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    What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

    We all (or mainly all) have them....the things we don't like to do, or just avoid because we feel our skills are lacking. But hopefully, this past year has seen us all grow and learn new things.
    For me, it was HSTs. I had tried them several times, and no matter what I did, they came out wonky. They were horrible and I was ashamed of them. Then early this fall I cleaned out my stash closet and found a project that I'd started years ago and stopped because they were HST squares. I loved the fabric (Jinny Beyer Palette charm pack - 150 charm squares) and paired it with white charm squares. So I decided that no matter what I'd get it done. I through caution to the wind and kept thinking "Better Done Than Perfect" as I made them. And somewhere in all that sewing, something clicked. My seams were straight, not puckered. I used steam to press everything and they laid flat. The diagonal was right where it was supposed to be. I trimmed them a bit because the charm squares were not all the same size and as I looked at the piles of (300) squares I thought they looked beautiful. And I was proud of them.
    I can't explain it, I'm just going to be happy about it. They will sit quietly in a bin until later this coming year when I finish all the quilts that need quilting.
    So what has been your Ah Ha moment?
    Barbara

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    Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

    I think one of my biggest fears has been foundation paper piecing. It was one of the themes in the SS this year. At first, to meet the challenge, I bought a roll of triangle papers. Then later I decided I had to at least try. It finally clicked, like you said. I really enjoy it now.
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

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      #3
      Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

      Foundation paper piecing. I seem to always get things upside down and backwards. I have given myself permission to not like this method...there are plenty of others to keep me happy. I think it is OK not to be perfect in each and every style, but work on those that make us happy. THAT was my Aha moment.
      No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
      Aesop

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        #4
        Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

        Mitered corners. I have hated them but this year I decided to keep trying till I got it right. I still have to really think about what I'm doing but I can get them to come out right at least 85% of the time.
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          #5
          Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

          Originally posted by Granny Fran View Post
          Foundation paper piecing. I seem to always get things upside down and backwards. I have given myself permission to not like this method...there are plenty of others to keep me happy. I think it is OK not to be perfect in each and every style, but work on those that make us happy. THAT was my Aha moment.
          I am with you on this!! I have successfully completed a couple PP wall hangings but the method is not one that I enjoy. No rush to do more.

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            #6
            Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

            This year I conquered procrastination in starting the next project. I joined a stash pot pie at my LQS and made at least one stash or scrap quilt each month. It kept me hopping from project to project! A new grandson interrupted mid year with his need for baby quilts of his own, so I have 6 more stash quilts to work on this year. Then I need to quilt them all!!! That will be my giant this year.....getting over my fear of my LA!!!

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              #7
              Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

              Y Seams! In February I finally finished the top of a large Hexi quilt (still haven't quilted it, but it's on my to do list very soon). I learned two things with that quilt.

              1. When dealing with hexis, pay attention to the grain of the fabric, make sure the straight of grain is going the same direction on all hexis. It will make the Y-Seams so much easier to deal with.

              2. Patience and persistence pays off with Y-Seams. Take your time, and don't give up is the key to success (just like many things in life I guess).

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                Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                Thanks for posting this. For me it is FMQ. I thought I never would even want to, then I did want to but it was so hard. Then, little by little I got better. I am still only good at vertical lines, wood grain, echoing , but still! This is a great jump for me.

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                  #9
                  Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                  Probably FMQ. When I realized how expensive paying a LAer would be, I decided I needed to learn. I've taken 4 classes, read books, & watched many videos on the internet. In the past 6 years I've made great strides. It really does takes practice.

                  The only paper piecing I've done is for string quilts using Jenny's 10" paper squares. I have never made a Y seam. I've watched Donna Jordan's tutorial on making mitered corners for borders, but I still haven't done it. Maybe one of these days.

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                    #10
                    Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                    For me it was paper piecing. It was because of the Secret Santa group that I gave it a try and I actually had a lot of fun with it.
                    Michele

                    to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world...

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                      #11
                      Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                      Foundation piecing. On my second attempt at paper piecing I managed to ruffle the fabric while it was still sewed to the paper. Good grief. Not a little ruffle, a big huge ruffle. I kept taking classes and trying different methods until I finally found freezer paper piecing with the freezer paper on the front (right) side of the fabric. At last a foundation piecing method that I can do reliably.

                      So don't give up. There all all kinds of classes and many different methods. One will click with you.

                      Next year I will be tackling curved piecing for the third time. It gives me cold sweats every time.
                      Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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                        #12
                        Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                        For me, it was gaining a little bit of comfort with machine embroidery. I'm still a rank beginner, and I hate that I can't find any hands-on classes locally. But, I forced myself to try a few projects, and they turned out OK. Getting the fabric straight in the hoop is getting easier with a new, larger hoop. I just purchased a stack of dish towels and will look for suitable embroidery designs. How nice it will be to have a bunch of hostess gifts completed!

                        My next hurdle is FMQ. I made a wall quilt for DH's birthday. I used my walking foot for SITD and some other straight line quilting, but now I have to actually drop the feed dogs and get serious. I have found designs that I want to use, but I am dragging my feet about actually attempting it. Perhaps this weekend.........

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                          Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                          I have two challenges but although I worked on both, to say I mastered either would be wildly exaggerating. Not even close. The first is curved piecing. I have watched so many videos and tried copying them step by step and don't even come close to it coming out right. The other challenge I attempted, well I am a handquilter and pretty good if it is okay to say that. But I can only quilt towards me, not away from me or with my thumb. I tried to tackle that but the results were terrible, the stitches very large and clunky looking and not uniform, reminded me of trying to write left handed if you are right handed. Turns out sort if wonky and sad. I don't know if 2019 will be the year I can conquer these things, or if I ever will, but I will continue trying.
                          Last edited by jjkaiser; December 26, 2018, 10:31 PM.

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                            #14
                            Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                            Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
                            I am a handquilter and pretty good if it is okay to say that. But I can only quilt towards me, not away from me or with my thumb. I tried to tackle that but the results were terrible, the stitches very large and clunky looking and not uniform, reminded me of trying to write left handed if you are right handed. Turns out sort if wonky and sad. I don't know if 2019 will be the year I can conquer these things, or if I ever will, but I will continue trying.
                            Jocelyn, when you win a blue ribbon at your state fair, it is more than okay to say you are a "pretty good" hand quilter. When hand quilting, I too can only quilt towards me. But I don't see this as a problem. As long as I am happy with the finished stitches, it doesn't matter to me which way I turned the hoop or whether I used my finger or my thumb.

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                              #15
                              Re: What quilting fear/stumbling block have you conquered this year?

                              For me it was FMQ, I wanted to do it but was scared to try. Anyway I bit the bullet and made a start. I can only meander but it's getting a better. In 2019 I hope to improve on that and will start using stencils, so let's see how that goes!!

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