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Thread: Quilters Enlightenment and Challenge

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    Quilters Enlightenment and Challenge

    This morning I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed for the computer. Browsed the board and then went on a long trip of surfing the net. Dreaming of what it must be like to be one of these fine quilters. How I wished that my quilts were as wonderful as theirs. In awe I would look at every last detail on their quilts. As I sat reading articles about Sharon Schambers, Pam Bono, and many others, it hit me like a ton of bricks in the face. These ladies started there quilting journey long ago. They spent time on what matters, actually sewing and doing. Realizing that so much of my time is spent idle, looking, gazing, collecting, wishing, and not hands on experience. Not only does this information highway provide me with information overload, it stops me from doing what it takes to become a "quilter". Osmosis doesn't count! There will be no master piece if the artist never picks up the brush, they'll never be a divine dessert, if the baker never whips up a batch. Dreams are just dreams unless you wake up and take the first step of doing, and failing until at last you find yourself standing in awe of your own abilities. My wish for you today is that you sew, create, and DO what it takes to enhance your quilting skills, take that knowledge that you find here and use it. And while you're doing that I've got a Quilting extravaganza to go to! All the local shops under one roof! Have fun girls I got shopping to do! Can't wait to see what you all make! Fabric here we come.....WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    You are so correct. Bye for now. I have to go quilt.

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    They won't let me quilt at work, so this is all I have to fill my down time. Works for me. I learn how to quilt while a work, then I go home and do what I learned "how to" here. Say that fast 5 times.

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    Well I have to check out what is on the board!!! I find valuable info. here it saves time and many man hours!!!!

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    I too spend too much time surfing and not enough time doing

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    thanks so much for posting that important reminder
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    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


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    Thanks for the reminder!
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    Hear hear!!! I totally agree, this board is excellent for inspiration, but many times I have spent too long being "inspired" and not enough time getting down and quilty. Thanks for the reminder, I sometimes need a kick in the buns to get going and you just gave me a good boot!
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    When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000 step process."

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    Lea, what a priceless description! Only thing is, we know your quilts are spectacular so you can't fool us! Soon you'll get inspired, drop the surfing and get to quilting.
    I confess I read the board when I can't be quilting. Or when I have to do a search on some technique. Or when I need to know what to with a new fabric I just saw on line. Or...
    SueSew
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    SEW true Lee, SEW true....I'm going to go and CREATE!!!!
    Happiness is a form of travel...not a destination.

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    Lea, I hope you had fun at the show today! What a mob- I was there for 3 hours this morning and may go back after 5 tonight. Spent lots of $$$, but really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful stuff.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Lea...but I do love to get inspired each day and you are one of those who inspire me

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    I agree that it takes time and practice to become "good" at something. But, I also read a lot about so many quilters worrying about not creating that masterpiece. I, for myself, gave up on creating that masterpiece....which took away the pleasures of quilting. Do not get me wrong, I strive to improve at every opportunity. But without the joy of quilting it is not worth it to me.
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    Well I went to the extravaganza today and are you ready for this, I didnt spend a dime on anything except to get through the door. It was so crowded, and hot, and you couldn't look. I did however get a chance to put my hands on a $17,000 longarm quilting machine! Loved it! But man oh man it made me nervous to know that my hands were on it and I could mess up. Still it was great to feel the difference between my $2000 set up and that one. Wasn't much of a difference, still I dream of having one someday, like that would make me and expert quilter, in my dreams. Glad I could inspire some of you to start creating you masterpieces. Hope you all had a wonderful day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    Lea, what a priceless description! Only thing is, we know your quilts are spectacular so you can't fool us! Soon you'll get inspired, drop the surfing and get to quilting.
    I confess I read the board when I can't be quilting. Or when I have to do a search on some technique. Or when I need to know what to with a new fabric I just saw on line. Or...
    Well thank you, I guess we see all the mistakes we make, I'm glad you don't! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew N Tune View Post
    They won't let me quilt at work, so this is all I have to fill my down time. Works for me. I learn how to quilt while a work, then I go home and do what I learned "how to" here. Say that fast 5 times.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillybeck View Post
    I too spend too much time surfing and not enough time doing
    LOL! Same here!
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