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    Super Member Debbie B's Avatar
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    I don't know what I was thinking! I pieced a quilt for my parents and decided to try to FMQ feathers all over the quilt top. I've only FMQ feathers on borders of small baby quilts. My machine only has 5 1/2 inches of work space. Some areas look Ok & others look more like the Lochness monster than a feather hook. This has worn me out, but I'm too far in to stop or take it out. My husband says I'm crazy that it looks fine, but I just don't know. How do you think it looks. I'm going to take a break & not touch it until tomorrow...maybe it will look better to me.
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    I think you are doing a wonderful job, rest a bit tonight and forge ahead!! Will watch to see the finished quilt!

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    Your husband is only half right. It looks great and you are not crazy. It truly does look fine and your folks will love it. We all do this to ourselves by being so critical of our work. Congrats on a great job.

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    I think it looks pretty but I have yet to be brave enough to even try FMQ so my opinion maybe doesn't count!

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    Keep going because when the quilt is complete, you'll like it.
    I'm quilting a quilt right now and I'm not liking it at all.
    I actually had to take a break and visit the QB. I know when it's finished and I pull it back out at Christmas, I'll like it again.
    Your quilt looks fine...keep going.

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    You see all the mistakes. Others won't. it looks great to me. I can't even do that yet. Keep on,, :-D :-D

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    That is beautiful! Dont be so hard on yourself!! Your parents will love it!!

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    Are you KIDDING???!?!?! It looks great! A galloping horse won't see it, and neither will your parents. Hold your head high and be proud that you even attempted such a difficult task. And my bet is you learned something along the way - for me, that's what "better" quilting is; learning.

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    relax, it looks great and your parents will love it. I do understand how you feel, we always are more critical of our own work. Ask yourself this "If my best friend quilted this what would I tell her?"

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    Wish I could make something that pretty! It looks great. You are your worst critic. I tink it is beautiful

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    #1 It's a beautiful quilt
    #2 Are your parents Certified Quilt Police?
    If the answer to #2 is "No" then I bet they will be thrilled that you made them a quilt and won't see a thing wrong with it.
    You may be the forerunner in a new quilting style!!

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    Just keep at it. When it's finished, you will see it in a better light.

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    It looks wonderful. Don't give up. Once it's all finished it will look different to you. It's going to be beautiful. Why are we so hard on ourselves? But, I understand, because I'm the same way! :)

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    It looks great to me!

    I wish I could machine quilt like that. I slowly hand quilt mine. I average one a year.

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    It does look wonderful. You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

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    I think it looks beautiful!! But glad you are calling it a night- we all need that sometimes.
    Can't wait to see it finished! :D

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    I think you are doing a wonderful job.

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    practice practice pratice, everyone had to start somewhere, you keep going, it looks great.

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    Thanks for everyone's kind words. Your words of encouragement were just what I needed. I really like doing the FMQ...I just need a bigger work space. 5 1/2" makes it hard work...ha. I can hear that sit down Handi Quilter (Sweet Sixteen) calling my name. Just don't have the money, but someday.....

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    It looks great. Take a break. My first free motion I sewed thru my finger. The quilt had my blood sweat and tears in it. I always tell my kids the quilt is made with love not perfection and that it represents my arms around them when I am not there. I told that to my parents also when I made them quilts. So dont worry about it. They will love it, we are our worst critics and see little imperfections. They won't. Get a good night sleep and continue on with the love.

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    That's beautiful. I am too mich of a coward to even try.
    I think you are doing a great job.

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    I think its great too.. I like it. your parents will Love it..

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    It looks great. I have been in the same place.

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    i think it looks just fine just keep on going

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    Your doing a great job.
    Take a little break, when you come back to it, you'll love it :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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