Quilting:A Love/Hate Relationship

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Am I the only one that has a love/hate relationship with my quilting? Usually at some point in a project I have some level of disappointment or dissatisfaction with the results I’m getting.

I was really worried about 1/2 way through piecing the Ice Cream quilt that my fabric placement wasn’t going to work….but that top turned out nice and is on the longarm ready for quilting.

I LOVED my Holiday House top…..but as I was quilting it I started to think I’d ruined it. Last night I began quilting snowflakes (after all what’s Christmas without snow?) and now I actually think it’s going to be cute. One of these days I’ll learn to *keep the faith* and believe that in the end the final quilt will be OK.

So am I all that unusual or do you all go through the same love it/hate it process when making a quilt?

16 Responses to “Quilting:A Love/Hate Relationship”

  • joyce:

    I am going through the exact same thing with my winter wall hanging right now. I don’t like it at all and I can’t see how I will pull it all together. I may have to put it aside for a few days.

  • Vicki W:

    The better question is “is there anyone that doesn’t go through a love/hate relationship with their quilting?” How can you be creative without the back and forth emotions about the project in process?

  • May Britt:

    The snowflakes are perfect. It is turning out beautiful. I guess this little quilt is one you are going to treasure a lot. Love/hate quilts usually become treasures.

  • May Britt:

    The snowflakes are perfect. It is turning out beautiful. I guess this little quilt is one you are going to treasure a lot. Love/hate quilts usually become treasures.

  • mereth:

    We should never judge a work when it’s only half-done, because it’s usually going to be found wanting. A lot of time the first quilting distorts the nice flat surface and it looks pretty average for a while. Then the more you work on it, the better it looks. I think everyone has these moments, but we should learn to just work through them and trust our own abilities. I sound wise, but I do this every quilt, especially customer quilts- “Agh! I’ve ruined it!How am I going to explain This!!” Perhaps the answer is just to have more confidence in ourselves.

  • Carolyn:

    The snowflakes are the perfect touch! I absolutely have a love/hate relationship with quilts. It’s only bad when the hate prevails once the quilt is done!

  • Karen:

    I am hating my baby doll quilt project today. The border is too choppy for such a small quilt.

    I am going to rip off the border and redo it.

    I did a scrappy 9 patch once and I made and ripped out the blocks 3 times.

    Perfectionism is overrated!


  • Marilyn R:

    The snowflakes are perfect! This will be a wonderful quilt in the end!

  • Gypsy Quilter:

    Oh, definitely. And when I’m really tired of it and don’t want to ever see it again, I mail it off to someone who will really appreciate it.

  • Juliann in WA:

    I am having that relationship with a very large quilt that I just can’t seem to finish. I really do love those little snowflakes – this is a wonderful little quilt.

  • doni:

    I LOVE the snowflakes! House quilts are just so darn cute – I may have to drop everything and rush to my machine …

    Love your work and web site. Thanks.

  • Tazzie:

    Hi Mary
    I always experience the very same thing. I’ll be quilting on something and think the quilting looks terrible – I convince myself to keep going, and never fails – I’m more than happy when it’s finished.

  • PeeWee:

    I have to give away everything I make, because by the time I am done I am sick of looking at it.
    I love your work!!!

  • meggie:

    I go through that with almost everything I make these days! they then become UFOs or WIPs as I prefer to think of them. I find with time, I can often find they are ok after all!. Especially if I take a photo of the particular quilt top. I am often surprised at how good it will look in the photo!

  • Norma:

    I don’t have a problem hating the quilt itself, but I do get frustrated with my workmanship along the way. Then I ask myself who is ever going to notice and move forward. I am working on a quilt for my grand daughter and keep finding things that I wished I had done better. She will love it and use and abuse it, which is the whole idea anyway! As long as I LEARN something along the way, it works.

    I love the little house, the little boy in the window makes it special.

  • Patti:

    Not usually – but I used to years ago. I think we are all just WAY too hard on ourselves. The Holiday House top is absolutely delightful, and I love the way you quilted fans around the edges!

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