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Thread: I learned something today

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    I am writing down your quote as my quilting teacher is so hard on me by refusing to accept anything but my very best (whether it is my best or not) and I always feel kind of beat down after messing up in her class, she calls me her "Problem child" but the other day she said...it isn't you today Sherrie, and I beamed. A little recognition goes a long way especially to a newbie. I love quilting and would give up cleaning house if I could, someday I will have more confidence, something we all could use I suspect.

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    As quilters, we (including myself) are very hard on ourselves.

    Since it is a craft, I think all of us strive to do our best and continue to improve our skill level.

    Nonquilters don't have "that" experience to draw upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherrieDLux
    I am writing down your quote as my quilting teacher is so hard on me by refusing to accept anything but my very best (whether it is my best or not) and I always feel kind of beat down after messing up in her class, she calls me her "Problem child" but the other day she said...it isn't you today Sherrie, and I beamed. A little recognition goes a long way especially to a newbie. I love quilting and would give up cleaning house if I could, someday I will have more confidence, something we all could use I suspect.
    Wow, I teach quilting in my home. I would never call a student a "Problem Child". I always tell my students to do "their" best not my best. We have a saying in my church that goes like this. "We are not perfect, just progressing". I teach if you can learn from a mistake, it is a lesson well learned. I am sorry you are not enjoying the learning process.

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    I like the finished is better than perfect quote. Non quilters don't notice the mistakes but they also don't want to pay more for a 'perfect' quilt. They're willing to pay the same no matter the quality of work so if you're selling (which I realize most of us are not) why bother to kill yourself over every detail?

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    I am now teaching my 9yo DGD to quilt and we decided that mistakes give the project their very own character. Trying to make it perfect was taking all the fun out of it for her. She is currently making placemats and now that she has stopped worrying about it being perfect she is actually doing much better. I did have to point out some mistakes that I had made in some of the quilts that I made. The last quilt that I made she noticed the "big" mistake that I made but told me that she would keep it a secret from DD for whom the quilt was made.

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    I had to have an outloud chuckle when I read you message. Way to go and I'll have to tell everybody to just look as you pass by.

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    I just finished a baby quilt and was not happy with it but gave it to them anyway the mother of the baby said it was beautiful and she admired any one who can sew made ma feel better about the quilt. Horay for non sewers they can't see what you did wrong.

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    Very few of the quilts I have made over the past 13 years are absolutely perfect. There is always something I have found after they are complete and quilted. The following was on a rock given to a gentlemen who had a deformed back. "Nobody are perfect". So some quilts have a mistake..this makes them unique.

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    I think that we are all too hard on ourselves, we see even the smallest of mistakes. Only another quilter might see your mistakes. The Amish always have a mistake in their quilts, their saying is that no one is perfect, the only one that was , was nailed on the cross.

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    You may not remember grannys & families quilts waaay back when, now I know they weren't perfect! and hand stitched at that! so why do we think they have to be so perfect? me included. I do remember some of grannys quilts, and they were not perfect, they were used to keep warm in the winter time, I would love to have one of my grannys quilts yeah just for a keep sake. and they did keep us warm too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamasuze
    If you're like me, I tell myself I'm going to live by the "man on a galloping horse" rule, but I actually live by the "woman with a magnifying glass" rule. I'm much harder on myself than anyone else ever could be!
    This fits me perfectly. I always spend more time thinking about the small percent of error instead of the very large percent of beautiful. I do love to quilt though and that's what keeps me sewing and sewing and sewing and......

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    Not to get of topic, but quilt addict I LOVE your avatar. It's beautiful!

    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    I think we all do out best effort. Depending on experience the results may be different. As long as you enjoy what you are doing that is what counts. Hopefully we will learn and improve along the way.

    I use the galloping horse rule!

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    Whew! You mean all those dozens of quilts that I have done (every one of them has at least one flaw) are loved? (LOL!) We are all being perfected personally. My quilts are getting better as well! I will continue learning to turn out better quilts 'til the day I die! :-)

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    Thanks for sharing that! I just finished machine quilting a table topper. I love the fall colors and the pattern but my machine quilting leaves something to be desired (in my opinion!). I am not going to be so critical, and just enjoy my efforts!

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    Personally, I think that unless you point out a flaw, or it is one you can't miss, no one notices them. Don't be hard on yourself. We always are harsher on ourselves than other people would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    They must have been "non-quilters" to not know machine from hand applique. Maybe you should think about setting up a booth and selling your own. I guess only you would know the imperfections. I was amazed yesterday when I went to my LQS and was looking at the quilts hung up as examples for upcoming classes. On one the SID was "off" in a lot of places and it made me feel better about my own quilting :)
    I've noticed that in several shops! Makes me feel much more confident.

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    The vast majority of the quilts I make are for comfort. Charity quilts are my favorite, the children who get my quilts don't see the mistakes; instead they see a quilt that is theirs to keep forever. Cathy Miller the singing quilter's song entitled "A Quilter's Embrace" says it perfectly. Its all about the reasons we make charity quilts.

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    To me quilting is a learning process. If you notice that you have problems , you can refer to other quilters, books, courses. Do you know a student that gets a perfect score on every exam or research that she or he completed. Next time I just try to do better!

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    All I can say is that we are our worst critics. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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    Good to know.

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    i think of the 10 foot rule while i am makeing a quilt, but i would like to get it down to a 5 foot rule

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    After I took my first quilt in and showed the owner of the LQS what I had done and see if she could give pointers for the next quilt, she told me it is a learning process. It doesn't matter at what stage you are with quilting, there is always something to learn. Complete the project, do your best, take pride in what you do and start another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dar-midlife
    I think most of us are way too hard on ourselves. A few years ago, a wonderful (experienced) quilter whom I thought was perfect explained to me that she was the only one who knew where the mistakes were and I should keep in mind that "finished is better than perfect". It has stuck with me and I am working on "letting go"!
    I am on my way home from spending 4 days taking classes at Quilting with Machines in Huron, Ohio...took 3 classes from Karen McTavish who is a fabulous quilter and she doubts herself and doesn't think her quilting is all that great. :shock: She is so humble about her awesome skills and just a really nice person. I guess if she can be hard on herself, it must be a "creative person's disease"! We put a piece of ourselves in every quilt we make and when it is less than perfect we think it says that we aren't perfect :roll: Lord knows I'm not perfect, but I keep trying...at least with my quilting!!!

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    I use the 10 foot rule too, but on a galloping horse!

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    we are always most critical of ourselves, arent we? Hope this boosts your confidence in your work.

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