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Thread: Can't Follow Patterns

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    Member Jennoh2's Avatar
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    I've recently begun quilting, first quilt was yellow brick road which I hated after using too many fabrics. Now, I have begun "making up" my own designs as I go because I either get bored or just can't figure out what a pattern is telling me to do. The other problem I have is making my seams stay at 1/4 - no matter how I try, something gets messed up along the way. Am attaching a couple of my projects so all of you can give me advice.

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    Your quilts are beautiful. Does the 2nd one have embroidery blocks? You can purchase a 1/4 foot for your machine and sew kinda slow. My blocks are not always the right size either.

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    A 1/4 foot can be a life saver to get a good seam allowance. I would sugget getting one.

    Your quilts are lovely. That chicken quilt is just to cute for words. What fun. I have the same problem following patterns, so have to take my time really figuring them out.

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    Nice Quilts! Welcome from Michigan.:)

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    You don't need help from us...you're doing fine on your own. Many quilters buy patterns and kits and it works for them. I like to take a pattern or an idea and put my own spin on it. I've never bought a kit because they don't usually have the fabric in colors I like and following a pattern to the letter, well that never happens for me...I usually have to change the size or placement.

    My advice to you is to go your own way. Your quilts already are pointing you in that direction. Even the 1/4 inch seam isn't a "must have" as long as you take your wider seam into consideration when you're planning your quilt. And, the longer you quilt, the better and more accurate you get.

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    I consider patterns merely a suggestion. I think your quilts are outstanding, I have quit agonizing over 100% perfection and do the very best I can. I my opinion perfection is only important if you are having your quilt "Judged" in a show. Relax and enjoy the process:)

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    Welcome!

    With work like that, I feel so inadequate .... you could teach many of us many things, no doubt!

    When you get your 1/4" foot, you'll have that issue resolved!

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    It's beautiful

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    This is very pretty. A 1/4 foot would help and you can also mark your machine with that measurement. Are you squaring up your blocks? The center yellow seems to be a little off to one side. If you are squaring your blocks to one size make sure you measure from the center out on all four sides so that its all centered.

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    Beautiful quilts!
    Welcome from Minnesota!
    Happy quilting!

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