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Thread: Overcoming Fear

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    Thanks for all that all of you have taught me as a quilt newcomer. One thing I guess I am ashamed to admit but I need help with is overcoming fear. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but my husband offers to hold my hand as I start quilting. I do not know if I am afraid of failing, but I have difficultly getting in my room to start really quilting process. I have read books, have great stuff to quilt with, and read your helping topics but overcoming getting started is huge. HELP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janet bales
    Thanks for all that all of you have taught me as a quilt newcomer. One thing I guess I am ashamed to admit but I need help with is overcoming fear. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but my husband offers to hold my hand as I start quilting. I do not know if I am afraid of failing, but I have difficultly getting in my room to start really quilting process. I have read books, have great stuff to quilt with, and read your helping topics but overcoming getting started is huge. HELP!
    I understand how you feel,, however,, if you do not just jump in,, you will never know. I know easier said than done. But with everyone ehre,, they help, and advice on anything you ask! They are very supportive here,,,
    My friend, there is no failing in quilting, it is a learning process. Ladies have been quitling for a long long time ehre,,and some still ask about things. Just take your "fear", and turn it into energy,, I knwo you can do it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janet bales
    Thanks for all that all of you have taught me as a quilt newcomer. One thing I guess I am ashamed to admit but I need help with is overcoming fear. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but my husband offers to hold my hand as I start quilting. I do not know if I am afraid of failing, but I have difficultly getting in my room to start really quilting process. I have read books, have great stuff to quilt with, and read your helping topics but overcoming getting started is huge. HELP!
    I have trouble going into my sewing studio when it is not organized and clean, I also have trouble making that first cut into the fabric to start a new project.
    I try to keep from getting cluttered too bad, take a deep breath before cutting and just go for it. Once the first cut is done I'm o.k.

    Good luck.
    Coffee and chocolate also help!

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    What's the worst thing that could happen?? I've had a needle break off in my finger, sliced the tip off another finger, become so frustrated with a project that I rolled it into a ball and took it out to the trash can. I'm still a quilter.

    Are you afraid the end product won't look good? Consider it a learning experience, keep it on a high shelf and move on to the next project, which will undoubtedly be better. (If anyone finds it, tell them that's what it's supposed to look like.)

    An excellent way to learn is by making small projects. Consider making some children's quilts and giving them to charity. They are a superb way of learning new techniques and the recipients will be delighted with them. If you don't think you're up to making children's quilts, make some really small ones and take them to your nearest shelter. The recipients will think you are the most skilled quilter ever.

    In any event, just do it. Before you know it, people will be calling you a quilter.

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    God Bless You! Everyone is so supportive on this board! You couldn't pick a better place to be to get the help you need any time of day or not, we're all here for each other!! Have fun & enjoy this wonderful art of quilting!! Please keep us posted as to how you're doing!

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    you are like me, just dive in and start having fun

    Happy Quilting!

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    I agree that Quilting Is Practice!!!

    Almost ever step is a learning experience that needs to be dealt with before moving on to the next step.

    I think in about 20 years I'll be able to say "I'm a Quilter" - right now I just sew! LOL

    Come on JANET - Practice with US!!! Check in daily and let us know what you've been working on. Pictures are optional but we love 'em.

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    One of the joys of quilting is that quilting a top often makes the little errors disappear. We are all our own worst critics. I think that everyone here will hold your hand and be supportive. The range of skill here is amazing to me, from museum quality to wonky beginner, to those like me- not a beginner, but also not a perfectionist. Post your pics and ask for feedback. Folks here are honest, but not hurtful, and maybe we can help you find your rythm. Just play with the fabric and your machine. Someone recently said here- it's only fabric- nobody dies.

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    Well one thing you have to internalize is that quilting and learning to quilt is an ongoing process. Unless you are truly one of the gifted "artises" amongst us you will never know it all or be competition worthy! I have been sewing since I was 10 and quilting for 15 years and I am still learning new things and refining my skills and I am still just a mediocre quilter.
    If you are a perfectionist? You will have a hard time. If you're a life long learner than you've found your craft!
    And I agree with hazeljane's quote... it IS only fabric and no one will die.

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    Start with something small, then when you see how easy it is, you will be hooked!

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