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    Oh Margie, you sweet lady. What sort of awful adult would comment on your quilting skills when you present them with a comfy, cozy gift of love? Yes, quilting does elevate a quilt to something very different. I don't have that skill at the moment, but I'm learning. I have an embroidery machine and have done small pieces on it with great success. By small, I mean QAYG squares that will be sewn into larger pieces and doll quilts and wall hanging size quilts and runners. On larger quilts that are difficult to manipulate, I either do stitch in the ditch or parallel stitching. I've just started to do FMQ and am practicing on small pieces. I cannot yet imagine doing it on a large quilt. A QB friend who has a long arm told me that using it is like holding a pencil and drawing on a piece of paper while doing it on a regular sewing machine is like moving the paper around under the pencil to create a drawing. So much harder. Do the best you can do and take baby steps and know that you are learning with each quilt you make. If anyone dares to point out any errors, snatch that quilt right out of their hands! They don't deserve something from a lady as sweet as you!
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    The only perfect quilts are the ones done on a computerized longarm and then only "if" they have been setup perfectly. Don't try to be perfect but instead try to have fun and enjoy your talents. It's like a lot of things in life, it just takes practice. If you enjoy it, it will be fun to practice. Muscle memory is a huge part of quilting so why not start with something your muscles already know, like you name?
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    Margie, take a look at this thread http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t212127.html and especially the second post that links to a Leah Day video. I already learned something this morning!
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    Practice on smaller objects such as the quilts for the kids..as you say they won't notice if you make mistakes and then dive in on a larger quilt..you will be surprised on your improvement with each one you quilt...show us some of your work when you finish...now off to the sewing room and get to work!!! lol
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    Practice practice practice -- and then wash the quilt and dry it in the dryer. It'll shrink everything up just enough that your stitches will look perfect whether they are or not!

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    Just take your time and as everyone else said practice.. That being said. I cannot machine quilt a full size top on my machine. Not because of the machine but because I cannot physcially handle moving the quilt around. I have decided that from now on either I will save up and let a long armer do it for me or I will do a quilt as you go. May not be show quality but it will be done.

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    I can tell you, unless you are giving your quilts away to other quilters, the mistakes won't be noticed. I just recently started machine quilting. This was a big step for me, as i was in the same funk you are in. But I needed to finish a quilt for a family member diagnosed with cancer. His excitement over the gift was so overwhelming that I was encouraged to finish another one, and so on. I still have reservations but I trudge through as I know the recipient will love it anyway. Keep practicing, I still make mistakes, but I practice with each new quilt.
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    I took a free motion class from a gal who did fabulous quilting. I got over my fear once she started pointing out all her mistakes. If I thought her work was outstanding, and it wasn't perfect, then what the heck was I afraid of. There is definately a learning curve, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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    Everything puckers after you wash it and any mistakes are much less noticeable (if at all). Say it again - All mistakes come out in the wash, all mistakes come out in the wash...

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    I make quilts because I love making things with a sewing machine. Nothing I make is perfect, far from it. It doesn't really bother me that my homemade items are not perfect when I give them as a gift. It was made with love and given with love and that's all I need to know.
    that is me!

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    I had the same fear when I started quilting. Finally decided that I was in LOVE with quilt making and since I couldn't afford to send my tops out for quilting would either have to bite the bullet and get started or stop altogether. Yep you guessed it I just bit the bullet and using invisible thread just started stippling and this was before UTube and everything else. I thought it was the most horrible looking thing but to this day I still get compliments on it.

