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    I've annoyed myself..

    I look at the things you lot make on here and now on Quilt Board and I get annoyed with myself. You stuff looks so nice and I know so far most of what I try turns out wrong. Like the stocking I made today...what should have been a simple task turned out terrible. It looked OK from afar but so many things went wrong just handling the stocking one can see all the things that are wrong.
    I know there are no quilt police...but when you want to make things to give away you want them to turn out properly...and I think seeing the photos make me realize how far behind I am.
    I've joined the Polka Dot swap...and even though it looks easy...I'm a bit worried it won't come out right and I'll have nothing to give when times up..

    Does anyone else ever feel that way??
    I've so many many things I want to learn and no patience to do one thing at a time..lol...
    Patience is not my best quality..I have none.

    Sorry for the blah blah blah...

    Just feeling a bit envious of all you lot have done over the last few weeks and apart from the baby blanket I sit here so worried about messing up...I don't even get started..

    Thanks for listening
    Maybe the most any of us can expect of ourselves isn't perfection but progress.
    Michelle Burford

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    If you have the opportunity to take classes at a quilt shop I would encourage you to do so. You can learn so many pointers from the instructor and the other people taking the class. I don't think I've made one perfect item yet. Each project is a learning process and you'll feel more and more comfortable doing things as time goes on. You'll find your strengths and weaknesses -- avoid patterns that you don't enjoy. Look at what you've accomplished instead of dwelling on the little mistakes. Have fun!
    Dawn
    A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.

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      We are our own worst critics. I just a Christmas table top dresdin for a party I am going to tomorrow. My hubby thinks it looks great.Al I see is that the circle is not centered right, stictch in the ditch could be better. Bah Humbug...I feel your pain. Anyhow I am going tp give it anyways and try to see as my husband does. Hang in there Julie...you are not alone!
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      Old quilters never die, they just go batty!

      Your Canadian quilting sister, Shauna

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        Julie, I have made lots of mistakes making those tote bags. You just can't see them. But you know what, whatever you give to another person, you give out of love and they should receive it with lots of love not matter what.

        Take your time, ask lots of questions. If you don't get to make them this year as gifts, you will have a whole year to make them for next year. This is the first time I have made gifts. There was so much I wanted to do, but not enough time.

        Watch all of Jenny's tutorials. She really is an inspiration.

        Pat yourself on the back just the same, you made one. The next one will be better.

        Hugs,
        Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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          Ahh Julie - I've been quilting for 16 years and I still make lots of mistakes!! I've taken lots of classes, watched probably hundreds of tutorials, and have thumbed through probably a thousand or more quilting magazines and books.
          I checked out your album and I think your projects are great. Also think your dogs are so cute!

          When I check tutorials, if one doesn't make sense to me, I click on another one until my brain 'gets it'. I've been known to sit here and read through instructions and think "HUH?" and until I actually do it, then I go "OH COOL!" But then I go to make another one and have to relearn all over again sometimes.

          Don't be so hard on yourself. I know you want nice things to give away, but hopefully you are giving them to people that appreciate the hand-made items and know how much it takes to make something like what we do.

          I need to make a few stockings myself and hope they turn out okay. Sure wish I could help you there, but I haven't tried any yet.
          Trying is better than not. It will get better, I promise. ))

          Hugs,
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
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          What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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            Julie,

            Please don't give up! This time of year we often get overwhelmed, and it's true we are our own worse critics. I know I am. Some days I think I can't do anything right and I just tell myself, Do The Next Thing. Whatever I was going to do, just do it. If it comes out wrong, there's my trusty seam ripper right next to my machine.

            We are all here to encourage each other. Keep going.

            Cyndi

            ps I couldn't make a Christmas stocking to save my life.
            Cyndi


            “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” - Victor Hugo

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              Julie, you're being way to hard on yourself. No one is perfect! Not even the instructors, you can go to anyone of their tutorials, stop on any of the closeups and see that they have blocks/triangle that don't match up perfectly, that they wander out of the ditch, lol

              I did the Floral Swap and was stressing as I have a touch of the OCD and Suzi slapped me around about the Quilting Police...I let it go, just had fun, sent my block. They weren't perfect and guess what I got 23 blocks back that were BEAUTIFUL - they weren't perfect but made from the heart by 23 cyber friends. All unique in their own way, that's what's important, not that each block should have been perfect.

