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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Imperfection OK for me ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Imperfection OK for me
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Date: 11/28/12 7:51 AM

OK here are some pics of 2 runners and my Bunny Hill Design appliqued Christmas quilt. I have been busy making gifts but wanted to do a few things for me so I could decorate. I have discovered that although I am very particular about my sewing for others, I am very accepting of flaws in my own items. Do others feel the same way about their projects? I will display in my home things that normally would not pass muster if I were giving them as gifts. I love my snowman quilt - but alas it is not really finished. I was having 2 dinners with many guests last week and wanted it out so I displayed it. Only a portion of the free motion quilting is done! The long runner on my table have all the points cut off the trees; obviously I cannot really design a pattern myself - lesson learned. Both runners are made of scraps. Yes I buy fabric for gifts and I keep the scraps for my stuff.

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Date: 11/28/12 8:24 AM

I figure I'm still learning. So, while I do strive for as good as I can get it, perfection is not possible.
What would make me crazy is to have a bunch of intricate blocks that aren't matching up at all due to those imperfections that grow. Which of course is why I am taking baby steps with quilting, and avoiding too many points and small pieces for now.

I think your projects look wonderful. Kudos for you on enjoying the process and your creations without worry!

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Date: 11/28/12 9:16 AM

Your quilt are awesome!

Remember: IF someone else could do it better than you, they would! Seriously, how often do avid quilters actually receive quilted gifts from other people???

Most folks simply do not look for pointy points/ perfect seam junctions/ etc. Not on their radar. I certainly have no appreciation or knowledge of .......say.... NOX Turbo Charged Engines in Classic Cars. " Oh, pretty!"is about as involved as I get.

Not happy with the point-less pointy trees? Add a star or bow ( buttons are easy!) and consider them "decorated". And done. Sometimes, it's about The Process. Did you learn something new? Did you solve a problem...like maybe that gnarly yardage that's been lurking for evan?

I've found that when I push aside Quest for Perfection, my work is better. Not to say that I don't take pride in perfectly mitered binding, but it's OK to do wonky blocks or wavering quilting. The unexpected is the best design launch.

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Date: 11/28/12 9:25 AM

We've had this discussion many times. I have taken exactly one quilting class and the only thing I came away with was the teacher saying you can't can't see it on a galloping horse don't worry about it. To me perfection is a wasted effort. I try and do the best I can but if my points don't exactly match or my seam is a little too wide or my mitered corners are a bit wonky I just don't worry about it anymore, life is just too short. I'm doing this for fun and when it ceases to be fun and just be about perfection what's the point? I don't do it professionally, I don't do it to win quilt shows. I take a special joy when it comes out right and shrug it off if it doesn't. there is always a next project a chance to do better. When your friends or loved ones are wrapped up in your quilts they aren't going to care about if your points don't match.

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Date: 11/28/12 9:47 AM

I love your projects---that you made for YOU!!! They are beautiful!!!

I do get hung up on trying to make the things I make for others perfect, but I've been trying to "work" on that. Sometimes what is "wrong" is only in the eye of the beholder.

I remember I made a cute holder for my phone when I first bought my Pfaff 8 years ago. Well I embroidered a cute small design on it the way I wanted and when I took it to the dealer to show how my machine was sewing the seams (so I wasn't showing them my embroidery AT ALL), the dealer made some comment about how if I had used a certain stabilizer it would not had done that, as if what I had done was bad. My DH stuck up for me saying "that's what she wanted it to do".

My point is, I try now to not worry about if my projects are perfect ----as long as they look good and are usable if that's the intent. I also tell myself that STORES don't even sell perfectly made items and computers make those items!! So theoretically they should be perfect!

I make cards for fun and I encounter this all the time. Making cards though has really helped me with the perfection problem. And similar things do occur in that hobby as with the trees tops getting chopped off----and other card makers say the same thing---put an embellishment on top! When I read that on this thread ---I was like "WOW! same thing with cards!!" I think it is SO cool YOU designed that pattern----so cool!

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Date: 11/28/12 9:56 AM

Your tree tops aren't exactly "cut off" per se, you just needed a flat place to put the tree toppers!

I actually have pretty much the same standard for everyone.....if I am ABLE to fix an error without causing damage, I fix it. If i miss a stitch, or like in the appliques I just did, some of the lines are REALLY wonky, I'll attempt a fix, but will not become obsessed (anymore) about trying to make it perfect.

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Date: 11/28/12 1:38 PM

If anyone mentions the trees are not pointy, just respond: "The tree trimmers where in town and wanted to make sure Santa's sled had a clear path!"

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Date: 11/28/12 1:59 PM

I think they are wonderful! I'm still learning too and mine are far from perfect. I don't think they ever will be and that's ok with me.

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Date: 11/28/12 2:01 PM

Your projects look wonderful!

As for perfection... well none of us will ever get there, so don't sweat it. As for setting different standards for myself and gift recipients... no. I try to do my best regardless of whether it's for myself, a girft, or a charity donation.

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Date: 11/28/12 5:38 PM

Speaking only for myself, I know that I want the items I sew for gifts to be really very nice, and that seems to translate into a higher focus on making things "perfect". Perfectionism can suck all the fun and joy out of quilting or sewing.

Of course I notice all the little flaws in the things that I sew for myself, including my quilts. I enjoy them, just the same. I figure a true and actual failure would be if the quilt fell apart, and that hasn't happened yet, mismatched seams, wonky stitching and all.

However, I'm sure that if I gave one of my "imperfect" quilts as a gift, the receiver would be perfectly happy with it. The recipient is unlikely to notice the tiny flaws that irk ME. I make it a practice to never tell the recipient what is "wrong" with what I've sewn for them. I just say "You're welcome!" when they thank me.

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**In a TV show about recovering from kitchen failures, Julia Child's first rule was "Never tell anyone what it was SUPPOSED to be." This advice applies to quilts, also.

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