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Thread: What not to do next time!

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    What not to do next time!

    I spent several hours quilting this quilt on my DSM, even though it is a lesson in what not to do. This was my second quilt, not counting a small flannel rag quilt, so I made it awhile ago (as I've said I'm finishing all the tops I've made before letting myself piece news ones). I'm not sure how I got so many things wrong on this quilt....or worse, why I left it that way. The mistakes don't show at a glance and it was only when I was quilting it -- and past the point of no return -- that I noticed that the sashing does not always line up, and some of the orange pieces are not the same size. That has to be a seaming problem but also, I can only assume that I didn't square up my blocks before putting them together. And how I got the sashing so out of line and left it that way, I have no idea. I think we sometimes develop blind spots when working on something and just can't see our goofs. At least that's what I'm telling myself about this one.

    To make matters worse I got the back on crooked. I tried a new method of sandwiching and thought I had the top and back lined up but, guess what? I didn't! Didn't know that either until the thing was halfway quilted and I just was not going to rip out and start over, especially since by that time I'd realized the top was kind of a mess, too. Next time, though, I'm going to worry less about that 2 or 3 inches of batting and back extending beyond the top and more about making sure the top and back absolutely line up.

    I loved the fabrics in this quilt, too, while I was making it, so needless to say I'm disappointed. But I'll keep it around to remind me to be more observant and more careful when putting a quilt together, both top and sandwich.

    I'm posting these photos anyway because my errors may help someone else. I'm not that proud. I have other things I've done well so this "failure" won't ruin my life or keep me from making others.

    Thanks for looking.....and being kind!
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    Well I looked, but I don't see the problems you see. I love those fabrics too, and your quilting is lovely. Just be happy that you finished and don't stress the small stuff.

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    Well, hey! I don't see a thing wrong. Maybe I'd better take another look at my stuff. LOL. I really like your quilt. It looks just fine to me.

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    It's a beautiful quilt. The imperfections are not as noticeable as you think. Enjoy the quilt as is and stop fretting about mistakes. Anytime you make a mistake and learn from it, you have been successful.

    If I didn't believe that, I'd never be able to even try to do anything!

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    Where are you looking? I don't see anything wrong!!!! I like the quilt.
    Love to quilt and play with the great grandkids

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    Looks like you managed to hide any imperfections quite nicely!

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    Boy! I had to look twice to see what you were referring to, and then wasn't sure. And when I looked again, I couldn't find it again. Relax and enjoy!! It's beautiful!
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    I think it's so pretty, and cannot see any of those 'errors' you thought were there!
    Quilts and cats just go together!

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    It looks pretty good to me! So the back didn't lined up perfectly, put it on the bed and no one will even know.

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    that's how we learn ;-) looks great.
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    I don't see a thing wrong with it..I think it's lovely.

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    I like it. When I think I've done a bad job my daughter will hold it up and shake it. "Can you see it now, mom?" She then tells me that I need to hang it on a fence and drive by at 20 mph and see if I can see the mistakes. If I can then redo it, if not forget it. The answer is always no, I can't see the mistake(s). So hang it on a fence and drive by 20 mph and then look. Stop being so hard on yourself, it is a beautiful quilt and a great job.

    My mother always told me I was my own worst critic and she was right.
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    I think it's beautiful - and hey! It's finished! Finished is better than perfect!
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    i love the colors
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    Just finish it up and enjoy. Very pretty quilt.
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    It is a great quilt. Tilted backing... Artistic license. I actually like it tilted. It is a great quilt

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    your pictures don't show your issues

    some timed we are hardest on our selves

    l guess the question is did you learn anything from making this quilt.

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    OK, first I don't think you pictured the quilt you are talking about. I studied and studied the pics and did not see different size orange squares or sashing that didn't line up.
    Second, even if I could spot these things it was your SECOND quilt. SECOND, as in you hand ONE whole other quilt under your belt. I think on a second quilt if your only problems are a crooked sashing and not perfectly aligned back you are doing pretty darn good!

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    I think it's beautiful in the pics. Guess I am missing it to.
    I like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt View Post
    I like it. When I think I've done a bad job my daughter will hold it up and shake it. "Can you see it now, mom?" She then tells me that I need to hang it on a fence and drive by at 20 mph and see if I can see the mistakes. If I can then redo it, if not forget it. The answer is always no, I can't see the mistake(s). So hang it on a fence and drive by 20 mph and then look. Stop being so hard on yourself, it is a beautiful quilt and a great job.

    My mother always told me I was my own worst critic and she was right.
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    Exactly what I was going to say, except ride by on a horse!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    It's unanimous! The quilt looks wonderful!
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    It's still very pretty and I know it's hard sometimes when things don't turn out the way they look in our heads! I'm working on one now that I should name - Should Have Done This Differently! I have been working on it for 3 years and trying to have it completed by the end of the month.
    I wouldn't agonize over this quilt either, but it is pretty.
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    I have no idea what you are talking about...looks great to me...we are our worst critics...you done good!
    So many quilts, so little time :-)

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    I think your quilt is great, we are our own worst critics, I don't see anything wrong you did a great job.

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    I really like both front and back! In a quilt there are so many processes, it is so easy to go wrong. You did a great job, this quilt will be used and loved. As others have said, "Finished is perfect."

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