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Thread: Learning new things

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    Learning new things

    Got to thinking about all the quilts I have made and it seems like with each one there is always something that I "wish I'd done different"/oh yeah, I could have done this another way/WHY did I do that?
    You get the idea! The last thing I figured out was not to do too much piecing with the batting and now I am going to try to paper piece. How about you? What startling revelations have you had? Will we ever do a quilt and stand back and go YEAH!!! No mistakes, no problems, no worries!! (Smile, wink, grin).

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    well, my first baby quilt was tumbling blocks... not exactly a beginner pattern
    had i known that, i'd have chosen a simpler one
    Nancy in western NY

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    I think we have all done it at one point of another. I know I picked out matching fabrics for a quilt one time and when I finished the quilt, I thought, Ugh! What was I thinking?
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    I have put blocks in the quilt wrong and didn't realize it until it was quilted. So they are still there. But the one that bugs me the most is in my DH quilt. I made a Tennessee Waltz quilt in the setting where the snowball block is very prominent(s?) the fabric between the stars arms was supposed to be a lighter shade of the color of the star. Mine was too dark and the stars do not show up! The quilt is still pretty, but it would've been striking if done correctly. So now I either make up a sample block and/or take a picture with my camera to help with the visual aspect.
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    Oh, yes, the sample block. That is another thing that I need to remember. Will I ever get to do one that is "perfect"? (SIGH)!!

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    The perfect quilt? Nah, not this quilter. I gave up trying for perfection quite a few quilts back. Now I look at my little imperfections as character....maybe just a bit of me as I am not perfect either. Some of the oops can be covered with an applique, or quilting over the spots that just won't lay flat. It just isn't worth the stress to me, takes all the fun out of making a quilt that somebody loves, no matter what the problems are!

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    I am still trying for a perfect quilt. After making 111 I don't think I have made one yet. I am improving and figure if I keep striving for perfection I should at least get closer. I take alot of pride in my work.
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    I've also given up on making the perfect quilt. That doesn't mean I don't try for accuracy. I just don't let it bother me if things aren't quite perfect. I do feel that I'm getting better the more quilts I make. Each new quilt I try to learn something new - it gives me a new challenge and by doing that I'll probably never make a perfect quilt! LOL!
    Last edited by pinkcastle; 11-14-2012 at 10:55 AM.

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    my aunt was a Professional Drapery maker Designer. She had her own business for nearly 50 years. She never really retired. What she told me was "The difference between a professional and an amatuer is that the professional makes the mistakes LOOK like it/they are SUPPOSED to be there."
    I decided then that if it took all the fun out I would be a amatuar. I do the best I can without stressing about it. Perfect is for God in my opinion and not worth meeting HIM to soon worrying about it. trust me SOMEONE WILL LOVE YOUR QUILT!! No matter how bad you think you have messed up! Most wont even see the mistakes so have some fun!!
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    i would settle for only one or two oops in a quilt. the last one i learned was double check the back when quilting. had a few nestrs.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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