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Thread: I found the Quilt Police!!

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    I also have that problem. I've always been my own worst critic. I tended to be a perfectionist at everything & if I fell short I walked away from it. My 1st quilt project is in a box with many others, set aside for finishing in the future. Others seemed to feel what I did wasn't ever good enough & influenced my thinking. I see a lot now & have learned. As others here have said: Do your best w/o agonizing over every block when it comes together it's a part of the whole & is beautiful & will be loved & appreciated. I speak from experience. Now when I find myself getting too critical I pick another part of the same project I can work on & come back to it after a thoughtful sleep.

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    Southwest GA
    My daughter asked me if I named my quilts. I told her they all have the same name. "Perfection is highly overrated!"

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    Super Member CAS49OR's Avatar
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    I have decided to make "design choices" instead of driving myself nuts. My current attic windows quilt became a wonky attic windows quilt because I cut one picture panel crooked and there is no way to fix it!. Good luck enjoying the process more than the perfection.

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    No one is claiming to be trying for perfection. Life, along with quilting, is about trying for excellence. It's a journey, an attainable, and worthy, goal...not at all the same thing as perfection.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Super Member lisalovesquilting's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    Tell the quilt police to go bother someone else and the "lock the door". For me, making quilts is a relaxing, fun way to create something enjoyable. When it becomes that stressful for me, I'll quit!
    My feelings exactly. Do the best work you can and have FUN.
    Peace is one of His greatest gifts.

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    Speaking from the same experience, I believe the first lesson quilter(especially) should learn is not to judge their quilts from any closer that 6' away This is about where the quilt is seen on the bed. Viewed from that distance you can see the whole beauty of the quilt but not the tiny mistakes which seem to grow out of all proportion when viewed any closer.
    Took me some years to learn that lesson but I'm a lot more relaxed when piecing these days.

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    Senior Member captlynhall's Avatar
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    Neesie, I love your saying. "Strive for perfection, but be happy with well done." That to me is right on. I'm not one to be happy with slopping something together just to get it done. I do my best to get it right. But I also recognize that all my points are not perfect and every seam is not exactly where I would like it to be. I also believe those slight imperfections add to the charm of hand made.
    When a dying man asked his pastor "How long does it take to die?" his pastor's heartfelt reply was "A lifetime." Live life to the fullest, but stop now and then to enjoy the sunset.

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    Senior Member Toni C's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It's called 'dream incubation' and it's not crazy at all. Once the conscious 'clutter' of life is reduced, as it is during sleep, problem resolution is much clearer. http://www.wikihow.com/Influence-Your-Dreams
    Huh I'm going to try this! Thanks ghostrider!

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    Super Member Christine-'s Avatar
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    Raleigh, NC
    Great comments! Thank you for the reminder to relax.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    Junior Member Donna in Mo's Avatar
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    My DH says the only one who doesn't make mistakes is the one who doesn't do anything. I have learned that the ones who don't sew will never notice that stitch that is driving me crazy. I used to try to do everything perfect, but now good is enough. Of course, I strive for perfection but I don't beat myself up if it is not perfect.

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