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Thread: Am I the only one?

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    Am I the only one that doesn't use a pattern?

    So here is the thing. Although I like the thought of being told how many, and how much of each fabric I need, when I actually look at the pattern I get overwhelmed. Looking at a list a mile long with a hundred different sizes of a hundred different fabrics is so daunting I just forget it. I have just figured out some of the ones I have wanted to try, but as of now, if I can't figure it out just from looking at or watching a tutorial on it, I don't even bother.

    So, does anyone else do this, or am I just brain challenged? Just wondering :) ~Karen

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    I do a lot of my own "designing" but I follow patterns too. Is that because I'm a Gemini????? Or maybe just crazy!

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    Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't. No law says you have to use a pattern.

    If you want to start using patterns, pick a quickie. That way, it won't seem like a long row to hoe. Or, buy an already cut kit.

    Otherwise, continue to enjoy figuring out the puzzles of "how do I do that!?!" It's all good.

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    I feel the same way! I was wondering if I am just loosing brain cells. I am working on a pattern now and stuck! Got to boost my brain power to get thru this one.

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    I have found books and magazines that have instructions that 'fit my brain". Usually the instructions are clear and concise. The ones that are 'wordy'...they make my brain turn off! I swear sometimes I cannot SEE them! My favorite designers are Terri Atkinson and Judy Martin. My favorite quilt magazine is Quiltmaker. I think sometimes they have their instructions or cutting requirements in a table. Less words works for me!

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    I get overwhelmed also, I want to enjoy quilting so I just do what I like and go from there. The first was ok but the second one was a disaster. I am not letting it go to waste. I am practicing on it with my long arm. But with the help of this board I have made a few that looked pretty good. :thumbup:

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    Karen, I get overwhelmed also. I love clear and concise!!
    Many times I will just do a block I like and make the quilt w/o a pattern. I'm more into traditional patterns and then maybe add a little twist if I'm feeling creative :D:D
    Lots of times you can do something extra cool just by the fabrics you choose.

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    I look at the pictures and do my own thing. As for me this is easier for me and I like the challenge of doing it myself.

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    I do get overwhelmed when there are lots and lots of different fabrics. I still use the pattern, but I buy as I go. Fortunately, I have a pretty good stash now, and so I don't have to buy much unless it's for a back. Just remember: No rules.

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    Are you kidding me??? I can't do anything without a pattern! I think I'm the one that's brain challenged.

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