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    Are you working outside your comfort zone...I am...

    I decided I would do a drunkards path today. I finished one block...I will not say how many times I used my seam ripper or wondered....what the heck was I thinking....curves...Oh well...here I go again. How about you..are you willing to try something outside your comfort zone?
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    It can be nerve racking learning a new pattern, but once you've done a few blocks you'll relax. Like your colors.
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    I have started a top that has embroidery, applique, yoyos and piecing. I always get to the applique and stall so now I will continue and maybe make it.

    I am also working on a Shoji Screen quilt which has diagonal piecing. So far so good.

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    when i started my dear janes, i was definitely outside my comfort zone. hope to get back to them soon.
    your blocks look great!
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    Oh Yes!!!! I love working outside my comfort zone LOL I never do things by halves, a queen sized bargello was one of my first quilts, I had never done needleturn applique and I am half way through the 36 blocks of the Affairs of the Heart quilt, and now I thought I would give a miniature quilt a go, each 4 1/2" finished block has 76 pieces (yes I must be crazy LOL)
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    I did a paper pieced double wedding ring bed runner. Way out of my comfort zone. Hand quilted it also. I actually enjoyed doing it because it was outside of my comfort zone. I did it one step at a time. At some point I finally began to see what the finished product would look like.

    I did Drunkard's Path place mats. Came out nice. It's a lovely look. You'll love it when it's done.

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    I'm taking Leah Day's FMQ Craftsy class. That is definitely outside my comfort zone; but I am excited about what I am learning. Your Drunkard's Path looks lovely. I like your first block and the colors you selected. Best wishes as you work on it.

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    I do like to work outside the normal zone once in a while...makes me use my brain a little more...LOL. Your quilt is going to be awesome...beautiful colors!!!!

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    Your layout and finished block looks great. I was sewing a simple snowball block with borders today, how much easier can you get? Well I managed to have to rip it apart twice!

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    Wow I admire you. I have not really tried anything new but really allow it is new when you are in the newbie mode!
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    I almost always work outside my comfort zone. My collection of quilting books is more a collection of techniques than it is a book of patterns. I've tried most of them, but not all of them yet.

    I've not done circles yet.
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    I love your fabrics and by the time you get finished with the top, you'll be a pro at curved piecing. It gets much easier with practice. I bought a long arm about a year ago, so most things I quilt are now out of my comfort zone. However, I like the challenge and am enjoying trying all kinds of different things from pantos to custom.

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    looks great.yes,I go outside my comfort zone every now and then-yours is beautiful so far.
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    That is going to be beautiful - it's gorgeous already - nice work outside your comfort zone (I'm still in mine...).

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    When I'm feeling piecing ambitious I cut and sew one block at a time. If it is a disaster I don't mind tossing one block in the trash.
    Got fabric?

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    Leah is AWESOME...she is the one who taught me how to FMQ and also she was the reason why I bought my 7700 sewing machine....no regrets!!! You will learn a lot from her!
    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    I'm taking Leah Day's FMQ Craftsy class. That is definitely outside my comfort zone; but I am excited about what I am learning. Your Drunkard's Path looks lovely. I like your first block and the colors you selected. Best wishes as you work on it.

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    Well I am learning alot doing this...I also now am using my glue stick instead of pins!!! so much easier!
    this is all I have gotten done so far...this is not a quilt you can just zip up that is for sure...
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    Nope. Not wanting to get out of my comfort zone at all. I've found my style and colors I love and I am deeply happy in that rut! LOL

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    Love the fabrics!! You're doing great! Think how proud you will feel when its completed.
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    Starching twice is a wonderful thing when dealing with those type of curves and bias edges. That being said, I love what you are doing here. Keep up the good work carollaug. You are doing great!

    While learning to machine quilt, I am in a constant state of learning. I not only want to quilt, but to also stabilize and enhance my top's designs. It is something that takes patience, practice and skill. Something I am not good at (having patience) LOL... I suppose it is all a process that must eventually be learned if we want a lovely finished quilt that is. So far I have read four books on machine quilting and quilted about 40 quilts and smaller projects. I am still not where I want to be yet.
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    No...I will not stop working on this...if I out it away it will not come out for a long time..I did that to one of my other projects, my only unfinished project....with one block left...its been in the box for a year...I know why I like quick projects cause I can get them done....I have working on thus since 4am....cut the pieces and now sewing them. No too fun...but I do like the looks of it. Name:  112_4037.JPG
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    i am making something unlike anything i have done before. so far we're cozy, but there are a few new techniques in my vision.

    onward ho!

    aileen

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    What are you making Aileen?? Do tell..
    Quote Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
    i am making something unlike anything i have done before. so far we're cozy, but there are a few new techniques in my vision.

    onward ho!

    aileen

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    I've done a drunkards path before and it was WAY out of my comfort zone. I just kept going. It wasn't perfect and I didn't fuss with it. The next one I did, I raw edged the smaller pieces onto the larger one so the one layer frayed. I clipped the edges around it and washed it right away. That way was much easier and I love the soft look it gave to it. I just love the fabrics you are using and your quilt will be so worth it after you finish it. It's beautiful so far.
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    Its coming out beautiful..and dont worry, as they say...it will quilt out.
    i go outside my comfort zone all the time. My dh can attest to that, thats why im gettin french doors on my sewing room.
    maybe i should soundproof while at it.

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