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    What I learned about quilting

    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.
    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
    Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
    Peace be with you

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    would like to add:

    7. The yardage required information for a quilt is only someone's guesstamation. The out of production fabric that you love and is the focal point in the quilt will be the one that you only need 4" to finish the project.

    8. Your sewing machine will act up if it knows you are in a hurry. (electronic telepathy).
    9. Your sewing tools like to hide in mysterious places. (Underwear drawer? Don't ask).
    10. Someone will tell you after you show them your finished project - you can get one just like that in Marshall's for $39.99.

    Now back to sewing after I put pork barbeque in the crockpot, and eat my breakfast.

    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.
    Last edited by nhweaver; 01-20-2013 at 06:10 AM.
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    All so true!!

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    One thing that I have learned about quilting is that perfection isn't near as important as having fun while quilting. The other thing is that I can't figure out how some tools disappear when I just used them two minutes ago.

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    love your writing!!!
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    I've also learned, "Finished is better than perfect". That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    Yes.....and the quilt gods must be kept at peace......thanks for your wisdom...made me smile as we have all been there!
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    I agree wholeheartedly!! Especially don't want to offend the Gods!
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    And only God is perfect , so your quilts do not have to be perfect.

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    I've learned,

    #1, there is no such thing as perfect. If no two snowflakes, leaves, people, etc, etc are alike then which one is the perfect one???

    #2, it's only fabric, nobody dies.

    #3, if it's really, really bad, I really, really can wad it up and throw it in the trash or cut it up and use it in something else.

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    I can add: when you have worked frantically overtime to finish a request by a deadline, the person who asked you to do it in the first place, says - oh, thanks a bunch but I decided not to give that as a gift now. And I don't have any use for it. But thanks anyway......
    Deb Watkins - I woke up today on the right side of dirt. It is a good day.

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    I have learned that I need to watch a tutorial video. I just can't seem to follow written directions and don't have the success I do after watching a tutorial video.

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    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!

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    I've also learned that, if it turned out really, REALLY bad, the animal shelter absolutely LOVED them!!!!
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    I've learned that my dog loves chewing on my pin cushion. lol

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    All to cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    I've also learned that, if it turned out really, REALLY bad, the animal shelter absolutely LOVED them!!!!
    As the adopter of 3 rescue dogs, I would just like to say a huge "THANK YOU" to all the quilters out there who donate their fabric crafts to animal shelters. It warms my heart to think this craft I've decided to learn has so many wonderful gifters of comfort and love in it.

    Michelle

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    the first lesson i learned was that there are no more kind or generous people than the folks on this board. They will encourage and support you through every challenge

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    This was sew true!!! I think I learned all this stuff too!

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    lol-you are cracking me up this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkcastle View Post
    One thing that I have learned about quilting is that perfection isn't near as important as having fun while quilting. The other thing is that I can't figure out how some tools disappear when I just used them two minutes ago.
    You have the same gremlins as me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkc View Post
    As the adopter of 3 rescue dogs, I would just like to say a huge "THANK YOU" to all the quilters out there who donate their fabric crafts to animal shelters. It warms my heart to think this craft I've decided to learn has so many wonderful gifters of comfort and love in it.

    Michelle
    cats like them, too.

    i never worry any more whether or not i will find somebody who likes a quilt i've made.
    might be a people; might be a critter; but somebody's gonna cuddle up in it.
    I Quilt, I Nap, I Quilt Some More ... Aaaaah, The Good Life!

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    I like how all of you think!!!!

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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.
    You've learned the most important thing of all, keeping your sense of humor through the entire process and through the years! Toooooo funny!

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    Thanks for the 'words of inspiration' this morning!

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