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    Super Member Margie's Avatar
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    I love to sew and quilt. I read books, watch videos, read tips from the board and try to do my best. I have great machines, fabric and notions,,,,but I never seem to get any better and my projects never turn out the way other peoples do. It is frustrating.

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    I have found if I start with easy projects, I don't get discouraged and just get better with each one I do.

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    No matter how good you are, no matter how experienced you are at ANYTHING at all, there are always going to be those who are better than you at something or anything.

    So go on and enjoy what you do. You've heard of the Quilt Police, haven't you? Those are folks who lurk in the darkness and try to drag everyone down to their mental level. Don't let them get you down.

    GO on and make anything your heart desires, make it in flaming reds and oranges if that makes you happy. Make it in just plain black with black thread through it if it makes YOU happy.

    You'll feel good when you make what you like, when you like, for whom you like, and be sure to make yourself something to love. That's what WE"RE here for, to learn and help others learn.

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    Everybody has different skill levels, and some I believe just have the gift of an artists eye, not everyone is born with that, but we are all creative. I'm sure you have improved and you are just being too hard on yourself. you don't become a Rembrandt overnight. It takes years of practice. Maybe you need to try new techniques maybe you'd be better at applique than traditional or paper piecing, maybe you haven't found you niche in quilting yet. Don't give up you'll get there

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    I learned not to compare my quilts to others or I would give on quilting. I love quilting, I have my own style and I love my finished quilts so that's all that matters to me.

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    Well....I guess my first question would be how long have you been quilting and have you taken any classes? I have only been quilting 5 years. I took a beginning quilting class and the rest was history...Im hooked. Im sure I have improved, but not perfect by any means. I plan on taking more classes, you always learn something and to me, its worth the cost of class. Dont be so hard on yourself, you're probably a perfectionist and thats why you feel the way you do. Dont give up...:) Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I learned not to compare my quilts to others or I would give on quilting. I love quilting, I have my own style and I love my finished quilts so that's all that matters to me.
    AMEN SISTA! great response. :thumbup:

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    Ramona Bird---Very well said!

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    Just think, there is someone out there that admires your quilts, and thinks theirs is not up to your quilting level, skill.

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    The most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. I quilt for the creative process, the way it makes me feel while I'm doing it and THEN for the finished product. Maybe you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Maybe you just haven't found the technique that's right for you. Please, lighten up on yourself and have fun!

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    I am always the first to see mistakes in my own work. I just finished a quilt for kids and didn't really want to show it to anyone, because it isn't perfect. Part my fault, (probably all), and part my machines. Everyone in my quilt class thought it was great.
    You are your own worst critic. Just enjoy what you do and how it looks. Don't look for mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I learned not to compare my quilts to others or I would give on quilting. I love quilting, I have my own style and I love my finished quilts so that's all that matters to me.
    AMEN SISTA! great response. :thumbup:
    Same here. I'm always learning so I won't be too hard on myself. If I didn't like what I do, I would quit. I only "play with my material" to relieve stress. I'm not striving for perfection status just enjoying a hobby. cjomomma, You are one of my favorites on here.

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    Take it easy on yourself and find the level of quilting you are most comfortable with and enjoy yourself.

    I found that I became stressed trying to make every quilt different from the last one, perfect seams, quilting, etc. until I realized I'm never going to be a great piecer or quilter. Now I aim to make as many quilts as I can for family, friends and charities. I have often challenged myself by trying new patterns and blocks, even curves and the dreaded Y seams, but D9P, 9 patch with snow balls, Chinese coins, pinwheels, stars and string blocks are my favorites. They are quick to do and by varying fabrics, colors and combination of blocks they each look different. So far none one has complained so I must be on the right track.

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    I agree with all the previous responses. I love seeing all the different quilts here, but know that I will never get to that level. But, I love the quilts I make, and they people who receive them, love them also. That is what counts in my book. Do what you like, and enjoy what others like. Do not give up something you love to do.

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    I love everything about quilting..it relaxes me..it allows me to be creative and make mistakes...it allows me to chose to rip it out or leave my mistakes alone...I can be hard on myself or allow myself artistic freedoms in thought as to "its fine the way it is"..I am my own worse critic and when it comes down to it...its only my opinion that counts. Allow yourself the artistic freedom and to love yours as much or more as everyone elses

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    I'm just curious but are you your own worst critic??? I know that no matter what I sew, craft, quilt, it's NEVER as good as someone else's. But I also think, I'm my worst critic and therefore, every little itty bitty flaw bothers me and therefore, it's not as good as someone else's who's flaws or imperfections, I NEVER see. Lighten up and enjoy the ride....quilting is a wonderful journey!!!

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    Have any of your family/friends told you they think you are a perfectionist? If this has happened, all of your work is most likely very beautiful but by being a perfectionist you are unale to see the beauty in your own creations. What ever the case, just pick projects you enjoy doing and have fun while working on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I learned not to compare my quilts to others or I would give on quilting. I love quilting, I have my own style and I love my finished quilts so that's all that matters to me.
    same here. my quilts have made my family happy so I'll keep making them as I enjoy the process. keeps me sane.

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    Quilting is an enjoyment which relaxes me and is an outlet to be creative. Don't stress, relax; and if your quilt does not look like someone elses, all the better because it is your creation.

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    My quilts aren't perfect, but I love them just the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scraphq
    Ramona Bird---Very well said!

    D I T T O ! ! !

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    I have been quilting a bit under 11 years. I work at it and make an effort to improve. Some of my quilts are the 'quick and dirty' variety. Some are 'serious'. Lots of people I know view me as a fine quilter. I know others who definitely look down on my quilting. The MAIN reason I quilt is that it gives me pleasure. I am certainly my own worst critic. I know I could be much better if I took quilting more seriously, but then it would probably be WORK. I am saying all this because I am very aware that I make mistakes. I fix them if they bother me, ignore them if they don't. I have a friend who does about 1/4 as much as I do and frets over every detail. I feel glad that I am not on that 'page'.

    Try to figure out what about your quilts bothers you. Maybe you need to tune up your machine, or slow down to make them come out more to your liking. Sometimes a little trick or 2 helps. I was in a group sewing session where a much more experienced quilter was griping that she always has trouble getting seams to meet up properly, even though she pins and repins. I was able to show her the trick of flipping the upper seam allowance towards the needle, so that the already sewn seam is held in place. this trick solved almost all of MY seam matching problems and it did for her too.

    I strongly suggest that you figure out ONE thing that bothers you about one of your quilts. Ask about how to fix that one problem. I'm sure someone here has figured out a solution and will be more than ready to help. Just work on that one thing until you are more confident to go on.

    another way to look at it is to look at one of your first endevors and see you much you have improved. Until this month, I had my first quilt hanging over my desk. I could see a hundred things wrong with it....or a hundred ways I am a better quilter now.

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    As long as you do YOUR best, then it's YOUR best.I love quilting...am I good...ehhh, maybe not by others standards. Do I enjoy it...YES...and in the end that's what matters. It brings me joy and in return, joy to the one's I've made quilts for.

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    don't give up, don't rush , take your time, enjoy the process and your outcome. what you create, whether straight, crooked, wonky, centered, wavy, is truly one of a kind and a treasure!

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    I love to sew and quilt also. Will I ever win a ribbon or feel I am good enough to enter something in a show? Probably not; but I enjoy what I do. Sewing a quilting is for your pleasure, not to compare.
    My BFF thinks I am so good, where if you ask me, I think I stink. Quilters tend to be there worst critic. Enjoy what you do!

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