilt was looking darker
    I run my hand across it & it mas smutty
    oh my was I worried
    my heater had smoked & I didn't notice

    oh was I ever worried
    I took a clean cloth & wiped untl I got all off that I could
    I never did tell that lady about it and I quilted a lot of quilts for her after that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA
    I have done that many times especially when makjing bargellos and having to line up all the blocks and getting into a groove where it seems to be going so great only to have to do it again when I finally wake up and realize that I ran out of bobbin thread AGAIN! I have also done this numerous times on the same quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    Sewing the wrong side to the right side, instead of right sides together.

    Also, ripping out a mistake because it was in the wrong place, then sewing it wrong all over again! Not too funny at the time! :)
    Been there and done both of these too! I am thinking I make a lot of mistakes when quilting.

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    I've sewn pieces backwards including large borders, sewn without bobbin thread, cut pieces to small (but fortunately get extra fabric just in case), accidently had 2 small blocks together and sewn them to another block. Are you feeling less alone in this yet? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    Not washing fabric because I. Couldn' t wait to get started,,, & sure enough it bled!
    My sister gave me a quilt. I decided to wash it.
    her mother in law made it. It was a christmas colors and the red ran. Then she wanted it back.

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    Using metallic thread to QUILT my first quilt in embroidery stitches. What a mess!!!

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    Scissors accidentally cutting into a completed top. I've also done that to a shirt... or two. I'm blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    Scissors accidentally cutting into a completed top. I've also done that to a shirt... or two. I'm blessed.
    Ouch! Many years ago a cat we had ran across a top I had just placed on the floor and put claw marks on it. I appliqued (and am not good at applique) hearts on the claw marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    haha very funny! :D :lol: :D

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    LOL :-P so funny, I've done exactly that and laughed my head off at myself!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA

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    My real mistake has been buying,buying way too many notions,rulers & patterns.I got to the point where I bought the same pattern more than once,because the 1st was stashed away.

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    The worst thing I ever did was waste 20 years cross-stitching before I found quilting-or it found me!

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    squaring my lap quilt on a shared table at a quilt class (not enough room) another corner folded under and i cut the edge of my last outside sash a deep 4 inch cut. Hince my quilt ended up quit a bit smaller than I wanted it to be. Big lesson learned.

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    I couldn't think of any mistakes till I started reading. Yep, done em all at one time or another. Like yesterday, turned the corner triangles on a Kansas Troubles the wrong way, not once, not twice, but three times. Fer gosh sakes, there's only three side to a triangle!

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    I was making a raggy quilt for my GD. I put on the binding and the next day took it to her. My DD looked at it and started laughing. I had forgotten to put the last border on one side of the quilt. I told her I wasn't going to fix it and that my GD will remember what a ditzy blonde her grandma was. She loves the quilt. I hope she remembers me whenever she looks at it in the future when I'm gone.

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    I've never told this before, but here goes. When I was in my twenties, having never sewn much of any kind, I bought a dresden plate kit.I thought , how hard can it be, everything is ready to sew. I SEWED THE CENTER IN AS ANOTHER PIECE instesd of applicaying it on.What a mess !

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    Worst thing I ever did was give up for 8 years.

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    I never make "mistakes" - just have "creative opportunities" ... and have had lots of them.....lol. Cut noticeable hole in Laurel Birch quilt I was making for fair.....so I did embroidered butterfly on top of it - worked great. On back of same quilt (which used hot ribbon applique on front) I had long, winding tuck.....I put hot ribbon over tuck and added leaves and a fish for label....looked like it was intentional. There is always a solution and sometimes we just need to walk away for a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I cut the back of my quilt while snipping threads to remove it from the sewing machine. I had to put the label in a creative spot!
    I did that on a quilt front and sewed snowflakes on it to hide the cuts. :oops:

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    I teach quilting and also make samples for the store I work at. I finished a sample top and took it in to send it to the owner before they display it. I was teaching that day and all the students wanted to see the quilt. I unfolded it and held it up for the students to see and noticed that right in the middle of the quilt I had turned one of the blocks a 1/4 turn. I ended up spending my lunch taking it out and sewing it in the correct direction. I guess I showed my students that no matter how long you have been quilting you can still make mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA
    Been there, done that......

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    Quote Originally Posted by kem77
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA
    :lol:
    Dont you know that is referred to as "Practice Sewing" ???

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