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Thread: Yes, it does matter

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    I've learned that any threads on this topic always have the words "Quilt Police". I've learned that I learn so much more from all of you than I have from books and classes. I've learned that we are blessed indeed to have this wonderful hobby!

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    I've learned that no matter how much I love to quilt, my family comes first..... and sometimes I need to step away from the machine.

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    I've learn't that I am my worst critic, no QP, Nice Quilters on this Board, Know that I would be sewing no matter what, I have hot and cold spells with sewing, but can always sneek in here to get a fix :) and you all seem to inspire me, at least are back at my machine more and I like the feeling of accomplishment when finishing a UFO or Quickie New project (that only happens when using a tried and sure pattern) :)
    Happy Quilting :)

    O.K. off the box :oops: :D

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    I have learned that if I spend too much time on this board I don't get a lot of sewing done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I have learned to check the board every morning. Threads like this one helps me to realize why I love quilting so much. Thanks for the lessons learned!
    exactly what I do every morning over breakfast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    I'm plugging away at a scrappy row-by-row sampler, and with each row I've decided to follow one more "rule" learned from you guys and a multitude of books.
    I've learned, YES, starch matters. I even starched the noodles I used.
    I've learned, YES, mark carefully. I eyeballed a row of flying geese on the small stars and the result ... well, you can figure it out
    I've learned, YES, you must square each block (and sometimes the components of each block)
    I've learned that YES, I should test my 1/4" seam and mark my machine. And I thought I knew my machine so well!
    I've learned that YES, you should re-check the design wall after a good night's sleep.
    I've learned that NO, I'm not an "experienced" quilter. At best I'm a "confident beginner" who got in trouble with being lazy and over-zealous.
    What have YOU learned that really matters?
    You are so right..... I think a lot of us have gone through the lazy over-zealous phase and discovered that every project, no matter how experienced we think we are, is still a learning experience. Boy, nothing teaches humility better than becoming a lazy quilting.

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    I agree with SO many of these comments, especially about keeping on sewing when I'm tired. I also learned that I love the Clover seam ripper someone suggested because it is sharp and fits in my hand.

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    Never sew when you are tired!!

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    1. I need more light (could be the progressive lenses)
    2. Complex patterns with little pieces don't like me
    3. It looks worse to me than to others
    4. Always try several arrangements of blocks before sewing

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRogers870
    I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the process, and not be in such a hurry to finish.
    This is my biggest lesson also.

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    I have learned to measure and measure twice before cutting fabric.

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    A few other things I learned this morning:
    YES IT MATTERS to follow the instructions. lol
    YES IT MATTERS that right sides go together. lol
    YES IT MATTERS that when I'm "splitting the difference," I follow the corrected seam line.
    YES IT MATTERS that I set the seam with the iron before pressing it to the side

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    I have learned that really taking your time to quilt you really put your heart into and it becomes part of you and also gives the quilt life.

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    I've learned I shouldn't sew if I'm tired, annoyed or distracted!

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    I've learned patience. Read directions MORE than once, make a sample block first. I've had patterns that were misprinted and cut a whole quilt only to find out one piece was printed incorrectly or there was a typo and one measurement was wrong.

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    I've learned that following a patterns saves a lot of seam ripping.
    I've learned that that you should always bring the material you are with to match other materials with that patten.
    I've learned to mesure tqice and cut once.

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    I'm with you "quilt3311".

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    Quote Originally Posted by anicra
    I've learned I shouldn't sew if I'm tired, annoyed or distracted!
    This. Totally. I'm a believer in you sew emotions into your work, so if you're annoyed, it transfers. Which is why some projects take me forever, because i'm like "ooooh! better not touch THAT one today!" :lol: and :oops:

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    1) I've learned to not overcommit.
    2) To clean up between projects.
    3) To try to finish a project before starting a new one because I rarely go back and finish once I quit something for awhile. (Too hard to find all my fabric and pieces again.)
    4) To keep my seam ripper off the bed of my machine because I keep sending it onto the floor behind my table as I sew!
    5) To hide my good scissors during popsicle season (because my kids use them to cut the top of the plastic off!)

    Oh... and to not feel guilty when I don't make a quilt for someone who asks me for one!

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    I learned, never quit learning.
    That a little time spent on your quilt each day, does get it finished.
    I learned that I have to practice, practice on my quilting technique (getting a bit better)
    I learned that all of you are Angels.

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    I've learned that if I keep procrastinating, it's usually because I have a quilt problem I can't seem to solve. Maybe I can't get the right fabrics together or the pattern isn't just what I want.........

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    I've learned to enjoy the process and not just the finished quilt!

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    LOL! Me too! God bless Emmy


    Quote Originally Posted by mrspete
    I've learned I need to go to Quilting School, 101, 102, 103 and 201, 202 & 203 !


    Blessings,
    Ruth

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    All of the above.

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    I just figured that out too.

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