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Chelle
#1 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 2:36:23 PM(UTC)
Chelle

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I am sure we have all grown in our quilting abilities.   As such was there ever a technique or pattern that you really loved the outcome of but you felt you wouldn't do well at?

Over time have you attempted that technique or pattern? If so, what are some tips you have for others that may be overwhelmed in trying out something they love from afar?

If not, is there a specific thing about that technique or pattern that holds you back? Perhaps someone else here has some tips to help you push through and achieve said technique/pattern.  

As long as I'm breathin', there's no bad days.~ Alabama
Chelle
#2 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:11:11 PM(UTC)
Chelle

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I love the quilt pattern Eureka by Jackie Robinson.  I started working on it but passed the pattern on to someone else.  Eureka and the Farm Girl Vintage patterns have a similar feature I struggle to deal with... working with tiny fabric peices to make blocks.  I love the blocks and the quilts but I get so very frustrated working with tiny pieces of fabric.

As long as I'm breathin', there's no bad days.~ Alabama
Eponine1984
#3 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:18:24 PM(UTC)
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What holds me back is wanting to be perfect from the start. I resisted free-motion quilting for quite awhile because I saw so many perfect examples and I wanted to be that good. I also don't like wasting time or materials on throw away projects just practicing.

Eventually, I jumped in on a few smaller projects, got used to my machine, and got super friendly with a seam ripper. I also changed my standards - my free motioning on a domestic machine is going to look a lot different than someone using a computerized longarm.




Well-behaved women rarely make history ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Brenda
#4 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:23:26 PM(UTC)
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I am being held back when it comes to doing the actually quilting.  I have done stitch in the ditch a few times but that is as far as I have gone.  I get so tense that I can not do it not even just swiggles.  I even find the layering and getting it ready to be a problem.  I wish I had a quilting buddy that lived close that could kick me in the behind.

Brenda

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stitchintime
#5 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:01:07 PM(UTC)
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I had to think about this for a little bit but seriously, I will try any technique at least once.  Some techniques are more enjoyable than others but if I really want to do the pattern and it is a technique I dislike, then it just takes me longer because I will do it in small amounts.  If I get totatlly sick of it, then I make a wall hanging instead of a bed quilt....lol.

Barb
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Nancy_MN
#6 Posted : Friday, November 9, 2018 3:02:33 PM(UTC)
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When I go to quilt shows, I am so in awe of the amazing quilting.  I know darn well I will never be that good, not even close, but I've decided I will be satisfied with what I can achieve, and any piece I finish is an accomplishment in its own right!

~On the banks of the Mississippi River in the Brainerd Lakes area~
cv quilter
#7 Posted : Friday, November 9, 2018 4:08:04 PM(UTC)
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Chelle, I can empathize with you..I don't like projects with small pieces.  I have loved scrappy quilts, especially Bonnie Hunter's, Farmgirl Vintage, Postage Stamp quilts, but I am intimidated.  I find that since I've joined some of QATW swaps I have tried new things and have enjoyed them.  I would love to be FMQ queen, and this is where I am being held back...by my own lack of confidence.  I watch the videos and tutorials, study beautiful quilts and sew wish I could FMQ like that.  I think like Nancy, though, that I will improve as I go and be happy with what I can do.

Sharon
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EliQuilts
#8 Posted : Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:14:33 PM(UTC)
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Mostly just depression.  I got a community project quilt done for my off-line guild today, though.  With help of course.

Sometimes I question my sanity. ....Occasionally it replies
Agnes
#9 Posted : Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:21:49 AM(UTC)
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I've let go of a lot of expectations over the years. I admire work others do but no longer think I'm Superwoman and can do the same technique well. I no longer think it a failure if I don't enjoy the various methods possible and move on to something I do enjoy. I would rather be making a simple pattern/item well and with enjoyment than something more complicated and struggle all the way. Life is too short! As I get older I have gotten smarter, at least as far as where I find inner happiness.

