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Topic: When Do You Give Up on Perfection?  (Read 1680 times)
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« on: July 18, 2014 05:50:30 PM »

Or, " The Quilt That Never Ends."  Shocked

I've been working on a replica of Jane Austen's quilt for more than four years (handsewing- sporadically). Now I've just finished making the "quilt sandwich," and my border looks pretty crummy. It's uneven and bunching. The border fabric isn't quilting weight, because I had it left over from something else and loved it so much that I decided to use it, never thinking that anything could go wrong.  Roll Eyes I could just make the best of it as it is, or I could go and buy some more fabric, sew a new border on, and do all of the pinning over again. What would you guys do?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014 06:18:16 PM »

It depends on how bad it is.  I have a quilt I longarmed last month and didn't notice the tension was screwed up til I was nearly done.  It is REALLY bad on the back.  I'm going to have to sit down and rip all of it out and it makes me so angry every time I think about it...not to mention the extra $ I will have to pay to rent the longarm to redo it.  Angry   But it really looks awful and I know I couldn't live with it.  I have let smaller things go on other quilts though...piecing that doesn't quite match up or bits that pull a little from when I eased them.  The question is, will it bother YOU?  My other "gut check" is if my non sewing friends would notice.  If they would, I definitely fix it.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2014 06:19:46 PM by donniesgirl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

I am collecting cotton Hawaiian fabric scraps for a quilt if you wanted to send any my way!
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014 06:31:29 AM »

That tip about whether non-sewing friends would notice is a good one. I think that the "bunching" is actually wrinkles in the fabric, upon closer inspection, which should come out when I iron.  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014 08:09:23 AM »

As donniesgirl mentioned, it comes down to your tolerance.  Without a picture I can't say for sure.  I've ripped out some wavy piecing and left others.  For the most part I don't expect perfection - I'm a person and I make errors.  If some points don't match up I'm good with that, but if most of them don't then I'm doing something wrong and I'll rework it.

Donniesgirl, I'm sorry about the tension issue.  Ripping a little sucks, but ripping everything is horrible.  I'm conflicted when that stuff happens.  On the one hand I'm angry at myself for not checking before I got too far, but on the other I feel sorry for myself for having to do it all over.  Hopefully the second time will be much smoother!

There's one in every family, and I'm an only child.
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2014 11:12:28 AM »

As soon as I start working..LOL....I know it won't be perfect so I don't stress over it. I do my best and that's that.
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