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Thread: I suppose I will finish it

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    community benefactor Renee110's Avatar
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    I just started sewing and quilting in Sept. So....obviously I'm new and I am not proficient yet. The very first thing I started on was a king size quilt, because you know....have to bite off more than I can chew! Stopped working on it so I could make Christmas stuff.

    Well...I have learned a bit since I last worked on my quilt, and boy howdy do I see the mistakes and mess ups in my quilt! The top is about 3/4 finished, and I haven't wanted to finish it because now I don't like it and am not proud of it.

    I got it out last night and decided to finish it since I had come this far on it. No point in wasting all that material not to mention the hours and tears and cussing that went into it. It sure is wonky though. Sigh. Guess I can line the doghouse with it!

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    Go on and finish it.. We all have to have our 'first' quilt.. As you continue to make more and more quilts you will get better and better. Just think of it as 'one of a kind' ! Seriously, Don't beat yourself up for not having a perfect first quilt.. As with everything in life it takes practice, and think of this your practice run.. Ive been quilting for three years now and I'm still practicing!!

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    Yeah, like the rest of us haven't done the same thing! Finish it for your pride, study it for the education and show it off for the sheer fun of it. At least it will be finished. which is a whole lot better than never done!

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    When it's done you might learn to like it. But if not, then donate it to any family member or friend who likes it. Or to a woman's shelter, one with kids. They will really enjoy it, that's what quilts are for, keeping people warm.

    Remember, no one else (with the possible exception of a quilt show judge with a magnifying glass) is going to check it out for anything wrong. Family will think of the love in it and not be able to see the small defects, if any, that loom large to you.

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    Loom...I like that. Yes, there is a huge shadow looming over me. LOL

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    First quilts are for enjoying and educating ourselves. Be proud you have gotten that far and can see ways to improve next time! I think I would hang on to it so every time you have a difficult project, you can look at this one and see how far you have advanced!

    Love your avatar by the way!

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    I did the same thing and started a kingsize quilt for my first quilt. Know better now. No one told me that wasn't a good idea. Finish it and you'll be so proud of yourself for perservering!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat

    Love your avatar by the way!
    My daughter took that pic. It was a horse that bucked me off and separated my shoulder. Now that I say that I wonder why I have that pic there! Like I want to remember that.... 8-)

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    embrace it-- love it-- it taught you a lot--perfectioon usually comes at a price we dont want to pay

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    Finish it! Quilts started out as utilitarian, but now we think they have to be perfect......wrong. They still keep us warm at night, no matter how 'imperfect'. Finish it and put it on your bed under your bed topper. You'll be the only one that knows it isn't perfect, but as you cuddle under it at night, you won't care.
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    The first quilt is always special, even with the wonkiness and mistakes we find later. Just tell yourself it was the way you wanted it! My first was a stack and whack that was with one cotton fabric and one poly. Talk about fun with that stretching(and a color I definitely don't like).

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    When I first got married I had a slight tendency to hoard things. In particular a big box of clothes. My excuse being that I was going to make a quilt and one day set off. God forbid I take the time to learn a few things. Nope. Dived right in and ended up with what could possibly be the worlds ugliest quilt. I didn't even bind it. Here I am, 10 years later and that thing still keeps people warm. Which in the end is all that matters.

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    Yes, do finish it. Years down the road you will see how much you have progressed!

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    I say keep on keeping on, besides you haven't learned everything yet lol and what better place to practice. Every quilt is a learning experience for me. I have never made one without mistakes and probably will never, but I keep on keeping on and love almost every moment of it.

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    Finish it. It will be good practice for all your skills. Binding skills also need perfected and this one is a good place to start.

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    I agree with granna of 5. Keep on Keeping on is one of my favorite sayings when things get difficult. Just don't give it to the dog.

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    Finish it! You don't know how many here couldn't stand a quilt they were making and once it was done, they liked it.
    Take it from someone who knows.

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    Every one of you is right! I attached another row last night. I have one more row to attach and then all I will have left is the border. Then of course sandwiching and quilting. I WAS going to send this quilt to stewyscrewy or Charisma for long arming, but I am afraid to send it out now.

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    Finish it and keep on quilting. Then when you're feeling discouraged about a particular project take it out to show yourself how much progress you've made. I'm just as proud of my first quilt as all the others. What about the pics we have of kids taking their first baby steps. This is your first baby step.

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    I think everyone feels this way with there first quilt. I'm sure it will turn out better than you think. I always want my quilts to be perfect and my DH is the worst critic. He is always checking my points (I know that is really a good thing-hee hee). Remember this is "supposed" be fun and relaxing!!

    Love your avatar - cool blue eye, is it a paint? I've had 9 horses-no blue eyes (at least my huskies do)

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    Yes, by all means, finish it! You may be slightly disgruntled with it right now, but down the road you will become very fond of it - it's a roadmap of your progress (and, I bet it's not nearly as bad as you think - we tend to be our own worst critics!). You will also gain practice with borders, quilting and binding and you'll be that much further ahead for the next one. :)

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    One of my first quilts, eight years ago, was a fall-themed quilt that I still put out each year. The worst part is the binding; it must be about 3" and the corners are rounded not straight. I remember being so proud of that quilt, then the years of being embarrassed. Now I display it so I can see that I have made improvements. Please finish your quilt, if for no other reason than to use it as a comparison to the skills you will gain with each quilt you make.

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    Finish it! I gave early quilts away with all their faults.
    I never have any of those people ask me to make another one!
    I can sew happily for myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twospoiledhuskies

    Love your avatar - cool blue eye, is it a paint? I've had 9 horses-no blue eyes (at least my huskies do)
    No...Missouri Foxtrotter. He was in training and he was a turkey.

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    The first quilt I ever started got thrown in the trash. I regret that now. The second quilt was much better but not the level of quilting that I now can do. I often take it to 'first quilter classes' that I teach to show the newcomers that everyone has a learning curve. I wish I had finished and kept that first quilt...... Finish and keep yours. You'll be glad you did.

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