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Thread: I must admit, that I'm getting frustrated with perfection

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    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE quilting, but am frustrated at the sense that everything I do has to be perfect. Reading about the latest gadget that we can buy to make SURE that we get that 1/4" (minus two threads), just makes me sigh... And how we scurry to take out a seam when our blocks are off 3 threads. All the talk about being sure that everything is "exact". Are we quilting because it's fun? We're making a loving gift? Or is perfection the goal?

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    None of my quilts are perfect and I'm fine with that!

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    I quilt for fun. I gave up perfection years ago. I like my quilts to look nice, and I do rip out my share of seams, but my quilts will never be in a show, will never be in a museum, but they will be in my house and the houses of family and friends, and I will be proud of them when I'm done. I keep telling myself that perfection is impossible so why should I drive myself crazy trying to achieve something I can never do.

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    In the 70s I strove for perfection and having failed at that, I gave up quilting. Now I am a lot older and wiser and have taken up quilting once again. I no longer worry about the boo boos. I just focus on the fun I have making those boo boos! :)

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    If perfection is the goal then I have failed in a big way. I like quilting because it is fun and I enjoy quilting.

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    I'm with Jill - I quilt for fun and my own pleasure. I do try and make them perfect, but, I'm not, and they aren't, and that's okay to me.

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    I strive to do as good a job as I can with the skills I have today. BTW, not one of my quilts has ever been perfect, and not one recipient has complained. My quilting skills are much better than when I first started, however, I still make misteaks, I mean, mistakes. That's just life. I'm hardly perfect anywhere else; why do I have to be a perfect quilter?

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    Most of that is just to sell more gadgets. Fabric is an imperfect medium. Minor imperfections are to be expected and only enhance the beauty of the final product.

    If it's still ugly, you didn't cut it small enough. If it's still crooked, your galloping horse isn't going fast enough!!

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    I totally agree with the not being perfect thing but it seems like all the information out there is "how to make it perfect". That's what gets old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky13
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE quilting, but am frustrated at the sense that everything I do has to be perfect. Reading about the latest gadget that we can buy to make SURE that we get that 1/4" (minus two threads), just makes me sigh... And how we scurry to take out a seam when our blocks are off 3 threads. All the talk about being sure that everything is "exact". Are we quilting because it's fun? We're making a loving gift? Or is perfection the goal?

    You must realize that it's all about teaching you the correct way. How you decide to do it, is up to you. You only have to please yourself.

    If I were to teach you do a seam without care, you would be unhappy as I didn't teach you correctly, once you know the in's and out's, then you do what pleases you.

    We try to come as close as perfect as we can possible manage, if there is such a thing and that is our perfection, the way we want it.

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    Once I gave up on absolute perfection, I became a much happier and calmer person. Much to my DH's delight. He's working on the same issue for himself and me. We both have many slip ups, but we catch each other and have a good laugh. Don't get me wrong - we still always strive for the best we can do. We just agreed that pefection is no longer the goal. Quilting is too much fun to make myself stressed about it.

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    If I had to quilt to perfection , then I shouldn't quilt cus I haven't had a perfect one yet!!! LOL. But I have fun and that's what' important to me!

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    I shoot for "the best I can do" which sometimes has some corners cut off. Perfection is self-imposed. Do your best AND have fun - that's my motto.

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    Me again, adding to my prior post. One quilter on this board told me to lighten up on myself and I decided it was very good advice so I decided to take it. :)

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    I strive for perfection, but if I have to take a seam out, it is a cold day in h*ll. I always go by the galloping horse rule- if it looks OK from a galloping horse, then it is OK with me. I also strive for done!

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    You don't have to be perfect. also there are patterns that are way more fogiving. Maybe read books by Gwen Marston to get the fun back into quilting.

    http://www.amazon.com/Liberated-Quil.../dp/0891458786

    I heard she put a new book out that is very similar to the first book. I have a friend reading the book right now she had a similar complain about quilting. To me the meticulus aspect is calming and part I like but I could see it could bother also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropical
    Once I gave up on absolute perfection, I became a much happier and calmer person. Much to my DH's delight. He's working on the same issue for himself and me. We both have many slip ups, but we catch each other and have a good laugh. Don't get me wrong - we still always strive for the best we can do. We just agreed that pefection is no longer the goal. Quilting is too much fun to make myself stressed about it.
    Indeed!

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    I definitely have to quilt for fun, perfection is way to stressful. When I look at the hand quilting done by borntohandquilt, I get very excited and pay very close attention to what I am doing. Then I start paying attention to what is on tv and realize that my stitches are a little less than perfect. I also only give to people who care about me....they are always appreciative and love that I made it for them...So I continue to look at the pictures here and keep everyone as an inspiration and just do the best I can....

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    What I love about quilting is the ability to be imperfect I learned this week that what I saw as a mistake turned out to make the quilt.

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    I gave up trying to make the perfect seam a long time ago. Now I quilt just for fun and no one will ever notice a little mistake here and there. If we are up tight about things being perfect it takes the joy out of quilting. Life is full of little mistakes.

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    No need to be frustrated with perfection - I figure if I'm close to 1/4 inch seam I'm doing real good. I can fudge a thread or two or three when I join. And I would never want anyone to look at my corners too close. I'm not doing works of art, I'm doing works of life.

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    I try to do my best but know the quilt police would probably have a hay day with my quilts since I know they're not perfect. I guess I figure if someone doesn't like them they don't have to look or they can fix them.

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    Liberating quilting, is...well, liberating! If you need a break from precise piecing, give it a try. You'll love it and your creativity will shine. I've always considered quilters artists. There's room for all kinds of quilting styles. Just have fun whether it be getting everything to match up or purposely making something wonky. Anything goes. And if you hate it, give it to a pet. They love anything warm!

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    Becky ,I agree with you, I like my quilts tobe as perfect as I
    can make them,but it hurts my feeling(ego) for others to start pointing out all my off points. I have parkinson tremors, am
    lucky to keep two pieces of fabric togeather. Can't use straight pens I stick me more than the fabric, so a crooked seam or miss match seam just has todo. My family and real friends, love the gifts I make them. Some day the sewing may have to go by the way side,yet in the mean time I'm going to keep quilting. So join me and enjoy ,let the other scramble for what they want..

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    Good for you ,Willa, I feel the same way.

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