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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Kawaii Fabrics+Embroidered Characters+Gamer T's=My First Quilt! on: July 12, 2008 03:21:16 AM
Super cool.  Fab idea and it looks fantastic
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bleached Robot Tshirt on: July 11, 2008 07:43:39 AM
great work
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: a little upset - I have a question on: July 06, 2008 07:24:32 AM
Hi - I don't know if this will all come out right but I wanted to answer you.

I agree with Penlowe - you're being too hard on yourself.  Sewing can be really tough at times - but also really enjoyable and very satisfying which is why it is worth it.  It can be taught but it takes time.

I'm 30 and was lucky enough to grow up in a household where crafting was all around.  I now mainly sew quilts and clothes, although I can knit and I do bits of embroidery, cross-stitch and beading.  None of it has come easily to me though.  One of the biggest things for me was working out how I like to learn stuff.

My mum is a 'give it a go and see how it turns out' type of person.  I used to find it difficult to learn stuff from her (although she has taught me loads) 'cos I can't just give it a go - I need clear instructions, preferably with diagrams!!  I became confident with my crafting after taking (a lot) of lessons from teachers who taught in a way that suited me - one stage at a time, master a technique and then move on.

I now find that because I have a solid technical background I am much more able to experiment with sewing.  I still like to plan everything I do though and work it out on paper / spare fabric before I start. Not everyone is like that - some people can just imagine what they want and play around till they get there.  If you can, decide what kind of person you are and then follow that path - whether its watching others, from videos, books or experimentation.

don't forget you've been learning this for a really short period of time - I think Penlowe's advice is really great - practice!!  Please don't give up, just take it steady, don't over-face yourself and you'll get years of enjoyment from your craft.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dissapearing Nine Patch top and Strawberry Quilt on: July 05, 2008 11:53:01 PM
Both fantastic - particularly love the fabrics in the 9 patch
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: CARE BEAR STARE!! on: July 03, 2008 10:56:21 AM
I love the Care Bears - great quilt
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ... I've (potentially) made a huge mistake (not pre-washing fabric) on: July 03, 2008 10:54:58 AM
I don't prewash.  I wait till I've finished the quilt and machine-wash it, with two or three colour catcher sheets in.  Then I lay it out on towels to dry, making sure that it's pulled straight and smooth.

Not had a disaster yet (touch wood!!)
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: MY HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN QUILT!!!! on: June 18, 2008 12:28:24 PM
that's so cool - I love anything with pumpkins and this is gorgeous
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Little Pony quilted Wallhanging on: June 09, 2008 10:18:26 AM
Love it - so gorgeous
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Forget Stripe-Matching! -- Rainbow Tank on: May 31, 2008 11:06:23 PM
That is so cute - I love it
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Denim rag quilt on: May 31, 2008 11:01:34 PM
I really like it - I agree that the brights look good on the rag bits
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