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Thread: I found the Quilt Police!!

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    LOL no way .. then who was that person in my house looking at my strip quilt the other day ?? and fussing at me about I didn't do it right. OH and by the way she has never sewn a day in her life !

    Those are just the voices in your head silly !LOL WE all have them -its called we are our own worse enemy in quilting, sewing and life.
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    I always say "quilting is forgiving". After a top is quilted and bound, it is difficult to pick out the imperfections. Really obvious errors of course I fix....but the itsy bitsy ones I let sneak by....
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    Maybe you should send the quilt police on a vacation, tell them to leave for a little while so you can make some mistakes. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I get the same way sometimes but I've gotten pretty good at just shrugging and saying to myself, "Lesson for next time!" and moving on. I rip out some mistakes but I leave a lot of them too. Some day I hope I'm as skilled as my grandmother, who deliberately added mistakes to her quilts! For now, plenty of them happen all on their own, LOL. And most of them wouldn't be noticed by a non-quilter anyway. I don't make show quilts (yet) - mine are designed to be portable hugs, and who will complain if a hug is not perfect!? It's the love that counts.
    Couldn't have said it better myself !!! 3 Cheers to you.
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    Don't you just hate those voices in your head? But I'm sure your quilts are beautiful when they're completed. Thanks for sharing.
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    I have a lot of work in this regard. it is hard to change old habits. When I was learning to sew and was in 4-H club, everything had to be perfect to win a blue ribbon. I think quilting does require some perfection, but I will never be perfect.

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    I had a psych prof who referred to that as "Stinkin' Thinkin' ". I think that's a great name for it, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamagal View Post
    I found the Quilt Police!! They live in my head!! They fuss about my points! My sewing techniques, my choice of design and won't let me sew at all without having the ripper within close reach. Heaven help me if a seam line is slightly off!! Will I ever learn to just enjoy sitting down to sew??
    Tell the quilt police to go bother someone else and the "lock the door". For me, making quilts is a relaxing, fun way to create something enjoyable. When it becomes that stressful for me, I'll quit!

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    I wonder if they are the friends that 'police ' my work also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamagal View Post
    I found the Quilt Police!! They live in my head!! They fuss about my points! My sewing techniques, my choice of design and won't let me sew at all without having the ripper within close reach. Heaven help me if a seam line is slightly off!! Will I ever learn to just enjoy sitting down to sew??

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    Oh, those Quilt Police in our heads. They are the absolute worst, and most critical. The best thing to learn is NOT to point out our mistakes to others, and they will never notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Yes, you will! I used to be like that, believe it or not. Way before quilting, I used to sew garments and craft items. If I noticed a stitch out of place, out came the seam ripper. Drove myself crazy. Well, my eyes aren't as good as they used to be (even with glasses) and I no longer have the patience for "perfect" stitches. I still try to have my points and seams where they should be but no longer beat myself over the head about "the little things." Thing is, most people don't even notice those little things, whether they're perfect or slightly crooked. I don't enter contests and am the first to admit my sewing isn't perfect . . . and am a lot happier for it!

    Like I tell my DGD, strive for perfection but be happy with well-done.
    Neesie that is the perfect outlook - I hope i can learn to be more like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    We are our own worst enemies! We drive ourselves crazy, worrying and fussing about the imperfections in our projects. These will never be noticed by others but we can't stop ourselves from pointing them out. I am making a conscious effort to not point out my oopsies to others. If it was my quilt, I wouldn't fret over it so why do I have to make sure that everyone sees my mistakes?
    Isn't that the truth!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    We are our own worst enemies! We drive ourselves crazy, worrying and fussing about the imperfections in our projects. These will never be noticed by others but we can't stop ourselves from pointing them out. I am making a conscious effort to not point out my oopsies to others. If it was my quilt, I wouldn't fret over it so why do I have to make sure that everyone sees my mistakes?
    I totally agree!!!

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    I've been in a lot of swaps, I can tell when someone is trying vs slapping something together. Just trying makes a difference.
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    So glad to see this post. I've been quilting for more than 30 years and am yet to be perfect. Hardly! I agree with ckcowl - - there is only one Master Quilter. My motto is, 'progress, not perfection.' Learn from your mistakes; incorporate 'intentional' errors into your quilts as the quilters who came before us did. If I wanted perfection, I'd still be working on my first quilt.

    Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Remember, this is SUPPOSED to be fun, enjoyable, relaxing; a creative outlet.

    Quilt on!

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    I also have that problem. I've always been my own worst critic. I tended to be a perfectionist at everything & if I fell short I walked away from it. My 1st quilt project is in a box with many others, set aside for finishing in the future. Others seemed to feel what I did wasn't ever good enough & influenced my thinking. I see a lot now & have learned. As others here have said: Do your best w/o agonizing over every block when it comes together it's a part of the whole & is beautiful & will be loved & appreciated. I speak from experience. Now when I find myself getting too critical I pick another part of the same project I can work on & come back to it after a thoughtful sleep.

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    My daughter asked me if I named my quilts. I told her they all have the same name. "Perfection is highly overrated!"

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    I have decided to make "design choices" instead of driving myself nuts. My current attic windows quilt became a wonky attic windows quilt because I cut one picture panel crooked and there is no way to fix it!. Good luck enjoying the process more than the perfection.
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    No one is claiming to be trying for perfection. Life, along with quilting, is about trying for excellence. It's a journey, an attainable, and worthy, goal...not at all the same thing as perfection.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    Tell the quilt police to go bother someone else and the "lock the door". For me, making quilts is a relaxing, fun way to create something enjoyable. When it becomes that stressful for me, I'll quit!
    My feelings exactly. Do the best work you can and have FUN.
    Peace is one of His greatest gifts.

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    Speaking from the same experience, I believe the first lesson quilter(especially) should learn is not to judge their quilts from any closer that 6' away This is about where the quilt is seen on the bed. Viewed from that distance you can see the whole beauty of the quilt but not the tiny mistakes which seem to grow out of all proportion when viewed any closer.
    Took me some years to learn that lesson but I'm a lot more relaxed when piecing these days.

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    Neesie, I love your saying. "Strive for perfection, but be happy with well done." That to me is right on. I'm not one to be happy with slopping something together just to get it done. I do my best to get it right. But I also recognize that all my points are not perfect and every seam is not exactly where I would like it to be. I also believe those slight imperfections add to the charm of hand made.
    When a dying man asked his pastor "How long does it take to die?" his pastor's heartfelt reply was "A lifetime." Live life to the fullest, but stop now and then to enjoy the sunset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It's called 'dream incubation' and it's not crazy at all. Once the conscious 'clutter' of life is reduced, as it is during sleep, problem resolution is much clearer. http://www.wikihow.com/Influence-Your-Dreams
    Huh I'm going to try this! Thanks ghostrider!

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    Great comments! Thank you for the reminder to relax.
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    My DH says the only one who doesn't make mistakes is the one who doesn't do anything. I have learned that the ones who don't sew will never notice that stitch that is driving me crazy. I used to try to do everything perfect, but now good is enough. Of course, I strive for perfection but I don't beat myself up if it is not perfect.

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