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    I have been working on learning about the mitered corners, and other binding for quilts and mug rugs and the other projects we do here, I am somehow missing it, still not achieving the right way to do it.

    I also have been going to a senior center, which I don't think I want to go back. the rudeness is not well taken with me.
    some of you ladies were kind enough to tell me how to do the bindings, in a nice way!
    And the tutorials are fantastic. its where we fold the binding and place it to the other side is where I am having a problem.

    anyway, also I have been doing a lot of crocheted preemie hats, and the same lady is saying its too small or its too big.
    Maybe I am putting too much into this, but my time is being spent doing these things to "give away", which includes bibs, lap quilts.
    Reason why I haven't done much corresponding here as well. I guess I am letting things get the best of me, just want to be doing something with my time instead of sitting & watching the idiot tube or computer, or whatever,

    I am kind of discouraged in doing these projects. If maybe I should give them up and move on to something else. But I so much like doing these things!

    Sorry, yeah a hug would be great! Sure would appreciate your help

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    (((hugs))). don't let other people's attitude bring you down. I'm proud of you for making things to give away. Some senior centers can be not welcoming to drop in, or new members. Keep up what you are doing and brush off the negatives. Have you tried a LQS for some hands on advice? My LQS owner has been wonderful to me helping me with stuff I couldn't figure out. Hang in there and the light bulb will go off.

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    Here's a hug. I have found that some people like to criticize me to make themselves feel better. Consider the source, do what you enjoy and move on. I know that's easiser to say than do. I'm talking to myself as much as anyone here.

    As for mitered corners? They aren't essential in quilting. Keep practicing or just don't do them. There are a lot of beautiful quilts here without mitered corners.

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    thanks!! really need that today!

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    Ok now! and yes I will keep the negatives at bay! again thanks

    so on to practicing the corners!
    mary quitte contrary! love it!

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    {{{ hugs }}} Illegitimi non carborundum [dont let the **** get you down]. do what makes you happy. there will always be those who will criticize. i know what you mean about making items for donation... makes me feel good too. so make those items that please you and donate them to those who will accept them. ignore the critics. have a good day :) :) :) :)

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    Hi Nancy! thanks for the encouragement! and I do plan to have a great day!

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    Not quite sure I understand about the senior center. Are you going to participate with the other seniors or to help out with the seniors? I wish I had a senior center close enough to go to but I guess I have my own private one with my husband and myself - no one's rude, but the TV is on all day. He's recovering from stepping on a nail that went all the way through his shoe and foot. Slow recovery, he's diabetic - has lots of pain. And we're certainly senior enough for any center. LOL.

    I personally do a very lousy job on binding. All my bindings seem to get some wrinkles in them no matter what.

    I wouldn't let some old biddies worry me about the size of my crocheted baby hats. Baby's heads come in all sizes even for the very little babies. I think it is wonderful that you are doing these things, it really shows a lot of love coming from a generous heart. Just sew, sew and crochet while your hands will let you and develop ear trouble if you need to. You won't be the only person at the center with selective hearing. You might even need to develop selective seeing. LOL. I'm sure God's happy with you, so who cares what some going-senile old women think? If they are widows I'll bet their husbands are looking on and laughing at them still trying to boss someone around.

    Keep up your good works, and keep up your spirits. Babies and other people are depending on what you do! Tell those women to back off, you're busy!

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    TanyaL. wow thanks ! yes I donate time to the senior center, they have ladies that make the baby hats and quilts, so I am just a beginner there, and I guess they have set rules ion how to do and what to do. yes the selective hearing from now on! again thanks!

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    Hugs to you. Keep up with the things you like to do. Don't let the rudeness of some people get to you..Keep up the good work. I'm sure God is smiling on you.

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    i'm so sorry thats happened to you, I would suggest going to an open sewing day at a quilt shop where its much nicer and friendler you can sill do your chairity work there and you would learn how to do the things you strive to do. as for the rude woman perhaps shes just jealous of your lovely work.

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    You are doing something from the goodness of your heart. Don't let some old bitter gals get to you. It is sad how some folks just seem to stay angry no matter the age. Be proud of what you are doing and keep the joy in your heart! Have you watched http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/. Their Binding Your Quilt tips and tricks Series? Keep up the good work!

