Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Fear of Beginning >

Fear of Beginning

Fear of Beginning

Old 09-05-2010, 09:23 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Navasota, Texas
Posts: 38

Is it normal that I have a fear of starting to quilt my first piece. I have pieced several tops but just can't make myself do the quilting. Afraid I'll make a mess. How does one overcome this block?
navasota320 is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 09:28 AM
Super Member
hobo2000's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Boonsboro, MD
Posts: 2,670

Take two old pieces of cloth, put flannel or batting in between, sit down at your sewing machine, lower the feed dogs, put on the free motion/darning foot and go to town. Play for awhile and you will start getting ideas, a heart here, a leaf there and soon you will be comfortable. Have fun...
hobo2000 is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 09:33 AM
Super Member
donnajean's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Holland, PA
Posts: 4,157

That's what seam rippers are for. There is always the do-over!
donnajean is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 09:55 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 366

You're not alone, I have the same fear. I've got a quilt on the table, all pinned up, trying to figure out what to do. I want it to look nice, but I'm not very good yet at FMQ. I've done several quilts & found that 'doodling' my design on paper over & over helps (I use a big 2'x3' art pad), followed by practice pieces on the machine. But first you have to figure out what to doodle! lol!
Gina_D is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 10:36 AM
Power Poster
np3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Posts: 13,214

Practice on small sandwich blocks made from scraps. Works for me.
np3 is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 10:45 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 15,640

Practice on a cheater panel.
Go to the Laeh Day website and check out her sample patterns. Then practice, practice, practice.

I have only done Stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on my machine for the same reason you described. Now I am signed up for 8 sessions of quilting instruction starting in 2 weeks. I figure it will still be cheaper than sending all the UFO tops to the long-arm quilter.

Give yourself permission to not be perfect. That helps.
MadQuilter is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 10:51 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 366

sorry about the 3 posts - my computer froze or something; my computer drives me crazy!
Gina_D is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 10:52 AM
Senior Member
hulahoop1's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 430

I think we've all been there! I put one on the frame and will spend days looking at it before I jump off the cliff and take that first stitch! It gets better with practice.
hulahoop1 is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 11:05 AM
Super Member
StitchinJoy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bucks County PA
Posts: 1,241

YES! the only way to get over the fear of doing it is by doing it!

After you have taken fabric and flannele and played as Hobo advised, then take a practice sample like the real piece you want to quilt. Use the same weight fabric as your quilt top and the same weight as your backing, and the same batting that you plan on using.

Go ahead and practice on that sandwich the same quilting motifs that you want on your quilt. You will get good with time. And half the game is what you learn; the other half is the confidence you gain.

I find a thin poly batt tends to stick to my cotton top pretty well and not slide so much.
StitchinJoy is offline  
Old 09-05-2010, 07:09 PM
Power Poster
littlehud's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SW Iowa
Posts: 32,856

Mine always sit on the frame a few days while I decide what I want to do. Once I convince myself to start its all OK.
littlehud is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
08-31-2015 08:22 AM
07-02-2010 03:26 PM
06-18-2010 09:07 PM
janet bales
06-06-2010 05:22 AM
06-03-2010 02:32 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.