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    don't be so hard on yourself! Early on in my quilting "career" I heard about "humility squares" These were pieces that were purposley off to show respect for God since he's the only one that's perfect. I live by that theory now, and God gets lots of respect from me! When the whold quilt is done, each little point loses some significance.

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    Thanks for that one dogsgod. Yeah only only one person was perfect and they crucified him!

    thanks for the uplift y'all. Mary :D :thumbup:

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    don't try to be so perfect - all that does is stress you out and give you an excuse to quit because you aren't perfect....

    Not to say that you should just slap-dash stuff together, but quilting should be FUN - when you make a 'job' of it, it's no longer fun. I see quilts that appear to be perfect and usually the person who made manages to smirk the whole time they are showing it off - bah humbug to them.... LOL

    Have FUN - CREATE - if you hate the final product, give it to somebody you know will use it for a dog bed and you can tee-hee about it to yourself...

    buwahahaaaa

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    Lately, everything I do I tell myself is just for practice. Really takes that self-induced pressure off of me.

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    When I need help with anything I come here to the board first and type something in the search box. If I need video assistance I go to YouTube and do a search there. Last night I needed help with doing the corners of a quilt binding (it's been a while since I did one) so I searched "quilt binding" and found a step by step video from Connecting Threads on Youtube. Of course, now I can't find it to post here but there are others. I even found one on tying a quilter's knot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogsgod
    don't be so hard on yourself! Early on in my quilting "career" I heard about "humility squares" These were pieces that were purposley off to show respect for God since he's the only one that's perfect. I live by that theory now, and God gets lots of respect from me! When the whold quilt is done, each little point loses some significance.
    I also go by this theory! I read somewhere when I first started quilting that the Amish always put a "mistake" in their quilts because they are not perfect, only God is perfect! So when I make a mistake, unless it is too glaring to ignore, I smile to myself and am reminded that I am not perfect. It takes a lot of pressure off!

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    If you have trouble with the seam allowance, be sure to starch so you get a nice even cut, then you might consider triangle paper. Your sewing lines on on there and there is no guessing.
    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Quote Originally Posted by marygrether
    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, .Mary
    Mary,

    The way I get my triangles exact is to cut the square at least a half inch larger than the pattern calls for. Once I have the triangle sewed together than I square it the size it should be.
    Ditto - for me, it's not inaccurate cutting, it's that my seam allowance isn't always accurate. This way, it doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    don't try to be so perfect - all that does is stress you out and give you an excuse to quit because you aren't perfect....

    Not to say that you should just slap-dash stuff together, but quilting should be FUN - when you make a 'job' of it, it's no longer fun. I see quilts that appear to be perfect and usually the person who made manages to smirk the whole time they are showing it off - bah humbug to them.... LOL

    Have FUN - CREATE - if you hate the final product, give it to somebody you know will use it for a dog bed and you can tee-hee about it to yourself...

    buwahahaaaa
    Or maybe they're smirking because they've fooled you and they know how crooked it really is. Or maybe they worked *really* hard and ripped and resewed until it was as perfect as they could get it.

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    Try using a scant 1/4" seam. If you can, move your needle over to the right a little. I use an index card to get my seam size, as the little lines are exactly 1/4" apart. On my Kenmore I move the needle over til it reads 6.5. All mileage may vary! Also, as the others suggested, just put it aside until later when you can look at it with fresh eyes. Good luck and remember, we are doing this for fun! If things don't line up right, it's not the end of the world!

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    I agree what happend we can all help. We all get to a time where we want a break, but never quilt quilting.

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