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    Quote Originally Posted by KwiltyKahy View Post
    I've also learned, "Finished is better than perfect". That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
    Ditto to that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamquilter View Post
    And only God is perfect , so your quilts do not have to be perfect.
    That was the premise behind Native American beading...there was always a "spirit bead" somewhere in the piece that was "out of place". It was said to have been the Great Spirit reminding everyone that he was the only perfect one...

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    I loved reading your post this AM. I have also learned those patterns labeles as "easy" doesn't mean I won't make a beginners mistake.

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    Many years ago I purchased a magnificent quilt done by the Mennonites from a community here in Ontario & I was told that they purposely put in a mistake because "only God is perfect" & that works for me too.If people want perfect then buy plastic, wood is wood because it has character & so do quilts. My quilts have lots of character but made with LOTS of LOVE.
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    Patience, patience, and more patience.
    If something is bugging you, go walk away or put it away for a couple of days. An AHA moment can strike at any time.

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    wad it up and throw it in the trash

    OH NO! Please don't. Read all the posts about giving things to animal shelters. But the better place, to me, would be to give it to St. Vinney's or Good Will. I have picked up at least 4 quilt tops at those places and finished them and then re-donated them. (On one I had to take out whole rows, but the sewing was so bad that it wasn't hard to do that.) That way at least your work that you have already put into it will be of some use to someone.
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    ...maybe that is where my pin cushion ended -- your pooch! I have looked everywhere. I know I had that one! I can seen it in my head but it is no where. I had to go buy special needles.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonomine View Post
    I've learned that my dog loves chewing on my pin cushion. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    wad it up and throw it in the trash

    OH NO! Please don't. Read all the posts about giving things to animal shelters. But the better place, to me, would be to give it to St. Vinney's or Good Will. I have picked up at least 4 quilt tops at those places and finished them and then re-donated them. (On one I had to take out whole rows, but the sewing was so bad that it wasn't hard to do that.) That way at least your work that you have already put into it will be of some use to someone.
    If I want to wad something up and put it in the trash there is absolutely no reason not to. It's my stuff. I am allowed to do whatever I wish with my stuff, including pitching it in the trash. I don't have to make excuses. I don't have to put effort into giving it to a thrift store. I don't have to continue working with something to give it to dogs. I do not have to do any of those things. And nobody is going to "guilt" me into doing any of those things if I don't want to.

    You seriously have permission to just wad it up and pitch it in the trash if you're totally done with it. If you want to salvage or redeem it in some way, you have permission to do that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kay carlson View Post
    I have learned that spending time on the quilting board quiets my soul, improves my outlook, and begins to teach me that there are so many ways to do things. Thanks!
    Learning something new everyday from all of you.

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    Love your learning list, they fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceannastahr View Post
    What I have learned about quilting in the past few years;
    1. Daisy chaining small pieces for quilt blocks saves a lot of thread: and, creates a new toy/game for the puppy if it slides off the back of the desk.
    2. A fingernail is a great tool. Placed in that elusive groove it makes it easy to guide fabric for 1/4" seams; unfortunately, it does tend to break. Replacements take forever.
    3. Die cutting pieces is a wonderful time saver: and, the unattended mat makes a great chew toy.
    4. Instruction manuals give great information once you learn the language.
    5. Directions are only suggestions; follow only when they apply - sort of like speed limits.
    6. When a "mess up" isn't seen until the guilt top is done - just say you're following ancient traditions. A flaw must be present to avoid upsetting the gods.
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    The Quilting Gods: we must appease them whole heartedly! Be sure to bring coffee, chocolate and patience .. LOL
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    Brilliant observations! Mine are slightly modified, since I have an older dog who doesn't mess with my quilting, but 2 cats who do. They go to prison (a closed room) when I'm laying blocks out on the floor for assembly!

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    You have hit the nail on the head. This morning I was trying to top stitch around a Bow Tucks bag I was making - first the bobbin spit out extra thread, then the machine decided to go back into bobbin threading mode and it took some effort to get started, then I broke a needle and I still couldn't get over the hump on the bag and the bobbin ran out of thread. That's when I decided to quit, besides I had to take DH to an eye Dr. appt. Oh well, perhaps this afternoon will be better.

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    I have learned that I cannot get enough done because I spend too much time reading ths board! Lol

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    I have learned from quilting that while I am outspoken, impatient and don't have time to be a type A, when I quilt I have the patience of Job and become very gentle, knowing that the fabric is going to win if I start pulling it or twisting it. I've also learned that I can become lost in looking at seams that match and colors that work together. The third thing I've learned is that quilters are the most generous, kind and appreciative audience one could ever wish for...

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    Would someone please tell me who is that person who keeps sneaking into my sewing room and hiding things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS View Post
    Would someone please tell me who is that person who keeps sneaking into my sewing room and hiding things?
    Joanne- It's probably the same one that trashes my sewing room between sessions. If I catch 'em at it...they are going to have a lot of re-straightening to do.
    Confirmed fabric-holic seeking 12 step treatment program or a storage building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    If I want to wad something up and put it in the trash there is absolutely no reason not to. It's my stuff. I am allowed to do whatever I wish with my stuff, including pitching it in the trash. I don't have to make excuses. I don't have to put effort into giving it to a thrift store. I don't have to continue working with something to give it to dogs. I do not have to do any of those things. And nobody is going to "guilt" me into doing any of those things if I don't want to.


    You seriously have permission to just wad it up and pitch it in the trash if you're totally done with it. If you want to salvage or redeem it in some way, you have permission to do that too.

    Amen! I trash all kinds of stuff.

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    I learned that stash seems to grow and multiply. My DH suggested that I leave the light on in the sewing room. lol I once pulled out the scrap bin and sewed an entire top from it. When I put the rest back in the bin, I swear it was fuller than before.

    As for throwing things away....that is truly everyone's personal business. My take is that I put my "undesirables" into a separate bag and either send it on to someone I know will use it or donate it to the community service group at the guild. It is my "pay it forward" opportunity. It is not really a big effort but it brings a nice reward. (And yes, some pieces end up in the trash at my house too.)
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    My dog says that if I spend too long at a stretch in the sewing room without paying attention to her, she has every right to claim my sewing chair when I finally get up to iron.

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    Just have to say hee, hee, hee.

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    One more, if you see fabric you think is ugly, you haven't cut it small enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    If I want to wad something up and put it in the trash there is absolutely no reason not to. It's my stuff. I am allowed to do whatever I wish with my stuff, including pitching it in the trash. I don't have to make excuses. I don't have to put effort into giving it to a thrift store. I don't have to continue working with something to give it to dogs. I do not have to do any of those things. And nobody is going to "guilt" me into doing any of those things if I don't want to.
    You seriously have permission to just wad it up and pitch it in the trash if you're totally done with it. If you want to salvage or redeem it in some way, you have permission to do that too.
    Oh my goodness! Don't let me spoil your day. I'm just a fanatic (and proud of it) who gets upset when I see orange rinds and coffee grounds in the trash. They go in the compost. Everything in my house goes somewhere for a second or third use if possible. I make very little trash. Just trying to save the earth. So chill out! LOL
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    Oh my goodness! Don't let me spoil your day. I'm just a fanatic (and proud of it) who gets upset when I see orange rinds and coffee grounds in the trash. They go in the compost. Everything in my house goes somewhere for a second or third use if possible. I make very little trash. Just trying to save the earth. So chill out! LOL
    Oh you can't spoil my day but you gotta know you don't need to go around telling people what to do.

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