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Thread: Can anyone relate????

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    It is going to be a cute quilt, I love the colors that you chose.
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    I have been designing as I go with my quilts. I have to remind myself this fun and I let the colors and fabric take charge. I learn with everything I do. If I tried to stick to a pattern, I'd put too much pressure on myself to be perfect. I am having a blast.

    cutting the fabric the first time is the hardest with a new project. Once I get that done, I can roll along. Have fun and don't worry about making something bad. Its all good.

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    No pattern then no mess ups to worry about.
    Got fabric?

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    Looks great so far... I'm sure you will have fun with it.

    I did a Turning Twenty for a Christmas gift and in July I had it all up on my design wall just the way I wanted it... since I live in two houses during the summer months, I didn't get back to my project for a few weeks.... only to discover 99% of it had fallen to the floor... I made myself crazy trying to put it back the way I had inially organized it... so I know what you mean.

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    Great color combination. I like how it's looking so far. Please continue adding pictures, I'm dying to see how the finished quilt looks.

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    OOOOOO I like that. Yes it is hard to let go. I did the mystery train quilt and had a hard time making myself do the paper bag method. My eyeballs almost burned at some of the colors I was sewing together but in the end it looked good. I am not an organized person in the rest of my life but I feel like my quilts have to have order.
    What patterrn? method is that??? Is there a tutorial or something to get me started Looks like a great way for me to use up my scraps. That is kinda what I have been imagining to do with my scraps.

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    Middle of the Road Approach

    Try a middle of the road approach. I ran into this situation and am using a pattern to make a huge center block and for the sashing / borders, I look through books to get ideas and go from there. The end result is original but yet I have guidlines with which to work. Kind of like in dressmaking and costume making where features from several patterns are used. Good luck and most of all: Have Fun !!

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    As your completed blocks indicate this will be one gorgeous quilt. Enjoy the journey. Looking forward to see both completed quilts, yours and Chasing Hawk"s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    This is not brain surgery......it is just fabric! GingerK has great advice....do a practice block or quilt then just jump in~don't over think it We want to see how you progress. Quilting is suppose to be FUN!!
    I really relate to this. I tend to be such a perfectionist when I sew, that I find myself continually telling myself, "You're not doing brain surgery." It helps.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Making a practice block of fabrics you can bear to use up will help.

    Also, sit down and think your way through this hang up.
    1. What will happen if you use the fabric you bought?
    2. If you worry that you'll " make a mistake," what is the worst that will happen?
    3. And if that worst happens, what is the worst that will happen then?
    4. What will you feel if you totally hate what you've done? How can you get rid of that feeling?
    5. What is the worst that can happen if you feel bad? And after that, what will be the worst?

    Walk yourself thru this "what is the worst...." process. Decide how much you can live with and still be safe, whole, healthy, happy, and a good person. Usually this little exercise will help you see that the worry and hesitation is way out of bounds of the reality of the outcome. So you will have spent some money in a way that wasn't (choose your adjective.... wise/smart/responsible/unselfish...) Using this, you likely can come to a "so what?!" place and go for it!

    Good luck,
    Jan in VA
    Great advice, Jan! I will try to remember that. It could be applied to a lot of things.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    You are much braver than I would be! I'm a pattern girl myself. I'd be beside myself having bought all that fabric and finding there was no 'pattern' to follow!
    It drives my husband bananas when I start a new project. He was a precision engineer, head of the engineering department at one of the National Laboratories. His way of approaching a project is to figure out what you want, design each and every nut and bolt (millionth of an inch precision) and never deviate from the original design. I, on the other hand, have a general idea of what I want to do, how I want it to look, and (God willing and the creek don't rise) it usually turns out okay. Not always what it was supposed to look like when I started, but more than acceptable. He's been "planning" a trip to Europe for about six years. If it were up to me, we'd pack our bags, buy tickets and leave tomorrow. That's how I ended up in California. We had a blizzard in Missouri and I wanted someplace warm. I packed my car with clothing, shoes, camera, gassed it up and left. Started looking for a home in San Diego and over two weeks time I worked my way up to San Francisco. I've been here 12 years now. I met him about a year after I got here and just can't leave now.

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    Yes I can relate. But did you concider taking a picture of the quilt at LQS and put it on the pc so you can look at it and make a pattern of you own. I have done this alot. I am still an amateur at quilting and will never know enough to concider my self an expert. I learn something new about quilting every day. Have fun with it. I know you can do it!!
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    You go girl!!! Great advice from other quilters. I have never been in this situation yet, but I'm sure my day will come.
    Good luck and would love to see the finished quilt.

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    can anyone relate???

    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo View Post
    I saw a quilt at a shop that i loved, so i bought fabrics that i love and came home....issue is, it is all free style cutting, there is no pattern...the pieces go in all different directions, different shapes...etc.

    I desperately want to do this, i usually make my own patterns, but this particular style has no real pattern...its more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of thing...cut here...cut there...make it all fit together.

    It's exciting to have this challange ahead of me, but i never realized how much i think inside the box... my husband is like...just start cutting and see where you wind up...I don't know if i have this in me to do it.

    Can anyone relate? How do you get past the fear of messing up lol???

    Thanks
    Kimberly
    Just remember you don't make mistakes just new creations .. That is what I tell everyone I was never taught how to quilt just read & did what looked right .

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    I really like working in that manner sometimes. Would love to see a photo of the quilt you are going to make.

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    This looking good... it would look great in my house..

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    Sounds a bit like a crazy quilt----and as long as you can fit the pieces together to lay flat---there is no wrong.
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    I love your free form blocks. I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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