              Below is a link to Gemini on YouTube she has a simple stocking video on the sewing mechanics of how to put a stocking together. Maybe by watching that one it will make you more comfortable on the sewing technique required. That's a separate skill from piecing and quilting...it's sewing.

              Huggers and no more hitting yourself with a wet noodle! Ruby
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtLOTwbLaRg
              sigpic Visit my fabric shopping cart YardageALaCarte.com - PM me for a 25% Off your Total Purchase Code, just mention "The Forum" in your message. Huggers, Ruby

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                Julie, we quilters are our own worst critics! Try not to get discouraged. We all have made many, many mistakes. Most of them other people don't even notice. It is worse when you plan on giving the item away..LOL Just try to have fun with your projects and don't give up!
                sigpicDream, Explore, Experience!

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                  I so hear you Julie. I just finally completed three Christmas gifts and really am not 'in love' with any of them because they just don't look as good as others that I see here. Every time I sit down at my machine I wonder how in the heck Jenny sews so quickly etc etc....I just keep telling myself that it all takes time. I used to cut lots of corners and now no longer do that so I am getting better...HA AND I am learning a ton on this site as well as with the tuts.
                  So yep Julie I feel the exact same way but I think I am learning and may even one day be able to free motion quilt!
                  Bobbi
                  :icon_rofl: Laughter is good for the soul
                  And so are Martha's Cookies
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                    DITTO TO EVERYONE ABOVE
                    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                      Julie, I've sewn since I was a teenager, making clothes, and handbags, but I only recently started on quilts...and I'm my own worst critic. But I'm using really simple patterns, watching tutorials until I have them almost memorized, and I'm trying not to sweat the small stuff. I get intimidated too, when I see all the beautiful work on display here, but I remind myself that I'm a beginner and Rome wasn't built in a day.

                      Hang in there and DON'T QUIT! Your work is beautiful because it comes from your hands and your heart...and that's what matters most.
                      *~* Myrna *~*
                      *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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                        Julie, There is nowhere else on the web that is as supportive with our attempts,successes and failures as the people right here. From day one everyone has been so supportive with everything I have posted no matter how bad I think it looks They lift me up and make me keep on going. Practice makes perfect.The more you do the better you will get. I have seen your projects and don't see a thing wrong with any of them. Everything I make I see imperfections but you know what? That's why I like to create things that are different.If it were perfect it would look like it came from Wal-mart along with the hundreds of identical things anybody could have. Hand made things are to be cherished and are one of a kind. Don't be hard on yourself. There are people out there who can't even thread a needle let alone make a quilt. Be proud you are a creative person and not someone who can't even sew on a button.Now get back in there and make a quilt or a stocking or something that no one else can get at Wal-Mart!!!!

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by bobw103 View Post
                          I so hear you Julie. I wonder how in the heck Jenny sews so quickly etc etc!
                          LOL...It's called VIDEO TAPING!!!...Tape, stop, re-do, someelse in the shop is sewing part of the quilt or multiple people are piecing the quilt. Just like on F&P or any other craft show.

                          You can't and shouldn't measure your output against someone else. You'll just be sad and frustraged. Enjoy the creative process and the growth experience with each completed project.

                          Yeah to all artisans! There aren't enough of us!
                          sigpic Visit my fabric shopping cart YardageALaCarte.com - PM me for a 25% Off your Total Purchase Code, just mention "The Forum" in your message. Huggers, Ruby

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                            Sorry!!! Was I to hard on her girls?????

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                              Don't know that I can help you much...I've been annoyed at myself for a bit, too. Just didn't know how to put it in words!
                              I put in a new zipper in my son's REVERSIBLE coat....stupid....I should have used a walking foot when sewing part of the stupid inner fleece. I pulled it out of wack and had to try to feed it in.
                              I'm just glad that my 9 year old won't care...he'll just have his favorite comfy coat back with a working zipper!
                              ~*Christina*~
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