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Thread: I'm embarrassed!

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    I'm embarrassed!

    I finished my first quilt which was a rag quilt for my 3 year old son. Well I hope no one looks to closely as the seams don't match up at all! My only defense is that it was my first time doing a quilt and using a sewing machine.

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    we all start somewhere --i bet your son loves it anyway

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    It will mean a lot to your son, because his mom made it.

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    Nobody but another quilter will ever notice, I promise you! I grew up with my grandmother's quilts and always thought she and her quilts were perfect. Then became a quilter and started really studying them and discovered to my surprise that HER blocks don't quite line up sometimes either and I never, ever noticed! I've owned some of these quilts nearly my whole life and I treasure them all. My husband & I use one of her quilts on our bed that she made for me when I was 16, even though it's too small for the bed. It's the coziest quilt we own and he loves it almost as much as I do - we wrestle over it all the time, LOL.

    Your son will love that quilt forever.

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    Do not worry about it!!! I sure it loods great!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    Nobody but another quilter will ever notice, I promise you!
    Very true.

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    Your son will love it and that's all that matters. I'm sure you did great.

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    I burned my first attempt. I made all my mistakes on that one. Don't worry about it. Just keep quilting.

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    Don't be embarrassed! I couldn't thread a sewing machine three years ago and can't believe how much I've learned.
    We all start somewhere and never forget: 'Better finished than perfect'! That and, 'A blind man would be glad to see it.' These are the two sayings I keep uppermost in my mind .
    Happy quilting!
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    Hahaha, I have a patient that paid $300 + for a quilt, I got to looking at it one day, because I like the pattern. And too my surprise many of the seams on it didn't match up, lol. So just be proud you finished your first one and get ready for the next.......good luck

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    I quilt because I love the sound of the machine and I love to touch and feel the fabric. I love seeing what develops as I go. When that little voice in my head says, "OMG, something isn't exactly right!", I try to quiet it and enjoy the process rather than worry about the product. I don't do this for a living, I do if for the loving No worries.

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    two things: there is a learning curve and we all start at the beginning AND done is far better than perfect. No one but you will see what you see; they'll only see something that "I want one too. Can you make me one?"
    Laurie in NYC

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    If anyone says anything - and they won't - say you did it on purpose! I'll bet it's beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meldmac View Post
    I finished my first quilt which was a rag quilt for my 3 year old son. Well I hope no one looks to closely as the seams don't match up at all! My only defense is that it was my first time doing a quilt and using a sewing machine.
    You are among friends and we ALL have stuff we aren't 100% proud of. The mistakes I make today hopefully I don't repeat tomorrow!

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    Now you got all the mistakes behind you!! It will amaze you to see how much better you get with each quilt!! In all the years I have been quilting, I have NEVER made a perfect quilt

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    Dont feel bad about your first quilt. You don't climb a ladder from the top, you start at the bottom and work your way up. That first quilt is your first step on to that ladder, before you know it you will be at the top of the ladder!
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Live, Learn and Quilt on! My quilts are like me~a little off~What is your next quilting adventure?

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    You gave your son a precious memory. That is way more important then a perfect quilt.

    I still may have a few unmatched seams, wavy border, or other no-no in some of the quilts I make. I show the quilts with mistakes at guild show and tell, doesn't bother me. It's a quilt and that's all it will ever be. LOL
    Got fabric?

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    Thank you everyone, you made me feel a lot better about it. Working on another rag quilt at the moment.

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    Keep at it, you will improve and don't worry about those seams. Almost all of us have a quilt in our past that resembles yours! I have been seriously quilting for about 5 years, and the first big quilt I did fell apart at the seams. The whole thing! I didn't have a clue about 1/4 seam allowance and was sewing my seams too narrow. After I washed it, it all fell apart. I took it all apart and salvaged what I could and the batting.
    Now, I am doing so much better. So will you. Gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by meldmac View Post
    Thank you everyone, you made me feel a lot better about it. Working on another rag quilt at the moment.
    And this second one will be better in some ways than the first, but I'll bet that each time you see your son snuggled under your first quilt, your heart will smile! Love bunniequilter's advice! That was just your first step, you only can go up from there! And you just started sewing? WONDERFUL! You have given yourself a gift that will return to you many times! Sewing anything is stitched from the heart, so keep up the great job and love your works in progress!!

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    I smile when I look at my first quilt! But I'm so glad that i didn't stop at that trip around the world pattern that turn out to be a zigzag trip! I cut out each block with a cardboard pattern traced the pattern and cut out with scissors for I didn't know about rotary cutting. I have learned so much and have more to learn , but it is all so fun! Just enjoy and have fun learning!!

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    I made baby quilts for my four grandchildren when they were born. They were my first quilts. I knew there were many mistakes, but no one else does. Two of the kids sleep with them all the time.

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    Your son will love it, don't worry. My 16-year-old has a quilt that I made when he was a baby, all half-square triangles. It has large areas where the fabric has been worn through to the batting and he WON'T let me get rid of it!!

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    I agree with jemma & grandma peg.. I still have my 1st quilt, I did sometime back. I should send you a picture of my 1st quilt..

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