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Thread: Oops! (#1 Argument for a Design Wall)

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    I'm making the argument when DH gets home from work that I don't want a design wall, I *need* one. Below I show you Exhibit A. The sad part is, we both looked it over as it was laid out - so in my house at least, 2 heads are not always better than one!
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    Is it your corner log cabins that are squiffy?? Its hard to tell :D

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    Top left??? :D

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    ok, you're gonna have to tell me where it is cause I don't see it.

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    If I see what I think you see your lower right green is turned not going like the rest. But it took me a second since I was focused on the red.


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    Izy, I love your word - you're right, the 4 corners are squiffy! I actually wanted them to be like the lower right, and could have lived with them if they had been all the same no matter which direction they went. The mitered borders are already on; I may just chalk this one up as an everyday throw.

    reneebobby, I think when we were looking at it we did the same thing; focused on the red to make sure the star pattern came out. There was an initial problem with the center (1st layout looked like a swastika) and we focused on fixing that. Poor corners were obviously left to fend for themselves!

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    I'll tell you I just love it and the colors too. Everyone here is just soooooooooooooooooooo good, I hope to be able to do what all you ladies and gentleman do. You are all just so talented.

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    I bought table cloth plastic with flannel back by the yard at walmart........tack it up and take down...........very portable.........perfect for me :D

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    I think your quilt is very pretty, I could live with the corners the way they are as beautiful as your quilt turned out :D :D I think it would make for an interesting name for the quilt, like: took the wrong turn, twisted corners, twist and turn, anyway it would be a way of making a mistake into a new quilt design :D :D :D

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    if anybody dares to critisize it just tell them it is your "Humility" block!

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    or blame it on Hubby!!!(even better)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roben
    Izy, I love your word - you're right, the 4 corners are squiffy! I actually wanted them to be like the lower right, and could have lived with them if they had been all the same no matter which direction they went. The mitered borders are already on; I may just chalk this one up as an everyday throw.

    reneebobby, I think when we were looking at it we did the same thing; focused on the red to make sure the star pattern came out. There was an initial problem with the center (1st layout looked like a swastika) and we focused on fixing that. Poor corners were obviously left to fend for themselves!
    Roben, I know you have completed the top, but if you ripped out the top left corner borders and the top left corner block, just turn it to match the top right block. That way it is a mirror image of the bottom, and therefore wouldn't look wrong.....it is such a shame as you have obviously put alot of work into it..... alittle bit more work and you will fall in love with it again :D :D

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    Oh no!!! Just studied the picture again, you would have to do the same with the bottom right....but more work!!! :cry:

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    S'okay Izy - the mitered borders are on already, and I do believe it's growing on me! I made up my mind quite a while back that as long as I've learned something, nothing has been wasted. I love the colors, had fun doing it and will have even more fun quilting it - and I won't have to worry about ruining a 'good' one when I quilt it, will I? LOL

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    I agree with Izy. It is a beautiful quilt, but everytime you see it, you will think "failure" or some negative thought about DH. I also suggest that you grab a big glass of iced tea, sit out on the porch on a beautiful spring day and rip it out. You will never regret it. I just consider it a discipline for losing attention. I heard a quilt guild member refer to the process as "un-sewing". That sounds so much more positive.

    I developed that philosophy when I was framing my counted cross-stitch. I knew that I would see that mistake for the rest of my life locked behind glass in a very expensive frame, and I would hate it.

    I bet if we could count up the total hours that this group spent unsewing, we could make a whole new quilt. :)

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    my unsewing time often equals twice the sewing time on one project. so i guess i make 3 quilts for each one done. :lol:

    when i looked at the photo, the first thing i saw was a poinsettia. don't ask me why. that's what it brough to mind.

    poinsettias are flowers. they have leaves. flowers are perfectly pretty, but they are rarely perfect.

    solution: quit calling it a star and start calling it a flower. :mrgreen:

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    I think it is beautiful!
    I had to REALLY study it to figure out what the "fuss" was about.
    I'd just leave it as is. It's YOUR creation and I for one, LOVE it!

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    Oh, your quilt is so absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I love your colours and the pattern, just beautiful. IWhen i make a mistake i call it an Amish quilt, every Amish quilt has one purposeful mistake for humility :) Now, it is very very hard to see the problem, and it would be beautiful to stay that way. But if you want to do something with it, this is what you could do. I can see that your centre panel is like a pinwheel, and that you were trying to do the same on the corners. It is only the bottom right one that needs turning, right? I don't like to rip anything out, i do everything as easy as i can, or i don't do it. I find it really hard to rip out seams, cus i usually end up getting a rip in the fabric. Sooooo, this is what can be done. Make another log cabin blogck for the bottom right corner, and applique it over top of the other one, just turn your seams under a 1/4" and hand sew in place. Then take the other cabin block underneath, and cut it out of the back of the fabric, and use that block in a scrap quilt or pillow :)

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    What a clever girl you are Barb M - you are a first class quick fixer!!! :D

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    lol that's me lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    every Amish quilt has one purposeful mistake for humility
    a quaint but untrue myth that drives the poor Amish up the wall.

    a person would have to assume their work would be perfect in order to also assume they need to make a mistake on purpose so their work won't be perfect. soooooooo ... to make a mistake on purpose would not be an act of humility. it would be an act of conceit and arrogance.

    say all the fast five times. :wink: :lol:

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    I'm so sorry. I'm in the middle of fixing my quilt for the very same reason! :oops:

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    Thanks Patrice!!! I had that very conversation with a young lady in Jr. high not long ago. She had done a quilting history project for commerce week. (Broad subject was Sewing/Seamstress industries and occupations) She had examples of URR's with the "factual histories" of each block. She also had a mini-Amish quilt with the "each quilter makes an intentional mistake to show humility in her work" statement displayed under it. I pointed her to some wonderful web sites that Loretta had shared with me. BUT...I also made sure to tell her I sure hopes she keeps up the quilting even though the project was over. Her blocks were beautiful, and that mini Amish quilt was outstanding!!! I also congratulated her on taking the time to research histories, but as Loretta told me...make sure you keep researching and don't stop with the first one you find. :D She said she would to all of the above, and had to admit "it was really cool to read about all that stuff"

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    I like the error. It makes it more hand made and special.

    But as for the design wall ... I got a sheet of Owens Corning Fomular (Pink Insulating Sheet for walls) from Home Depot (DH will like shopping for this) and I covered it with felt from Joanns (40% off coupon) plus a sheet of white muslin to prevent the pink from showing through and pinned it to the back and voila, cheap functional design wall. It weighs ounces and I move it around the room as needed.

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    Oh my, I do see what happened. I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!! :evil: Now, if DH will take pity on you, you will get what you NEED. While he's at it, have him make one for me too :lol:. I believe I'm a professional seam ripper. Join the club.
    By the way, those are my favorite colors. You really did do a nice job.

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