Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 9 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 26 to 50 of 211

Thread: My quilting vent

  1. #26
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,668
    Blog Entries
    194
    Don't give up, sounds like you need a break from quilting and another idea is to start a pda and have others to help you online here on this board, post your ? and concerns and others can help you

    You have invested to much time and $$$ to just give it away.

    Hang in there!

    Craftybear

  2. #27
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    138
    Oh, please don't give up!
    I've been known to 'burn out' on quilting every now and then and back away for a few months. My last patch lasted more than 3 years, so when I finally got that 'excited' feeling when looking at my fabric, I knew it was time to jump back in again.
    I equate it to writer's block...kind of.
    The urge will return, problems and all, when it's time! :) Just take a break and a deep breath for now. I'm betting you'll be missing it in no time.

  3. #28
    Super Member Murphy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    8,902
    Blog Entries
    1
    Perhaps you can start a small group where you are and there might be an instructor willing to come to you.

  4. #29
    Super Member cowgirlquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norman, Oklahoma
    Posts
    4,695
    Please know we are all sending you great big hugs.....and that we know your pain and frustration....and just smile and take a breath, it will get better.

  5. #30
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    I would stop trying to make things fit neatly inside the lines. Sounds like free form piecing is perfect for you. Throw away the rule book and start having fun and enjoy the process.

  6. #31
    ArizonaQuilts1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Chandler, AZ
    Posts
    214
    Dear Brenda,

    I can totally relate. I've made about 500 quilts and there are some of them that would scare wild cattle. Even tho I consider myself somewhat skilled, I still have days where I just want to scream. When that happens I unplug my iron and just back away from the machine. There's no better medicine for me.

    Now if you're questioning your passion for quilting that may be another story. I think passionate quilters will often go to bed thinking about their next project and run over their stash in their heads a million times. They look at fabrics on line until their butts go numb. If you go to sleep thinking about quilting, wake up wanting to head for your sewing machine, and go nuts over all the wonderful fabrics out today, I would advise you to just take a little break and come back to it later.

    My husband is also a quilter and he absolutely goes insane when he has trouble with a quilt. His method of shaking the cobwebs out is a little different than mine. This is what he does: When he decides that the project is no longer worth doing, he pulls out a kazoo, takes the project out in the garage, plays kazoo "taps" at the trashcan and gives the project a decent burial. Then he comes back in the house and says out loud "it never happened". From there he starts another project because he felt he brought closure to his last project in a respectful way and it's all behind him now. LOL!!!!

    I guess the point is, we all have a different way of coping with a bad quilting experience.

    Thanks for sharing your frustrations with us. I am glad to know I am in good company.

    Mary

  7. #32
    lbaillie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pomona Park FL
    Posts
    309
    Blog Entries
    1
    Hang in there, take pictures when your stuck and I'm sure someone on the board has a suggestion to help get you thru it. Set the hard one aside and go for a quick and easy, feel the satisfaction of getting something done, breath smile, it suppose to be fun!!

  8. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    BC
    Posts
    722
    Just checking your blog and you have made some beautiful quilts. And so many in a short period of time. Like so many have said, take a break, don't sell your supplies and just relax a little ( I know you did in Hawaii) but I think a little break will bring you back into the fold. {{{HUGS)))

  9. #34
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    Posts
    1,941
    Brenda, just walk away from it for awhile. You have the stash and the machines and supplies. I can promise you that if you sell it all, you will probably regret it down the road. Try easier projects - think about starting off as a beginner. It just may get you back on track - and you are not alone - you have us!!

  10. #35
    Super Member BluegrassGurl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    1,527
    Blog Entries
    1
    Hi Btiny. Sorry to hear of your aggravation..... if anyone has been quilting very long and is honest... we all have our moments of utter frustration!

    I totally agree with the advice from charity-crafter. When I first began quilting, I could very easily jump into a project that was wayyyyyy over my head. At that time, I did not know anyone who lived close to me that quilted.... so I was on my own and on a one way path to major frustration.

    Also, after reading your recent posts regarding the lady who is your inspiration...... perhaps you are being way too hard on yourself by setting your expectations to be equal to her level?? Just a thought.

    Take some time off and step away for a few days and give yourself some time to just relax. If you love it, you will be drawn back to it with a renewed passion.

    Best wishes!!!

