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Thread: I''m new to quilting but........

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    Senior Member Lori L's Avatar
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    Yesterday I was showing my SIL a table runner I was making for my mom. While looking it over, she noticed the hand quilting I had completed and said "I don't know if you realize this or not but there's an easier way to do this. You make a tie in the center of each square." She then proceded to tell me step by step how to accomplish this technique as if it was the newest thing in quilting. When she was done.....and it was a long lesson :)...........she finished by saying "I'm so glad I could contribute something to your new hobby. If you need more help, just let me know." I was trying not to laugh or be ungrateful but I thought I was moving ahead in my quilting education/journey by attempting hand quilting or FMQ. Maybe my hand quilting wasn't quite up to par. LOL How do you all handle well meaning advice????

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    I think I would have to say " I wasn't looking for easy!"

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    Just say thank you and forget about it; she meant well.

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    " I never thought of that. Thanks!" And then do what you're doing. You can chuckle when she's gone.

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    Actually, you got off easy! :-)

    Check out the thread at:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-53265-1.htm

    about "Quilt Police." Some people are just SO full of themselves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Actually, you got off easy! :-)

    Check out the thread at:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-53265-1.htm

    about "Quilt Police." Some people are just SO full of themselves!
    QBeth....you are absolutely right! I did get off easy :) She at least wasn't rude, just well meaning. LOL I guess my feelings were hurt that she didn't recognize the special work I had added to make this an even more special quilting project for my wonderful Mom.

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    Takes all types, doesn't it. Even the ones that mean no harm. At least they can provide some amusement. but, I don't blame you for being hurt!! Give credit where it's due -- hand quilting is NOT easy, is probably on the edge of extinction, and good for you for keeping it alive!

    Hey, can you post a picture??

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    Maybe mention you were trying to expand your skills :thumbup: Or that you thought the tying would not lay as flat as you wanted for a table runner :wink:

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    If you know in your heart that she meant well, let it go.

    But I'm pretty sure you just wanted her to say - "hey, that's looking good - "

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Takes all types, doesn't it. Even the ones that mean no harm. At least they can provide some amusement. but, I don't blame you for being hurt!! Give credit where it's due -- hand quilting is NOT easy, is probably on the edge of extinction, and good for you for keeping it alive!

    Hey, can you post a picture??
    Here's my project with the only thing remaining is to complete the binding. I had a lot of fun "posing" my quilt outdoors!

    outline of appliques and stitch in the ditch hand quilting
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    My dogs were helping, possible because the puppy is asleep somewhere!
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    close- up of backing, I have some strings to fix in the center
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    Senior Member Lori L's Avatar
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    I went looking for this in pictures.....and guess what?.....hard to find in pictures when you post in the "Main" section. :) I think I'll repost in the picture section. LOL

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    Love the greens and yellows in the table runner.

    Your stitches are nice and even.

    Nice work.

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    It's beautiful! Love the colors. Envious of your obvious talent for hand quilting!

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    Thank you for the compliments and encouragment. This is my very 1st attempt at handquilting a project and like everything...it's a learning experience!

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    You did an excellent job! Love it!

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    Beautiful handquilting, love those fabrics :D:D:D

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    Beautiful table runner and excellent job on the hand quilting especially for the first time doing it!!

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    I love it! The colors are very pretty & I like the design. I think your quilting is great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori L
    This is my very 1st attempt at handquilting a project and like everything...it's a learning experience!
    The stitches look beautiful and very even. I would not have guessed it was your first. You're a natural!

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    Nod and smile, then do what I always have.

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    Your table runner is beautiful. I love the colors.

    That was very sweet that you listened to everything your SIL was "trying to teach you". :-P It probably made her feel good, you know?? Anyway, beautiful job on your runner!!!

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    I honestly don't think she meant it as an insult. Not being a quilter, she really has no concept and she was trying to save you some time and energy NOT realizing that you revel in the "tedium."

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    Beautiful work, I love pic no2 with the dogs!

    Gal

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    I am happy anytime I can learn something new, whether I like it or not at the moment. Plus, your standings in the family will be upgraded if you appear appreciative.

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    That is so pretty and I think you did a great job quilting it. I hope she was just trying to be helpful.

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