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    I have been watching quilt shows for years.....watched them all....Shar, Eleanor Burns, Fons and Porter, Kate Wood, Georgia Bonsteel, Nancy Zieman....and all the new ladies....Donna Jordan, Mary Fons, and the Jennys....shabby fabrics and MSQC. They have taught us all the proper ways to quilt. However, there are always times when we have to "fudge it". I am an experience sewer, but sewing a quilt is a bit different. Sometimes we still can make mistakes and not realize it. How does one fix it? Do you need to fix it? Maybe a short segment at the end of a tutorial to show mistakes and what to do with them.

    Measure twice, cut once.
    Gail

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    When you make a misteak, just go with it, it becomes a design choice if repeated.
    I also have a rule on matching seams, three times ripping something out is enough, leave it if the third time isn't the charm.
    Don't beat yourself up......there are more but I can't think of any right now.

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      If it isn't going into a show, let it be. Most times we are the only ones that notice it....unless, of course, the blocks don't fit at all. LOL
      No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
      Aesop

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        Yes, and I am finding that many of my sewing imperfections will not be noticeable when the quilt is finished. Many new quilters think it has to be perfect. They become discouraged when they feel its not right. Your quilt does not have to be perfect to look good......and the emphasis is on creating the top and rarely do you see any of them preparing the quilt for quilting and binding. I have been keeping a notebook of the mistakes I have made in the finishing of quilts.....and I can tell you start in the middle and work out. If you need to fudge anything, it is easier to fudge the edge before you add the border. There are probably many new quilters that could use this kind of information.

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          I'm with Claire on matching seams...after the 3rd try "it is what it is". I fudge if needed. I recently assembled a quilt top made by guild members. The blocks were sewn on 8 different sewing machines with varying 1/4" seam allowances and the edges of the blocks are bias. I squared them up as best I could to try to not lose points. The bias edges helped sometimes with fudging if needed to match up seams but they could be tricky too. There are a couple of tiny hills where 4 blocks come together, but I have my fingers crossed hoping they will quilt out.
          *~* Myrna *~*
          *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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            #6
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            Wow....that is advanced fudging. I am sure it will be beautiful.

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              Part of the quilting journey are lessons in our mistakes. It gets easier to live with them or fix them and go on!

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                #8
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                My personal rule is one rip, if that doesn't do it, I move on!!! Works for me!!!

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                  I recently made a mini quilt from HSTs. I really like all my seams to match. I pieced this one in 2 sections (halves). When I went to sew the 2 sections together, I could not get the seams to line up to my satisfaction. I ripped out twice. In the end, I made a "design choice" & put a strip of sashing in between the 2 sections. Looks great now & I am satisfied. In the long run, most people don't look for imperfections. We are our own worst critics. Sometimes you just have to let things go. Usually they don't show once it's quilted. Like Jenny says, "Finished is better than perfect."

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                    Oh I can relate. Recently I was complaining to an older friend that the 10 blocks I just made were a little off when squaring up. She's been quilting for over 35 years and didn't know what squaring up is. She just makes her blocks and before putting them together takes the edge of her ruler and whacks off the parts that look a little off, no measuring, as long is there is a straightish edge. And her quilts are beautiful.

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                      It’s fabric - the same “give “ that sometimes gives us headaches can work for us as well. I never figured out why seamstresses know about “ease” but quilters never heard of it. There are exceptions ( my seam ripper and I are well acquainted) but by and large I can make things work.
                      sigpicIf you can't see the mistake from the back of a galloping horse, nobody is going to notice it.

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                        #12
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                        I make things work...I am familiar with fudging. I am not a quilt show quilter, nor an heirloom quilter. I don't want awards, I just want my giftees to use the quilts I make and give them. I want my quilts to be loved, used, washed, abused. I do make quilts as gifts to family or donations, but I am not a perfectionist. Not to say I don't want my quilts to be "right" or pretty, but I am not worried if seams don't match up (I really do try to make the seams work, but sometimes they don't) or if I lose some points. I machine quilt almost all of my quilts, wash them, and they look great to me. In my opinion, if I love the way they look, and they are what I would want to receive , they are good to go and I love to give them.
                        A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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                          Oh how I dream of the perfect quilt but that's as far as I go...dreaming. My quilts are better than they used to be. My corners usually match and my quilts are much squarer, but there is always something that surely could be better. I love that song that the quilt singer sings," I can quilt that out". I just laugh when I'mquilting and see a lump come up and sing that little ditty to myself.
                          I really feel sorry for people that must make it perfect. It must take out the fun of the hobby.
                          Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.
                          Terry

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Claire Hallman View Post
                            When you make a misteak, just go with it, it becomes a design choice if repeated.
                            I also have a rule on matching seams, three times ripping something out is enough, leave it if the third time isn't the charm.
                            Don't beat yourself up......there are more but I can't think of any right now.
                            Totally agree with this one. If it doesn't match after three tries, it is never going to match. Be at peace with it.

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                              There is a saying I learned from my fiance, "Beat it to fit. Paint it to match." That works for me a lot because I am more impatient than perfectionist. I will rip the seam out once and occasionally replace the piece that is being difficult. After that I am content to just fudge it and move on. That leaves me more time to have fun quilting.
                              Theda :icon_wave:

                              There is no Quilter's Anonymous because no one wants to quit.

                              "Smurf Machine" - 1981 Necchi, "Anna Sophia" - Brother SE400, "Ellie Bleu" - Juki 2010,
                              "Carlie Rae" - Babylock Crescendo

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