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    I have issues...

    Does anyone else feel this way? I am a perfectionist and am so inspired by the art of quilting; however, my struggle is with the actual quilting part. After working so hard to piece a quilt together, it feels like such a letdown to stitch in the ditch on my little sewing machine. I have tried machine quilting on my home machine, but it is very limiting, and just can't look as good as I aspire it to look. Does anyone else feel like "what's the point of quilting if I don't have a longarm?", and what area do you focus on to substitute for the fancy quilting done on these machines. I don't mean to sound like a whiner, I just need another way to think about this. Maybe i should focus on hand-quilting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgreen View Post
    Does anyone else feel this way? I am a perfectionist and am so inspired by the art of quilting; however, my struggle is with the actual quilting part. After working so hard to piece a quilt together, it feels like such a letdown to stitch in the ditch on my little sewing machine. I have tried machine quilting on my home machine, but it is very limiting, and just can't look as good as I aspire it to look. Does anyone else feel like "what's the point of quilting if I don't have a longarm?", and what area do you focus on to substitute for the fancy quilting done on these machines. I don't mean to sound like a whiner, I just need another way to think about this. Maybe i should focus on hand-quilting....
    I have to agree. I bought a Craftsy class on free motion quilting, and have yet to "read" it. I do know the technique calls for a lot more practice than is in my nature.. I see such beautiful stuff on this site and not all of it is done on a longarm, but I have not mastered anything more than SID.

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    I used to feel the same way as you, but as I have quilted my way through many quilts, I have gained the experience needed to feel good about what I do. Some DSM can be very limiting with a small throat area, but it just calls for imagination....I have 9 inches of throat space and do all my own quilting, even up to huge king size. Go to Leah Day's website and watch her FMQ....she is an absolute master at what she does. Her videos gave me ideas for quilting and I couldn't wait to try them out. Don't get discouraged when your fmq doesn't look professional, it takes lots and lots of practice. Something else to think about is maybe taking a class in fmq. My LQS gives classes once in a while.

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    Hand quilting is an art in itself. I just don't seam to have the patients for it. Most LQS in my area have LA's to rent time on. Why not take a class from them and use there LA? Your quilting does not have to fancy, it is only one aspect of the finished quilt. Remember if your not happy with the piecing of the top no amount of fancy quilting will make you happy with it. Keep trying with your DSM. I have seen beautiful award winning work done on one. Whether you hand quilt, LA, or use your DSM it all takes hours and hours of practice to get right. Good luck, keep us posted.

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    Maybe your strong suit for now is designing the tops that you would love to quilt. Do you have a longarmer that you could collaborate with? I am getting into machine quilting, been a hand quilter for over 30 years. The learning curve is huge. I did some smaller pieces on my 9" Mega quilter to get the feel of the machine, and moving the quilt. It gave me more confidence to put the machine back on the frame and try more on there. I think everything has stages, and you are ready to jump to a new stage in your quilting life. Thank goodness quilting has sooo much to offer, traditional, contemporary, hand or machine work.

    Being a type A personality is tough. I have had to learn to let a lot of things go. It is a challenge to find what satisfies a person, our tastes change quite a bit over time. My problem is I put so much of myself into my quilts that when I give them away as gifts, I feel a bit let down. Like someone moved out! They become a part of me. My choice of pattern, fabric, color, quilting design, etc. These are all my choices. And, probably the only thing I will ever have control of!!

    The search for what satisfies you will make your quilting world expand. You will always need to know more, accomplish more, perfect more, try more. No, you are not whining, you are on an adventure!

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    I do all my own quilting on a Juki with a 9" throat. I don't quilt tops in the queen or king size. Most of mine are twin, maybe up to full size and large throws. Lots of smaller quilts, wall hangings, baby quilts. I don't have a large number of FMQing designs I feel I am real good at, but I do have a few and that is what I use. I do loop-d-loop, loops, stipple (large and small) hearts and leaves and some just random fillers. You can do a lot with just one or two designs. and then the learning curve is not so steep. You can add designs as time goes on.

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    I know how you feel. I told myself to just go with the flow and I would be able to get to where I wanted to be as a quilter. It takes time to evolve but its worth the wait.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    It takes a lot of practice to reach a level of perfection in machine quilting. I know if I dwell on what I think is perfect I won't be happy with what I get done. It hit me one day, lower my level of perfection. My quilting looks better with each quilt and I never allow myself to think it could be better. It will or it won't.
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    I know what you are feeling. Hang in there with each quilt you do you will get better and better. Maybe you could strive for improvement instead of perfection.

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    Not really. Designing the top and then working with a LAQ for the perfect quilting design is very rewarding in itself. Hand quilting is also viable as well W's qayg blocks.
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    Self taught hand quilter as I couldn't figure out how to machine quilt. Was it beautiful the first few quilts, goodness, no but getting better and I love the connection to my roots. I find it very relaxing while the hubby is watching sports on TV.
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    I love hand quilting but it takes me a looooog time. If I hope to get though half of my Bucket list quilts, I have to machine quilt. My FMQ skills are improving with every quilt. There is nothing wrong with SITD if it meets the batting requirements. I wish I could afford to send all my quilt to the long armer but that isn't in my budget either.

