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    just think that you are not really a quilter? Some of them are so beautiful and at times I despair over ever making something that pretty. Especially when I spend a day like yesterday......ripping out seams! I guess i should give myself a break.....I just started quilting last year after all and I have made what I think are some pretty quilts.

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    You definitely should give yourself a break.

    I have been quilting for almost 30 years and to this day I am amazed at the quilts on this board.

    I still have to rip out, although sometimes the ripping may be do to the fact many of us are such perfectionist. Whats the saying if you can't notice it on a galloping horse. LOL

    My friend and I sometimes call ourselves the Queen of Rip.

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    Ginnie, YES!! I really don't have nearly as much imagination as I would like. And I know I'm like a lot of others being hyper-critical of my work. The only thing I feel that I do well is hand quilting. It looks pretty good :)

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    I am one that truly admires other's work. I do not have a hard time commiting to work on a quilt, but I have a hard time getting it done, my next project is ALWAYS more exciting than the one I am currently working on.

    I do have to say though that I am putting on the top and bottom border of a charity top that I made yesterday. Notice I said top, certainly NOT a quilt, yet, just some scraps sewed together until I get my wide butt into gear to get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    just think that you are not really a quilter? Some of them are so beautiful and at times I despair over ever making something that pretty. Especially when I spend a day like yesterday......ripping out seams! I guess i should give myself a break.....I just started quilting last year after all and I have made what I think are some pretty quilts.
    Yes ... it really makes me nervous ... to send my "blocks" or whatever to other folks as I don't feel I'll ever be up to par ...

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    No.....This is not a competition...it's supposed to be fun!
    I strive to improve and dream of making that one quilt that wows everyone that sees it, but mainly I do it because I love fabric and all the different things that can be created with it.
    Learn to love the journey :D

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    I see quilts that have tons of work into them and know that I will never make one. I don't have the patience that it takes to put the effort into them and I'm too lazy!
    But I'm a quilter all the same... :)

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    The lovely thing about this board. Is we are here to support each other.

    Remember we all were beginnners at one time.

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    I have days when I wonder if I can make this or that, and I have days I'm amazed at some of the things I have made, so it goes both ways for me! Just wait you will have a day when you look at something and say "wow I made that!" then ya wonder if you can ever do it again, LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsByRobin
    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    just think that you are not really a quilter? Some of them are so beautiful and at times I despair over ever making something that pretty. Especially when I spend a day like yesterday......ripping out seams! I guess i should give myself a break.....I just started quilting last year after all and I have made what I think are some pretty quilts.
    Yes ... it really makes me nervous ... to send my "blocks" or whatever to other folks as I don't feel I'll ever be up to par ...
    this is the part that scares me the most lol
    im such a newb lol im scared senseless about sending something i make to a "real" quilter lol
    i get paranoid and embarassed til i almost feel bad for the recipient lol
    I know.. no quilt police, and every1 starts as a beginner, but i think it will be a long time before i feel confident enough that i wont feel nothing i make is good enough :D Im working on it though :D

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    I guess I'm just a little down as this horse quilt is kicking my rear. I bit off a lot with it! Machine applique, paper piecing and designing it on paper and it looking right when I make it has been so hard! And yesterday I spent as much time ripping seams out as I did making them. I measured and measured and the braid border was still not right! It is now but I was so frustrated. I think I may need a break from it today.....I look at it and even though its only the last two borders and they're easy I just don't want to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    I guess I'm just a little down as this horse quilt is kicking my rear. I bit off a lot with it! Machine applique, paper piecing and designing it on paper and it looking right when I make it has been so hard! And yesterday I spent as much time ripping seams out as I did making them. I measured and measured and the braid border was still not right! It is now but I was so frustrated. I think I may need a break from it today.....I look at it and even though its only the last two borders and they're easy I just don't want to do it.
    I think you have a good plan. Walk a way for a day or two, then go back. When I taught my good friend to quilt a couple of years ago. She would have days she would call me and say she was done. But I knew her better than that. She would walk away and come back work it out. Now I feel she has surpassed me. She even has a Mid Arm and frame. I still am a hand quilter. She is doing beautiful landscape quilts. I am so proud of her.