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    Some people just like to complain. Don't pay any attention to them. You know you are doing a good thing with the hats and bibs and quilts. Don't pay any attention to her/them and just be the good person you know you are. God loves you and her but we all know you are doing a good thing and it makes you happy. Hugs for you!!!

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    Before I finally mastered mitered corners, I would round off the corners of my quilts, (I used a dinner plate for my shaping) and the bindings went on great and they look nice the way they hang from the bed. Maybe you could try "killing with kindness" when the old folks are being hyper critical. Tell them you really appreciate their advice and maybe someday you will be able to do it "as well as they do". I bet that will make them hush.

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    Here's a great big hug! My first DGD was a premie, and I can tell you we loved and appreciated all the colorful hats in the NICU, and no size was too big or small. Her hat is a cherished reminder of ours now. I hope the lady who made it had your heart, so ignore the hat police!

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    I'm sending you a HUGE HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    I have found some great tutorials right here on the board.
    Do a search for bindings.
    Also Youtube is great, I love the visual.
    And you don't have to miter everything!! heehee
    Another HUGGGGGGGG
    Sue

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    Okay, first, we don't give a hoot what other people think...We have our own creative license and we can break the rules and make things our own....I used to be so worried about what other people thought, it took all the fun out of my sewing.....Now, sister, let me tell ya, they can talk to the hand and leave a message at the elbow...I just really don't care...

    This is a wonderful board and anytime you need help, just post on here with your questions...The people on here are soooo very helpful....

    Now, here's a link from youtube on how to do mitered corners...youtube is another wonderful resource for technique

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    Mega Hugs coming your way for all the good work that you have done. Keep up the good work.

    As someone has already said, baby's heads come in all sizes so what's the problem with the gal at the senior center. When we get donations at our guild we just take them and say thank you. We don't go through the donations and critic them. We certainly don't want to discourage donations so if we can't use some of the donations we find a place or someone who can. Example, we donate pillowcases to children's hospitals and ask for ones made of cotton but sometimes we got flannel or fleece ones, no problem we give those to local nursing homes, the older people love them.

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    Okay, first, we don't give a hoot what other people think...We have our own creative license and we can break the rules and make things our own....I used to be so worried about what other people thought, it took all the fun out of my sewing.....Now, sister, let me tell ya, they can talk to the hand and leave a message at the elbow...I just really don't care...

    This is a wonderful board and anytime you need help, just post on here with your questions...The people on here are soooo very helpful...

    Now, here's a link from youtube on how to do mitered corners...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLfLj...eature=related

    youtube.com is another wonderful resource for quilting techniques and so is Missouri Star Quilt Company...This is one of my favorite sites....Jenny Doan, owner, has some outstanding technique videos on this site.....Plus there are many other sites that have free online techniques that are free...AND, you have this wonderful board at your fingertips...

    Bottom line, stay true to yourself, stay positive and keep on sewing and quilting......

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    thanks so much ladies, this has been a ray of sunshine to me today. blessings to all of you!

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    Right back at you, dear!! :D:D

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    oh and I will look more on the tutorials that have been sent as well, again thanks a bunch. And yes I do know this board is the greatest , I have been to some others, but this one is the tops!!

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    Sharon Schamber has wonderful video tutorials on doing bindings and the corners. I also love Missouri Quilt Co tutorials. These 2 sites have very clear easy to understand tutorials. How I learned was to have the videos continually playing while I am on the machine learning the techniques. It is easier to 'Learn by Doing'.
    Good luck, and once you master this to your satisfaction, you will enjoy it!
    And is it possible the lady who doesn't like your sizing of the article, show you exactly what she wants and expects? I do understand your concerns completely. I make the hats too.

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    Sweetheart there are those in every crowd that would bitch if you gave them a pile of gold because it is too heavy. IGNORE the nasty Nancy's. (no offense to anyone named Nancy there) Smile and be twice as happy. Happy people really irritate the grumps. HAHAHA (((((HUGS)))))

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    Hugs. I wish I could explain about the binding. I know there are books that show you how to do it. Pictures are sometimes better than words. Keep smiling that always helps me. I know I would be hurt and frustrated too. Thinking of you.

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