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    Practice, practice, practice and more practice. Like any art the brain and the hands must be trained to work together. Don't be so hard on yourself. I try to make a lot of Mystery Quilts that are good candidates for FMQ practice. Occasionally I will come across tied baby quilts at thrift stores that I purchase for FMQ practice. I always keep pre-made small rectangles of quilt sandwiches to practice on before beginning the quilting of a top. I highly recommend Leah Day's website for learning FMQ. And I do send my "special quilt tops" LA quilter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I used to feel the same way as you, but as I have quilted my way through many quilts, I have gained the experience needed to feel good about what I do. Some DSM can be very limiting with a small throat area, but it just calls for imagination....I have 9 inches of throat space and do all my own quilting, even up to huge king size. Go to Leah Day's website and watch her FMQ....she is an absolute master at what she does. Her videos gave me ideas for quilting and I couldn't wait to try them out. Don't get discouraged when your fmq doesn't look professional, it takes lots and lots of practice. Something else to think about is maybe taking a class in fmq. My LQS gives classes once in a while.
    Very good advice indeed! I also do all my quilting without a longarm. I did buy a used HQ Sixteen sitdown model a year and a half ago, but MUCH prefer the fine control I have using my DSM for FMQ! 99% of the time, the HQ Sixteen sits on a shelf covered in plastic; I've only used it for a couple of quilts. I even tried out some longarms at a quilt show last fall and decided I really don't even want one. I've done queen/king size quilts on my DSM and have been VERY happy with the results.
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    thanks for all the encouragement!

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    check around your area local quilt shops, machine dealers- you don't disclose where you are so can't help--but many shops that have/do quilting also allow you to take a class to learn to use the long-arm then you can rent time and use the machine to quilt your own quilts.
    when i bought my machine i took a class at a lqs that was $50 for the certification class- once certified you were able to rent the machine for $20 an hour to quilt your own quilts.
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    Grab an oar...I'm in the boat, too http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t215930.html

    I invested in a walking foot & darning foot this week to see if it improves my situation (1985 Kenmore 385 1254180 machine), but if not, I'll be sending my quilts out to a LA or investing in an up-to-date machine that I can learn and actually DO FMQ on. I really would like to do my own, but I love the look of professional LA. But yes, I feel your pain.

    @ ck: how long does it take to complete a quilt on a LA (say, queen size)?

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    I know how you feel, I'm working on the quilting for the shadowbox quilt top I just did and I've already ripped out four rows of stitches because it wasn't even and the back started to pucker. Ugh.... I'm taking a break just to calm myself down. Hang in there, it will get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgreen View Post
    Does anyone else feel this way? I am a perfectionist and am so inspired by the art of quilting; however, my struggle is with the actual quilting part. After working so hard to piece a quilt together, it feels like such a letdown to stitch in the ditch on my little sewing machine. I have tried machine quilting on my home machine, but it is very limiting, and just can't look as good as I aspire it to look. Does anyone else feel like "what's the point of quilting if I don't have a longarm?", and what area do you focus on to substitute for the fancy quilting done on these machines. I don't mean to sound like a whiner, I just need another way to think about this. Maybe i should focus on hand-quilting....
    And this would be why I got a long-arm. I wanted to finish the whole process myself and just had not the patience to quilt using my DSM. I've never hand quilted, but keep thinking that I need to try it,and as slow as I am I wouldn't get a whole lot of quilting done in my lifetime.

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    I'm with you. I've started doing some QAYG but in 3 strips, then each border. It seems like a lot of work but I've been happy with the results. It certainly gives me more options with the quilting. I'll never be capable of the feathers and other fancy ideas mainly because I don't like just practicing. I've joined a smocking group and I was working on a project last week and one lady said I was an over achiever. I've thought about that ever since and I think she's right. I just don't see "simple". I seem to have to put my all in to everything. My mum always told me "if it's worth doing it's worth doing well". I think she made me what I am. At least I always know I've done my best, which isn't perfect but is my best although I'm sometimes disappointed in my accomplishments. Oh well I'm to old to change now.

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    I solved that by buying a HQ Sweet 16. Now I just need more time.

    Harriet Hargrave said in her lecture at our guild last month that for many people the actual quilting is like an afterthought. "Now that I made this top/pattern....how in the world am I going to quilt it?" She suggests to think about the quilting as you are deciding on the pattern/fabric. I tried that with my next project and it does make a difference. I am not dreading the quilting. BTE, she does all of her quilts on a regular DSM.
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    ckcowl, I'm in Franklin, TN, and as far as I know, there are no shops with long arms to rent. I would love to do that!

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    Longarms have a learning curve as well. I thought I could get one and go right to quilting. No so. Practice, practice, practice! I've done several quilts and still not getting the results I wanted.

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    that is exactly how I felt so I managed to take out a low rate loan for a long arm...I would not have been able to do it without the long arm or pantovision....they say if you can draw, you can fmq...well, I can't draw a stick figure!...but I can trace and that's how I get to do my quilting and love it...I hope you find a solution that works for you...there are quilt shops that will train you and rent time if you want to see how you feel about it...
    So many quilts, so little time :-)

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    I always hand quilt, but then I only make "country" quilts. It takes a lot of practice to get the stitches small and even. My stitches aren't perfectly even but I think it just adds charm.

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