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    Can anyone relate????

    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
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    I had this issue last night. I am working on a Take 5 quilt for one of our granddaughters. The pattern instructions say to turn each one a certain amount of times to make it look "scrapy". I started to go bonkers, because all my working career it all had to line up. I still can't get the idea of letting it go with the flow as they say when it comes to my quilts.
    I have to remember...Perfection is NOT an option, nothing is to be Perfect it's disrespectful to Wakan Tanka.

    Finally after several breaks, a dinner of leftover Tuna casserole, I finally got it the way I want it.
    But no peeks until I am done with the other 2 and Curtis Ray's turtle quilt.
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    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!

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    i knew when i was picking out all my fabric that there was no pattern... I really thought i would have no issues with it...now here the fabric sits on my cutting table and i'm nervous, didn't really think it would be hard for me lol

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    Whenever I am afraid of a 'pattern' or technique, I go to my scrap bag, pull out the crappiest pieces I can find, and make a practice block. Why not try that as a gentle baby step into the world of 'letting go'.
    Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down the their level and beat you with experience.

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    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!!

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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!
    This is why I can't do the "paper bag" technique when I do a scrappy quilt - I just can't relinquish that control!!!
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    I will def be trying it this way...thank you for the great advice

    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK View Post
    Whenever I am afraid of a 'pattern' or technique, I go to my scrap bag, pull out the crappiest pieces I can find, and make a practice block. Why not try that as a gentle baby step into the world of 'letting go'.

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    I feel like that type of person. I like measurement and some sort of direction when I quilt. That thought of just sticking stuff together worries me, but quilts like this tend to be so beautiful. My sister can through together a quilt with random pieces and it ends up looking far more technical than it actually was.

    I say go for it! I still haven't found the guts yet to do it myself. haha

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    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!

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    Listen to Jan!

    Also, when you started this thread you said you were excited! Then you overthought it!

    Grab that excitement back and make that gorgeous quilt.

    Sounds like something I would like to do.

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    Sounds like you can't mess it up. If it is not exactly the way you thought it would be it becomes a "design element', That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    Just do it. When I make scrap quilts, I sew pieces together, and it all comes together. It can be fun, and a major challenge to think outside the box. I have never made a quilt from a pattern I haven't designed..

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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!
    That's me, too. I think I am so much inside the box that I'll always be a traditionalist quilter.
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    I can't wait to see the finished quilt. Tiaboo and chasing hawk
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    I have trouble with wonky blocks (it messes with my sense of order) Figured I would have trouble with Twisters but ended up loving it.I'm pretty sure this would be to much for me. Good luck and would love pics

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    This is where design walls come in handy ---- near your sewing machine! What pattern did you buy???? I'm so curious!

    Chasing Hawk -- I've got a Take 5 on my machine now..........you can't hardly make a mistake...just use the design board or lay it on the floor. You can switch those blocks around.
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    Go for it and see where it takes you not where you take it!
    have fun and post some of your progress as you go. This sounds exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    I had this issue last night. I am working on a Take 5 quilt for one of our granddaughters. The pattern instructions say to turn each one a certain amount of times to make it look "scrapy". I started to go bonkers, because all my working career it all had to line up. I still can't get the idea of letting it go with the flow as they say when it comes to my quilts.
    I have to remember...Perfection is NOT an option, nothing is to be Perfect it's disrespectful to Wakan Tanka.

    Finally after several breaks, a dinner of leftover Tuna casserole, I finally got it the way I want it.
    But no peeks until I am done with the other 2 and Curtis Ray's turtle quilt.
    @ post #2 Chasing Hawk: Please, info about Wakan Tanka?
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    If it is the sewing that is bothering you then do as suggested and make a practice block from not liked scrap fabric. If however, you aren't sure of the design graphics in this new style quilt, then put the design together from construction paper. That's a lot quicker and easier than the sewing. You can glue the colored construction paper to a newspaper backing and make a paper quilt very quickly.

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    "worse-case scenario" is also how i try to think in order to get myself to cut up the lovely fabric i have.

    about getting started...how 'bout spending a little more time with the inspiration quilt. look at it. touch it. talk about it with the store staff. perhaps that might put some of your fears to rest. best-case scenario is that the store will still have the fabric if you feel you have made a "mistake" and have to purchase more.
    "perfection is the enemy of done."
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    There is no pattern to this quilt, i started working on it last night, i have two blocks done, I will post pictures of them after i charge my camera lol

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    It can be hard letting go of what is familiar to us, there is a certain amount of comfort in what we know. Maybe start letting go with something a little less intimidating, like practice blocks and work your way to the bigger projects.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK View Post
    Whenever I am afraid of a 'pattern' or technique, I go to my scrap bag, pull out the crappiest pieces I can find, and make a practice block. Why not try that as a gentle baby step into the world of 'letting go'.
    I agree this will get you going!!!!

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    Some pics of what i have done so far

    This is what i was talking about when making this quilt. I must admit, it is getting easier as we go along. lol, on to block 6 lol
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