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Thread: from the heart of a newbie

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    Wink from the heart of a newbie

    I hope newbies are reading this....I'm 70, a beginner quilter, altho I've dabbled in quilting over the years. It was never satisfying to me, too much work, and never a good result. I have always been a "getter done" crafter, never taking my time, but rushing to get on to the next project in my head.

    This time around I've learned so much from this quilting board. I've made all the normal mistakes, and probably some not so "normal". But I'm determined! I want to be a good quilter! I can do it!

    I'm taking more time to read directions, being more careful to cut accurately, still working on the "perfect seam". Startching as I go, Pressing after each step....things I always shortcutted before.

    And my quilting is looking soooo much better, I'm getting much more pleasure out of my effort, and really enjoying each process so much more, (even the ironing that I used to hate), some day I might just be a quilter.

    So, if you're a newbie, and if you're frustrated...take my advice...slow down! enjoy what you do! life is too short, but don't hurry thru it, live each day, enjoy each day!

    Hugs to all the experts that have the patience to guide us newbies in learning this enjoyable craft.

    Viv

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    Welcome from West Virginia. News flash: You Are A Quilter!!!!!!!
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    Look at you! Glad to hear that you are enjoying quilting and didn't give up!

    A good lesson for all of us!

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    HI Welcome to the newest addiction. LOL I am also 70.
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    Words of wisdom!!! Welcome, from TX!!!!

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    hehe, you are never to old to learn something till you are dead as I say. congrats and I hope you post pics of what you do. I know that I am usually in a hurry to get to the quilting of a project that I don't always enjoy the process as much as I should.
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    I appreciate quilting more than I did when I was younger. I do more quilting now and enjoy the whole process, including ironing the fabric, vhord. Welcome! Like you, I have learned a lot from the wonderful folks on this quiltboard. I pick up the Ipadas soon as the coffee is made every morning.

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    Good advice Viv!
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    I totally agree! I have slowed down and really like the results much better. Accuracy does show. Glad you are here on the board.
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    Welcome Newbie from Minnesota. I am 66 years old and still have to read ALL of the directions. If I don't, everything is jumbled in the end. Still have to slow down, because I am in no hurry anymore. Enjoy!

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    thanks, Viv. and congrats! i found the same thing by joining the Dear Jane quilt along. it has really helped to hone my skills
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    Welcome from PA. I started sewing when I was little and sewed clothes off an on since. But, like you, I was always in a hurry too. Didn't press seams etc. and wasn't always happy with the finished outfit. lol Sad story for me was...my first quilting project began in 1999 when my mother was dying of cancer. When she died the pieces went into a bag and stayed there. I started back sewing clothing a little bit and decided to do it right. Made a couple of things that I was pleased with how they turned out.

    Then I saw a book on making fabric purses...bought it and had fun making them. Thought about quilting again and decided to jump back in. Loving just about every minute of it...except for those times you have to use the seam ripper. But like you, I am taking my time, measuring more than once and pressing every seam.

    And this group is so helpful. I read this board several times a day. I love looking at all of the beautiful things the others have made. Oh...I'm 62 and often think I wish I would have stayed with the sewing and quilting after my mother died. I'd have made so many more things.

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    Welcome from Vermont and I think at times we all feel like newbies because we all learn something new from others, that is the joy of learning and the fun of quilting.

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    Welcome form S CA ! Great advice!!!

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    Great advise vhord620. I too am a newbie and like you, I always wanted to get my projects done quick. But I've found with quilting I just can't do that and get a good result. I toyed with the idea of quilting for a couple years. I watched the program Simply Quilts every day and admired what they created but said to myself, how the heck did they do that and what are they talking about and I'll never be able to do that! I subscribed to a quilting magazine and got really inspired.
    I found tutorials on line and found this board. The people on this board are so willing to help us newbies and I'm so grateful for them. I've learned so much.

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    Welcome Viv! I'm sure you've come to realize even the seasoned quilters make mistakes. The beauty of those mistakes is they push us to do better and help us realize when we've done our best. Everyone is willing to lend a hand or offer a shoulder, just ask.
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    Welcome to this amazing board! I have learned so much from these ladies and gents in the last 2 years that I now enjoy quilting very much. Before I was like you, in a hurry to get things done and get on to the next one. I started quilting when I was about 55 and really didn't do to much because I became frustrated when things didn't turn out like I wanted. Now I have slowed down and really enjoy the process and am mostly happy when my quilt is finished. Good luck to you in your "new" venture. Need help, just ask.

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    Welcome from Washington State!

    I've been sewing for over 50 years. When I mentioned to my daughter that I wanted to start quilting, she gave me the gift of TQPM for my birthday in January and it has been a great learning tool, not to mention being the gift that "keeps on giving"!

    This board is the MOST amazing place I've ever had the pleasure of being a member of! There is so much to learn and there are so many helpful people here you will never lack for help OR encouragement.

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    Viv, you go girl!!!
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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome Viv! I'm 62, been quilting @ 10 years, but like you, I was in too much of a hurry to get things done. Once I slowed down, my skills improved immensely! The quilters on this board are always here to help each other, whether it's a pattern, technique, or inspiration. Keep up the good work & just enjoy the process. I look forward to seeing some of your quilts!

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    I've been quilting for ten years and still remind myself to sloooow down.

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    Amen! Same status at 73, maybe age (patience) and time (retired) helps. Good to know I'm not the only late-comer.

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    There's a lot to be said for lifelong learning!! I'm glad you started quilting again and have taken the time to learn and enjoy the process. Keep it up quilting sister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhord620 View Post
    I hope newbies are reading this....I'm 70, a beginner quilter, altho I've dabbled in quilting over the years. It was never satisfying to me, too much work, and never a good result. I have always been a "getter done" crafter, never taking my time, but rushing to get on to the next project in my head.

    This time around I've learned so much from this quilting board. I've made all the normal mistakes, and probably some not so "normal". But I'm determined! I want to be a good quilter! I can do it!

    I'm taking more time to read directions, being more careful to cut accurately, still working on the "perfect seam". Startching as I go, Pressing after each step....things I always shortcutted before.

    And my quilting is looking soooo much better, I'm getting much more pleasure out of my effort, and really enjoying each process so much more, (even the ironing that I used to hate), some day I might just be a quilter.

    So, if you're a newbie, and if you're frustrated...take my advice...slow down! enjoy what you do! life is too short, but don't hurry thru it, live each day, enjoy each day!

    Hugs to all the experts that have the patience to guide us newbies in learning this enjoyable craft.

    Viv
    I agree 100% with you. I am fairly new to this craft also & the best thing that I did was join this board. The members are generous with their knowledge & expertise & for that I am truly grateful. They are the most unselfish group of people that I have had the honour of inter-acting with. Thank you all so much for your help & kindness & to all the Mothers out there - Happy Mother's Day (sorry guys, your day is coming !!)
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