Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30

Thread: Machine Quilting

  1. #1
    Super Member Maride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    2,882
    I have seen many people here unsatisfied with the results of their machine quilting, ready to quilt, and unhappy about it all together. I always think that the only way to get good at it is to practice, but it never occur to me that what we sometimes are so upset about is a master piece for the untrained eye, usually the eyes that belong to the head buying the pieces. We struggle for perfection, while the buyers can't tell one from another. I bring this up because I found a quilt artist that owns a gallery and apparently makes a living with it. Please keep in mind that I am not criticizing, just bringing up the point that even though is great to aim for improvement, is OK not to be perfect from time to time.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    La Pine Oregon, USA
    Posts
    5,911
    Is the above a sample of what the quilt shop had or what you'd done???? If it's yours, I'd recommend using your walking foot for doing the straight lines on a quilt like this...the free motion foot is great for swirleys.... :)

  3. #3
    Super Member bjnicholson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Cleveland OH
    Posts
    3,236
    Blog Entries
    1
    Wow! I wonder if she's sold anything?

  4. #4
    Super Member Maride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    2,882
    Sorry, that is not my quilt. Is from a quilt artist that displays at a gallery.

  5. #5
    Power Poster erstan947's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    12,168
    Blog Entries
    47
    I agree with you. We are far to hard on ourselves. I need to relax and just enjoy the process. I know I will improve the more I do. If I give up (FMQ) I will never improve! Thanks for the reminder.

  6. #6
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,265
    Blog Entries
    1
    Nice example of how the "art of a quilt" in a creative mind translates into a freeform piece that is free from our technical restraints. It would be nice to see the entire piece to see the sum of all parts.

  7. #7
    Super Member KathyAire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    3,414
    That quilt looks like some pieces of high dollar art that I look at and 'don't get it'.

  8. #8
    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Westminster, Co
    Posts
    2,701
    I am sorry but that looks like my very first try at FMQ when I was 5 yrs old!!!

  9. #9
    Power Poster sandpat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    18,757
    Blog Entries
    9
    Everything is relative I guess...

  10. #10
    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    645
    You know, I came across something like this the other day. A lady was selling quilts, and while they were beautiful, they weren't "perfect".

    It actually made me feel a lot better, and quit being so tore up about being "perfect". A quilt can be beautiful without being "perfect".

    And evidently, it can be SELLABLE, TOO!

  11. #11
    T-Bones mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Northern NY
    Posts
    1,938
    Oh my!

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orbiting
    Posts
    1,442
    Does anyone remember the show "Murphy Brown"? She made the comment her 2 year old could do better. I can't remember if it was her or someone else that took the 2 year olds art and displayed it. It was a big hit. The critics loved it. They didn't know a 2 year old did it!

    I agree, we are too hard on ourselves. I think we stifle our imagination with perfection.

    Okay everyone - go forth and create your very own masterpiece!

    Thanks Maria!

  13. #13
    bkb
    bkb is offline
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    1,278
    must have been done AFTER happy hour!

  14. #14
    Senior Member quiltnmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    New Bern, NC
    Posts
    517
    Thanks for bringing things into perspective. I will have to lighten up on myself.

  15. #15
    Super Member grammiepamie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orange Park, Florida
    Posts
    1,016
    I wonder if they got a QWI? (Quilting While Intoxicated??????

  16. #16
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    No quilt is perfect. Especially not mine. But I can live with it. (My quilting is a little better than the pic though. ) :-D

  17. #17
    Senior Member echoemb's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Arvada, CO
    Posts
    463
    When I started my commercial embroidery business, I too was very critical of my work. I quickly learned to keep my mouth shut and let the customer point out the problems as I saw them. Had VERY FEW say anything and if they did it was something totally different from what I was fussing about. Lesson learned. Most of the time they gushed about how wonder, how great, etc. and all I could worry about was what I perceived as my boo-boos.

  18. #18
    Super Member pab58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    6,222
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm no artist or even a qualified art critic, but that..........? :roll: Makes my work not look so bad. :wink:

  19. #19
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    258
    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, she must of liked it and was ok with it. But as for me, I'm sort of too hard on myself.

  20. #20
    Super Member Gramyx7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,111
    Blog Entries
    2
    All I can say is WOW...

  21. #21
    Super Member Toto's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    N. Texas
    Posts
    1,776
    Quote Originally Posted by bkb
    must have been done AFTER happy hour!
    :lol: My thoughts, too! Or else, the Singer was hallucinating?

  22. #22
    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    11,454
    Blog Entries
    20
    Now, I am really wondering about the small mistakes I fret over...

  23. #23
    Super Member Pickles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,448
    This really made me feel better about my Knit picking I do over my quilts. To me this looks as if someone had a Stroke at the
    sewing machine :shock: It's hard to believe this was in a Gallery
    to be shown are sold even..Thanks for reminding us that everyone can make mistakes and it's still alright :D

  24. #24
    Super Member Gramof6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    3,357
    I always criticize mt own work and am so far from being a perfectionist at it. But? I do enjoy the quilt making process and try to do better with each project. I know the world will cont. to revolve if I make mistakes. Thank God!

  25. #25
    Junior Member Ladybugnana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    258
    I agree with the learning curve and that I am my own worst critic. Thank you for reminding me it is okay not to be perfect.
    Sandypat. I love your cats and the six piece bathing suit tops! I don't know how you got the pic but it is precious!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.