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    i was afraid to try circles, even though i did set in sleeves years ago, i forgot. finally took a class and now beat myself up for being worried about it. it proved to me that i can do those things if i just try. sometimes the first effort isn't so hot but at least i now give it a try. also, was worried about needle turn applique. took a class and found out i could do that too. however, i also found out that i don't care for doing it.

    still have not made that lone star, bargello, or new york beauty; but i will eventually because i can. luckily i have waited so long that others have come up with quicker and easier ways of getting them done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclinganrey View Post
    I've been a quilter for a few decades and I've seen pretty much everything in my quilting career. What baffles me, however, is that certain patterns or techniques just intimidate the living daylights out of me. I don't know why. They just do. For me, it's the Bargello quilt technique. I admire those who applique and I've seen lots of beautiful appliqued quilts over the years but it's not a technique I have any desire to master. I'll leave it to those are good at it. Yep. It's Bargello. How about you?

    So far no quilt pattern has intimidated me. I used to sew clothes. Nice clothes too, set in sleeves, pointed collars, button holes, zippers, etc. I've done tons of machine applique and paper piecing. I made a New York Beauty with paper piecing and curved seams. Bargellos aren't hard, it's all straight piecing, you just have to keep track of where you are. That said, there are quilt patterns I'll never do because I find them tedious and fussy or too old fashioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morelcabin View Post
    Almost everything except applique intimidates me! I can do a great portrait...but dont ask me to do anything I have to piece. I get through some of them but find them very tricky and laboursome. I don't know how you ladies do it!
    I'm with you - I'll make anything appliqué, but hate points. If I do a pattern that has piecing I make myself do it first, before the appliqué or it won't get done, lol.
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    I so agree! I am left-handed and dyslexic and paper piecing is not in my vocabulary!

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    For those who are afraid to attempt a Mariner's compass, try Peggy Martins "Quick strip paper piecing", a Craftsy class. She leads you through paper piecing very nicely. She has a quilt there that is called "Sailor's Delight" which is a version of a mariner's compass. It was the first paper piecing I've ever done and it came out quite nice. She leads you through a few different quilts, ending with the New York Beauty. Good luck trying. I'm still a klutz with other pp but found this class worked for me.

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    I will try pretty much anything. For those who are afraid of paper piecing have someone show you. I read and read and re-read the instructions and wasn't sure what they were talking about. Someone showed me a 5 minute demo and it was like DUH! I have done a little bit of applique and don't like it. I'm not a fan of handsewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    Did you paper piece that block?? That's the only way I can get the Storm at Sea block to work.

    Intimidated? Yes indeedy.... by anything involving a curved seam - and needle turn applique can make my stomach flip flip as well....

    Nope, just make notes of what size each pieced piece is-----------then add together.
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    I'm with you. I look at the paper pieces and think,oh my Lord!

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    I want to do a feathered star but so far have not...does this intimidate me..oh yeah..I'm going to do it tho...as soon as I work up the courage!
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    Anything in a diamond pattern. Don't think I will ever do a Lone Star pattern.
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    Try a Quilt smart Mariner's Compass. Easy to do and look great!

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    I don't even think about appliques....LOL.....

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    There are many patterns that I won't ever try because I just don't care for them. What I would love to do though is a landscape quilt. I keep putting it off because I keep finding new things on you-tube I want to try or I keep dreaming up new things I have to do to get them out of my head. I love pp-ing, but I do it so seldom that I have to relearn it each time. The last time I did it my brain just couldn't get it together. I blame that on brain fog from my fibromyalgia. I guess bargello would scare me if I tried it. I love hand sewing and applique.

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    Double wedding ring and Drunkard's Path. I guess anything with curves.

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    Double Wedding Ring and Bargello!

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    I'm with you on Bargello quilts. Two of my friends are working on them now and they keep asking me to join them. Another quilt I saw, some just finished a 1/4 inch hexagon quilt. OMG those pieces are small.

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    Cathedral Windows, I love the old fashioned quilts using this pattern but I just can't force myself to do them. I've tried a few times over the years but by the time I've done 3 or 4, I'm out of patience and left with a bunch of cut squares that I'll never use. I've done a really nice big mariner's compass wallhanging, that didn't bother me at all because I like a challenge so it came out great but the thought of making Cathedral Window blocks turns me off.

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    I am right there with you! Paper piecing, yikes. I have done small pieces but it makes my brain hurt.
    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    I can't get my head round paper piecing!!! I've been quilting for 17years......but working back to front?....my brain just doesn't compute!!!!
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    Hi, I am scared of Jenny Beyer patterns. I made one last summer that ate my lunch. Lol maybe one day I will tackle another one. They are so beautiful. I started appliqué this year but took a class in machine appliqué using a tiny close together zig zag stitch. It is awesome. You can't see the stitches unless real close to it. Turns out beautiful. Stitch width on my machine is 1.3 and length is .50. Prepare same as needle turn without the seam allowance. Small enough to have one stitch on appliqué and one stitch on background fabric. Stitches are solid and very close together. Going around an outside curve stop with needle in background. On inside curve stop on appliqué. Give it a try. I love this method.

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    I'm not intimidated but don't like scrappy quilts.
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    I have done a Bargello Quilt and it really is not as hard as it looks. Tried PP this summer for the first time and really like it. I have worked on a New York Beauty and do not love the curves but did not find it hard. Now what really intimidates me is a Baltimore Album and any Judy Niemeyer pattern! If I ever attempt a Baltimore Album, it will definitely become an Heirloom Quilt because it will be the only one I ever make

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    I have done a Bargello Quilt and it really is not as hard as it looks. Tried PP this summer for the first time and really like it. I have worked on a New York Beauty and do not love the curves but did not find it hard. Now what really intimidates me is a Baltimore Album and any Judy Niemeyer pattern! If I ever attempt a Baltimore Album, it will definitely become an Heirloom Quilt because it will be the only one I ever make I do have to say that taking a quilt class in a certain technique seems to take the scare out of trying something new for me!

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    not a pattern just dont like paper piecing
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    New York Beauty paper piecing patterns. They are so beautiful, but I just can't seem to make myself start one.

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    Bargello and Trip Around The World.

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