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    Nah. I really appreciate that folks make such beautiful artwork in fabric. My quilts are the type that are supposed to be used. (no offense meant to anyone).

    I just wish that I had more time to finish the one I started. I'm hand-quilting that one. Oh, well - if I win the lottery, I will definitely have time for ALL of the stuff I want to do. :)

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    Aww Ginnie, I know. I literally have 16 ufos! A lot of $$ tied up there just sitting in a drawer or closet waiting to see the light of day. Take a break today, and remember what I always say, "My favolite color is DONE". I don't get to say that very much about my own stuff, though.

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    Absolutely I do. Then I remind myself that with some patience I, too, can do them. Some quilts are harder than others, some use techniques I've yet to learn but none of them require a degree in rocket science or brain surgery. Even a beginner, with patience, the right instruction, and practice can make the most difficult of quilts. We can do the same pattern and mine might not look as good as your's but as long as they aren't side by side no one will know. LOL

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    I've had days like that, where I spend more time ripping seams than I do sewing. And if I weren't selling the quilt to someone for a significant amount of money, or giving it to someone important to me, or planning to have it scrutinized by show judges, I'd probably let it go.

    I walk by a wall hanging every day that has one open seam (because I didn't lay it out right when I was paper piecing), and it reminds me why it's worth fixing during construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    just think that you are not really a quilter?
    Absolutely. I know that I'm the 'weakest link'. My friend sees my quilts and drools over them. She is not a quilter. I tell her that I'm not very good at it. She can't understand that I would say that. I tell her that I see such well done, beautiful quilts done by people that know what they are doing and mine can't even come close to comparing. BUT, I quilt strictly for my own enjoyment.
    I know exactly what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    just think that you are not really a quilter?
    All the time. But I keep trying.

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    I Think Ditter hit the nail on the head, Learn To Love The Journey! That is the whole sum of everything we do in life, right? Quilting, cooking, gardening, raising a family, marriage.. Learn to love the journey. If it's ok Ditter, I am using your saying for my life now. I know if I put enough into aanything I do, and I enjoy doing it, whatever I do will be beautiful. Anyone agree?

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    Ginnie,

    You expressed my thoughts exactly -- I'm another person who doesn't consider herself in the same league with the quilters on this message board. I got the urge to start quilting because my grandmother and aunt (now aged 90 years) were lifelong quilters and I loved THEM (not the quilts). They made hundreds of quilts, all pieced on a treadle sewing machine and quilted by hand. None of them are works of art. I have such wonderful, happy memories of my grandmother and aunt when I see their quilts. Now, THAT is what makes a good quilter: lots of love poured into the quilts.

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    SIGH....I get so frustrated because I love sewing and quilting so much and cannot seem to make much progress no matter how hard I try. I look at the quilts/project on here and think...now why cant I make something that nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie
    SIGH....I get so frustrated because I love sewing and quilting so much and cannot seem to make much progress no matter how hard I try. I look at the quilts/project on here and think...now why cant I make something that nice!
    Don't worry. If it is something that you really want to do you will do it. If it is something that you think is beautiful ask yourself if it is in your tastes. Somethings are beautiful but they are not me. So admire and continue to grow.K

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    I get it when I look at award winning quilts and just can't imagine doing something like that! OMG... I can only imagine how hard that was to do and HOW did they do so much work!!

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    I love looking at the quilts here, even though I know I will never make one "good enough". But when I see my 20 year old son, or 27 year old daughter take their quilts somewhere for comfort; I know that in their eyes I am a perfect quilter!
    Snugglin in love is what it is all about...not how good it is!

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    I admire all the quilts I see and I know none of mine will ever be show quality. I just love cutting up fabric and sewing it back together to see how it turns out.

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