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« on: March 19, 2008 08:02:21 AM »

This is my new motto.  I have quilts, quilt pieces, borders, kits, ideas, mistakes, and whatever else you can think of piling up in my corner of the world and at the top of all of that are felted sweaters ready to topple over. 
So today I am going to (said with strength and conviction!) finish quilting the one on the longarm, simple panto, and get those final 2 borders on the flannel and consider the top done. 

So I am curious.. is done better then perfect in your world? 

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 08:16:19 AM »

I go for something in-between.  Kind of like a "done well enough" rather than perfect (or just done).  Some things look better if they are not perfect - for example, plaids in a quilt have more character when they are slightly off grain.  Too much perfection is a little boring, but poor construction is sloppy and unappealing.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 10:44:48 AM »

i have a personal 'margin of error' i go by. sometimes it is strict (four patches) sometimes it is lax (oops i cut off a star point) sometimes i readjust as rows get sewn together...and as always i take the easiest road possible with bindings...

hubby often claims i am not picky enough or too darn picky.

as with life i find a flexible mindset helps get you through. 

that being said. i am caught up.  on everything. i have NO WIP's left.  i have NO UFO's kicking around. I am so excited. I can start a whole new pile of tops....

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2008 08:34:16 AM »

done is always better than perfect, it's the imperfection that can give some things their beauty.
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2008 03:44:00 PM »

Chiming in with the in-betweens. I generally have a firm idea of what I want it to look like - but try to be flexible enough so that the darn things get done! A few times mistakes have become ways to do something I didn't 'have in mind' and have turned out well. Sometimes not!!

Also I think, especially with quilting, that they aren't meant to be perfect - they aren't perfectly, churned out by machine, identical, and accurate to the last millimetre things. For me they're suppose to look human made. Having said that I can appreciate the work and care that goes into those blazing star quilts to get them looking so accurate.


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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008 05:00:53 AM »

I'm a margin of error person too.
If the person I'm making the quilt for isn't a sewer then the margin is greater. (they will never know were the mistakes are) But, there always has to be a but right?

If the errors are too noticable even for someone that doesn't sew, I will take it all apart and start again-anal, yes!

Recently I stippled a baby quilt on my machine and it puckered on the back, do you know how long it takes to rip out stippling?

I think the longer you quilt you either become more anal or more forgiving, depends on where you began I guess.

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008 01:13:32 PM »

I think it depends a bit on age Tongue

Right now in my life I am ALL about finishing.  I will let a lot of things go and I think it still looks great.

But I'm also in awe of the perfectionist gals in my quilting group.  I just need to finish more at this point.... maybe in ten years when I also reach 35 ;P

I'm looking to send my Step-Sister's Choice quilt to a new home.  If you're interested in swapping for fabric/scrapbooking supplies, send me a PM.
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008 11:09:32 AM »

I've been quilting on and off for 15 years and just this summer I got to see the exhibit of the quilts of Gee Bend and really realized it's the journey that matters not perfection. I had a bad habit of seeing all the inperfection in my work whether is clothing, quilts or machine embroidery and not seeing the positive stuff. But after seeing those quilts that those woman did with very little resources compared to what a lot of us have that frequent these computer  forums and still enjoying it just as much really gave me much inspiration. They didn't use fancy fabric mostly leftover clothing, no fancy sewing machines, just basic inexpensive machines. If you've never heard of them check it out on google.
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