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    I always try to say something positive. That's particularly because my tastes seem to be the opposite of what most people like, so I'm pretty sure that most people usually hate my quilts. I don't want them bashing mine (although they do somewhat frequently), so I don't bash theirs.

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    I've had a few projects turn out to be less than I expected. But I was proud of them cause I did it and I learned something in the process. It would hurt me if someone said, "Your seams don't match. . .Your points are cut off. . . That's a bad color choice." I try to focus on the positive rather than the negative cause I realize how much of ourselves goes into every project.

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    I am personally amazed at the talent on this board. As many have said, something may not be my taste or "my cup of tea", but I can still appreciate and applaud the love and effort that another has put in their creation. To all on here I say "keep it up, love what you do and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!"

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    I have never seen a quilt yet, that did not have atleast one beautiful aspect to it :D:D:D

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    Apparently I listened to your mother as well. However, I also believe that if you ask the question, you should be prepared to hear the answer.

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    There may be a degree of undercover cop lurking within me. However, as an undercover, I say nothing, but learn from others, be it perfection, a happy little misfortune, or major misalignment. If I find something, which, in my mind, is disagreeable, I ask myself what I might have done differently.

    Colors are definitely individual choices and often depend on fabric availability, so is often a non issue. However, I see things which would not have been my choice, but in someone else's quilt - the choices and combinations work. I make mental note not to dismiss that as a possibility in my future.

    Pattern will showcase a technique. Mental note to self: gotta get that one; or, good one to keep in mind; or, I'm not ready for that one; or, GOOD GRIEF! Makes me dizzy, Good for that quilter who spent the time and effort. Are they still sane?; or, nice pattern, but I think I may have modified that by adding cornerstones or stashing or ... to break up that concentration of color.

    Technique: Poor alignment - note to self, remember to pin or glue; wobbly seams - been there, done that, remember to slow down; block upside down or wrong side out - Oops, no need to unsew the entire row, here's how to recover. (ask me how I know).

    Multiple problems on an experienced quilters project: We are our own judges, and are more critical of our work than anyone else. They have probably already kicked themselves, and are looking for a ray of sunshine before donating the quilt to the animal shelter. So I think, "Was the quilter in a big hurry? Why didn't the seams get pressed?; Wow, look at all those puckers! Was this a failure to pre-wash?; Adam 12, where are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riversong
    Im that way about Bargello and rag quilts. Do not like them,Bargellos give me motion sickness,and the rag quilts dont move me at all. But I still appreciate everyones creativity and ability.So one can say "good job" even if the project isnt their cup of tea...speaking of,I need a cup ..off I go.
    I was the same way about rag quilts. I couldn't see why anyone would waste their time making something so uninteresting (ugly). I have now made four of them, first for my hubby, then two for my granddaughters and the last for my SIL. They are quick to make and soft and cuddly for them. I don't worry about wear and tear on them like I would on a quilt. My husband thanks me often for his and the grands are always talking about Nanny making something for them, can't beat that.

    My four year old granddaughter said the cutest thing the other day. I took my embroidery machine and extra sewing machine to her mom on my last trip so she could make some things for the girls. My granddaughter was standing what my daughter considered too close to Nanny's machines and ask her what was she doing. My granddaugher said she was smelling, they smell just like Nanny. Apparently my perfume smell got on the machines as I carried them. Just too cute, does a Nanny's heart good!

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    I have also found that what I didn't like when I first started quilting, colors or design, I am starting to like now.

    My grandmother would show us the quilts she would be working on when we would go for a visit. I thought those were the ugliest quilts I had ever seen, (all of ten years old). I now think back and would love to see or even own some of those quilts. I continue over time to look at quilts with different eyes. I have expanded what I like with different colors and designs.

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    I like them all! :D

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    Everyone has different tastes and talent. But, love goes into each and every quilt. So why would anyone say something negative. Most of the time, I just cannot find the words to express how impressed I am with some of the quilts on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023
    Everyone has different tastes and talent. But, love goes into each and every quilt. So why would anyone say something negative. Most of the time, I just cannot find the words to express how impressed I am with some of the quilts on this board.
    Ditto. I would never say anything to demean or discourage another person's taste or ability. If asked, I would offer constructive criticism. Remember what mother always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

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    I'd revert back to what my Mom told me. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" If pressed I would find something positive to say about the quilt. Maybe gently offer a hint on how to make points match or whatever I could think of quickly not to hurt feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie
    an ''undercover'' cop??? This is my new description of a silent member of the quilt police....someone who doesn't like another persons quilt but doesn't open their mouth and give their opinion!!

    What do you think??

    jodi in leavenworth
    That just seems like what my mother always said "If you can't say anything nice..." you know the rest!

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    I would never give negative feedback even if I thought it. It might be the best work they are capable of due to unknown reasons. - J

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    I haven't seen one that isn't pretty, reflecting the color and pattern choice and and all the love and time that went into the quilt -- some, however, would not have been my choice to display in my house (I am a bad cow)

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    I might leave the group if I got a lot of negative comments on my pictures. I post them because I am proud that I finished it. I want those accolades.

    If I ask for help or a critique then say it honestly.

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    I would never make a comment about another persons
    quilt or craft item, because I am not a great quilter.

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    I'm in the group of "If you cannot say something nice.....".
    My Mother taught me this and she lived what she taught until she was well into her 80's and then she became more outspoken.
    I had a woman look at one of my needlepoint projects. It was a fun sign to hang outside our RV. I did not follow all the rules or pattern so the back was messy. She said "How cute" and then looked at the back, and said "Oh, my!" I thought she was rude to look at the back!
    It is best to say something positive about a quilt if you are in person. I agree you can admire the colors or pattern or simply say I know that took a lot of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood
    My mother taught me "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I would never say anything bad about someone's quilt/work. But I always try to find something nice to say...even if it's "good job" or "nice quilt".
    Ditto

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    I totally agree with aorlflood, if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all. None of us would like to have someone tell us that they don't like our work, or our choice of colors. For the person that has made that quilt to them its beautiful, so lets all say good things to everyone, and then this world would be a much better place don't you think????????

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    I would say nothing at all about a quilt that I didn't like. If someone was having a problem, I would give advice only if it was asked for. Otherwise, I generally keep my opinions to myself. This has not been difficult because I have yet to be in a "face-to-face" situation where a comment is expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit
    I might leave the group if I got a lot of negative comments on my pictures. I post them because I am proud that I finished it. I want those accolades.

    If I ask for help or a critique then say it honestly.
    Treasureit.. I love your avitar

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    AMEN

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    The funny thing is..is what I don't especially like, someone else will love. It is all in the eye of the beholder. It's the love that is put into the making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    Everyone has different tastes, but I do appreciate the work that goes into even simple quilts. I'm sure lots of people don't like my pattern or colour choices either.
    If we all like the same thing and made quilts all the same how boring would that be.
    I have a friend that says "it's a good thing every has different tastes because if they did eeryone would want Verge{her X}.
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