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Thread: It only took me four hours!!!

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    community benefactor Renee110's Avatar
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    I am exhausted mentally....I just started sewing and "quilting" 2 months ago...haven't done any quilting yet as I'm still piecing my top together....

    And I've not used a sewing machine since homec class 25 years ago....

    So of course I decided to make potholders and placemats for my barn customers.

    ONE potholder took me 4 flipping hours to make. I feel like I've run a marathon or something. I'm exhausted.

    Ya'll folks who put together a whole quilt top in a day freak me out!

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    Hang in there, its kind of like riding a bike it will come back to you with some time and practice.

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    I remember when it took me sooooo long to get anything done. Now if I put my mind to it I can throw a quilt together quickly.
    As you learn it will get easier and you will want to make quilty thing all the time, 4 hours will seem like nothing.

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    I'm still amazed at how long some things take to complete. It *feels* like my hand-sewing is quicker than the machine with templates and paper piecing.

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    The next one will be easier and go together quicker.
    My daughter came over today and has decided she wants to learn to sew..... She made a pillow case and was very proud of her accomplishment.. I am excited that she is interested finally and look forward to having her as a sewing buddy.
    Good luck with your next pot holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    I am exhausted mentally....I just started sewing and "quilting" 2 months ago...haven't done any quilting yet as I'm still piecing my top together....

    And I've not used a sewing machine since homec class 25 years ago....

    So of course I decided to make potholders and placemats for my barn customers.

    ONE potholder took me 4 flipping hours to make. I feel like I've run a marathon or something. I'm exhausted.

    Ya'll folks who put together a whole quilt top in a day freak me out!
    You'll get faster. Especially if you haven't sewn for 25 yrs. Most of the women who do the in one day quilt tops have been sewing for years and years. Hang in there you'll get faster and better the more you work at it.

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    Don't be discouraged! I don't think I could make a quilt in a day, even an easy one, because I lack the attention span! Go at your own pace and you will be able to accomplish more in less time. I guess the point is to enjoy the process!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    I am exhausted mentally....I just started sewing and "quilting" 2 months ago...haven't done any quilting yet as I'm still piecing my top together....

    And I've not used a sewing machine since homec class 25 years ago....

    So of course I decided to make potholders and placemats for my barn customers.

    ONE potholder took me 4 flipping hours to make. I feel like I've run a marathon or something. I'm exhausted.

    Ya'll folks who put together a whole quilt top in a day freak me out!
    Hang in there, it'll all come back.

    Love your Avatar. One of yours? Love the 'come hither' look. Or is it "I dare you"?

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    I suck at pot holders... so hang in there. In my experience, small projects can be more time consuming than larger projects. The first one always takes the longest.
    Try something else.
    Also this is the perfect time to start a sewing or quilting journal. Take a photo of every project and save it by the date. You will enjoy looking back at it someday. Even the 4 hour pot holders will be interesting, looking back.

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    Each quilt I do the process gets quicker. As your confidence builds, your hands and machine will just fly! Took me a whole year to make a pillowcase in home economics when I was 15. If you'd have told me I'd "grow" into a quilter I would have laughed my head off.

    Anyway, hang in there....it's probably a very cool potholder so as sewdarnbusy suggests, take a pic and journal it - then get on with the next one.

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    Some patterns are quicker than others, some methods the same way. Hang in there, it'll come back, remember this is Fun :)

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    Doesn't matter if it takes 6 months as long as you feel satisfied that you actually made something! Why don't you post a picture of it for us so we can Ooh and Aah?

    I see where people say, "I made 3 quilts today!" and I have to say "Why?"

    There are 24 hours in a day so you could do 6 tomorrow! LOL

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    Don't feel alone---I've spent four hours on a potholder, too.

    I do think it was beautiful when it was done and for what it's worth enjoyed every minute of making it.

    (I do wonder how some of the quilters on this board are so fast---but it will probably not ever be me)

    Enjoy every minute of quilting--it is food for the soul.

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    The first time I make a project that I plan to do a bunch of, it takes me FOREVER to get the first one done, but then I know how to do it, and maybe even find a quicker way or think of something cute to add and it's full steam ahead from there! So don't be discouraged, the next one will go much quicker!

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    Work at your own pace .... doesn't matter what everyone else does ... I'm a perfectionist, so it takes me longer when I'm doing points. I AM a pro at the frog stitch, though .... rippit, rippit!

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    It took me over 2 months to make a lap sized quilt I'd found on Quilt in a Day!! It came out nice though & I use it often. Had so much fun making it, I made enough blocks for a 2nd one which I'm giving to daughter for Christmas! LOL! Once I got going, just couldn't stop! Hang in there!!

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    I do okay on quilt blocks but I can't do other projects quickly. It took me 6 hours to make a Kindle cover, and purses---forget it!! I have 2 I started and after 5-6 hrs spent working on them, they're rolled up and thrown (unfinished) in the closet. Hang in there--just enjoy the process!

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    I'm slow, too!! I think for potholders, I would try assembly line it (only you have to do it all!!)

    Lady Crafter, I call my unsewing "frogging" too!

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    Hang in there....I am not real fast either. Takes me MONTHES to put togethera quilt!

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    I too sew very slow. Just enjoy!!! It doesn't matter how many you make, but how well you make them.

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    Whew!! Relieved that I'm not the only slow poke here! I get frustrated sometimes....I stupidly picked a king size for my first quilt and it's slow going! I do enjoy sewing, and piecing everything. I have 3 inch sashing that has been hard to line up correctly, and the other night I had to rip apart 8 squares and sashing that ending up being off by over an inch. But I'm back on track now and being MUCH more careful before just gaily sewing stuff together! Humbled me greatly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk

    Love your Avatar. One of yours? Love the 'come hither' look. Or is it "I dare you"?
    My daughter took this picture of a horse I was training at the time....he bucked me off and separated my shoulder. I hated him. The picture is beautiful tho :P

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    4 hours is not bad. It took me six months to finish a baby quilt. But it was not a race, so that's fine.

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    I second that motion, there is so much talent out there, takes me like you, days to finish a pot holder and when I am thru it looks like a 3 yr old has done it. And like you I am exhausted. But I don't do it because I have talent, I do it for the pure joy of doing something, and its such a stress reliever. So I plug along. I can't and don't sew, I couldn't sew a straight line if I tried, I know thats important in piecing, and I can't sew a button on, but I still keep plugging away, I just have to think where I would be without the quilting and its not a pretty picture lol...

    Rita

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    Hang in there, it gets easier with every project you do. If you can, take a beginner class and learn some of the easy ways to do things.

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