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Thread: A newbie observation

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    I have noticed we criticize our own work waaaay to harshly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    I have noticed we criticize our own work waaaay to harshly.
    David
    Absolutely! You are sooooo right!

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    Guilty!

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    You are your worst critic.

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    So true!

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    Very true!

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    in quilting and in life....thank you for that reminder.

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    Amen!!!

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    So sad but true. I've been on this board a few months and I'm getting better. I think that from what I've learned on this board my quilting is getting better. Thanks everyone for your help, suggestions and praise:)

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    We can be our own worse critics :(

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    GAC = Guilty as Charged

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    Yip --- me, too. But, I also think that if we didn't, we'd have sloppy work. I strive for near-perfection.....I STRIVE, I know I won't get there. :)

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    you betcha! i think we are just begging to be contradicted! LOL we all like compliments, and would like others to agree that our work is just as fine as we think it is. i think it's called fishing

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    Only you (and I) can make judgement and improvements in our work. Otherwise, we would all be doing second best in our quilts. Nothing to strive for. And nothing new either.

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    I agree that we are our own worst critics. I worked on a couple of Christmas quilts today and whenever I saw something that was less than "perfect" (and I use that term loosely) it aggravated me. But I decided right then and there that I would not mention them to the recipients. They may notice and they may not; most non-quilters have no idea do they?

    I also agree that we may be fishing for compliments. We all enjoy being affirmed; that's one of the reasons we post our pictures here. I really appreciate the compliments and suggestions I get here. I know our quilting has improved as a result of tips and help received from this board.

    Merry Christmas everyone. We have a slim chance of a white one here in TN!

    Darren

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    so very true

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    I belong to a machine quilting guild. Mostly professional quilters. As we were all introducing ourselves, the newbies kept saying things like "I'm not very good".

    After we had all introduced ourselves, one of our officers asked the group for a show of hands of everyone who doubts the quality of our work. Everyone's hands went up.

    There is always room for improvement in our craft, and always someone 'better' than we are. We are on a journey to improve ourselves, and it's a journey with no final destination.

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    I think that self critical-ness is what MAKES us the quilters we are!
    Without pushing ourselves to reach beyond what we accomplished today, we would never try that new technique, never invent that new process.

    Sorcha

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    My husband was just telling me tonight that I am way harsher on my work than anyone else would be. I've decided I am keeping my mouth shut from now on instead of cutting my own work down. I will no longer be my own quilt police.

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    oh yeah..........real bad.

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    Me, I strive for perfection, but am totally happy with improvement. It is a learning process and as long as I keep trying, I will keep improving.

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    yes it does seem we are never happy with all our efforts, that is one thing I am working on

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    so true!

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    Yes, we are our own judges and juries. Perhaps we should impose our own sentences. Set up a scale and fine ourselves accordingly. Place a fine collection jar where we could pay-up when we judged ourselves as offenders. The fine money would be used for something specific, such as batting for a QOV or or other donation quilt.

    The quilt police may leave us alone if we impose such a system. However, in my case, I may soon deplete my available funds for fabric acquisition.

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    We probably do, but I hate that, at guild meetings, there is total silence when some people show their finished products. Or just a lukewarm, "oh, that's nice." It is important that we offer encouragement. Say something positive!

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