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Thread: So, now what to do?

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    I went to my favorite quilting store looking for a new project, I asked one of the ladies in the shop for alittle advice on picking my next project. I had explained to her my level of experience. She directed me to a quilt kit with all triangles. And I have never made a quilt with triangles because I read so many disaster stories about them.

    In a "goofball" moment I said sure, I can do that. The pattern is on the cover of McCall's Quilting, Fast Favorites.

    I have started cutting the strips from fat quarters that were provided in the kit. I just can't get motivated to work on it. I feel intimidated with the whole quilt by my own inexperience.

    Also, at the time I was in the shop purchasing the above, I signed up for a quilt class on you guessed it triangles, the entire class was surprised to find the class was hand piecing triangles. I don't hand piece and I do not believe anyone else in the class does either.

    DH was with me when I bought the kit and the book, he knows what it cost and never complains. Maybe I need to put everything away, get ready for spring, and get back to the gym.

    Thanks for letting me vent/whine a bit. :cry:

    JulieM
    who has lost her regular here status

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    Hi Julie, maybe just put it away for awhile and work on something more fun for you. You can always go back to it.
    I've done the same thing many times.
    Here's a HUG :D

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    Losing your status of regular probably means you are getting stuff done :) That's too bad about the quilt and class. I know from finishing some of my mil's projects that if you don't like the colors/fabrics, it makes the work harder! She also hand pieced and I didn't want to so I used my machine and mixed them up- it turned out fine! Maybe you could do this?

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    I agree - put it away and then when you get more proficient on triangles it will seem easy peasy.

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    I do triangles with "Thangles". Look these up and see if this is something that would help you. I could go back to the LQS and they would get me started on anything that I am not confident in. Put it away for awhile if you want to, but don't wait too long to get back to it.

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    Please,don't get discouraged :( ....Put it away and then go back to it remembering, one stitch @ a time.....
    Hate to say it but your LQS sounds like they needed bodies in the class..... Next time say ,that you will think about it.... then you can read about what the class has to offer.....
    Please,again don't give up....Everyone is her for you when you run into a snag.......

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    Have you actually tried the triangles yet? Or are you just letting what you've heard intimidate you?

    I know I was very intimidated by set-in seams because everyone says how hard they are and tries to find ways around them, but once I tried a few, I found they're not that hard, and some of the prettiest patterns have set-in seams.

    Are the triangles in your pattern half-square triangles, quarter square, or other?

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    From what you've described, I think I would start visiting another LQS. The fact that a class features hand piecing should be clearly stated. If you really don't want to do the triangles, can you use the fabric from the quilt to make something you're more comfortable with?

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    I think the best way to get better is to push yourself, if you stay away from triangles because you're scared of them how will you ever know if you can conquer them? I say jump in with both feet and give it a try, don't expect your first time to be perfect, was anything ever? meal? cake? drive? diaper change? it all takes practice. go for it.you CAN do it :thumbup:

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    I agree with putting everything away for now and doing something else that brings you joy!

    I'm also going to advocate for keeping the hand-piecing class. I am doing some hand piecing now for the first time since Girl Scouts and it's amazing how much better I'm getting to know my 1/4" seam, stitch length, the feel of the fabric, being on/off grain, sewing curves...basically I feel like I'm a lot closer to the process. I can see where if you were intimidated by triangles, a hand-piecing class would be an awesome way to learn!!

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    Set it aside and go back to it when you feel comfortable with your experience level for it.

    Maybe in the future when you are searching for a new project you could come to this site to look at the pretty WIP's and completed quilts for inspiration. Or you could go through quilt mags & books you have instead of heading to the LQS. It's kind of like going grocery shopping when you are hungry without a list :) After you have a better idea of what you want for your next project head to your LQS.

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    Putting a project aside for awhile has been helpful to me - amazing how your perspective can change over time as you gain experience and confidence.

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    Hand piecing may well be a great skill to acquire, but I would never get anything done if all my piecing had to be hand done. Just doing the binding is bad enough, lol.

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    I agree that putting it aside until you feel more comfortable with triangles might be the most helpful. Find a quilt pattern with a few triangles so you can get comfortable with doing them and build your skills. Some people are able to just jump in and do it and others need to take it more slowly as a step by step process.

    As for signing up for any classes you need to review throughly what they are offering in any class and decide at that point if you want to do it. If it wasn't stated that this would be a hand quilting class and I didn't want to do it I would request my money back so I could join another class of my choice.

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    Work on the triangle quilt a little each day and could you ask for a refund because you thought it was class was quilting with triangles.

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    check out youtube, there are many, many videos on quilting. search for triangle quilting. I am sure you will find videos that will help you get past the intimidation.

    And even if your points don't line up perfectly, I'm sure it will still be beautiful.

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    Get some cheap or inexpensive fabric, and practice, it will probably only take a few square and you will figure it out or at least know what questions to ask. Good luck, stay cool!

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    get out some scraps and cut them just like the directions for the KIT fabrics...then practice on them....I bet in time you will be sewing up that kit!

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    Hmm, I took a class on curved piecing and did not notice that it was hand piecing. I really thought that the class covered the basics and everything was applicable to machine piecing. I'm sure that there are additional tricks, but I really got a good foundation from this class. The triangle class should have stated it was hand piecing, but I would think that at least the basics would apply to hand or machine, although the speed piecing tricks would not have been covered.

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    Putting it away for a little while might just work. Then while you are waiting look at some different patterns using triangles. Some are really easy and don't involve Y seams but you just plan your work ahead and then sew the triangles, alternating them [one point up/base down and the next point down/base up.]

    I know I had some patterns using only triangles but can't find them right now. Darn it.

    Maybe someone else can post to this.

    ali

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    Remember it doesnt have to be perfect, you should enjoy the process. When it is finished it will look fine. It is handmade, it isnt supposed to be perfect. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect and everything is practice, practice, practice like riding a bike, or learning to do something new. Give it a go and you might enjoy the hand piecing class. good luck and enjoy

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    I would suggest checking out various tutorials on triangles, and then do a placemat or table topper. After you get going, it becomes easier...and who will see your problem areas when there is a plate on top of it? Who knows you may even like it so much that project will see easier.

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    Don't be so hard on yourself, first.

    Don't look at the project as a whole unit, look at one section at a time and just begin. There is such joy in accomplishing even a small part and seeing that it goes together.

    Be positive with yourself. You'll be able to figure it out or come here and get all the help you need.

    ENJOY it, don't dread it.

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    I'd put it away until I felt I had enough experience to do it. When I first started doing half square triangles I always made them about 1/2" bigger than they were suppose to be. That way I could trim them up and make them the right size. Even then I had some that would not trim up.
    Now I just use my GO cutter. It cuts them perfectly, and they go together perfectly, and it puts me in a real good mood!

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    Cheaper in the long run than Thangles, is a CD where you can print off whatever size sheet you need for triangles. Can't find it this minute as it moves between the computer and my sewing room but I got it at the LQS.
    Just found the name in another conversation; Triangulations.

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