On Sunday I told you about a box of quilting goodies that came from Phyllis in PA. It was chuck full of lots of things from block of the month kids to scraps to partially finished projects.
In to the box was a quilt top that was all sewn in rows but not sewn together. That surprised me. I couldn’t imagine being that close to a finished quilt and not sewing the last few seams. Well I set the rows aside with the intention of sewing them together and having a quilt top for the charity quilt project. I got to that earlier this week…and I think I might have found the reason the quilter gave it away.
Many of the seams were “off”. Some of them by quite a lot.
See, here’s another example.
I’m not picking on anyone’s work. Phyllis who gave the project to me bought it at a rummage sale from another quilter.
My work is far from perfect. I have things like this happen to me ALL THE TIME!! In fact, Kelli and I were at a quilting class one time and one of the other participant went up to the instructor as she was upset that she was a 1/16″ off. Kelli and I both looked at each other and smiled as ours are 1/16″ off ALL OF THE TIME!!! Usually they are off even further than that! We have learned to “fudge” seams. We do it all the time.
Look…look at the top of that quilt. No one can see where the seam was “off”. No one who receives this charity quilt top will care.
Granted there are some people who are putting together show quilts or quilts that will on display but even then…no one will likely see any of it.
We regularly have quilts featured in magazines. Every single one has a fudged seam. Every single one has a spot that I questioned if I should rip out the threads. EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!
Don’t be too hard on yourself with your quilting. Sure you need to check you quarter inch seam allowance. Sure you need to practice good cutting and measuring guides but even if you do all that, all the time, there are still times the seam will be a little off. Big deal. We are all human….Fudge it!