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Thread: Which quilt pattern intimidates you?

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    Which quilt pattern intimidates you?

    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?
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    I really want to do a mariners compass, but I always put it off..... Scares the bejeepers out of me!

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    Circles........I can't imagine sewing a circle into fabric and it still looking like a circle. Mine would look like boulders with jagged edges if I tried.

    Oh, and appliqué scares me too. I couldn't do an even stitch with that if I tried.
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    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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    I try to embrace the difficult and daunting ... and I'm slowly working through various techniques. Have not tackled piecing circles yet but not for the reason you imagine. My background is in garment making so I've sewn many a set in sleeve. My problem is that I don't buy patterns or templates - prefer to figure things out on my own. I am just not sure if to get a proper circle if the outside curve and inside curve are the same. I just need to work out the geometry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinePaj View Post
    I really want to do a mariners compass, but I always put it off..... Scares the bejeepers out of me!

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    Caroline
    Me, too! Not much intimidates me, but this one sure does. I'm not sure why.

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    mariner's compass. and those kaleidoscope thingys.

    isolde

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    "Storm at Sea" is a problem for me. I am making a quilt of 12 blocks but when it came to SAS block, I gave up on it. I decided to use another block to comlete my project. I did not have trouble putting it together, just getting it to size up the same as he other blocks.

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    I've done a mariner's compass. It looks like a volcano sitting in the middle of the bed. I am determined to do it better someday, but other projects keep interfering.
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    So far I haven't run across one. I have yet to do a Mariners compass but I would probably paper piece it if I did. Now if I had to piece it like in the old days I would run. Applique I actually love but can no longer get those teeny tiny invisible stitches I use to , eyesight .. Storm at Sea seems easy enough unless we are thinking of 2 different patterns. Oh I would never think of doing one of the Dear Jane quilts though.

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    a double wedding ring quilt

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    I played with bargello. BORING...but beautiful!

    No way will i tackle cathedral windows btw.
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    I am soooooo enjoying reading the responses! I am slowly tackling both paper piecing and circles (or at least partial circles/curves) in my current NYB project, and yes, it's daunting, but I will persevere!

    I've seen some magnificant Bargello's. Some day - - - - -

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    Quote Originally Posted by luce321 View Post
    "Storm at Sea" is a problem for me. I am making a quilt of 12 blocks but when it came to SAS block, I gave up on it. I decided to use another block to comlete my project. I did not have trouble putting it together, just getting it to size up the same as he other blocks.
    I made one SAS block for a demo, went pretty well. I just don't have the endurance to make 20 or so of the same block. BUT I WILL ONE DAY!
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    Nothing intimidates me just some I don't have a desire to make. Wish I had more time to make the long list of those I do want to make. I'm currently working on three quilts as well as embroidering squares for kids quilts.

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    I can't say I am intimidated... just some I don't have patience to complete... Dear Jane being one of them.. I love them but just know I would not ever live to see it finished.

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    Mariner's compass, New York Beauty, anything with teeny tiny points. But I'm determined to tackle both one day, just to say I did it!
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    Anything with a curved seam. Drunkards path, apple core......

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    Bargellos are super easy they just look hard. If you can do a trip around the world you can do a bargello
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    For me it is dwr and appliqué, I have had a hard time of it
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    I don't know that I will ever be able to complete a Wedding Ring quilt, Mariner's compass or Grandmother's flower garden. I have tried and they are in my UFO pile.

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    Anything with a curved seam, hate them! yes, Ive tried that dumb sewing machine foot specifically designed to "make it easier" does not, still time consuming.
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    Storm at sea tooooooo many pcs.
    mariners compass is easy its the way it goes tog, all sstraight lines.

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    Paper piecing, cathedral windows and hexagons

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    A Dear Jane, Baltimore Album or Lone star. I love applique, and feel like I do it well, but for some reason the first 2 just scare my senseless!

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