Agnes in NW Ontario, Canada
Chelle
#10 Posted : Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:30:52 AM(UTC)
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Well thanks to a friend, I am going to be trying my hand at the quilt I love but couldn't push through to do.  I need to order my fabrics and the pattern, and I am not going to try and rush to get it done.  I think this will be a long term project so that I don't get super overwhelmed.   I will need to find a way to keep everything organized once cutting begins :)

As long as I'm breathin', there's no bad days.~ Alabama
GardenGal
#11 Posted : Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:01:50 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Brenda Go to Quoted Post

I am being held back when it comes to doing the actually quilting.  I have done stitch in the ditch a few times but that is as far as I have gone.  I get so tense that I can not do it not even just swiggles.  I even find the layering and getting it ready to be a problem.  I wish I had a quilting buddy that lived close that could kick me in the behind.

1.  make some Small quilts..   ones you can donate to shelters or vets..  you can even just sandwich 2 pieces of fabric you no longer want.    ( knowing these are for dogs and cats should release lots of your tension from wanting and  expecting perfection )

2.  Find that website that offers directions/videos on quilting a different pattern each day  and attempt 4-8 patterns per quilt.   Mentally or even with a temporary marker, divide up the quilt in sections and quilt something different in each section.   Like swirls in section one,  hearts in section two,  pebbles in section three..  etc.   

3.  Once you feel a bit better about free motion quilting,  make sure you practice the pattern you want to do on your real quilt on one of the animal quilts.   By the time you've quilted the smaller quilt, you'll be better at the pattern and should you change your mind, you won't have to pick it out of the real quilt.

4.  Make sure you wear gloves.  THEY DO make a huge difference in controlling the quilt, even the small quilts.  You don't have to buy quilt gloves either, you can find gloves every where with rubber dots on them...  hardware, gardening.. 

5.  RELAX - if you are tense, it won't be fun or work.  If you are a wine drinker, now might be time for a glass.   After a few sucesses you will find, it's NOT that hard and there will be some ' go to ' quilting patterns that you can do in your sleep.   If a pattern is 'too hard', pick another one.  ;)

Wish I was there to kick you in the bottom.      



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Eponine1984
#12 Posted : Monday, November 26, 2018 2:01:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GardenGal Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Brenda Go to Quoted Post

I am being held back when it comes to doing the actually quilting.  I have done stitch in the ditch a few times but that is as far as I have gone.  I get so tense that I can not do it not even just swiggles.  I even find the layering and getting it ready to be a problem.  I wish I had a quilting buddy that lived close that could kick me in the behind.

1.  make some Small quilts..   ones you can donate to shelters or vets..  you can even just sandwich 2 pieces of fabric you no longer want.    ( knowing these are for dogs and cats should release lots of your tension from wanting and  expecting perfection )

2.  Find that website that offers directions/videos on quilting a different pattern each day  and attempt 4-8 patterns per quilt.   Mentally or even with a temporary marker, divide up the quilt in sections and quilt something different in each section.   Like swirls in section one,  hearts in section two,  pebbles in section three..  etc.   

3.  Once you feel a bit better about free motion quilting,  make sure you practice the pattern you want to do on your real quilt on one of the animal quilts.   By the time you've quilted the smaller quilt, you'll be better at the pattern and should you change your mind, you won't have to pick it out of the real quilt.

4.  Make sure you wear gloves.  THEY DO make a huge difference in controlling the quilt, even the small quilts.  You don't have to buy quilt gloves either, you can find gloves every where with rubber dots on them...  hardware, gardening.. 

5.  RELAX - if you are tense, it won't be fun or work.  If you are a wine drinker, now might be time for a glass.   After a few sucesses you will find, it's NOT that hard and there will be some ' go to ' quilting patterns that you can do in your sleep.   If a pattern is 'too hard', pick another one.  ;)

Wish I was there to kick you in the bottom.      

 

Wonderful quilting tips, GG! Another thing to keep in mind - when you're quilting, your face is super close to your stitching and every mistake seems glaringly obvious. Take a step back, and it's amazing how even obvious mistakes (a pointy loop or crossed meandering) disappear.

Go slow, especially when you're starting. Broken needles and broken threads are more likely to happen when you're trying to move your hands too fast. Slow hands, slow feet.

Some of my first quilting attempts were orphan blocks that I layered and then turned into microwave rice bags. Use cotton batting, quilt, fold in half right sides together, sew around leaving a space for turning. Fill with rice to desired fullness, tuck in seam allowance, and top stitch. Microwave for 30 seconds, squish around a bit - perfect for sore muscles. And trust me, no one cares about the quality of your stitching when they're heating a stiff neck.




Well-behaved women rarely make history ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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