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Thread: My quilting vent

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    Super Member btiny36's Avatar
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    :( I'm really sad sad and disappointed in myself....I think to date, I have made 12 or 13 quilts... and I have to say that at this point I just want to quit, give up and rid myself of my stash, 2 new sewing machines and longarm...Really, I just can't seem to not struggle with every quilt I make, it's either cutting, measuring, sewing to assembling the top to borders...it's just plain everything...who knew that quilting would be so frickin hard...I'm soooo disappointed in myself...That wolf song quilt is kinda like the straw that broke the camels back....I'm tired of things not measuring properly and going to together right....OOOOOOOOOOOOH just fed up....My fiance said what will you do, I said I'm going to go out and get a job...currently I don't work outside of the home as we are farmers and I work at home....I'm sure some of you have experienced this, but I don't have anyone close to help me....my closest person is over 2hrs away.....So once I get this Wolf Song finished...I'm seriously looking to set up a paypal account and sell it all of....
    Thanks for letting me vent.......

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Don't give up!!! Just set it aside, go to your stash and lovingly caress it, then pick out an "easy" pattern, pull some of the fabrics that just sing to you and whip up a nice lap quilt that will be just all about the fabrics, not the pattern. That will help you!! It does me.
    I love to work with beautiful fabrics. Sometimes we just need to play with the ones we love and we get a sense of renewal!!

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    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
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    Take a deep breath. I understand how frustrated you are. We all get there. When you get this way nothing you try will work out no matter how easy it is. We defeat ourselves. What patterns have you been useing? Maybe you need to take a step back and pick a really accomodating pattern. Or perhaps you are just looking for perfection? Let me tell you there is no such thing. Give us a bit more info Please.

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    Senior Member MissSandra's Avatar
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    I like you have the same issues with cutting, does not matter what tool i buy to help me or how i do it, something is always wrong so lately i have been paper peicing with alot of success although I still have a few issues with cutting some fabs to big often i can use the other peices somewhere else. I have thought of giving up also but i still continue and at times I see blocks on ebay that i will purchase because i'm so bad other times my LQS will cut my strips for me I'm sorry for your fustration i share it also.

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    Super Member cctx.'s Avatar
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    I feel that you need a couple of weeks off to reflect.

    You are pushing yourself too hard, this happens...believe me it has happened to me too.

    Take a break and sleep well; within the next few days or weeks you will feel much better.

    Then your work will be progressive.

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    Senior Member carolynbb's Avatar
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    Oh my, so sorry hear of your misery. Are you trying to quilt to sell them and make some extra income? I'm new to quilting and just sorta messing around at this point. I see such beautiful stuff and some real "works-of-art" and I don't think I have to talent, patience, time , etc to ever do that kind of quilting. But I keep at it because for me it's just enjoyable and relaxing. Such a shame that most of us are loving it and do it for pleasure and there you are having a terrible time. Wish I could help you feel better. Go ahead and vent some more if it helps! Sending good, happy wishes your way for better times ahead!

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    Super Member suebee's Avatar
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    Is there somewhere you can take some classes?? I love taking classes and you always learn something. Even experienced quilters are always learning. Sometimes its just something so slight that you could be doing causing your frustration. Also if possible, you may want to try to join a quilt group. I hope you can find someone to quilt with really, you'd probably enjoy it more. please hang in there...someday it will be better :wink:

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    This too shall pass! Give yourself a great big pat on the back for perseverence. Then give yourself a little time before you decide anything. You are too hard on yourself. Give yourself and the quilts a break and then maybe you will realise how much you have learned and how much you have achieved. (hugs)

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    Senior Member Kehoeta's Avatar
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    While I hate to see anyone give up quilting...I also don't believe in spending a great deal of time doing something you don't love.

    Have you taken any classes? I sure learned a lot in my couple of classes that took a lot of frustration out of the mix. Quilt University has some fantastic online classes that can give you some of the shortcuts that make things easier.

    Plus - leverage the experience on this board every chance you get. If something doesn't measure right - ask the experts. They were fantastic in helping me get to accurate half - square triangles.

    What made you decide to get into it in the first place?

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    Senior Member Kathios's Avatar
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    Why don't you make a couple of really easy quilts for a child in crisis. The children don't check patterns and seams, they care about colors and texture. Sometimes I just sew together a bunch of 12 inch blocks, or grab a premade panel, and make a quickie--either envelope style or with binding. Then, while making the quilt picture in your mind a little boy running around his backyard with the quilt as a cape, or a little girl using the quilt as a tablecloth for her picnic. DO NOT think about your seams, if the colors are the right shade, etc. Relax and enjoy. That is what quilting is to me. If I attempted to make any of the quilts I've seen posted on here, I'd be on meds. Good luck, and check in with us in a couple of weeks.

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