How To Cover Up Mistakes

circles, quilts

Now I know a lot of quilters – me included – make mistakes.  We don’t always point them out and sometimes we hope no one else will notice them.  We don’t always take close up photos of our mistakes – but  – I wanted to share this with you all because I know what has been happening with my Joseph’s Coat quilt might be something that would make some quilters toss it in their UFO pile and be so put out about it that they would never finish it.  I love my Joseph’s Coat quilt but I have been having a lot of trouble with the centers of the designs. So I’m sharing.  So as one quilter to others I am sharing my mistakes and showing what can be done to fix it – call it a learning experience Smile

Here are photos of some of the centers so you can see what I mean – some are pretty good, some aren’t – this one is one of the better ones!


Kind of off but I can live with it.


This one has a little hole in it – now I could do a applique stitch and pull it in and it might work, but I have more of these scattered around.  This happens when you have so many oval shapes coming together in the middle.


This one –oops what happened here!  doesn’t look good at all, needs to be taken apart and fixed or maybe just covered up!


One could fix all these centers up by covering them up!! Circles to the rescue Smile


The black circles look good on all the colors.  It kind of makes it look like Daisy Chains.


The red diagonal row is pressed in sections and ready to be sewed together to form the next diagonal row.


The moral to this story is don’t let your piecing mistakes turn a quilt into a UFOtake a look at your quilt top and see if there is a fix for it that you can live with and make it into a quilt that you love enough to finish it.  This quilt is perfect for the circle fix – some quilt tops you can fix by placing an applique flower over a mistake or 5 or 6 flowers scattered though out – over the mistakes and in other places so it looks intentional – whatever it needs to fix it and still look good.  If you do not want to take time to go back over things taking pieces apart and re-sewing make a fix!

Looks like I will be making a lot of circles – but they are fun to make – here is a tutorial I did several years ago on my method.

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16 comments… add one
  • Merete Vatshelle Jan 8, 2012

    I think our small mistakes on our quilts just makes them more charming! Remember – they are handmade and quilters are just human, believe it or not :o) We do make mistakes from time to time. I really wouldn’t call your centers mistakes, they are just a little bit different from eachother :o) Have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Elzaan Jan 8, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your insight with us. In the end, we are only people, and people make mistakes. I think it can lead to more creativity, like you demonstrated. It is indeed a learning experience, and you did well!
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  • Mary L Jan 8, 2012

    LOL. As I was reading I knew what my solution would be (and has been in the past–

    I think it’s going to look even better this way!
    I call problems and mistakes “design opportunities”. Good job!

  • Annie Jan 8, 2012

    Thanks for that bit of”correcting mistakes” info. I’m one who tossed a Joseph’s Coat into the ufo pile. The more I see yours the more encouraged I get to try again.

  • Crispy Jan 8, 2012

    I really really like the circles idea!! I think it makes the quilt really pop :0)


  • Alison Jan 8, 2012

    I definitely struggle with how to/if I should fix mistakes/things that don’t quite match. There are ways to fix without everything being “perfect”. Your quilt is beautiful!

  • Kathleen Jan 8, 2012

    I with you on when things just don’t turn out the way you think they should, that is becomes a learning experience. Isn’t that how great discovery’s are made. I love your quilt and can’t wait see it as you complete it.
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  • Steffi Jan 8, 2012

    Very good idea, thank you for sharing!
    Your problem is exactly what kept me from making a joseph´s coat quilt until now.
    I know that some people appliqué the whole design, but I just don´t love appliqué enough to do a whole quilt. 🙂 But the circles are a very good compromise.

  • Sue Jan 8, 2012

    I do things like this too when I feel as though I’ve made a mistake….although I also think things like this add charm to a quilt and is why I fell in love with quilting in the first place.
    I have been following your Joseph’s Coat and just love it and then just yesterday I saw another in a book and loved it too. Both quilts have inspired me to make a Joseph’s Coat this year! Plus, who doesn’t love the name?! 😀

    Are you doing your Joseph’s Coat with hand piecing?
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  • Charlotte Jan 8, 2012

    I pieced one of these about 50 years ago; my points didn’t match! I think Mama worked it over; she had a way of running a little stitich around the points and drawing them in to fit. I don’t think I have the courage to try another one. Oldest daughter has a lot of pieces cut out so maybe when she retires she can finish it.

  • Judi Jan 8, 2012

    I love your Joseph’s Coat quilt – your colors are beautiful and I never would have guessed things weren’t perfectly aligned without the close-ups. The quilt looks so amazing laid out on the floor. I think the circles are a good solution. Have you considered making them in colors that closely match each flower? They would be less obvious that way, and not distract from the overall pattern of the quilt.
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  • Michelle Jan 8, 2012

    Good save! So much fun to watch this one grow.

  • Vivian Jan 8, 2012

    As I read, I kept thinking dots in the center. Have you thought about matching the dots with the fabric.
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  • CJ in AR Jan 9, 2012

    I LOVE the added effect of the black circles! I think it takes the quilt from great to fantastic!
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  • I love the addition of the black circles – what a fabulous idea, it really makes the colours pop!
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  • Tammy Jul 21, 2016

    I have a question,I was making a coin quilt.I mistakingly made the coin parts a mess. Then I took another fabric and tried to help my mistake. Some of the blocks aren’t lining up the way they should. Different sizes . What can I do to save this.

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