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Thread: Would you want to know if someone notices a flaw?

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    I would like to know if it is not too late to fix it. I have shown a quilt top that I was asking for help with the border choices and someone pointed out that a block was turned the wrong way. I SO appreciated that!!! I would much rather know about it and fix it than have it go "out" like that.
    A PM sent would probably be the nicest way to go.

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    I would in a PM :)

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    I wouldn't comment on a flaw, unless specifically asked to. I try not to judge other's hard work, and just appreciate it as it is. I don't know of anything that is man made that doesn't have some kind of flaw.

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    None of my quilts have flaws...everything you see wrong - I did on purpose!

    As a newbie - if I ask for help - then give it. If I didn't and I post here - it means (to me) that I like it and am pleased what what I have and want to show it off...since I'm so new I try not to compare myself to others on this board.

    I think the other thing is how well do you "know" the person....there are several on here who post on all my pictures - I would probably take a "hint" from them easier than someone I hadn't seen posting with me before.

    So I don't know....

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    As a new quilter I would appreciate it if someone saw a block that was turned wrong or something that was very noticable that they would let me know so I could fix it. I try to follow patterns and at this time I check and recheck sometimes to the point that I don't enjoy doing it anymore. Then I think this is supposed to be enjoyable and I rush to get it finished and in doing so I mess up. I would love to have someone pm me and let me know. Don't get me wrong I love all the positive comments everyone makes but I want to know if I messed up too. I can't learn if everyone just makes nice comments and doesn't let me know I messed up.

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    I would rather not know. There was a post a few weeks ago where someone put up about 8 blocks they had made and wanted opinions on layout/border/something. And it was clear from their post they were proud of their blocks. Someone wrote "you did the blocks wrong" and pointed out the errors because in 2 blocks they had mixed up the orientation, which they might have meant to do it that way. So if someone does notice an error and it's correctable (e.g. not quilted) then maybe I wouldn't mind them pointing it out. I'd just rather have it be like "your blocks are beautiful. I like how you varied the layout in those 2 stars. Was that on purpose?" so it's a nice way to point things out rather than assuming I did it wrong, ya know?

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    I did not see a flaw, Lovestoquilt301, but that is one beautiful quilt!!

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    i would want to know in a pm so that it did not bring the mistake to the attention of everybody LOL

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    I agree with you MadQuilter
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    You will see many posts where a member will ask for opinions on color, layout, etc. I think it is perfectly fine to give an opinion - providing I have one.

    Sometimes, members post pictures and they talk about "the flaw" in the top and we generally spend a lot of time finding it. Most times, it is an error that blends so beautifully into the design - without a big pointy stick NOBODY would notice.

    Other members post pictures to show off their work. They are pleased with what they have accomplished and (I believe) are looking for general comments from their fellow quilters.

    Pointing out an error without invitation to do so would be like bringing out the quilt police. Either the maker DID NOT notice it, and who am I to tattle? OR, he or she did notice it and hopes to heck that the rest of us won't notice. Or it is not important in the greater scheme of things.

    IMHO, it is not acceptable to point out an error on a finished quilt.

    That said: On occasion, I have seen some works in progress where members expressed frustrations with the executiop. If I know of a way to give advice of how to improve the block - then I will share.

    But in the end, we each have to follow our own drummer and do what feels right to us.

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    As many have said, our quilts are labors of love and the more detailed the quilt the more intense the labor that went into it and the more the person is loved. If it stands out like a sore thumb and is visible to everyone then I would want someone to pull me aside and point it out but if it is just a little flaw that is barely noticeble then I most likely already know it is there and left it on purpose. Use your judgement at the time whether you tell me or not.

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    I would want to know if it was my quilt and I could do something about it. But I know I would never point out a mistake in anyone else's quilt.
    I truly don't see things as mistakes though, everyone's work is unique to me, with the exception of my own, lots of flaws hahaha :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I would not want to know. I'm very aware of the flaws in my quilts but they are a labor of love. Love for person I made it for and love of being a quilter.
    agree ,wholeheartedly.

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    Love this quilt. Beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301
    I would prolly want to know but would not fix it after it was all quilted. Here is one that took forever to make and a friend found a mistake when I put it on my blog.

    It is staying there because I did heavy quilting. I still love it.
    I found it, but had you not said anything I would not have noticed. Edie

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    in amish quilting they put in a turned block or some (error) in every quilt, because they know only god can do perfect. when i post quillt pictures i know where my mixups are...i have finished binding a quilt, washed and dried it and only then noticed something that suddenly seems HUGE but i've never thought of it ruining anything...i'm not amish, but im far from perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    I think I would most certainly want to know if it was in design wall stage or even if pieced but not yet quilted. Once it's quilted, there's not much you can do about it, and at that point all I would want to hear is that you love the way I incorporated that one unique block to make the work so much more interesting and personal ;)

    RST
    I agree wholeheartedly. Before it was quilted, I would consider it a learning experience. After it was quilted, I might not love it anymore and I'd probably cry. :(

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    I probably would not say anything--I just finished a BOM quilt where I put one of the blocks together with points going exactly opposite of the pattern, OH WELL--I am not about to take it apart as it looks OK the way it is, I just look on it as a creative decision. grin. good conversation piece too if someone does notice. grin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301
    I would prolly want to know but would not fix it after it was all quilted. Here is one that took forever to make and a friend found a mistake when I put it on my blog.

