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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > perfection rears it's ugly head yet again ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 10/22/12 9:45 AM

I'm almost done making a wall hanging for a friend. There are some elements that had to do with the embroidery that didn't turn out quite like I wanted them too but not going to get into details as that's not the point. I know she will like it just cos of the fact I made it for her. But I wanted it to be perfect. And now it's bothering me it's not. I have considered redoing the whole thing. But I don't really have enough of the fabric I was using and the thought of doing all that reverse sewing on my thumb (bone spur) is not really an option. why does this bother me so much? Cos I could see the perfect piece and wasn't able to meet it? ( that little voice inside you can do better) I know if I would have done some things a little differently might have made the difference. I will finished it knowing until I back it I still have the option of taking it apart. Although probably would be easier just to start it all over again. This kinda of stuff just makes me nuts. And in the end it's probably fine.

One thing I did learn doing this is that it order to avoid lumps and bumps you can iron some seams open as with clothing. I personally think that quilting seams should be 3/8 or 1/2 inch and when designing my own quilt projects I generally do this so I have more to work with and if it frays some won't effect seam allowance. But when following someone's pattern generally stick to the 1/4.

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Date: 10/22/12 12:20 PM

I have read that yes, on some really tricky seams, you must press them open to avoid the bumps.
I also read where you sometimes have to cut through the SA and then press it.
I am finishing a table topper, and used a wide zig zag stitch to quilt the thing, as this was my first larger project, and so many of the corners didn't meet. It sure helped hide the mistakes. Since I pieced this thing, I know I'm getting better at it!

Just try to remember that most folks you give hand made items to generally have no clue as to what could have been better, and couldn't point out mistakes if they tried. It's only you who sees them or even cares. I know you know that, and I do understand how it bugs you! I get that way too.
I have no idea how to get over being that way. It's just wired into us I guess. So, just give with no apologies or excuses, and they will LOVE it.
What's worse is when you have mistakes, and the recipient acts like they don't like the item. I have had that happen. I made scarves for a co-worker last year. Very tricky sheer polyester. Oh my. It was so difficult to sew on, and they were not perfect, but with no time left, I had to give them to her. She has NEVER worn them.

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Subject: perfection rears its ugly head yet again Date: 10/22/12 1:32 PM

Well what I'm going to do is try one of the embroideries with a different stabilizer before I take it apart. And see how it does. It vast improvement will replace them. I figure I can take it apart watching tv. And I don't have to take if all apart just part of it.

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Date: 10/22/12 2:20 PM

I didn't inherit the perfection gene, but something I learned years ago may help. Years and years ago, I took a business English class and was told that many companies wanted a mistake in their letters. They felt it gave the hand done touch and made sure that their corespondents felt that real people were helping them.

The same thing applies to your embroideries and quilting. In this age of foreign made machine work, a mistake may give the personal touch and ensure that it looks specially made for the individual!

Are you sure that this is a noticable error?? You may be the only one that notices it. I'm sure it's lovely!!

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Subject: perfection rears its ugly head yet again Date: 10/22/12 2:27 PM

I think it would be noticable I have puckers, rather bad ones around two of the embroidered designs and one being in the center.

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Date: 10/22/12 2:38 PM

Try this - show the piece to several people and do not tell them that these are glitches. Let them congratulate you on your work. You will then feel much better.If we ripped out all our mistakes, in sewing and otherwise, we would be shredded persons with shredded attempts at things. If they say: "OH MY GOODNESS - WHAT IS THAT BUNCHING ABOUT???" Then you can worry and do it over. Trust me on this.

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Date: 10/22/12 5:01 PM

Do I ever relate to your post. I too am a *bit* too much of a perfectionist and it drives me nuts. I need to learn to let go and if it is not perfect, but good, smile and be proud of what I have done. I am not There yet, but learning daily.

When I did the stitch in the ditch, I noticed some of my seams did not match up as well as I once thought they did. If I had done a doodle all over the place type of stitching instead of something so percice, I would not have noticed. It would not have bugged the dickens out of me, either.

It is what it is, and I am NOT going to take any of it out. Period. My hubby likes it and others do not notice the many small mistakes---unless I point it out to them. Then they can see it, but they still praise me for just doing the quilt in the first place! I smile and say thank you for the kind words.

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Date: 10/23/12 0:30 AM

Know this one thing about quilting: "There are no Quilt Police". I tell this to my quilting students all the time when they beat themselves up over one small stitch or two that is uneven. "Enough already!", I say, "there are no Quilt Police".

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Subject: perfection rears its ugly head yet again Date: 10/23/12 3:43 AM

I'm currently working on a quilt as well, and some ends don't match up either. It's annoying, but whenever that happens, I remember a post I read where someone said about their imperfect quilt: "It's made with love!" The more mistakes, the more love of course :)

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Date: 10/23/12 9:21 AM

Before taking your project apart, I would try this. Place a towel on your ironing surface, place the puckered parts face down and steam the beans out of it. Sometimes steam is your friend. Hope this helps.

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