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Thread: What I learned about quilting

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    wad it up and throw it in the trash

    OH NO! Please don't. Read all the posts about giving things to animal shelters. But the better place, to me, would be to give it to St. Vinney's or Good Will. I have picked up at least 4 quilt tops at those places and finished them and then re-donated them. (On one I had to take out whole rows, but the sewing was so bad that it wasn't hard to do that.) That way at least your work that you have already put into it will be of some use to someone.
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    ...maybe that is where my pin cushion ended -- your pooch! I have looked everywhere. I know I had that one! I can seen it in my head but it is no where. I had to go buy special needles.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonomine View Post
    I've learned that my dog loves chewing on my pin cushion. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    wad it up and throw it in the trash

    OH NO! Please don't. Read all the posts about giving things to animal shelters. But the better place, to me, would be to give it to St. Vinney's or Good Will. I have picked up at least 4 quilt tops at those places and finished them and then re-donated them. (On one I had to take out whole rows, but the sewing was so bad that it wasn't hard to do that.) That way at least your work that you have already put into it will be of some use to someone.
    If I want to wad something up and put it in the trash there is absolutely no reason not to. It's my stuff. I am allowed to do whatever I wish with my stuff, including pitching it in the trash. I don't have to make excuses. I don't have to put effort into giving it to a thrift store. I don't have to continue working with something to give it to dogs. I do not have to do any of those things. And nobody is going to "guilt" me into doing any of those things if I don't want to.

    You seriously have permission to just wad it up and pitch it in the trash if you're totally done with it. If you want to salvage or redeem it in some way, you have permission to do that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay carlson View Post
    I have learned that spending time on the quilting board quiets my soul, improves my outlook, and begins to teach me that there are so many ways to do things. Thanks!
    Learning something new everyday from all of you.

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    Love your learning list, they fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceannastahr View Post
    What I have learned about quilting in the past few years;
    1. Daisy chaining small pieces for quilt blocks saves a lot of thread: and, creates a new toy/game for the puppy if it slides off the back of the desk.
    2. A fingernail is a great tool. Placed in that elusive groove it makes it easy to guide fabric for 1/4" seams; unfortunately, it does tend to break. Replacements take forever.
    3. Die cutting pieces is a wonderful time saver: and, the unattended mat makes a great chew toy.
    4. Instruction manuals give great information once you learn the language.
    5. Directions are only suggestions; follow only when they apply - sort of like speed limits.
    6. When a "mess up" isn't seen until the guilt top is done - just say you're following ancient traditions. A flaw must be present to avoid upsetting the gods.
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    The Quilting Gods: we must appease them whole heartedly! Be sure to bring coffee, chocolate and patience .. LOL
    When Life brings big winds of change that almost blows you over.Hang on tight and Believe.
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    Brilliant observations! Mine are slightly modified, since I have an older dog who doesn't mess with my quilting, but 2 cats who do. They go to prison (a closed room) when I'm laying blocks out on the floor for assembly!

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    You have hit the nail on the head. This morning I was trying to top stitch around a Bow Tucks bag I was making - first the bobbin spit out extra thread, then the machine decided to go back into bobbin threading mode and it took some effort to get started, then I broke a needle and I still couldn't get over the hump on the bag and the bobbin ran out of thread. That's when I decided to quit, besides I had to take DH to an eye Dr. appt. Oh well, perhaps this afternoon will be better.

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    I have learned that I cannot get enough done because I spend too much time reading ths board! Lol

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