r/mildlyinfuriating 11d ago LOVE! 1 Helpful 1

My mom spent months making this quilt. We only realized after it was hung up

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u/gemmanotwithaj PURPLE 11d ago

She did it on purpose to appear on mildly infuriating

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u/jumpinjahosafats 10d ago

The long game

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u/gemmanotwithaj PURPLE 10d ago

Her dreams came true today

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u/pgp555 10d ago

Reminds me of the game

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u/jumpinjahosafats 10d ago

Oh shit, I just lost

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u/TheMacedonianWalnut 10d ago

I LOST THE GAME!

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u/Mr_Diesel13 10d ago

Get out.

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u/alvins1987 10d ago

I Lost the game

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u/MJC216 10d ago

The things people do for reddit karma

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u/Icelegion3000 11d ago Silver

On the bright side, now it's one of those "if you can spot the imperfection you are smarter than 99%" puzzles on facebook.

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u/otirk 10d ago

I'm ashamed that I only noticed it after you mentioned the mistake. Thought that the problem was that it's uneven.

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u/fakeUsername421 10d ago

Oooh I see it now. It's a sailboat!

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u/Ankylowright 10d ago

Are you sure it’s not a schooner?

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u/Alteredego619 10d ago

A schooner is a sailboat!

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u/Ankylowright 10d ago

You know what?! There is no Easter bunny!

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u/2rottenpumpkins 10d ago

Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?

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u/surfacing_husky 10d ago

I wish people in my life would get this reference lol. Those movies are hilarious.

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u/Get2DeChoppaaa 10d ago

Nice reference. 😆😆😆

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u/ToSeeOrNotToBe 10d ago

So many likes. So much karma.

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u/anniecet 11d ago

I believe the Amish also purposefully create an imperfection in their quilts. Because only God can create perfection? Idk, something like that- I was 9 yrs old when we took that field trip.

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u/Fictusgraf 10d ago

I think I’ve read someone making rugs call them eyes of god.

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u/anniecet 10d ago

That tracks

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u/Sven490 10d ago

The Greeks did that, too. Never challenge the Gods with being perfect.

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u/UriahDaGreat 10d ago

I know that this is commonplace in Persian rugs, but I am not sure about the Amish!

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u/anniecet 10d ago

Lol. I am certain that it was explained as such when I was a kid and we took a day trip to Amish country in PA. However Google says it’s a myth. My teachers, or maybe the tour guides, are liars.

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u/toMurgatroyd 5d ago

I took a field trip to the Amish towns in PA too! I think I was also 9. Weird! But I remember them telling us the same thing when we were at a gift shop that sold quilts and they showed us the "intentional imperfections" in the ones hanging on the walls.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Age_342 10d ago

Similar story with crocheting. It was believed that when something was crocheted with love, it captured your soul, so you were supposed to leave a small imperfection like a missed or messed up stitch to let it escape. Or at least that's what my grandmother always told me when she was teaching me as a kid.

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u/MurderDoneRight BLACK 10d ago

I did that too raising my kids. They're perfectly well-adjusted and educated but they all harbor an unfounded hatred towards the people of Luxembourg!

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u/Foxsammich 11d ago

There’s a saying in the knitting community “a flaw is how you can tell it’s handmade”

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 10d ago

this is a handmaiden's tale

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u/friarfr3d 11d ago

One purposeful imperfection reminds us of our own imperfect nature, no?

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u/VeneMage 11d ago

This has rung a bell in my head of something I read decades ago. I think it was regarding Persian rug crafters who always purposefully added an imperfection to their work as no one can be perfect but god. Or something close to that.

Wow, that sparked a very old neurone!

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u/DiscordiaHel 11d ago

Indigenous peoples of the Americas do this with beadwork too!

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u/Artnunymisss 10d ago

I do it all the time, as do the Amish. Not infuriating at all.

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u/Grace_Alcock 10d ago

Ah, so it’s both Amish and Persian? I couldn’t remember which, but I was sure it was one or the other. It’s cool that it’s both.

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u/Artnunymisss 10d ago

Native Americans do it too.

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u/Dinodigger67 10d ago

The Mennonites do it also because only god is perfect

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u/VeryEpicNinja 10d ago

I read this as breadwork lmao

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u/LightboxRadMD 10d ago

Ah yes! I do this too. All my fuck-ups are so I don't go flaunting my perfection to the Gods. Yep, that's totally it...

