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    What's wrong with me?

    I don't know what my problem is. I love picking out fabrics, I piece blocks happily, putting them together with or without sashing is no problem, adding borders can be fun, sandwiching is ok, but making myself sit down to start the actual quilting is next to impossible. What's wrong with me?
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    Maybe you're just apprehensive about the results,so you don't move on. That first stitch, like the first step of a journey, can be the hardest. Do you machine or hand quilt? If you are FMQ on a machine, do something small like a table runner to get the feel of it & then do sections of your quilt. Before you know it, you'll have it done & you'll be really pleased with yourself! We all have parts of quilting that are fear inducing, so you are not alone!

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    I don't think there's a thing wrong with you!
    There's just parts of "the process" we like better.

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    You must be my sister . I get to the quilting part and just stop. It takes weeks to get up enough nerve to put that first stitch in the quilt.

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    I get stuck at all different places during the process of each quilt I make for no reason I just move on until that spirit hits me again which is why I have all those ufo's! Hahaha

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    I used to be like that when it came to fmq. I was afraid to find out that I couldn't do it. Once I did it a couple of times, I found out that my stitches were fairly good. I was afraid that my stitches would be all over the place. I found out that it was fun. You just need to jump in and do it. Good luck.
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    I used to be like that when it came to fmq. I was afraid to find out that I couldn't do it. Once I did it a couple of times, I found out that my stitches were fairly good. I was afraid that my stitches would be all over the place. I found out that it was fun. You just need to jump in and do it. Good luck.
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    Sorry for the double post. Don't know what happened.
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    Sorry you have that problem. I enjoy all of the quilting process. I am happy to get one done so I can start another. I have a rule for myself. I totally finish one quilt before starting another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    You must be my sister . I get to the quilting part and just stop. It takes weeks to get up enough nerve to put that first stitch in the quilt.
    I'm your sister too! Perhaps we are long lost triplets, separated at birth!

    I hate the actual quilting and like both of you, I have to psych myself into starting the actual quilting.
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    The hardest part is figuring out how I want to quilt it what thread ect. This can slow me down a bit. I to like jingle find I have to finish one quilt before starting another.

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    Worse than the quilting is the ripping. Unfortunately I had a terrible wrinkle in the middle of my most recent quilt. I have spent the better part of a week ripping. I had to break it up yesterday with fun by cutting and sewing a different quilt. I love quilting as there are so many varied parts to the process, but I hope I don't ever have to go to the ripping part again. Rip, rip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    I don't know what my problem is. I love picking out fabrics, I piece blocks happily, putting them together with or without sashing is no problem, adding borders can be fun, sandwiching is ok, but making myself sit down to start the actual quilting is next to impossible. What's wrong with me?
    Not a thing!!! You just like all of the other parts of quilt making a LOT more than you like the actual quilting. There are lots of folks like you out there!! Most of them send the quilt out to the long arm quilter at that stage. You could consider that...though you might be like me, unwilling to pay the cost. Perhaps you should consider a different type of quilting....I have found that I really like doing SID, the others, not so much. Or maybe you want to tie them instead of quilting?

    Or maybe you just need a nice reward...more fabric, for example??? Or chocolate, or good music in the background??
    Or just someone saying "You can do it!!" You can, you know.

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    Nothing's wrong with you! Some people just enjoy one aspect of the proses more than another. In my guild we have several people who only make the tops, we also have a lady who only does long arm work, one who works mainly with panels and uses her DM only. to each there own, do what you enjoy doing.

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    Glad to know I'm in good company! However I want to get this one done and I just can't seem to move forward on it. At the rate I'm going I guess I might as well just start hand quilting on it.

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    that's what's holding me back at the moment. I have some reverse stitching to do.
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    I was like that until I got my midarm frame setup. Now I'm *really* happy I have a stockpile of quilt tops to quilt! I just don't like sitdown quilting on my domestic machine, even though I've done it. I ***do*** enjoy moving the machine around on a frame setup. Fun, fun, fun!

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    I don't even get that far. I've decided I'm a block maker or maybe a top maker. Can't tell you how many stacks of blocks I have or tops that need borders.

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    ​I admit doing the sandwiching is one of my least favourite parts. Everything else I like so I take the good with the bad. If you can afford it, you can turn your tops over to a long armer to finish.

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    There's nothing wrong with you. I think many quilters have similar problems with one aspect or another of the process. It seems to me that we all have difficulty "launching" into the part of the process where we have least faith in our skills. I'm guessing your strengths are design and careful piecing. If that's the case, your quilts may not need elaborate quilting to make them shine anyway. I know I spend too much time obsessing over "just the right" design. Don't beat up on yourself though. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. Don't even think like that.

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    My least favorite parts is marking my quilt top. I'm always struggling with how to best mark it, and with what, and at the same time terrified I'm going to ruin my quilt by not being able to get rid of the marks afterwards... So yeah, everybody has a part they're not too fond of, and most of the time that's the part that you continually put off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scisyb220 View Post
    Maybe you're just apprehensive about the results,so you don't move on.
    I think that is my problem. Especially now with the issues I am having, hand quilting is so much harder now. And there is no way I could quilt on my DSM. It about killed me just putting the bindings on the three quilts that Leesa quilted for me. {Maybe it was because I ended up binding all three within two weeks.} Someday I might get a mid-arm but Leesa is going to be finishing up for me in the near future. I just tied two baby quilts, and that was hard enough.
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    I am terrified at almost every stage of the process. Picking out a pattern can take two days. Pulling fabric results in a pile twice as big as needed. Then it ferments for a few days until some say "No" and some say "Yes" and some say "Maybe". A trip to the fabric store may be required. Cutting really scares me. Then piecing. Then doing the sandwich--I am always certain there will be folds. Marking is a day or two more, because the idea of designing the quilting pattern is also pretty scary--what if it is just stupid or doesn't complement the piecing? Quilting takes a day or two up o two weeks. The only fast part is the binding, because I am eager to get to the hand stitching on the back. Love that step.

    But almost without exception, only DH knows how difficult each stage is. People just see the results and they love it.
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    I have more experience piecing so it comes easier to me. I'm a novice when it comes to quilting so it takes me a while to get up my nerve to start that process. Once I do I am learning to enjoy it too!

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    That sounds like what I used to do. When I had over 20 quilt tops, I finally bought a long-arm machine and quilted like a demon. First couple were iffy, while learning, the rest came together real good. So......I think you're just ready for a long arm machine. Now, if I could find an easy way to attack those bindings....

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