I am still working on the baby quilt for Jordan's baby. I was a little disappointed with the front because not every angle matched perfectly. I was extra careful in the back. I picked out seams and recut and squared up. And guess what. Yep, still not perfect.
When do you decide your product is good enough and when do you decide you must redo it? This was my dilemma when I was doing free motion quilting on the quilt. I can sew for about an hour on one bobbin. After one bobbin change, I didn't change my thread tension back to where it needed to be. When that happens, the top thread shows on the bottom of the quilt too much. It makes the stitches feel rough. I didn't realize this until the next time I changed the bobbin--an hour of free motion quilting later.
Was it good enough? Did I want to take out that much stitching?
I decided I did. It took as longer to pick it out than it did to put it in. What a pain!
All those little dotted lines used to be stitches. All told, it was about 2 square feet of stitching or about this much thread.
I am getting ready to do it over now and I don't regret my decision at all. I know I will be much happier with the result.
In this case, I decided to pick out, but earlier I decided not to redo the angles in the quilt that weren't perfect. I don't really understand my criteria or my tolerance level for my own imperfections, so I am asking my fellow crafters what they think. (Of course this assumes that a few of you are also less than perfect, too.)
Here's what I want to know...
- How to you decide when your craft is "good enough?"
- Is "good enough" really good enough?
- Do you feel compelled to point out mistakes in your own work when others look at it?