Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 ... LastLast
Results 51 to 75 of 171

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

  1. #51
    Super Member Deborah12687's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    1,125
    The worst thing I did was layed my pattern on the cutting matt and got distracted and layed the fabric over the pattern. Well I cut the pattern up and had to buy a new one.

  2. #52
    Senior Member nickylsf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sonora, CA
    Posts
    828
    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    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.
    The other day I ordered a book, having forgotten that the week before I had ordered, and received, the same book!

  3. #53
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    60
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    :-P :thumbup:

  4. #54
    Senior Member newbee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    433
    Blog Entries
    1
    My worst mistake was on the first and only "trip around the world" quilt I've ever made. After it was sewn all together I was doing simple straight line quilting through the darkest blocks. Then through the next darkest blocks. No problem. But when I got to the 2 sets of light blocks, they didn't line up into a diamond, they were a rectangle???? Turns out I had set one entire quarter piece of the quilt in sideways--but because of the darker fabric it looked OK until you looked at the light fabric. Sigh. This was to be a gift for a friend and I decided there was no way I was going to rip it all apart. So I called it a "puzzle" quilt and gave it to my friend anyway. They loved it, and I love telling the story.

  5. #55
    Junior Member kcferrel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Windsor, Colorado
    Posts
    102
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    ha ha ha...... my husband will love this!

  6. #56
    Senior Member foxxigrani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    755
    Biggest mistake I ever made in quilting? Hmm thats a not brainer. Thinking I can learn how to make quilts lol.

  7. #57
    Super Member leiladylei54's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Posts
    1,985
    When I made my first quilt, I used a thin solid as one of my squares in each row and couldn't understand why some rows were longer or shorter than others. Naturally my first instinct was to trash the whole thing but eventually sat down and took apart each row and each square.

  8. #58
    Senior Member vickimc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    859
    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. LOL. take a break. hot tea, a coke, something to walk away with.

  9. #59
    Senior Member BJ SewKkrazzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    422
    Blog Entries
    1
    Crazy quilters don't make mistakes...we just cover them with embelishments...I once had an open spot in between two pieces of fabric when I got done sewing...emblished a piece of lace over and away I went....no one knows what we hide!!!!

  10. #60
    Super Member Emma S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Roseburg, OR
    Posts
    2,961
    Yeap done all of them, but I'm really honing my problem solving skills.

  11. #61
    Senior Member AnnieF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    530
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    Sew in the nude....I can't even walk across the carpet in my bare feet in my quilt studio!!

  12. #62
    Senior Member kem77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    MINNESOTA, NATIVE N.J
    Posts
    854
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by kcferrel
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    ha ha ha...... my husband will love this!
    Mine liked that too. After 34 yrs. that is no new suprise.

  13. #63
    Senior Member AnnieF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    530
    Once I was making a baby quilt and it was a rush job....the block was the friendship star...an easy block and it went together like clockwork. I got the whole quilt top done....2 borders and all and after pressing it, held it up for my husband to see. His question was: Are all the blocks supposed to be stars? I had mis-placed the half square triangles in 3 of the blocks and because I was rushing never noticed. Have you ever taken the seam ripper to interior blocks...and then tried to get the block sewn back into the quilt correctly. I remember in the middle of it....tossing the quilt top to the floor, stomping on it and stomping out of the room.

  14. #64
    Senior Member kem77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    MINNESOTA, NATIVE N.J
    Posts
    854
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by ywoodruff5
    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.
    That is one reason I would have the Quilt in MN and live in CA

  15. #65
    Senior Member kem77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    MINNESOTA, NATIVE N.J
    Posts
    854
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieF
    Once I was making a baby quilt and it was a rush job....the block was the friendship star...an easy block and it went together like clockwork. I got the whole quilt top done....2 borders and all and after pressing it, held it up for my husband to see. His question was: Are all the blocks supposed to be stars? I had mis-placed the half square triangles in 3 of the blocks and because I was rushing never noticed. Have you ever taken the seam ripper to interior blocks...and then tried to get the block sewn back into the quilt correctly. I remember in the middle of it....tossing the quilt top to the floor, stomping on it and stomping out of the room.
    Are you to say never Quilting again!!!! HaHa

  16. #66
    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North East USA
    Posts
    5,048
    LOL Well ladies it is not our mistakes that define us, it is our solutions. Thankfully I sew in the basement and there are no windows. My close friends know to call first before just stopping by. HAHAHAHA

  17. #67
    Super Member Scrap Happy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    6,421
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by BJ SewKkrazzy
    Crazy quilters don't make mistakes...we just cover them with embelishments...I once had an open spot in between two pieces of fabric when I got done sewing...emblished a piece of lace over and away I went....no one knows what we hide!!!!
    LOL! Love it!

  18. #68
    Senior Member kem77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    MINNESOTA, NATIVE N.J
    Posts
    854
    Blog Entries
    1
    :thumbup: :oops:

  19. #69
    Senior Member BJ SewKkrazzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    422
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by gmaybee
    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.

    I think it's the Amish that say every quilt should have one piece that doesn't follow the pattern, so the quilt isn't "perfect", 'cuz only God is perfect!

  20. #70
    Super Member Slow2Sew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    1,111
    I'm admitting this only to make others feel better:
    While making a full-size QAYG bedspread on a deadline for DGS, I patiently and diligently sewed the bottom to the end/foot of the top with a rather tight binding stitch (don't want grandma's quilts to fall apart). Only after finishing the entire seam did I realize that I had the batting on top instead of the middle! I quickly decided that the bedspread could just be 1.5" - 2" shorter and cut the seam off rather than rip out the stitching.
    Now, don't you all feel better? ;D

  21. #71
    Power Poster Homespun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    McLoud, OK
    Posts
    12,274
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    ROF LMBO LOL!!!

  22. #72
    Super Member C.Cal Quilt Girl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Central Ca
    Posts
    2,619
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA
    LOL me tooo !! or the binding :shock: crud :)

  23. #73
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,955
    The worst mistake I have made, that is undoable, is not taking a photo of an 1850s quilt I helped to restore. I appliqued on about 320 1 inch hexagons on a six-sided pineapple quilt, as well as a hundred or so 1/4 inch by 1 to 2 inch logs. All the logs were wool, and the hexagons were black taffate-type fabric. I worked for about 3 months on it and can't believe I didn't take a picture. :cry:

  24. #74
    Member retiac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Griffin, Georgia
    Posts
    90
    Was trying to finish projects and rotory cutter kept comming apart thought I had really bad cutter so bought a new on cost me $28 to find out that I had put the screw on the wrong side
    retiac

  25. #75
    Super Member thepolyparrot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Mars
    Posts
    2,038
    Quote Originally Posted by sew_sew
    Worst thing I ever did was give up for 8 years.
    GREAT answer! :thumbup:

Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.