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

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    I am entruley in need of a laugh today? I am in a delema on this dumb Quilt I have been working on. My head is in all the wrong upsetting mode of life because of this fustration. I am just needing a few laughs to know that I am not the only one in this world . Thank you.

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    You are far from alone. We all make mistakes or have learning lessons I should say.

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    Just yesterday I was quilting away with my ipod on (daddy was playing with the kids, so I used my earphones) and didn't hear the change, but it felt different. What was the problem? The corner of my quilt folded back...and I quilted it to the back of my quilt with tight free motion loop-to-loops. What a pain to rip out! It's ok, you can laugh, I did. :)

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    Piecing about 30 miles of strips together with no bobbin thread.... sigh.

    Jan in VA

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    I have done both of the posts above LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Just yesterday I was quilting away with my ipod on (daddy was playing with the kids, so I used my earphones) and didn't hear the change, but it felt different. What was the problem? The corner of my quilt folded back...and I quilted it to the back of my quilt with tight free motion loop-to-loops. What a pain to rip out! It's ok, you can laugh, I did. :)

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    I bought a quilt top by accident at an auction. I was bidding on something else so I thought.haha. Well I swallowed my pride and {in my head} said that the peson who started would be proud that I am hand quilting this to finish it. Now I notice it is falling apart from poor material and the 1/8 seams used to put the top together.It has no binding and 1/8 to the edges of the blocks. But I am to stubborn to say I quit so I am hand stich in a ditch block #6 of 24

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    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!

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    Mistakes, all my quilt blocks match up evenly and everything comes out great. The only thing wrong is the person doing the quilting.

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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
    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    :thumbup:

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    kwhite=you are a nut! =)
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have sewn my clothes to a quilt. Now I sew int he nude!!
    ok, that sure got a laugh out of me! :)

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    Worst mistake I've made.... so far....

    I was making log cabin blocks (needed 49 blocks) and set the project aside for a couple of weeks after making about half of them. When I started back up I used some 1.5 inch strips instead of the 2 inch I started with. Noticed this mistake after all the blocks were finished. Not good! I guess I could use them to make two separate smaller quilts.

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    I didn't figure out it takes more blocks to set on point than in rows. I was finished with the blocks and had no more fabric when I found out. My daughter's quilt is special because it has a big star in the center. She doesn't need to know it's because her mother wasn't too bright that day.

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    Umm, at this point I can say LEARNING TO QUILT!! has been my mistake! LOL!! I have done everything stated above me, except, no way will I sew naked!!

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    I've done some of these things - sewing without bobbin thread - and of course I was chain-piecing. Quilting folds of the backing fabric into the quilt - yep, that too.

    No quilting in the nude though - I don't need any of my junk to fall onto my sewing area! :shock: :mrgreen:

    The worst things I've done both resulted from forgetting to check the back of the quilt - both times, I had briefly worked on another project and changed the bobbin tension and it was way too tight when I put the bobbin back in for my quilts. Both times, I ended up with horrible quilting on the back.

    It felt like I spent a week with the darn seam ripper on one of those. The last time I did it, it wasn't so bad, but unsewing is never a feel-good activity. There's just no satisfaction in it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I've done some of these things - sewing without bobbin thread - and of course I was chain-piecing. Quilting folds of the backing fabric into the quilt - yep, that too.

    No quilting in the nude though - I don't need any of my junk to fall onto my sewing area! :shock: :mrgreen:

    The worst things I've done both resulted from forgetting to check the back of the quilt - both times, I had briefly worked on another project and changed the bobbin tension and it was way too tight when I put the bobbin back in for my quilts. Both times, I ended up with horrible quilting on the back.

    It felt like I spent a week with the darn seam ripper on one of those. The last time I did it, it wasn't so bad, but unsewing is never a feel-good activity. There's just no satisfaction in it at all.
    Thank you that is really good advise. I would not like to have to unsew.I have a hard enough time getting things done the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat112000
    Umm, at this point I can say LEARNING TO QUILT!! has been my mistake! LOL!! I have done everything stated above me, except, no way will I sew naked!!
    very good.sometimes you never know what trouble you are going to get your heart into.

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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!
    Ouch. But good come back with the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charmpacksplus
    Worst mistake I've made.... so far....

    I was making log cabin blocks (needed 49 blocks) and set the project aside for a couple of weeks after making about half of them. When I started back up I used some 1.5 inch strips instead of the 2 inch I started with. Noticed this mistake after all the blocks were finished. Not good! I guess I could use them to make two separate smaller quilts.
    What did you do? OR add some sashings as they say!!!

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    One of my first quilts was supposed to be for a co-worker who was expecting a baby. I found the cutest cat pattern. Bought the fabric -- cut it all out -- started putting it together. Well it was before I learned how careful you must be when cutting and I didn't have a clue about 1/4" seams. I think the sloppily cut fabric is still languishing in a dark corner somewhere. Never did do a quilt for my friend. As a matter of fact, didn't do any more quilting for a number of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I didn't figure out it takes more blocks to set on point than in rows. I was finished with the blocks and had no more fabric when I found out. My daughter's quilt is special because it has a big star in the center. She doesn't need to know it's because her mother wasn't too bright that day.

    Buying fabric from ebay unless the manufacturer is mentioned. No more of that.
    Good to know. I haven't tryed anything like that but have fallin in love with a few tablerunners that they say are on point. I am a good one for trying things out without using directions. I think it is in the genes. Your daughter is very lucky anyway.

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    That's why I started on it last winter and started back on it this winter. I even tought of cutting it in half to make it go faster. But then the weatherman was wrong again so I took a long walk. also a sinus pill that will make me take a nap!!!!

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    Not washing fabric because I. Couldn' t wait to get started,,, & sure enough it bled!

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