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    Are Your Quilts Perfect?

    For those of you who sell your quilts, are they always perfect? My family is after me to sell some of mine, but none are ever perfect and I feel like they have to be in order to sell them. There is always a couple logs in a log cabin the wrong color, or a cat in a row of cats that is sitting crooked or points not matched, or some such flaw and I just feel that makes it not quality to sell. What do you think?
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    I do not think any quilt is perfect

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    Have you seen the cheap knock offs. They are in no way perfect.

    I think you should do what your comfortable with doing.

    And, what you don't think of as perfect, someone else may just love what you have done.
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    I don't sell quilts, but the buyer has an opportunity to look over the quilt before buying, so it's not like there's some hidden flaw found post-purchase. It might not be worth it if it's going to bother you, but I don't think most people would even consider those things flaws.

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    I sell some of mine. Are they perfect? No! I always find a minor flaw somewhere. We are our own worst critics. If I find something that can be fixed before I quilt it, then I will correct it. I have had no complaints. Unless your a robot no one is perfect.
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    Ii think if the buyer has had a chance to look the quilt over carefully - and knows what the batting is - then if the buyer wants it and you are willing to sell it - why not?

    As far as "perfect"? Probably not - but - there are, IMO, various degrees of "quality/workmanship" - excellent, very good, good, fair, poor, and very poor.

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    Over the years I have concluded that the imperfections in hand-made quilts contribute to their warmth and charm. Commercially made quilts may be perfect, but they lack a certain "human" quality.

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    Nothing in Nature is perfect. even us. look them over again. they are beautiful!

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    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The color and/or design appeals to the eye which is unique to each of us. But will they pay the price of a homemade one of a kind of quilt. Fabric, thread and time along with love goes into each quilt we stitch...not many are willing to pay the price for that. I make only for family and close friends and 'gift' them to certain individuals because I am too slow to try and sell any. I think I am in 'awe' of those who do run a successful business in the quilting world; whether it be authors of quilt books, run their own store or LA business. Maybe you can do what you want to do and enjoy every minute of it...look closely at small business ventures and see if there is a class offered near you on the subject. Its very educational and tells you how to avoid some common mistakes.

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    I give quilts to friends and families and I sell them to others, too. They are well taken and no one has ever not taken any of them and the ones that I sell are pleased to the people so I must be doing something right. I retired 8 years ago and since have made more quilts than I had ever thought would make. Loving it and all the quilts have been very well taken and liked. I am having a great retirement, daily and I loved my students as a teacher for 25 years and they see some of mine on Facebook and send me nice notes about the quilts. It is wonderful fun and the quilting board is a great help to keep me going!!!!!
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    Following that same vein....how about the quilting - hand, dm, LA hand guided, or LA computerized? Which would be perfect?

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    My late DH had a saying when I would point out an imperfection - "Hey, it's folk art."

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    My goal is not to make perfect quilts. That would be so useless to me. I don't want glaring mistakes though. Just the ones you have to look for.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
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    LOL! If my quilts were perfect, I would have another name starting with J.
    Life is not a movie. No one is going to yell "CUT" when you make a mistake. - Anne L. Fulton

    I am from the South....39 miles south of Boston.

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    I don't sell my quilts but even if I did they would not be perfect. That would take the fun out of it for me. I don't do perfect!

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    Never, ever perfect. But I do get them done. Never ever sell them either.

    Sell your quilts if you want to. Otherwise, don't sell them. Your family isn't, as kids say, "the boss of you".
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Are my quilts perpect? No!

    I've heard, "Perfection is the enemy of creativity." Works for me.

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    Never. I want to know Why they need to be perfect? I gave that up- it sucked all the fun out of the process and the finished quilt. I don't point out any imperfections either. I fix what bothers my eye and let the rest slide. I have had a lady at a quilt class try to tell me something was wrong. It was an Art Quilt! If it was Her quilt, she could have f̶i̶x̶e̶d̶ changed it. Since it was MY quilt, it was already how I wanted it. (can you tell me she made me mad!?)
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 05-28-2018 at 05:33 AM. Reason: remove shouting/all caps

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    No! and neither am I. However, I don't sell my quilts.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I have tried to make a perfect quilt. Still have not made one.
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    Nothing is perfect
    no two leaves on a tree are the same-
    we strive to do our best, with the best materials we can afford and the best workmanship we can achieve. That’s as perfect as it gets.
    generally only anoth quilter notices a mistake.
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    Heck no! But they are made and given with lots of love!

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    I have sold some of my quilts. Everyone knows up front that nobody is perfect. Expect a few mistakes. However if it’s really noticeable I will try to fix it. Otherwise where the ball bounces I go
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 05-28-2018 at 05:35 AM.

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    Sure they are perfect! Perfectly acceptable for me. I don't sell either.

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    Some of us prefer the quilts not perfect. It has a homey feel and look. If it sells it obviously doesn't matter. Just try. The only thing that would bother me if it is not made well or has cheap fabric (as in bad fabric).
    Anna Quilts

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