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    Has anyone gotten so frustrated wanted to quit, give up the craft of quilting, how long did you stop, and what were the results of your actions?
    what were the end results?

    Just a newbes thoughts here.

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    what's happening? Where are you stuck? How can we help?

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    Hmmmmm....I have wanted to quit working on a specific project, but not quilting altogether. I have many interests, and usually what I do is "work on something else" for awhile.

    If it seems like you're beating your head against the wall about something, maybe we can help! :D

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    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, I thought I was cutting them out exact, but I still am off on some of them. I also am using a rotor cutter as well, measuring with templates and so on, but I am not still getting the right measurements! Mary

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    Maybe like you, Rebecca, I should put it down, find something else to do for awhile, then go back to it. Mary

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    Just take a deep breath, ..........okay, now let it out. Bag it up and set it aside and work on something else for awhile. Are you following a pattern or just making up your own?

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    Maybe it's just because it's Friday the 13th! Put it away for today, pull out something fun that you have wanted to do and enjoy the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marygrether
    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, .Mary
    Mary,

    The way I get my triangles exact is to cut the square at least a half inch larger than the pattern calls for. Once I have the triangle sewed together than I square it the size it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marygrether
    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, I thought I was cutting them out exact, but I still am off on some of them. I also am using a rotor cutter as well, measuring with templates and so on, but I am not still getting the right measurements! Mary
    Use rhonda's tutrial on HST's. You will find that her way makes a world of difference. Go to the tutorial section and look for easy HST's. If you can't find it pm me and I will find it for you and give you the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Quote Originally Posted by marygrether
    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, .Mary
    Mary,

    The way I get my triangles exact is to cut the square at least a half inch larger than the pattern calls for. Once I have the triangle sewed together than I square it the size it should be.
    Ditto - for me, it's not inaccurate cutting, it's that my seam allowance isn't always accurate. This way, it doesn't matter.

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    don't be so hard on yourself! Early on in my quilting "career" I heard about "humility squares" These were pieces that were purposley off to show respect for God since he's the only one that's perfect. I live by that theory now, and God gets lots of respect from me! When the whold quilt is done, each little point loses some significance.

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    Thanks for that one dogsgod. Yeah only only one person was perfect and they crucified him!

    thanks for the uplift y'all. Mary :D :thumbup:

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    don't try to be so perfect - all that does is stress you out and give you an excuse to quit because you aren't perfect....

    Not to say that you should just slap-dash stuff together, but quilting should be FUN - when you make a 'job' of it, it's no longer fun. I see quilts that appear to be perfect and usually the person who made manages to smirk the whole time they are showing it off - bah humbug to them.... LOL

    Have FUN - CREATE - if you hate the final product, give it to somebody you know will use it for a dog bed and you can tee-hee about it to yourself...

    buwahahaaaa

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    Lately, everything I do I tell myself is just for practice. Really takes that self-induced pressure off of me.

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    When I need help with anything I come here to the board first and type something in the search box. If I need video assistance I go to YouTube and do a search there. Last night I needed help with doing the corners of a quilt binding (it's been a while since I did one) so I searched "quilt binding" and found a step by step video from Connecting Threads on Youtube. Of course, now I can't find it to post here but there are others. I even found one on tying a quilter's knot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogsgod
    don't be so hard on yourself! Early on in my quilting "career" I heard about "humility squares" These were pieces that were purposley off to show respect for God since he's the only one that's perfect. I live by that theory now, and God gets lots of respect from me! When the whold quilt is done, each little point loses some significance.
    I also go by this theory! I read somewhere when I first started quilting that the Amish always put a "mistake" in their quilts because they are not perfect, only God is perfect! So when I make a mistake, unless it is too glaring to ignore, I smile to myself and am reminded that I am not perfect. It takes a lot of pressure off!

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    If you have trouble with the seam allowance, be sure to starch so you get a nice even cut, then you might consider triangle paper. Your sewing lines on on there and there is no guessing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marygrether
    oh yes I guess I am! binding for one and getting the squares/triangles exact, .Mary
    Mary,

    The way I get my triangles exact is to cut the square at least a half inch larger than the pattern calls for. Once I have the triangle sewed together than I square it the size it should be.
    Ditto - for me, it's not inaccurate cutting, it's that my seam allowance isn't always accurate. This way, it doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    don't try to be so perfect - all that does is stress you out and give you an excuse to quit because you aren't perfect....

    Not to say that you should just slap-dash stuff together, but quilting should be FUN - when you make a 'job' of it, it's no longer fun. I see quilts that appear to be perfect and usually the person who made manages to smirk the whole time they are showing it off - bah humbug to them.... LOL

    Have FUN - CREATE - if you hate the final product, give it to somebody you know will use it for a dog bed and you can tee-hee about it to yourself...

    buwahahaaaa
    Or maybe they're smirking because they've fooled you and they know how crooked it really is. Or maybe they worked *really* hard and ripped and resewed until it was as perfect as they could get it.

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    Try using a scant 1/4" seam. If you can, move your needle over to the right a little. I use an index card to get my seam size, as the little lines are exactly 1/4" apart. On my Kenmore I move the needle over til it reads 6.5. All mileage may vary! Also, as the others suggested, just put it aside until later when you can look at it with fresh eyes. Good luck and remember, we are doing this for fun! If things don't line up right, it's not the end of the world!

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    I agree what happend we can all help. We all get to a time where we want a break, but never quilt quilting.

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    If I get flustrated and have problems on what I am working on, I just set it aside and maybe go back to it the next day or start working on something else. We are not all perfect, and have to redo something now and then.
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    LOL, I worked on a 9"star block for 2 days. I would lay it out correctly, but everytime I sewed it together, the pattern came out wrong. After 2 days of countless sewing and ripping, I finally said *enough*. I just left it the way it was. Nobody but me will know it isn't in it's proper position!!

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    Thanks for that wonderful idea Melinda! I had never thought of index cards! I bought a new machine and can't use my 1/4" foot any longer. I've decided that after last night, I've suffered enough and will look for one for my new machine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Try using a scant 1/4" seam. If you can, move your needle over to the right a little. I use an index card to get my seam size, as the little lines are exactly 1/4" apart. On my Kenmore I move the needle over til it reads 6.5. All mileage may vary! Also, as the others suggested, just put it aside until later when you can look at it with fresh eyes. Good luck and remember, we are doing this for fun! If things don't line up right, it's not the end of the world!

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    Glad I could help! :)

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    something i do is when i get frustrated with a quilting project , i cut out a blouse or something to wear and work on that , then maybe a fusible web applique project. I have several things going and it helps me to be able to put one aside and work on something else..my thought to you dont get discouraged, get busy...

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