  11. #36
    Super Member carslo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    soCal
    Posts
    1,527
    Blog Entries
    5
    I have never taken a class and I make "artistic" changes aka errors frequently but everyone loves the quilts I make. We are our own harshest critics! I quilt for the relaxing space it puts me in, I hate the basting - the spray makes it easier. I try to work on something with each quilt to try and "perfect" a technique and will repeat a quilt to try and get it right. Even a beautiful "persian" rug has a purposeful mistake because we are all human. Relax and give yourself a hug. Maybe it is being from Saskatchewan that makes us (I was born in Moose Jaw) want to do the best that we can.
    Keep up the beautiful work!

  12. #37
    Super Member LindaM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Rural Small Town Ontario
    Posts
    1,473
    I think you must be a 'contemporary' quilter - or have a look at the "Gee's Bend" quilts - not 'perfect' seams, but celebrating colour and loving the fabric.

    Try some 'wonky' designs!

    Is there a guild near you? You may find mentors with them - or at fellowship with quilters, and often - inspiration.

    But I also find that even though I never lose the passion for quilting, there are lots of period where I just can't get myself to the machine.

  13. #38
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Long Island, New York
    Posts
    1,070
    Hang in there, Friend! I agree with everyone when they say it sounds like you need a little break. I've had many moments like this as well. My last one was with my quilting. I bought tons of stencils (at Joanns using coupons)with big dreams of the beautiful and innovative designs I would quilt. The first one was a disaster! So were many, many more. I spent more time ripping out stitches than I ever did doing the piecing.

    I decided that I had enough and put them all in a bag to be sold. I did sell a couple to test if people would really want them. They did. Then winter came and I didn't do anymore sales

    Then I had a short hiatus from quilting. When I came back I did some basic outline quilting and it went pretty well. I decided that I would try adesign in the border instead of just random squiggles. I bought another stencil (should have used something I already had but I wanted a little retail rush) and got to work. Night and day! I took my time and it came out great. Now I am so glad that I didn't get rid of my stencils. I can see so much more possiblity in them now. And I could never replace them for what I paid. Especially with money the way it is for us now.

    Give yourself sometime to step away from everything. Especially now that Spring is trying to get here. I think you'll find yourself refreshed and renewed and so happy that you didn't give up your gear!

    Peace!

  14. #39
    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    2,549
    Make something simple where seam and meeting points don't count. A string quilt fits the bill perfectly. Here's instructions for string blocks, you can use any color for the center you want. May in Jersey

    http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MKLBTeW...StringsRed.pdf

  15. #40
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    I totally cracked up over Mary's comment that some of her quilts would "scare wild cattle" hahahahahah

    I love the idea of calling your ex's Mom.

    And I also have been in your shoes. I've looked around at all my things related to quilting and thought of just giving it all up.

    I hope you do what works for you. You're the only one who knows the answer ultimately. The answer for me was and still is to walk away sometimes or do something easy and brainless.

    HUGS,
    Sue

  16. #41
    Super Member pab58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    6,222
    Blog Entries
    1
    You stated that your ex-boyfriend's mother "is a wonderful, wonderful quilter." Are you comparing your work to hers? Keep in mind that SHE was a beginning quilter, too. Even though there are many, many differences, having a background in garment sewing can smooth the transition into making quilts -- at least I think it did for me. You said she makes clothes, too. That has probably helped her in her quilting. When constructing clothing, things have to line up -- especially in certain areas. There is some fudging that can be done, but if some things aren't sewn together correctly, they will be wonky, etc. ;) Ask me how I know this!!! :oops: :roll:

    I cannot begin to count the number of times I had to rip things apart! I even had to take 2/3 of a quilt apart because the dye lot of the background was a shade off, and I was unable to locate a close match for the dye lot from the 2/3 section!!! Talk about being frustrated!!!! I was in tears!! All that work for nothing!!! At least I thought it was for nothing! I learned a valuable lesson that day: buy plenty of fabric to complete the background of the top!!!!!!

