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Thread: I was given permission to make mistakes on this quilt.

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    Super Member dilyn's Avatar
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    I was given permission to make mistakes on this quilt.

    Two of my sisters said it was OK because you learn more from your mistakes than from you successes. So… here are just a few of the things I learned.

    1. You really should start with a plan…winging it has it’s charms but it sometimes creates ‘issues’ like running out of fabric, making blocks that don’t fit with other blocks, etc.
    2. Borders are adjustable. Change the width if you need it narrower or wider but try to make it balanced.
    3. If you get a ‘great idea’ in the middle of making your quilt (this happens often when you are winging it), give it LOTS of thought before you actually do it.
    4. FMQ…I have read many times on this board – practice, practice, practice.. That’s what I did on this quilt. I learned very dense quilting gives you a stiff back…oops no, I meant a stiff quilt. Not a problem on this one, it’s going on a guest room bed. (Don’t want some guests to get too comfy).
    5. In the wall hanging, I learned that thread painting should be done BEFORE you quilt. When you do it after sandwiching the fabrics, all that stitching shrinks the quilt unevenly. By the time I finished thread painting the center of the picture, it looked like it was wearing a ruffled border. I did not bind it (seemed like a waste of time for something I will eventually re-do) so I made a frame and stretched the ‘ruffles out and stapled that sucker down!

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    Quilt and wall hangning in place
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    completed quilt (held up by the 2 men in my life)
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    wonky wall hanging mounted on a home made frame
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    closeup of some quilting
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    back of quilt (those little green dots are thread turds where I stopped moving as I made a point and took too many stitches at the point) another thing learned!
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    corner treatment... a quarter of a dresden plate.
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    close up of thread painting
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    Love them both

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    Both are beautiful!

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    Both are beautiful, mistakes and all!

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    Bedroom is beautiful.....Quilts are wonderful...did you custom do the headboard. Love the total look, I collect fans so if the quilt needs a home at any time remember me!!!:):):):)

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Bedroom is beautiful.....Quilts are wonderful...did you custom do the headboard. Love the total look, I collect fans so if the quilt needs a home at any time remember me!!!:):):):)
    I will remember...Yes, I did the headboard a long time ago. just chip board covered with foam and padding. I made the buttons by slipping a little batting and a penny inside a tiny yo-yo and them hot glued them down.

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    Absolutely gorgeous! You are very creative!

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    WoW! They look awesome!

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    WOW oh WOW! No matter what you say this is a fabulous quilt and wall hanging. Love the scene, love the fabrics and the quilting is good.
    I understand about too much quilting. The least amount of quilting is perfect for me.
    Again, this is a really great quilt and wall hanging!

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    Love the fan on the quilt. Pretty quilts.

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    Well if this is winging it can't wait to see your quilts that are planned out.
    If I was a guest in that room you might not get rid of me so easy.
    Love the whole effect.

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    i love them both, but.....
    thread turds, a great new quilting term!!!!!

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    very pretty

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    they are just beautiful. what a great guest room decor.

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    Im impressed. Great job. love the purple and green :)

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    Wow .. just fabulous ! you should be very proud of this beauty. :thumbup:

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    I see no mistakes - but then quilters don't make mistakes, they make design modifications.

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    Both are very beautiful - love all your purple!

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    Both beautiful, but I especially like the fan quilt.

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    I would have not noticed the mistakes, they look great!!

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    Sure looks beautiful to me!

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    wow doesn't even begin to say it... that is sooo... wunderbar!

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    Even though you state you learned a lot with both of these quilts, they are gorgeous!

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    Beautiful quilt and bedroom... you did good!

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    Really pretty!

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