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Thread: how to I break my quilting block?

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    how to I break my quilting block?

    My problem is I get quilters paralyzis when it comes to cutting out a new project. As long as the fabric is whole, it has the possibility of so much but once I cut it...maybe another pattern will show up tomorrow that would have been perfect for it. So I collect and fondle my fabric and dream quilty things. Arrange it into piles that might go together, then change my mind.

    Another problem I have is matching fabrics. I can match 2-3 fabrics ok, but then usually I don't have enough of the fabric so I have to find more fabric to go with the project and when I finally put my blocks together I wonder what I was thinking.

    I have a huge stash that I bought on various sales and yard sales where I didn't buy coordinating fabrics or I have ~1/4 yard pieces. I go to my sewing room with great expectations then after 20 minutes of look at fabric I give up.

    It's so annoying. I have time to sew now but can't get started.

    What do you do when you have this problem?

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    Sounds like you have a problem committing to a decision.

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    I have 2-3 pieces of fabric that I won't use until I find the perfect project. The rest get used. Have you thought about doing a sampler with a little bit of a bunch of different fabrics. I would use a solid white like kona and make a bunch of 6.5 inch blocks(all different and each block with a different fabric). You should have enough of each to do a lot of blocks.

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    You should start picturing someone else wacking away with a pair of scissor at your beautiful stash. If you don't use it, someone else after you is going to. Find a pattern that excite you and go for it! So what if you totally screw it up, it's just fabric. Finish it up and donate it to a worthy cause and start again.

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    Group your fabrics by color and do something scrappy. The first Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt I did required a bunch of string pieced blocks with neutral backgrounds. I had a collection of shirting FQs sitting in a container for years and I was very hesitant to cut them up. I finally asked myself "WHAT am I saving them for?" and started cutting away. It was very liberating. Nothing is safe in the stash now, and I often buy 1/4 or 1/3 yard pieces just to expand a particular color.
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    I ponder this all the time but if I keep waiting I'll never acomplish anything so I just jump right in. There will be more beautiful fabric to play with tomorrow and other patterns to play with too. Have fun. It's quilting not brain surgery.
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    I used to have the same problem, then I realized that I would never work on anything if I didn't just force myself to use the fabrics I liked. Try a mini quilt maybe.

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    what is the worst-case scenario? after you answer that, answer this: what is the worst-case scenario? keep answering this question until you can't. THEN you can cut your fabric!
    "perfection is the enemy of done."
    "the secret to having it all is knowing you already do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rush88888 View Post
    what is the worst-case scenario? after you answer that, answer this: what is the worst-case scenario? keep answering this question until you can't. THEN you can cut your fabric!

    Great advice. Applies to most things in life.

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    I always buy FQ bundles and a few yards of a couple of the fabrics I like the best or a jelly roll or layer cake and a few yards of the fabric I like the best so I know I can find a pattern to make. The extra yardage is for sashing and borders. But I do have rubbermaid tubs full of FQs that match 3 or 4 of each other and I, too, don't know what to do with them. I've never made a scrappy quilt before and I really want to so I just might do that with all of them.
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