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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Have you ever started something and changed your mind? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 10/14/13 12:30 PM

I am struggling with the avatar quilt. I am thinking I really do not want to do this quilt after all. It is a hard struggle to find colors/fabrics that go together I already have or know I want. It is just not happening for me. That and I want to put several of the blocks in different places or eliminate them all together.

I have my 6 hour applique class on Thursday. I am hoping I like it as much as I think I might.

Maybe I'll go to the dark side for a couple of days and work on a shirt. I want to lessen the vertical darts on the light blue one and give myself more room when sitting down. Standing, the shirt fits well, but not when sitting. I have plenty of room in the darts to do this and it should be easy to do with a narrow edge foot. I thought I'd do it on the Pfaff.

If I were to start another quilting project, I have no clue what to start. I have only cut a row of strips so far for the avatar quilt. My heart is not in it, I guess. I want to keep the mojo going, so I need to put that one aside for now. I do not like how the teacher arranged it, I think. I want to keep changing it to look better!!!

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Date: 10/14/13 12:47 PM

Sounds to me like you need to call it a day and move on. Either that or adjust this quilt to turn it into something you can work on.

Best wishes...

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Date: 10/14/13 12:49 PM

I told my DH I feel like I am pushing a giant bolder up a hill with this quilt. Time to find something else to do.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
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Date: 10/14/13 1:06 PM

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I do not like how the teacher arranged it, I think. I want to keep changing it to look better!!!


That's probably your major problem with it! Why don't you do your shirt, but keep the quilt in the back of your mind...it will come to you. Then do it your way..let the teacher do her own! Tastes are different.

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Date: 10/14/13 1:22 PM

I don't consider a quilt project "started" until I have cut the pieces, and even then it often doesn't end up where I thought it was going when I started cutting.

I have lots of quilts floating around in my head in the "planning" stage. I have quilting software and probably look at dozens of layouts and color combinations before I even start picking fabric. When I've bought fabric that was selected to go together in a project, it doesn't always end up that way.

So yup, I change my mind all the time.

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Date: 10/14/13 2:08 PM

Learn, I love this title! Guess I don't know how to sew without changing my mind. That's what gives me such a kick about sewing- watching it all unfold, refold and emerge is my favorite thing. You know your creative process- go with that. Let the "struggle quilt" hibernate and maybe it will transform.

I sew for the joy of it, but sometimes a "boulder-pushing" project that makes me sweat gives tremendous satisfaction in the end. However, I have to love something about it. Usually it's the fabric- color, texture, hand feel. Otherwise I can't face it. I once started a man's suit with an old-world master tailor. I got through the pants and learned a ton, but the fabric was so flat and dark. Never made it to the jacket although at the time I loved to hand-tailor women's wear.

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Date: 10/14/13 2:29 PM

I redid the blouse darts using the Pfaff. Not very crazy about my old machine after using the Bernina for over a year. I need to use it, as it is my class machine and it needs to be used. The darts are now much narrower in width and should make the shirt more comfy for me. At least I found some to sew. I wanted to sew and had to FND a project. An older shirt was a good one for today.

Now what will I do??? Go shopping, of course.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 10/14/13 3:18 PM

Oh YES I have!

I STILL have that Easy Street mystery quilt sitting unfinished. I just DO NOT like it enough to spend time on it! There are soooo many things I WANT to make it is just impossible for me to drag that out again.

So no point trying to force it Learn. If it's not getting your creative juices flowing, move on to something that does!

Since you are so close to your applique class, what about reading the pattern, really looking at all the different pieces of it. Try to get an understanding of the process you will be doing.

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Date: 10/14/13 4:35 PM

That is what I am thinking of doing. Reading the pattern and seeing how it goes together. This way I should not be totally surprised in the process.

I went to Craft Warehouse (kind of like Micheal's) and bought a yard of white flannel for the wall board and half a yard of white muslin. I also bought 3 Avery glue sticks for the class.

While I was in the fabric section, I looked at all the FQ's of batiks. I could go nuts just buying those. I can see buying a drawer full of those FQ's. The price is $2.99 / buy 4 and the 5th is free. Sadly, I did not buy any...

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 10/14/13 4:56 PM

Nope, I never have.

Wait...yes I have.

Or not.



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