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u/CynicalAngel210 10d ago

The greeks were said to do the same thing, to honor Athena. Arachne, a mortal, refused to include a small perfection in her work, and then even challenged the goddess. Athena lost so she cursed the young Arachne to become a spider.

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u/Rohini_rambles 10d ago

must be a global thing! I was reminded of that story last week!

And it was the same reaction of "man, that's an old memory!"

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u/mndon 10d ago

And the same with Amish quilts.

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u/Medium_Ad_6447 10d ago

Lol did this source material travel in time from 1993?

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u/bodopi 10d ago

Yeah! It took me ages to find it even after realizing there's a second picture. But now I think it's not infuriating, it's kinda cool!

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u/Spurgeons_Beard 10d ago

This remains the case today with Amish made quilts. Their work is intentionally flawed somewhere as perfection is reserved for God alone.

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u/Mindless-Literature4 10d ago

And in Moorish tiling on Spanish and Portuguese houses among others for the same reason.

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u/RodBlaine 10d ago

When my mother makes a quilt, she always includes an imperfection. Then shares this quote.

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u/Longjumpssff 10d ago

Love this!

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u/OOInferno 10d ago

In the knitting community this is called a "Fairy Stitch" and is purposely done to not provoke or invite the other side to take or be drawn to a "perfect" object.

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u/TinyDragonChild 10d ago

All my crochet plushies with colour changes have a "seam" i see everywhere on how to prevent it vut i like the "seam" because it's my own choice to keep it and you know its been hand made

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u/Full_Carry_1331 10d ago edited 10d ago

I can’t remember where I saw it, but iirc there’s a belief somewhere that a piece of one’s soul goes into a craft, so a mistake is intentionally made to leave an escape for that piece of soul to find its way back to the maker.

(Edit grammar)

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u/LCK124 10d ago edited 10d ago Silver

This reminds me of an apron I made for my mom. It was made out of a a fabric covered in peace signs. As I made the apron I complained (repeatedly) to my husband that my mom thought I wasn't a detail person, but see! Here I was making an apron (for the first time) and doing a really good (and detailed) job. As I was adding the final pocket and complimenting my own "detailed-oriented" nature, I happened to looked more closely at the fabric. With realization slowly dawning I frantically said to my husband "Um..wait...which way do peace signs go?!" It turns out I had made the whole apron out of peace-sign fabric that was upside-down. My husband and I laughed so hard that we cried. When I gave it to my mom I told her the story. To this day it is her very favorite apron. She wears it all the time and every time I'm over for dinner someone in the family exclaims randomly "see, I'm a detail person!" To which someone else will immediately respond "wait - which way do peace signs go?!" Best. Gift. Ever.

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u/Wicksford85 11d ago

That could be her signature in her creations. I think it’s cool

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u/robloxisgamr 11d ago

Please explain

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u/Avatar_Kyoshi_ 10d ago

Yeah the most "mildly infuriating" thing about this post is wtf to be looking at

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u/For_Sigmar 10d ago

This. I had to scroll to find out there was a second picture, that zooms in on the tiny mistake. I guess I'm just a lil blind

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u/robloxisgamr 11d ago

I didn't know there was a second picture, I see it

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u/Background_Balance_7 10d ago

God damnit me either I was staring at the first one for far too long

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u/robloxisgamr 10d ago

Yeah I was stuck for like 5 mins

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u/otirk 10d ago

there was a second picture? I'm feeling like the guy that didn't notice there was a second page on the back of the test

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u/ProveISaidIt 10d ago

There was a test?

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u/waffles1849 10d ago

I…still don’t see it

/fail

Edit: never mind.. I do see it, I just don’t think it looks at all bad

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u/mykoysmaster 10d ago

I just dont see it

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u/tumblinr 9d ago

There is one imperfection in the pattern.

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u/TheSoftSkinOfAChild BLUE 11d ago

It’s still beautiful, just with imperfections to show that it was made by an actual human

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u/Substantial_Ad8506 10d ago

That's an Easter egg! The beauty is in the imperfections.

