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Thread: It occurred to me...

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    It occurred to me...

    ... as I stood at the board pressing 140 squares for a pinwheel quilt: I have always hated ironing, and hated math. So why do I love quilting?

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    We can all come to love anything ... if we see the rewards at the end of the work!

    Ironing clothes ... ick!

    Pressing quilt squares is instant gratification in seeing the pieces sitting perfect. And a step to an end product we treasure!
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    You love quilting because you have a natural creative talent that you can't ignore, and it outweighs your hatred of ironing and math! Making quilts is a creative thing and satisfies your natural instincts to create, in spite of that gosh awful math and ironing!

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    I, like you hate ironing and math but love quilting. I think it is because for me it is a release and artistic outlet. I'm not overly artistic but can this and appreciate how pretty a quilt top can look when all those little pieces of fabric are joined together. The math an the ironing just make it look right.
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    I feel the same way.

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    What ever Piepatch said, I second that. My quest to create overwhelms my dreaded, spitting iron. Math I don't mind so much.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

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    What is a little ironing when you can turn cut up pieces of fabric into something so beautiful.

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    You like to quilt because you like to make things that are beautiful and useful. (At least that's why I quilt).

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    Its a puzzle but, I love making quilts also. I guess I really don't think about anything being a negative about quilting. I hate to sew on a button.
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    there are parts of quilting that i don't like. but i love a quilt when it's done
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    I am not really sure. You are right there are things that are not the greatest but still I just can not get enough of it!!!!

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    The math part is OK, but I hate ironing. So I say, "You are not ironing. You are pressing. Pressing is part of the sewing process". But what I really hate is cutting, especially the same size pieces over and over and over.
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

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    You don't "iron" - you press the blocks. BIG DIFFERENCE.
    You don't "do math" - you simply figure out the size of pieces to cut from basic guidelines so you can have the perfect square. See, that was easy.
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    I HATE ironing......but will happily press fabric pieces for HOURS!!!!!! Perhaps it is part of the quilting gene we have all been 'infected' with!!!!
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    I was never really good at math until I started quilting! I've always loved to iron. The ironic part to that is I like to iron in the summer time when it's already hot out! Never could figure that one out.

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    Hehehehehe

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    Now me, I love the ironing and the math! Always hated the basting. 100 quilt tops and counting. :-D

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    You're all right... somehow the thrill of creation makes even the tedious tasks satisfying.

    Next mystery: will I ever be able to go through the checkout line at Hobby Lobby without buying a Cherry Mash?

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    I still hate math. "Hey, Hon....?"
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    Your points MATCH! The ironing is worth it.
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    I don't know..I have always loved both...though my math stopped at geometry!

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    Oh my gosh, we must be related because I think the same thing!!!!!!
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    I love your fabric. You have a great idea for color!!!! Maybe that's why you put up with ironing and math. Because you're good at quilting and choosing great fabric!!!!!
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    Haha I love math but I'm with you on the ironing... I just keep thinking about how fun it will be to put it all together!
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    When you create somthing new, a quilt you, you are in another world. Ironing and using math skills on everyday things is boring, Ironing and math for quilting is FUN.

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