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    My Dad always said, "You'll never learn any younger!" That's what I like about this board. I can learn from every quilt that's posted. All my quilting friends have been at it much longer than I have and some are really, really great and some are average quilters. But...we are all still learning. I get frustrated if I try to compare my quilts to some of theirs but if I don't keep trying, I'll never get any better. Some of my quilts are not anything to be proud of and some of them really make me happy but I learn from each one. Stand tall, be proud, post those quilts! We'd all love to see them.

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    AMEN sisters! We are all from different skill levels. It's so much fun to share ideas, get questions answered and to see what's been made to inspire me. Come on back!!!!!
    Keep smiling, it makes others wonder what you're up to!

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    I feel that way sometimes too. I still haven't shared any photo of my works because I see I'm not good enough like other Quilt Board members. But I keep watching photos of other people's works and spend lot of time watching tutorials and trying to improve my quilting. I hope I'll make it one day.

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    master piece

    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I think quilt photos are often a little deceptive, too. I've seen quilts that had lots of easily visible problems when seen "in person" turn out looking much more polished in the photo!
    mercy mercy you should't feel this way at all I am new also and I learn a lot from here all the ladies are so helpful in each way. If they have made something interesting they are more then helpful here, I wish you would give this all a throught myself look forward to seeing everyone things becasue belive me mine arent the best so lets get it togethere with that smiling face and show and tell we all love everything thanks

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    I already replied here, but feel it important to tell a little story here. I have sewed since I was 5 years old, am not almost 71. But I have been quilting about 4 years, thanks to a DN who encouraged me to start making placemats and table runners. She has since passed on, but left me with a legacy I will never forget. She showed me that you don't have to be the best at what you do, just LOVE what you do. Anyhow, last winter I got involved with watching Marestare.com. Many of you know about it. We watch horses and other animals that are about to give birth, so the owners can sleep, catch a school play or whatever. Anyhow, I got my heart yanked out by an organization called Operation Horse Rescue. The name says it all. I decided that since I didn't have money to help them out, I would donate a quilt for them to auction off. Many of you may have seen my "Mountain Sunset" bargello I made a couple weeks ago. It was my 2nd bargello, and I felt it was not perfect by any means, but my heart was in every thread in that quilt. Ann received the quilt last week, and it has been put up for a silent auction. The first bid is $250 already. Someone saw the quilt and valued it at $600-$1200, by only looking at the pictures. What?????? My quilt?????? I am still in shock and in awe!!!! So, ladies, don't take anything for granted. You, too, can do it. I would never have ever, and still don't, consider my work worthy of a juried quilt show. But who knows, you too, may find yourself on the receiving end of some serious gratitude from someone in need of your artistic talent. Please, EVERYONE! Keep posting your work (or play)! We all learn from it. I never would have tried a bargello if I hadn't seen some posted here.

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    I think some of the most appealing quilts are the ones that look 'user-friendly'

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    HI I know how you feel But I still post my pictures allthough it has been a while, and I am far far from being a pro at this I quilt for my kids and grand kids And for me I do it for love of quilting

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    Well, I guess I will chime in with the rest and say I am definitely not a professional!! I quilt because I enjoy it, because it gives me a wonderful sense of accomplishment, because my grown children and grandchildren and now my great grandson all love my quilts, because it gives me an outlet for expressing my creativity. I'm sure there are a lot of other "becauses" but these are the ones that pop into my head. I do all my own FMQ, even though my stitches are not even, I buy clothing at the thrift shops and reuse the fabrics, I buy most of my fabric at a fabric outlet where the most expensive quilting cotton is $3.50 a yd, I only buy sale fabrics at Hancocks and JoAnns. I have seen work on the Board that is so beautiful you have to call it a Masterpiece and I go back to look at them many times for inspiration, but try not to compare myself to those quilters. I have looked at your work and greatly admire what you have posted, don't be so hard on yourself. I am in my 70's and it took me a while to learn how to post photos, but seem to have finally gotten it down. PM me and we can work together on the phone until you feel comfortable. By the way I don't have a camera, I use my phone. I think it does fine. Happy Quilting, Polly

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    I did the same thing as AZJane above. I retired from teaching and was just lost and bored to death. A friend suggested quilting classes, and I went along just to have something to do. Although I've always had a sewing machine, I hated to sew. Hated making clothing or anything that had to fit because they never did!

    Quilting was totally different though. I love it, and I'm a beginner too. I make lots of mistakes because I'm always rushing to get something done. I should slow down and be more careful. I've gradually improved over time, but there's so much room to improve lots and lots more.

