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QultingaddictUK 06-27-2011 08:23 AM

I have been quilting for over 6 years and have make 100s of quilts, literally, I hold a Patchwork class to teach newbies but still go to my Quilting Classes in the winter.

I do ordinary pieced work, PP and applique, the fused kind not the turn edged type :shock: I prefer to FMQ my quilts and am quite happy with binding, double and biased and I have sold a handful of quilts.

I classify myself as a Newbie going to to lower Intermediate, but looking at some of the work on this forum I feel like a new born quilter :!:

I think this is the reason I love quilting as you can never be bored or sit on your laurels, there is always a challenge to take one in every quilt you make.

How do you rate yourself, honestly.

TonnieLoree 06-27-2011 08:28 AM

According to what you have rated yourself, then I suck. :-)

blueangel 06-27-2011 08:32 AM

Just average maybe.

Veronica 06-27-2011 08:34 AM


Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
According to what you have rated yourself, then I suck. :-)

Same here, I stink.
Hopefully one day I'll be able to make a block that measures up to the proper finished sized and square.
:cry:

bearisgray 06-27-2011 08:35 AM

advanced beginner

valsma 06-27-2011 08:35 AM

I'm a begginer at peicing quilts and i'm not afraid to admit it. I have lots of room for improvement. However I am finding that if I never get my points competition perfect i'm not going to care. I'm learning this for me and my state of mind.

BrendaY 06-27-2011 08:36 AM

Rank beginner here... Love PPing, quilt magazines and books, and staying up til the wee hours playing with my new Juki..

scrapykate 06-27-2011 08:36 AM

I try not to rate myself as one quilt will turn out great and then the next one not so.....People love them, so that's my gauge. I have learned that careful piecing and squaring up all the blocks really helps in the end.

DebraK 06-27-2011 08:37 AM

advanced beginner also.

dmyers 06-27-2011 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
According to what you have rated yourself, then I suck. :-)

LOL...I'd have to say the same!

cjomomma 06-27-2011 08:50 AM

Out of all the quilts I've made only 1 came out perfect. You know the one where everything lines up perfectly and I comes square.
Well I've been making quilts for 7 yrs. or so but consider myself to be novice.

QuiltnNan 06-27-2011 08:55 AM

still a beginner :(

leiladylei54 06-27-2011 08:57 AM

I classify myself as a newbie because I would only make the same pattern over and over again. Only recently (but haven't finished), I have moved onto a new pattern.

Jingle 06-27-2011 09:06 AM

I have been quilting about 44-45 yrs., Much more in the last 15 yrs or so, still not good enough to suit me. I love making quilts and have given most of them away. No matter how good I am I do not plan on stopping.

JenniePenny 06-27-2011 09:09 AM

I wouldn't even dare to rate myself. Seriously.
Piecing would be a different rating than quilting.

Karen Duncan 06-27-2011 09:17 AM

I would rate myself as intermediate. I do some easy things but I also like to do something that challenges my skill level. I think when you do something that pushes your skill level, you improve your skills. I do have a quilt that got a little more challenging than I had thought, so it is in a box and I get it out and work on it for short periods of time. Maybe I'll grow into it... :-)

Divokittysmom 06-27-2011 09:17 AM

I consider myself a novice, newbie, beginner,... that said, I try not to rate myself either. I am a perfectionist, too much so!! My hubby sees me agonize over the tiniest flaws or mentioning 'it's not perfect.....', etc etc. I finally decided over this last year or so to do my absolute best and try to let those tiny flaws go.... it's not easy for me but I must admit I do enjoy my sewing alot more knowing it doesn't have to be absolutely~positively~impossibly perfection! :-D

charismah 06-27-2011 09:23 AM

I have quilted 100's of quilts now...and I have to say almost every person that brings/sends me a quilt thinks they are a beginner. :wink:

I think that is the WONDERFUL thing about quilting..there is always more to learn..something to challenge us no matter how many hours we spend quilting....there is always something more.....Quilting is more than a hobby I always say...it's a passion!

Meme2six 06-27-2011 09:24 AM

I guess I am a confident beginner.

Airwick156 06-27-2011 09:39 AM


Originally Posted by leiladylei54
I classify myself as a newbie because I would only make the same pattern over and over again. Only recently (but haven't finished), I have moved onto a new pattern.