    We are our own worst critics! Believe me those that don't sew will think you are an award winning quilter!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    When I was learning to quilt I made several blocks out of scraps and quilted on them until I ready to try with a quilt. It worked well for me. When I started with a quilt I went slow and if I made a mistake I fixed it and kept going. Good luck with your quilts.
    Thank you, wish I'd thought of individual blocks instead of trying to do the whole quilt to learn on.
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    If you can make the top and you're satisfied with that, go ahead and quilt it! If someone complains, repossess it! There has only been one perfect person who has ever lived and we are NOT him. I believe absolute perfection is impossible. Quilting is something to be enjoyed and shared. You should do your best, but accept that it may not be perfect. PS: nonquilters won't know the difference. They will be thrilled with the many hours of love you have showered on them! Get busy, Girl!

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    There's a great book about Quilting in Sections that may help you. I don't ever quilt a bed-sized quilt intact myself. I do it in three sections. I sew borders on the last two sides and then quilt the borders as one piece. It really makes life easier and the result is very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    When I was learning to quilt I made several blocks out of scraps and quilted on them until I ready to try with a quilt. It worked well for me. When I started with a quilt I went slow and if I made a mistake I fixed it and kept going. Good luck with your quilts.
    This is a good idea. Also you could make a few quilts that wouldn't matter as much if there were mistakes, say a quilt for your fur baby or something like that.
    Who needs therapy? I quilt!

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    unless you want the quilting to show and be the focus point on your quilt, if not, the quilt pattern and fabric will be the what makes the quilt. Quilting can be almost invisible and when is all done and you are looking at the quilt on the bed or wall all you see is the color of your fabric and the pattern.
    this is how I look at my quilts and like someone on this board said even if you make a small mistake while quilting you might never see it. Sooo....... go ahead, give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    I make quilts because I love making things with a sewing machine. Nothing I make is perfect, far from it. It doesn't really bother me that my homemade items are not perfect when I give them as a gift. It was made with love and given with love and that's all I need to know.
    Thank you , this is the way I am, most people never make remarks about how they are made, but there are those that do. Those are the ones that never receive one of my hand made gifts again..
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

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    I have a similar problem - I do SID or cross -hatching, or diamonds on the border, simple straight line stitching. I guess I'll just keep watching the tutorials and one day I'm going to jump in and start FMQ. Which me luck - nothing ventured, nothing gained. I should remind myself that when I first started quilting my quilting wasn't that great, but its' gotten better with time.

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    My quilting is therapy. I make what I call good everyday quilts. They are made mostly for me but somehow someone always wants them!!!!
    I have trouble moving around and can't manage a full size quilt for long. I do mine in sections. They are quilted in sections. Then I sew the sections together and quilt by hand where needed. All it take is some graph paper and time. It does take longer to do a large quilt this way but it's much easier to quilt even fancy patterns. My digital camera died and I have been buying fabric instead of replacing it. will replace soon and post some pictures.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    I have made lots of quilts and now I only machine quilt. I'm still trying to make a perfect quilt and after 114, they still aren't perfect. If I keep trying I may get closer. I love making quilts and doing FMQ and love the look. Mistakes I see others don't. Everyone that has one of my quilts haven't a clue how to sew. Make them pretty colors and patterns and they will love it.
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    Ladies, thank you so much for the encouraging words. I will keep practicing.

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    My experience is that those I make quilts for think I am an amazing quilter -- I stipple that's it, but to them it is amazing because they don't quilt. I am in no means an expert. I have tons of mistakes and area where my stitch length is not even, but they don't mind. Stop worrying they will love whatever you make - and if they don't they do not realize all the time and effort that goes into making a quilt.

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    Just jump in and practice. You'll do fine!

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    When I transitioned from hand quilting to machine quilting I was worried that those that received them would be disappointed! I found most don't care how its done just that I took the time to make it .. Anything I hand quilt never gets used. They think it's too nice to use. I WANT them used. Finally I never had a gift done when I needed it as hand quilting takes too long. That Said I now machine quilt. I'm not much past meandering but it works!! I still hand quilt but when I do it IS special and usually for my own use!! Go for it!! It doesn't have to be perfect!!

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    The more you do the more at ease you will become....take a deep breath, do some practice pieces, and most important
    enjoy yourself!
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