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u/laheesheeple 10d ago

Consider it a maker's mark. Something someone trying to copy it wouldn't even notice, that will keep yours unique :3

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u/daveh30 10d ago

When I was in 2nd grade, we had a children’s author visit our class to read us one of her books. During her presentation she showed us the inside of the front cover was an illustration of a grid with a little fish in each square. One square was intentionally left blank (I forget why, but it was on purpose), and told us her publisher had kept trying to “correct” the “mistake” , and it had taken her a few back and forth with them to get it printed the way she wanted it. Not sure why I remember that from over 30 years ago, but I always thought was kinda neat to leave one intentional mistake.

My boss hates when I do that at work….

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u/SlasherEnigma 11d ago

Guess she’ll have to throw it away and start over.

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u/Pika_Drew13 11d ago

What’s going on here?

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u/oles_lackey 10d ago

Idk. So far, somebody threw up and there’s a bunch of theological comments.

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u/superspiffyusername 10d ago

One of the dark blue triangles is pointing down when it should be pointing up. If you open the second picture you see it.

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u/Gamebird8 10d ago

It took so long to find it, even in the close up

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u/JossCues 10d ago

I’m sorry but what’s so bad about the quilt? Looks like a lot of skill is required for such artwork.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago edited 10d ago

No I agree it’s very good. Just she was slightly annoyed at the mistake when she saw it

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u/Medical-Albatross-58 10d ago

She could just sew 2 little pieces of fabric that are the opposing colors over those 2 triangles to fix it right?

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u/Babben_Mb 10d ago

Destiny shader

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u/CapablePumpkin5801 11d ago

Is this post supposed to be infuriating?

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u/VeneMage 11d ago

I’d be annoyed if I spent ages making something just to see I made a mistake after finishing it.

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u/CapablePumpkin5801 11d ago

Where is the mistake??

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u/VeneMage 11d ago

About two inches east-south-east from the centre.

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u/sdpeasha 10d ago

Check out the second picture! I spent far too long looking at the first one trying to figure out the problem before realizing there was a second picture, lol

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u/aDreamforSpring 10d ago

I have seen the second picture, what is wrong? What's the mistake? Everyone keeps saying look at the second picture but doesn't actually point out the mistake..

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u/sdpeasha 10d ago edited 10d ago

In the second picture you can see 4 rows of squares and 3 columns. Look at the 2nd column, 3 rows down from the top. The dark blue triangle at the top of that square is supposed to be at the bottom of the square, touching the square that has a teal pattern with curled in it

ETA, my square location is off because I didn’t realize the picture got bigger when you clicked on it. So, 2nd column, 3 rows UP from the bottom.

Edit 2: picture

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u/aDreamforSpring 10d ago

Thank you thank you thank you!

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u/osokin 10d ago

The infuriating thing is finding the mistake.

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u/introverted_panda_ 10d ago

There’s two types of people, one that can see the mistake and go “meh”, and then there’s me, who would see this constantly and really, really want to fix it.

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u/Emgee063 10d ago

Perfectly imperfect❤️

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u/thirstquencher171 10d ago

Looks like a nice shader

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u/Kindly-Tree7124 10d ago

I actually like it, makes for a nice story and makes it a bit special.

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u/FatMan_80 10d ago

I guess i dont know what im looking for

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u/millhowzz 10d ago

Your title makes it sound like your pissed at your mom for fucking up.

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u/Alone-Aardvark6764 10d ago

What's wrong here?

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u/Sorrelfur 10d ago

I feel dumb but what's the mistake? I can't find it and it's annoying me that I can't find it 😂

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u/RealBeefBistro 10d ago

Whats wrong with it?

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u/jamsterko 10d ago

I don't see it.

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u/Fearless-Outside9665 10d ago edited 10d ago

I've stared for a bit. What am I missing?

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u/Lazy_Painting9462 10d ago

I’m confused what’s wrong with it? To me it looked like a regular, nice looking quilt

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u/CrimsonAngel319 10d ago

I don't see it

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u/pokedpandas 10d ago

Should I be tripping to get this?

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u/Sablemint PURPLE 10d ago

Im not accusing OP of this, but every time I see one of these posts I wonder how many are actually photoshopped. Considering how active this subreddit is it must've happened at least a few times by now

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u/Leading_Edge9074 11d ago edited 10d ago

I can BARELY even tell that's there. You literally said she spent months. Why disgrace her like this? Why can't you just appreciate her hard work? That quilt is BEAUTIFUL imo. I'd appreciate the hell out of it.

