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Thread: Are there anymore 'Happy Accident' designers out there?

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    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
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    Are there anymore 'Happy Accident' designers out there?

    I have been working on an orphan/scrap quilt on the Orphan Challenge and because I started with some blocks already made (over half) and several feet of black/white/red strips sewn together I went with what I had - 9 1/2" blocks. Got the center all stitched together and then started trying to get the first border on...uh oh...got a problem. I solved the problem by adding a strip in the middle of all four sides and now appliqueing either a strip triangle or a light triangle. I think it is adding quite a nice detail I would never have thought of. If you are not a pro quilter who knows how to measure everything and make it come out a perfect match, what do you do?
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    fascinating quilt! That border is super appealing ... and fits so perfectly with those blocks! I wish my orphan blocks looked so good in a scrappy quilt.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    That is such a beautiful quilt. You were lucky to have those blocks.

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    I am a card bearing happy accident quilter. I wouldn't exactly call myself a designer. I love what you have done.
    I know what I thought I was making when I started this quilt, but it has changed several times since then.

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    What you have done is beautiful!

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    I'm not sure how to answer your question about not making a "perfect match", but one way, other than really learning the math, is to use graph paper. I've drawn out a lot of "uh oh's" on graph paper and been able to figure out how to get things to go together. Just remember to add your quarter inch since you will probably draw your quilt as finished blocks. That's where one of the "add a quarter" rulers comes in handy. I think your quilt is lovely! Way to go, girl!
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    It definitely added some good interest to the quilt - It's great!
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    It is beautiful!
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    Make it wonky, IOW, it wasn't suppose to be perfectly matched, I meant it that way
    Be a frog: rippit, rippit, rippit
    Put it on the design wall and pin sew the seams in place
    Add another spacer between the center and border and make the borders longer
    Leave the small triangle overlapping the larger ones.
    Be sure to leave 1/4"+ so the binding doesn't cut off the points
    Throw it all out and start over (although I think what you have is great)

    There's lots of "Happy Accident" options.

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    All I know is I like it, and it is an interesting and very pretty quilt. Actually you have inspired me to go out on the limb, and not worry so much that mine follows all rules, but is creative. I would like to become more of a creative quilter with my own style.
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    The more you quilt and the more random techniques you learn the more happy accidents you will have! I firmly believe that you can make all the perfect plans in the world, but nothing can account for Chaos Theory. Its all about adapting to the little bumps in the road. Quilt looks great, I love the splash of color in the borders.

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    Kool. You go girl. Can't wait to see the next one. BrendaK
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    I do a "finegle" work with it til it looks right. smile

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    Looks great!!
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    I love it. It's zen quilting. Just let it become what it wants to be and don't force it to be something it doesn't. I like keeping the whole experience organic and make it so the quilt can tell it's own story.
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    Beautiful quilt.
    Another Phyllis
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    Great work.....me...I just lay things out on the bed in the spare room and wander in and out with bits of fabric....if it works it stays or I re-fold and back into the stash....time-frame....too long...but that's how I roll

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    It has a bit of "illusion" to it and I like it! I want to learn to let go of the "rules" set by the quilt police because I have had such a hard time with perfection in my life. Trying to achieve perfection stifles creativity. I have found that you can almost manipulate the fabric any way you want to unless it is just too short! Then "finegle" in another piece!

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    Yup! I and a proud card carrier of the Happy Accident Designers Club! I am usually very happy with my accidents. Sometimes I am glad I am not a stickler for perfection because so many cool variations happen when I goof. Your addition to the your quilt was meant to be! It looks GREAT and INTENTIONAL!!!

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    Thanks for your comments, everyone. I love working with scraps and strip piecing. Maybe because I most certainly am not a perfectionist. I like being able to work and just have fun with my projects.

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    Love the black and white with just a hint of color.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    Love the quilt, and I'd like to see a picture of your avatar quilt.

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    I agree with the others. It's beautiful!

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    I love this quilt. Great job.

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    Thanks for sharing you're "happy accident". It helps the rest of us turn our accidents into "Happy" also. Love yours.

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