    It is staying there because I did heavy quilting. I still love it.
    Love this quilt! What pattern is it? And I did NOT find the flaw-it's so pretty until you would just overlook it! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    You will see many posts where a member will ask for opinions on color, layout, etc. I think it is perfectly fine to give an opinion - providing I have one.

    Sometimes, members post pictures and they talk about "the flaw" in the top and we generally spend a lot of time finding it. Most times, it is an error that blends so beautifully into the design - without a big pointy stick NOBODY would notice.

    Other members post pictures to show off their work. They are pleased with what they have accomplished and (I believe) are looking for general comments from their fellow quilters.

    Pointing out an error without invitation to do so would be like bringing out the quilt police. Either the maker DID NOT notice it, and who am I to tattle? OR, he or she did notice it and hopes to heck that the rest of us won't notice. Or it is not important in the greater scheme of things.

    IMHO, it is not acceptable to point out an error on a finished quilt.

    That said: On occasion, I have seen some works in progress where members expressed frustrations with the executiop. If I know of a way to give advice of how to improve the block - then I will share.

    But in the end, we each have to follow our own drummer and do what feels right to us.
    I agree with you mad quilter. Unless someone ask for you to find the flaws you should not say anything. I feel that this board is where we can share and support each other not critize (excuse the spelling) one another. I too feel that quilts are made out of love not perfection. If I wanted my quilt to be inspected by the police then I would state for you find all my flaws. Otherwise it is posted for you to just look at and enjoy unless I do ask for an opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I would rather not know. There was a post a few weeks ago where someone put up about 8 blocks they had made and wanted opinions on layout/border/something. And it was clear from their post they were proud of their blocks. Someone wrote "you did the blocks wrong" and pointed out the errors because in 2 blocks they had mixed up the orientation, which they might have meant to do it that way. So if someone does notice an error and it's correctable (e.g. not quilted) then maybe I wouldn't mind them pointing it out. I'd just rather have it be like "your blocks are beautiful. I like how you varied the layout in those 2 stars. Was that on purpose?" so it's a nice way to point things out rather than assuming I did it wrong, ya know?
    Very well said!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I would rather not know. There was a post a few weeks ago where someone put up about 8 blocks they had made and wanted opinions on layout/border/something. And it was clear from their post they were proud of their blocks. Someone wrote "you did the blocks wrong" and pointed out the errors because in 2 blocks they had mixed up the orientation, which they might have meant to do it that way. So if someone does notice an error and it's correctable (e.g. not quilted) then maybe I wouldn't mind them pointing it out. I'd just rather have it be like "your blocks are beautiful. I like how you varied the layout in those 2 stars. Was that on purpose?" so it's a nice way to point things out rather than assuming I did it wrong, ya know?
    Ditto this. I'm kind of sensitive and I am pretty open about that. If I spent hours on something that to me was really difficult, but maybe you had done it before and noticed my mistakes...I'd probably bawl my eyes out when you immediately point out my flaw. However I agree with Lucy here that there are ways to approach these things without being hurtful. ;)

    I also think that if the person is just showing and telling then I would keep my mouth closed. But if they are asking for your opinion, then you have free reign in my opinion to tactfully give it. :)

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    My bff was still in the piecing stage and I noticed she had a block turn sideways. I did tell her because it was VERY easy to fix. Otherwise, no I never point out flaws. It is a Labor of Love and does not really matter. I never look for flaws in people's quilts so rarely see them. Mostly I just see all the hard work and beautiful colors :)

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    I am making the borgello quilt kit I ordered from Connecting Threads and had 10 rows made and hanging on my wall board
    DD came over and said oh mom something is not right.
    and I had put blue instead of green.
    we went step by step and sure enough the chart was misprinted
    I am so glad to have it noticed before I quilted it . But I love connecting threads and no way blame them for the mistake.

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    I was told the best thing a quilter can do is take a snapshot of their quilt and then to really look at in the photograph... because the photograph is where the flaws will jump out at you. A commercial product photographer told me that when he felt the product display was ready and the lighting was the way he thought it should be, he would take instant Polaroid shots (before digital cameras) to look at before he took the final shots.... to be sure everything was placed correctly and that there were no weird shadows etc.... He said the snapshots focused his vision and block out all the extraneous things. It would bring everything into focus better than looking at it directly. Several times I'd see him go back and re-adjust the display before using the studio camera to take the "official" shots. He was correct.
    So before posting a photo (or doing the final quilting on your quilt) take a snapshot to be sure everything is the way it is supposed to be.

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    My DIL doen not quilt,but she can spot a mistake a mile away. lol She can see if a seam is 1/32nt of an inch off.She will insist that I fix it. I wont and we argue.lol If the mistake is minor like that I doont worry about it. I had fun. Now when I make my blocks I call her and say now is the time to tell me if something looks wonky. So now she is my quilt police. I really like that.

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