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Thread: Practice, practice, practice!!

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    Thanks everyone for all the fmq suggestions. I look at your quilts and assume you just sit down and quilt and they turn out so beautifully. I realize now that you all have practiced and had lots of patience. I am going to try all your hints (maybe even drugs and alcohol-lol) and hopefully I'll have something worth showing soon. I always hand quilted but I have too many ideas floating in my head to take that much time with each project. Thank you, my friends.

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    I think you're giving us too much credit on the patience thing. I can't speak for anyone else, of course, but there have been a whole lot of times when I've had to restrain myself from chucking my sewchine straight through a window! And not because the MACHINE was acting up! LOL

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    I have looked at many of my projects and wanted to quit. Just not my nature to quit so I kept at it til it got better.

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    When I get frustrated I get stubborn! It is not!! going to get the better of me!! I have been quilting for 30 years and I get very frustrated when I have to tear out seams! I HATE to rip seams out and I do miniatures so my seams aren't that long! :lol: :lol: :roll: :roll:
    I excell at one thing - I can procrastinate with the best of them!!

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    I too have been sewing for many many years and I still get to the point that I would throw the machine out a window (if I had a window). Keep at it. My best advise is to walk away rather then continue to try when you are frustrated.

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    I keep telling myself that if it was that easy to just sit down and do....there would not be all of those tutorials, videos, books, lectures, workshops, etc.............. :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

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    I'm not sure the word "patience" is even in my vocabulary and definitely has never been used in the same sentence when refering to me - but I thank you anyway.

    Gloria

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    Well, I have several machines (just in case that urge hits me) and I also have lots and lots of seam rippers because I know that urge will not only hit me but it will get thrown out due to frustration and aggravation, but I keep on plugging away. Been quilting for over 30 years now and still have days where nothing works.

    Gloria

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    My problem is I want to master EVERYTHING - FIRST GO! Otherwise I get peed off with myself! Like a toddler, my ambition exceeds my talent - and also like a toddler, the ensuing tantrums can be monumental! Sometimes I wish I could just ENJOY the learning process but oh no; not me - I have to MASTER that sucker! LOL

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    Me too! Now, if I could only wrap my brain around kaleidescopes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Me too! Now, if I could only wrap my brain around kaleidescopes!
    I think you can, I think you can, I think you can,

    I KNOW YOU CAN! I KNOW YOU CAN! I KNOW YOU CAN!

    :D :D :D

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    Oh, I'm sure I can too!
    I mastered that Dresden Plate, right? lol
    Just gotta get that kaleidescope done.
    I read how to do it, but I just can't get it.
    Wanna come and show me hands on?? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Oh, I'm sure I can too!
    I mastered that Dresden Plate, right? lol
    Just gotta get that kaleidescope done.
    I read how to do it, but I just can't get it.
    Wanna come and show me hands on?? :)
    I'll get my kayak out! :lol:

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    :) :) :)

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    I really had trouble with that also but when I finally mastered it I must have made 6 or 7 quilts right off because it turned out I was trying to make it so much more difficult than it really was. Wish I could show you.

    Gloria

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Thanks everyone for all the fmq suggestions. I look at your quilts and assume you just sit down and quilt and they turn out so beautifully. I realize now that you all have practiced and had lots of patience. I am going to try all your hints (maybe even drugs and alcohol-lol) and hopefully I'll have something worth showing soon. I always hand quilted but I have too many ideas floating in my head to take that much time with each project. Thank you, my friends.
    The more you practice the better you will get!! FMQ is addictive!

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    I always tend to want to learn to do the "hard" stuff way before I learn the basics. It makes life pretty frustrating, but I learn quickly that way! I love to FMQ..I'm not great, but I am getting better. Keep practicing and maybe you should make up a few cardboard replicas of your machine for window tossing... :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by guehlein
    I really had trouble with that also but when I finally mastered it I must have made 6 or 7 quilts right off because it turned out I was trying to make it so much more difficult than it really was. Wish I could show you.

    Gloria
    I'm only a plane ride away! Come on over...the drinks are cold and the view is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I always tend to want to learn to do the "hard" stuff way before I learn the basics. It makes life pretty frustrating, but I learn quickly that way! I love to FMQ..I'm not great, but I am getting better. Keep practicing and maybe you should make up a few cardboard replicas of your machine for window tossing... :lol:
    You are TOO great - ya big fibber - I've SEEN your quilting! :D

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    I agree K....Patti is telling BIG stories!!

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    Who me????? No way...I wouldn't lay my work within miles of Jackie's!!! But thanks...now how long has it been since you last eye exams??

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    JanR, your a hoot! I haven't gotten this far, I still SITD, and crosshatch, but soon, very soon...your an inspiration...really...makes me think, if I stay off sugar and caffeine, maybe I will learn too! :wink:

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    I keep SAYING I'm gonna do more FMQ practicing, and I did a couple years ago, and it looked pretty good. Then I got away from it, and I've been doing a LOT of SID, which is just procrastinating! JacqueMoe is our QUEEN of FMQ and has a great tutorial here on the board.

    Terri - I agree with you re Kaleidescopes. After my winter experience with those suckers, I'm only gonna paper piece them - that is if I ever talk myself into doing them again!

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