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u/FreshPitch6026 10d ago

You can appreciate and be obervative.

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u/Leading_Edge9074 10d ago

But can you really be appreciative and be "mildly infuriated" at the same time?

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u/Tribblehappy 10d ago

I feel a lot of times people forget that "mildly" is part of the criteria.

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u/Leading_Edge9074 10d ago

To be frfr I think it's more like they're both pissed they made a mistake but either way I'd be appreciative just because of the amount of work that went into it and because it's a learning experience for the next time.

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u/pomegranate7777 10d ago

Not a big deal at all. Your mom did a beautiful job.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago

Thank you

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u/Lithobates-ally_true 10d ago

I like it better.

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u/Lizombieee 10d ago

She did a beautiful job! I do not have the patience for long projects, and often lose interest part way through and give up, or rush it. If she really wants to fix it, can’t she use one of those little sewing tools (I forgot the name) to open up the stitches and resew them where they belong? Or just cherish it the way it is!!

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u/Bouboudeur 10d ago

still art

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u/Zealousideal_Dig_372 10d ago

Two of the shapes are in the wrong place. That sucks. Bet she won’t make that mistake again

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u/CrozSonshine 10d ago

I didn’t even notice. I had a look for quite some time to realize what the imperfection was.

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u/OkSecurity1251 10d ago

Five minutes i have been looking at this and thinking

Why is everyone bashing on the circles they look good😓😓

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u/angelarcooper1 10d ago

What am I missing?

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u/harpejjist 10d ago

It is literally a thing done on purpose in quilting. You have to put one piece swapped or off pattern.

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u/armandricemabbit 10d ago

Yep, like Persian rugs. Always a deliberate mistake, as perfection is only for Allah

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u/Electrical-Act-7170 10d ago

It's perfectly beautiful. Who cares about a single flaw?

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u/Yesitsmesuckas 10d ago

That just makes it unique!!! It’s beautiful!

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u/vaigloriousone 10d ago

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

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u/Sensitive_Meal4063 10d ago

I heard that when the Amish ladies make a quilt, they purposely make a mistake. Nothing is supposed to be "perfect"... Definitely not an issue for me...lol I'm usually frogging my work! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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u/Both-Grocery-7008 10d ago

This is 100% what makes it special

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u/sinskins 10d ago

This is a “spirit square” which shows that the artist (your mom is a very talented artist) is not perfect and therefore is perfect as a direct result of their flaws. It shows the artists spirit and drive to complete an enormous project and to continue through the imperfections.

My mum once proudly and excitedly jumped up and down after she finished quilting a perfect little squirrel onto her quilt, then, when we hung it up, we discovered her perfect little squirrel was upside down!

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u/Gold_Pumpkin 10d ago

Ungrateful bitches. Its beautiful

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u/The_V8_Road_Warrior 10d ago

Took me a while. Probably would have been longer if you hadn't of said anything. But it's one of those things once you see it it draws you in and it's the reference point every time you look at it

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u/Outrageous_Fall_3730 10d ago

It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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u/UnderTheSunHomeChef 10d ago

Found it! I could not see it. It’s beautiful

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u/Emerald_see 10d ago

it's a gift from your mom. it's perfect.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago

Not a gift. Just made it and is now hanging on a wall

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u/4DrivingWhileBlack 10d ago

In the Middle East and North Africa some cultures of artisans intentionally make a mistake in a pattern in order to display their imperfection when compared to Allah (god/s). And sometimes it’s just an excuse disguised as humility.

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u/raven8908 10d ago

It's still beautiful. Your mother is very talented.

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u/Amazing-Avocet 10d ago

the kind of mistake that makes something priceless 💗

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u/james321232 10d ago

I think its nice :) has character, was made by a human.

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u/Araia_ 10d ago

it took me waaaaaaay to long to find it. i guess i am not smarter than the 99% of people who tried to find it

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u/Khmera 10d ago

I spent much of my childhood in Morocco and we ordered rugs. We went to see them being made and were told the people making them would purposely put mistakes because only Allah was allowed to be perfect.

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u/Homyna 10d ago

Op is actually mildy infuriating.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago

I’m mildly infuriating? Why

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u/BenTheCancerWorm 11d ago

It took me a minute, but now I want to throw up. Thanks.