    I enjoy seeing the average quilts because it encourages me to keep on trying. I enjoy the simplicity of an easier pattern since they inspire me to try something new. I enjoy the gorgeous ones that are shared here, but I know I'll never be that good. I just want to make quilts for the people I love and as gifts to others.
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    I think there are a lot of us "quilting challenged" doing our quilts....I know I'm far from being good enough to do so many of the quilts I see on this board, but I love seeing what others have done. So far I stick to the "easy" stuff, ie, DP9, rail fence, pinwheels, four patch, and two or three of the ones I have seen on Missouri Quilt Co with pre-cuts. I will once in a while do some machine quilting with the decorative stitches on my machine. Usually baby quilts as they are easy to handle on the machine. I haven't tried the FMQ as yet. Maybe I'll get brave enough one of these days. Most of the quilts I make are tied. I have learned a lot from the wonderful ladies and gents on this board and so appreciate all their tips and help. So don't feel alone and just keep on quilting
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    I disagree with your statement. I've only been quilting since January and my work is definitely not up to the standards of some of the work I've seen posted here. I feel that the more I look and read and post the more great advice I'll get!

    I've seen some incredibly beautiful work, and then I've seen some not-so-incredible work, but we're all enjoying doing what we love to do and that's the fun of it!
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    "Perfect" or not, I love seeing all the quilts here on the QB. Not only are they the poster's pride and joy, they are very inspirational to me. I love seeing the different way blocks are joined, and the joy of discovery when those two blocks create another design. We are our own worst critics...so post those pictures and give us a chance to see your masterpieces of art!

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    KSue if you need help getting your pics loaded I will try for you. I have PhotoShop 9 and Paint that I use to re-size and color-correct. Just send me a PM and we'll go from there.
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    I feel for you having trouble with the QB. If you PM one of the moderators they will be helpful in teaching you to post pictures and there really are all sort of quilters on the QB. I am a self taught quilter. I really enjoy not knowing everything that others do cause it doesn't matter if I make a 'mistake' or not cause I don't know better. I enjoy quilting and I am far from what most people would consider perfect. Keep on playing with the QB. It took me a long time to learn the little I do know about how it all works but I get by!
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    The photos posted here give me courage and inspiration to keep trying. And I hope you will post yours. You may not feel like a professional, but many of us are rank beginners and we learn a lot from each quilt we see. So keep in mind that you are helping us and that this is not a competion, but a fun hobby we share. I haven't posted a photo yet because I haven't completed a peaced quilt. But when I do, I'll post it because I have no friends or family who is the least bit interested. You all are my only "friends" who will let me show off my work no matter how amaturish. And it will certainly be that. Keep up the good work and share you fun and quilts with us.
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    I've discovered that the pictures of my quilts often make them look much better than I think they look in person! And besides, with the camera I don't have to focus in on the boo-boo's like I do automatically when I look at it in person.
    So share your pictures with us, we promise not to tell you anything derogatory, even if you ask for a critique. I've found that the people here can tell you ever so nicely what you need to do to improve without making you feel like a blithering idiot for making whatever mistake you are trying to correct.
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    just as your signature states: Only God is perfect, our quilts don't have to be, live by this motto and your quilts will come alive and everyone will enjoy them!!
    will quilt 4EVER

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    I have to agree here, I am by no means a pro nor want to be ... and have so much to learn..I quilt for the enjoyment of it.. seeing what others have accomplished gives me ideas of what I might want to try...
    This board has helped me so very much... Thanks to all for the inspiration and ideas that are submitted..
    And yes I have had some trouble posting pics with this new site... but have to admit I have not taken the time to find out what I am doing wrong... one of these days I will.
    I have no other connections to quilters but thru this board and love to see all the different trials, errors and accomplishments of those here.
    So, what I am saying is don't give up the ship... all are here to help..
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I'll second what AuntPiggy has said.


    KSue, If you feel that this is only for professional quilters, then I'm not sure why? I've been here for over a year and have never had that feeling. There's a lot of us regular, average-Joe's or or should I say Josie's here
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    I'm a long way from being a professional quilter ... and have no aspirations to become one.


    As for posting of pictures, there's been many helpful threads about this in the Help Centre. Here's a link to the Archives ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/sitemap/f-27.html

    I'm far from a geek, and figured it out from How To;s that others shared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey View Post
    While the photos that some of the members here post are really "professional looking' the majority of the photos are posted by 'ordinary" quilters of all levels. My quilts are simply made and meant as a 'fun' outlet for me and as a way to share some of my joy of quilting with family and friends. So don't put yourself down and join all of us 'ordinary' quilters, we're a huge group that loves to add new members. May in Jersey
    I agree with May in NJ--I am having fun with the board and quilting. I used to make my clothes and quilting is much different. I look at all the beautiful items and sigh because while I was a fairly good seamstress I am a lousy quilter. I love to switch and swatch out patterns and colour. I may start with one idea and end up with another.

    My BFF says I quilt like I drive-all over the place!!! with no real idea where I am going. Quilt for yourself and don't judge your quilts or life by anyone else.

    Just enjoy the board and listen to all the people here who share ideas and advice. There is a lot to learn and while we all can't be brain surgeons, we can all take out a splinter!!

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    Please don't stop....this is a wonderful place to see all levels of performance and skill. I know my attempts are far from masterpieces but I get positive re-enforcement and good advice for what is wrong. I understand I see some superb and breathtaking items on here; but anything made by hand filled with love and time is just as worthy for display!

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    KSue must be having a bad day. Go ahead and post photos of your quilts. How else can we tell you how good they look.I have never seen a bad revue on the quilts on this site....not ever....

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