This is me too. Once I learned how to make one pattern I stuck with it. For an example, I have made about 15 Fabric Flings and about 15 Double Wedding Rings. I also am working on a new pattern and I am LEARNING how to read them and figure out how to cut the fabric on my own. And thats not an easy task as I am a VERY VISUAL person because I am unable to comprehend what I read. But ask me in a month and I can tell you what the book I read last month was about. LOL (I didn't read any book last month) lol

dglvr 06-27-2011 09:45 AM

I've been sewing quilts for 11 years. I never sewed before that.
I guess I'll always consider myself a beginner. :thumbup:

BrendaK 06-27-2011 10:00 AM


Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
According to what you have rated yourself, then I suck. :-)

:XD: Is there anything below "SUCK". After seeing the quilts you all have made I don't think I will ever show mine. Maybe in abut 50 ot 60 years, but don't figure I'll last that long. My family and friends will just have to take below sucky quilts. BrendaK

Pat M 06-27-2011 10:06 AM

I'll just throw in my philosophy - life long learner and still learning.... Enjoy the journey!

mpspeedy 06-27-2011 10:09 AM

I made my first quilt when I was 17. I am now 60 and hundreds of quilts of one size or another have come and gone with me. The only place I excel is in handquilting. I am only a fair piecer and only applique with fusing and then under pressure. If I had to create something perfect I would never finish anything. Since becoming envolved with Linus I have made at least three hundred plus quilts for them. Most are simple child themed prints or motifs on one side and flannel on the other turned envelope style and just enough machine quilting with decrotive thread and machine stitches so they will survive the laundry. In the last year I have been averaging about 20 of those a month. I did make my daughter a special king size quilt for a wedding present but it was far from perfect.

mizunogirl 06-27-2011 10:10 AM

Oh I am really a novice!!!! FUnny thing is that I am pretty good at Applique, which people seem afraid of, but not that good at getting things like squares to meet at the right places...

Jennifer22206 06-27-2011 10:12 AM

I'm a lifelong learner. :) I've been quilting since 1996 or so, and learn something with every quilt I do. I'm never going to stop learning, and when I do stop learning something that's when I'll quit quilting.

So, I'm not even going to rank myself.

Rumbols 06-27-2011 10:14 AM

I classify myself as a rank newbie want-a-be quilter. I am self taught and have yet to make a block that comes out the way the pattern says. I end up with modified quilts or new inventions of old quilt patterns. I absolutely stink at the quilting part. Takes months before I attempt to quilt a completed top.

Mary M 06-27-2011 10:28 AM

Beginner/intermediate. Have done a couple advanced and they did turn out okay....this is with piecing. The actual quilting, leaves me as a beginner.

newquilter10 06-27-2011 10:37 AM

Having fun quilter and looking to learn and become better.

akrogirl 06-27-2011 10:43 AM

Self-taught beginner at piecing who likes to try more complex patterns than I probably should, but I enjoy the challenges and frustrations 8-)

ghostrider 06-27-2011 10:44 AM

Better than yesterday, not as good as tomorrow. ;)

sewnsewer2 06-27-2011 10:47 AM

Intermediate if you are talking about piecing, but when it comes to quilting I consider myself a beginner.

QultingaddictUK 06-27-2011 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by JenniePenny
I wouldn't even dare to rate myself. Seriously.
Piecing would be a different rating than quilting.

A very good point!

Sandee 06-27-2011 10:52 AM

I always call myself an advanced beginner. I can make several "styles" but I don't seem to get any better in quality. Don't really care too much.

Pinklady 06-27-2011 11:45 AM

I am an un-experienced quilter. In other words I really don't know what I am doing most of the time. I have only been trying to learn to quilt for about 2 years. A friend
showed me how to hand stitch a quilt top my grandmother made . I finished it in one year. But since I have made very plain small quilts. (I am learning how to quilt through this site and just trying things on my own.) I also sew quilts together on the sewing machine. I don't know if I will ever do another by hand.

auchtung214 06-27-2011 11:58 AM

I love the fact,no matter where you are, you ALWAYS learn. Whether it be large or small.

Snorky Lvs2Quilt 06-27-2011 01:23 PM

Just a tad above beginner.......

tupoms 06-27-2011 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by ghostrider
Better than yesterday, not as good as tomorrow. ;)

I like the attitude of this reply.

Kat Sews 06-27-2011 01:40 PM

Piecing intermediate began in 1960's. Hand quilting also intermediate began in 1950's. FMQ beginner have done less than a dozen quilts began last December. Appliqué beginner have done very few over the years.

BarbaraSue 06-27-2011 01:50 PM

I like valsma's mention that she is in it for herself. I feel that the point for quilting for me is that I enjoy doing and learning the techniques. I'm a beginner below beginner in FMQ. Don't seem to have the patience for getting it right. I can piece really good now that I have a 1/4 inch foot for my sewing machine. Before that my machine sewed all over the place!! :)


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