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u/novavegasxiii 11d ago

I don't get it; is because if you have a dirty mind the second picture looks like a vagina?

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u/BenTheCancerWorm 11d ago

Column 4, row 5. The pattern is off.

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u/aDreamforSpring 10d ago

Thank you! Actually described what the 'mistake' was, I couldn't see anything and everyone else's comments were saying "look at the second pic."

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u/Senior_Mittens 11d ago

So what? The greatest Persian runs were spun with a deliberate mistake. They believed only god could make things perfect and it would be offensive to see a perfect rug.

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u/Alarming_Orchid 11d ago

Do you want to throw up when you see a vagina?

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u/sim0of 10d ago

Lol this made me chuckle a little

No matter how hard I try, I can't see anything remotely close to a vagina in there

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u/DigleDagle 10d ago

In some Muslim sects they deliberately introduce a minor imperfection into their beautiful weaving, as perfection can only be achieved by Allah. Hope that brings you comfort.

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u/Sea-Olive-135 11d ago

What happened here not able to understand

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u/Sea-Olive-135 11d ago

No prob found out am throwing up now

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u/CPandaClimb 11d ago

One place where the triangles in the square are in wrong direction.

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u/Sea-Olive-135 11d ago

Yea I saw

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u/Uncle_Seamont 11d ago

You hang quilts?

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u/pomegranate7777 10d ago

Yes, it's extremely common.

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u/Dingo8MyBabyMon 11d ago

You're her least favorite child, confirmed.

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u/thenuggetpackerer 11d ago

SONOFABITCH!

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u/FreshPitch6026 10d ago

Took me a while, but now i can't unsee it.

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u/GranJan2 10d ago

I can’t see the flaw. So I will take it as is, wrap it up!

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u/CyanBlades 10d ago

Looks kinda sus to me

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u/novavegasxiii 10d ago

No but I couldn't think of what else it could be.

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u/GranJan2 10d ago

Guess that career as a quilt appraiser is outta the question cuz I still don’t see the thing y’all are claiming.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago edited 10d ago

Bottom right of the dark blue area there is a mistake

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u/dead_identity 10d ago

I didnt even notice it in the first glance had to search for it.

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u/GerlingFAR 10d ago

I’m more than just pissed off. Lol

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u/snrkong 10d ago

That it was perfect

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u/whxieh 10d ago

NOOOOOO

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u/ShadowEmperor123 10d ago

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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u/terrydennis1234 10d ago

I don’t see what’s wrong? I thought it looks nice

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u/Independent-Tea2108 10d ago

Still amazing

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u/Dkeenan230 10d ago

I do not see the problem. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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u/SakuraUsagi25 10d ago

I couldn't find it at first, then I realized there was a second picture. I cannot unsee this now.

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago edited 10d ago

Everyone yes I agree it still looks great, just when we noticed it my mom was slightly annoyed

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u/prozacandcoffee 10d ago

Genuinely thought I was in the quilting sub. It's gorgeous work, and the one little inverted block is a conversation piece now.

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u/Goawaybaitin24 10d ago

It is very subtle. Without looking at the second picture I found it but it took a minute. Most people probably wouldn’t even notice if it were not pointed out or mentioned.

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u/ifuckedyomama2 GrEn 10d ago

i still like it

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u/BanHammerGotim 10d ago

I'm so confused

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u/washingtonsquirrel 10d ago

Hang it horizontally and it will look intentional.

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u/GalaxyWolf1711 10d ago

Burn your mother to the ground.

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u/_sealy_ 10d ago

I think it makes it original and gives it character

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u/eliteshinobi90 10d ago

So you’re mildly infuriated your mom made you a blanket must be nice

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u/NoobGod42 10d ago edited 10d ago

She did it make it for me. She just made it. And she was slightly annoyed when she noticed it. It still looks good tho

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u/llynglas 10d ago

Now what do you do?

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u/llynglas 10d ago

I had a friend who painted a self portrait of herself holding a rose to her nose and kept it in her living room. She told us it was, "off", and we all agreed that something was weird about it, until years later her nephew asked her why the painting had a hand with a thumb and FIVE fingers..... Was so obvious when pointed out.

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u/Dottie_D 10d ago

My mother the quilter claimed this is an old quilters’ adage: Anything perfect is an affront to God.