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Thread: Workshop Jitters

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    I have only taken one class. I was very nervous also. I also fear looking like a klutz quilter! It was really an experience for me! Made me relieze that I am pretty shy . I did have fun and learn. Have been trying to get myself to go to another! Guess we just need to step out of the box!!!

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    Heck, I show off my crocked block right along with the best. I know I can do better so having sewn something that isn't my best at a workshop is okay with me. I don't get intimidated by better quilters but I do admire their skill.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 01-18-2013 at 08:20 AM.
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    Had this problem when I took my first workshop. I mentioned it to a very dear friend who had been around the block(pun intended) a few times who told me just to relax, workshops arent a test, they are supposed to be fun. Once I realized she was right the workshop experience totaly changed for me.
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    I agree with you. I have stopped taking workshops, etc. because I am always behind. Then, I have to wait until the instructor is free to help me; and then I am more behind! She moves on to the next step and I am still struggling with the first one. It is great to be in the company of others and learn new techniques but thank God, I get that from my quilting guild and also quilting retreats. I find them much more relaxing and informative and I can work at my own pace. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    As in all group settings where you (me) think we are going to be judged we get nervous and feel inferior to what others can do.

    NO FEAR HERE! I made a choice to not care about what othesr think about my work. The more mistakes I make in the class the funnier I got and the more fun I have. I do go to classes to learn, not be perfect. If I make a mistake, well, duh! I'm learning.

    Many years ago I attended a class by Nancy Halpren. I never finished the project because I couldn't draw a straight line around a template, nor could I keep a sharp point on the pencil I was using. I was told I was unteachable and look at me now. I think I make rather nice quilts, Some are a little wonky, some stranges colors and funky quilting. I love them and have no fear of what any one wants to say.

    Go with joy!
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    Over the years I have learned that quilters are so affriad of their own work and it not being up to 'standards'.

    I just love the doing, mistakes and all!
    Last edited by ube quilting; 01-18-2013 at 02:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    NO FEAR HERE!
    I just love the doing, mistakes and all!

    You are my kind of classmate!
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    I agree we all learn differently and some of us take long than others......I would still go and consider alcohol to relax and have fun!

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    I hate sit n sews...I'm with everyone thats says I can do that at home.I love the comraderie,chit chat,laughs,and just hob-nobbing with other quilters.I am happy if I can come away with 1 new method or idea..it makes it all worth it!

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    Who does everything perfectly the first time? Very few of us and definitely not me...You are just getting the mistakes out of the way so you can do it right the next time. I make at least one error on every quilt and I still enjoy quilting.

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    I love taking classes....yep, sometimes I mess something up big time but I don't let it get to me. Take your time and don't worry about keeping up with the others....there are probably people of all skill levels in the class.

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