    Please don't compare your work to others -- especially to your dear friend's work. Accept your work for where it is at TODAY. Down the road you will see the long path you have traveled and will be proud of what you have accomplished. Step back for a while if you feel you need a break, or as others have suggested make a charity quilt. It will lift your spirits and will be a blessing to the one who receives it. Then come back refreshed and inspired to begin something a bit more challenging. No one ever said that every quilt had to be at an advanced/experienced level!! Make what you enjoy and see every moment as a learning moment. 8-)

    Please don't be discouraged. Come here to the QB, and we will provide you with friendship, empathy, sympathy, encouragement, knowledge, and with whatever else you might need to get through your frustrations. We will celebrate with you and cry with you -- whichever one you need! ;-)

  17. #42
    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Jozefow, Poland
    Posts
    4,502
    Quote Originally Posted by lbaillie
    Hang in there, take pictures when your stuck and I'm sure someone on the board has a suggestion to help get you thru it. Set the hard one aside and go for a quick and easy,
    Agree 100%.

    Also, someone suggested doing a really easy one for a kid--big squares, bright colors, simple patterns, great prints. They will love it.
    Then give it to them.

    So, don't do something rash. But, it should be fun. Take a break for a bit.

    Someone else said, "Don't rip the border." I agree. Don't. Cut.

    Sometimes getting away helps. Read a book, put away the quilting for a week or two. Sew a couple of pillows. :)

  18. #43
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Pilot Mountain, N.C.
    Posts
    284
    I, too, think you are comparing yourself to your ex's mom. Remember, the amish, who are probably the greatest quilters in the world, always have at least one mistake on their quilts. It is the humility block. That is what my mother always told me. She was a great quilter Also, remember, you are the only one that really knows about any mistakes. My mom also told me quilting is better than Prozac. So relax, enjoy and the rest will come.

  19. #44
    Super Member katiebear1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    lexington ky
    Posts
    1,281
    When I get frustrated I make crumb or string blocks. I find that very relaxing.

  20. #45
    Super Member happymrs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,231
    I would agree, maybe you are attempting too hard of patterns if all this is still pretty new to you. Take a break, then try some real simple stuff, just do blocks even. They are good ways to practice, & that way, you are just doing one block & not a whole quilt. That way, you can learn what you like doing & what you don't, & also, if you are not ready to attempt that. Don't get rid of everything just yet. We all realize, as we get older, our tastes change. You may not want to quilt much right now, but down the road, you may wish you had kept all that stuff. Even if you decide to get a job, keep your quilting stuff, it may turn into your sanity later on, & it's cheaper than a shrink, trust me! Hope all our advice is helping!...Good luck!

  21. #46
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Lebanon Missouri
    Posts
    2,668
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Don't give up!!! Just set it aside, go to your stash and lovingly caress it, then pick out an "easy" pattern, pull some of the fabrics that just sing to you and whip up a nice lap quilt that will be just all about the fabrics, not the pattern. That will help you!! It does me.
    I love to work with beautiful fabrics. Sometimes we just need to play with the ones we love and we get a sense of renewal!!
    Yep this is how you kick those quilting blues right out the back door

  22. #47
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Firmly North Georgia
    Posts
    838
    There are times when wrestling 21 yards of fabric, batting, and backing that I swear off quilting. And then I see something wonderful and off I go again. Take a break, clean your sewing room, oil and clean the machines, fold fabric, and buy a new pack of pins. Good luck.

  23. #48
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    13,232
    I am sure everyone has told you not to stop quilting and I am sure they have told you to take a break. Maybe the pattern you are working on isn't what you want to do. Work on a pattern that you want to work on and get some bright colored material to with it.

  24. #49
    Super Member Ilovemydogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    White Mountains, AZ
    Posts
    2,707
    Blog Entries
    8
    Don't give up! Breathe!!! :-)

  25. #50
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    West Virginia
    Posts
    1,010
    Please don't get rid of all your stuff. When you finally come to realize that you want to sew and quilt again, everything is going to be so much more expensive. You may not even be able to buy some of your favorite tools anymore. Fabric prices will have hit the roof. Ask me how I know. Get a lot of your fabric stash, pile it on the living room floor. Go get yourself a cold IceTea, or Coke, or Coffee. Turn on some soft background music. Sit in the middle of the living room floor. Pick up random pieces of fabric, notice the colors, texture, rub your hand across its surface, look for patterns in the fabric. Appreciate the real beauty of it. The unique patterns on batiks are really works of art. Smell it. Does it smell like the fabric shop or new fabric? Remember you like this.

Page 2 of 9 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.