Friday, May 30, 2008

Errors in Quilts - Part 2

I think a few people took my "Errors in Quilts" post differently than I had hoped. I just re-read my own post thinking maybe I didn't write it correctly. But, nowhere did I say anything about telling someone AFTER their quilt was quilted that they had a block switched the wrong way.

I was merely asking do I or don't I say something when I notice a block flipped the wrong way before a quilt is completely finished when I don't personally know the person AND, HOW do I nicely say something without it coming across as if I'm the quilt police when that is NOT my intention AT ALL? When my intent is to JUST give them the opportunity to fix it if they so desire.

And for the record, I would never point out if someones points were chopped off or seams not aligned...I only point out my OWN inaccuracies on my own projects. I'm not quite sure where that conclusion was drawn from my post but the comment sure threw me for a loop.


9 comments:

Michelle said...

(Being the snob I am) I would never tell anyone I didn't know about a mistake. What a way to meet a person. I bet the friendship wouldn't be much, after that!
Michelle

Moneik said...

I don't think you talked about after the quilt is quilted, but everyone drew that conclusion from their own ideas. I would kindly say when the person is away from other that one of the blocks seems out of place. I wouldn't say it in front of a lot of other people, such as when they pull the quilt out to show it for everyone to see. I think even if you don't know the person they would appreciate a complete stranger saying something rather than their best friend who doesn't say a word.

Regina said...

I had to go back and read all the comments on that post - I think someone overreacted, 'cause I sure did not take your post that way...

But enough on this - we want to see MORE old quilts!!!

Trish said...

I didn't take your post as a 'quilt police' kind of thing. I thought it was a valid question. It sure made people think, and that's always a good thing.

jillquilts said...

It was a great topic on quilting. It is a valid questions that everyone who looks at other quilts should think about. You know, do you want to be someone who points out the errors or just let people go on their merry way with a block turned the wrong way? Some people just can't keep their nastiness to themselves! *said to the other commenter on the original post*

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Hey Jen...that was my comment about the points and seams. I didn't think you would ever do that. I was just "expounding" on the topic. I had a lady do that to me once when I first started this and I was so hurt by it. Now, it wouldn't bother me one bit because thanks to you, I would know that person isn't quilt-worthy anyway....giggle....
Didn't mean to offend by that comment...I was just rambling as usual....
Regina

atbquilting said...

I did talk about after the quilt was quilted in my comment, but wasn't suggesting you would point it out after it was quilted. I made a quilt many years ago, quilted it myself and never noticed a portion of a block was turned wrong until I was standing looking at it many months later. There was no way I was correcting it at that point, but to this day that is what I see every time I look at that quilt.
If I'm quilting a quilt for someone else, I don't point out any of their mistakes when I return a quilt.
My comment was just about me and what I would want, certainly not what I think you might do.

Bethany said...

Jen it's a great question about telling someone their block is off.

Just say something like, "I was admiring your quilt and noticed a block was off. I thought you'd like to know. Your quilt is really beautiful."

I have done this before and the lady (total stranger) was so happy.

Most people are really great about getting help. I love it when someone suggests a different color that is even better than what I came up with.

kt said...

I also had to go back and reread everything, lol. wow, it's been a long weekend. :)

you do specifically say "before being quilted." I think I, as well as others, just kind of took it the general mention-it-before-not-after approach... I guess kind of reinforcing what you were suggesting you would want to do. I know I didn't misread and assume you were asking which option you should choose! we know you better than that!