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JoleneF
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Date: 8/22/05 12:33 PM

Hi,
I am discovering as I slowly get back to some of the projects I had going that I am forgetting some of the "how to's" and am having to go back to old threads, emails, etc. and dig out the info.

A for instance, I am binding a quilt right now and when I cut my strips for the binding, I messed up and folded over my fabric too much and instead of having a folded edge, I had all cut edges. Not the end of the world, I just seam them but after I did it I thought now why didn't I remember that.

I also had to remember the order to put the edges on and stuff that was automatic before summer and now it's like I feel like a beginner all over again.

Am I the only one this happens to? I would hate to think all these stupid things I am doing I am the only one.

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Date: 8/22/05 12:46 PM

Jolene, you are not alone.

I had a Finance professor in school who literally wrote the book that was used all over the country. His philosophy was not to memorize formulas and excessive detail. Why? "That's what reference material is for."

So don't worry if you don't have it all committed to memory as long as you can find out the information you need.

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Date: 8/22/05 12:51 PM

Jolene, this happens to everyone (or at least it should). I will forget a technique if I haven't used it recently, ending up ripping something apart to fix it. Sometimes, when I forget an old technique, I discover a new one! Don't be discouraged, this is just part of the process. Chances are you won't forget the next time. And if you do, eventually, you will remember what you need to do.

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Date: 8/22/05 2:27 PM

Jolene, I think of this as being out of practice, or getting rusty. That's why, once I am happy with a pattern, I make it over and over while it's fresh in my mind and my fingers remember what to do. I run into the same thing with cooking favorite recipes!

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Date: 8/22/05 2:33 PM

With sewing I haven't got to the stage of forgetting - its all still too new. But with everything else?

Oh yes - its getting worse. Took my kids to see Finding Nemo - and when the fish that forgets everything after 10 seconds came on - a little voice in the quiet cinema said "thats just like you Mummy". Nuff said :)

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Date: 8/22/05 2:39 PM

LOL at smallbod.

I've got a girlfriend like that. We call her Dory. She calls herself Dory.

THAT, at least, she can remember.

She does look good in blue...

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Date: 8/22/05 2:53 PM

Ladies, don't even get me started on this subject. I can't remember anything beyond 10 minutes. It's so disgusting because I used to have an A-1 memory but for the last three years I don't know what has happened to me. It is scary sometimes. I've printed duplicate copies of so many techniques that I have learned here, mostly because I can't remember if I printed it already. The good thing is that usually by the time I have seen it for the third or fourth time, I can remember it while sewing.
I don't think age is a factor, just too many irons in the fire as they say.

Tessa

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Date: 8/22/05 3:37 PM

Irene, I do the same thing!!

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Date: 8/22/05 5:16 PM

My opinion is.....I forget, what were we talking about??

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Date: 8/22/05 5:17 PM

Oh Joene, you've definitely struck a nerve -- or as I prefer to look at it -- hit a vein of gold!!

The forgetting thing does happen more as we get older (why did I just walk into this room? is currently my favorite).

I prefer to think of it as the mind "unfilling" in order to remind us to stop and smell the roses. I stop a LOT!!!

Don't fret. References, notes and a sense of humor when you can.....

Nina
-- Edited on 8/22/05 6:19 PM --

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