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Thread: How can I make so many mistakes?

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    Junior Member dallen4350's Avatar
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    How can I make so many mistakes with one small table runner?

    1) Making a back that somehow didn't exactly match the front, so when I FMQ the strips on the front, it didn't stay in the corresponding strips on the back. I used the same ruler, same machine, etc. So why was it different?
    2) Using birthing method instead of using binding. So you can see a little of the back on the front and vice versa.
    3) Bad FMQ. Probably should have just tried to stipple, which doesn't show when you wobble as much.

    At least I used leftovers from my stash, so it didn't cost me anything.

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    I think maybe you are being too hard on yourself. I love your table runner. I admire your FMQ. I could only dream of doing so well. Your colors are wonderful. The pattern you chose is so fun to do! Job Well Done:)

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    I think it is very pretty. The only table runner I've ever made was so awful I threw it away.

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    Your table runner looks very nice.
    FMQ only gets better with practice. The more you do, the better it will look.
    When you practice FMQ, you might find the results more pleasing if you use a thread colour that blends more with your fabric. Once you are happy with the results, you can try threads with more contrast.
    I personally like to use varigated thread, especially King Tut. That way, I get some that blends and some that contrasts more.

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    I think it's very pretty

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    It looks great, love the pattern

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    I think it is very pretty.

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    I think you are being too hard on yourself as we all are sometimes. It looks great so enjoy it!

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    Looks fine to me or to quote my loved nanna "a blind man on a galloping horse wouldn't see it". I think you are maybe judging yourself too harshly. Stand back and look at it then you'll see what we see in the photo. As for FMQ, at least you are having a go. Good for you. Wish mine was half as good. As for the back and the front not matching it's back to that scant 1/4 inch. To match up something with that many seams you have to be spot on. Even being out by 1/16" would add up over all those seams.
    All that being said I still like your runner but perversely I like the back best. Not much of a floral girl. Love real flowers.

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    You are too hard on yourself! I love it!

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    I think it's beautiful! You are being to hard on yourself, like someone else said!

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    I donít see anything wrong with it and I even squinted LOL! :-D It is lovely!! You did a nice job. :thumbup:

    EDIT: P.S. Love your avatar!

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    I don't see anything wrong with your table runner. Looks great. I have not been able to FMQ. I guess I just like to tie my stuff. I did make one to see in the middle of the talbe for Christmas but was not such a great deal.

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    If you think it so bad then I can help; it would go so great in my living room. You did a great job with the color selection and the quilting. I look at things that are learning tools. Even when I make mistakes then I learn what not or what to do the next time. My one teacher says we make more mistakes the more we learn because we don't pay as much attention to some things. So if you made as many mistakes as you think you did (I couldn't see them, but that is just me) then you must be really learning alot.

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    I think your table runner is very nice. The "birthing method" sounds easy but it's not. You think that it will be done and you won't have to put binding on but I am never satisfied with the result. No matter how carefully you pin and quilt it, there always seems to be some fabric along the edge that doesn't match up. Maybe it's just me but I like binding better.

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    If you never practice, you will never get better. That being said, just looking at the photo, it looks great! And since it was free, so much the better. Enjoy it, use it, don't be afraid something awful will happen to it, and try another one!

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    You are your own worst critic. It is fine!!!!!!

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    Looks good enough to me !! I like it!!

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    When I was complaining about my mistakes & pointing them out, my mentor told me to lay the project down and look at it from 10ft. It did help me to see that I did not do such a bad job after all and that I could learn from my mistakes...your pic looks great!! Love the colors!!

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    We are our worst critics, its looks fine.

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    Definitely being to hard on yourself, your runner is lovely~

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    I don't see anything wrong! I think it's lovely and congrats on the fmq - I've yet to get the courage to try it :)

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    It looks great! Quit being so hard on yourself!

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    I think it is a great runner, beautiful color choices and the FMQ is fine!

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    Seriously, it's way better then I would do. I look like a drunk on Saturday after closing time.

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