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Old 01-20-2013, 05:59 AM
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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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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.

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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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Old 01-20-2013, 06:10 AM
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All so true!!
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:16 AM
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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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Old 01-20-2013, 06:51 AM
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:02 AM
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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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Old 01-20-2013, 10:33 AM
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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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