Honestly, this topic was on my mind before I sifted through my new Bloglines posts today and noticed that a friend of mine had an error pointed out to her and was publicly thanking someone for pointing one out.
Pointing out an error in a quilt is an art, and that's an art that I struggle with. It's something I need help with.
I notice things because when I look at a quilt, my mind immediately starts working to try to figure out how it went together, if it might have been a strip quilt, a speed piecing method, etc. That's just what my mind immediately does, I can't shut it off if I tried. In doing that, I am usually quick to see if a block is set wrong.
Do you say something? Do you not say something?
Does it depend on how close you are to the person?
Does it depend on how far into a quilt the person is? Would you say something before the borders are on, but not after?
Would you say something if you noticed it when the borders were on but before it's going to be quilted? Does your decision change based on if they're paying to have it quilted or quilting it themselves?
What if you didn't know the individual? What if you just happened to be in the quilt shop as the same time they were?
What if you noticed while you were shopping just how long it was taking them to pick the perfect backing, pick the perfect thread, pick the perfect quilting pattern?
Does it matter that you don't know them by name? But you've seen them shopping at the same time as you?
What if you really are having a hard time reading their personality and can't tell if they'd be offended or greatful but could tell that when they notice the backwards block later they're going to beat themselves up every time they look at the quilt?
How do you say in the most tactful way, hey I've noticed a block is set wrong? Or do you say nothing at all? Would you like someone to tell you or not?
Pretend that we don't know each other. Pretend that you are the quilter with the block wrong. Pretend that you pulled your quilt out at a shop to look for the backing and that you're going to have the shop quilt it. You've put your time and a good deal of money into your quilt. Pretend that this quilt is for the most important person in your life. Do you want me to tell you? What is the best way for me to point this out to you without you thinking I'm picking apart your quilting skills? Or, should I say nothing at all??
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this topic.