*Giveaway & QM Scrap Squad: Spinout by Kim

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Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Kim Brandt from Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Kim got right down to brass tacks when she shared her thoughts about Spinout. I loved what she had to say and maybe you will, too:

“While making Barbara Cline’s Spinout I got to thinking about how my quiltmaking has changed over the years. In the old days, if everything was not perfect I would redo it, or unsew it and start again.

“Then I got to thinking about being a perfectionist. Was it helping me enjoy my favorite pastime? No, it was robbing me of the joy I had while creating at my sewing machine. So now I enjoy the process a lot more by letting my errors be a part of my creation.

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“In this quilt I have a recycled shirt with the pocket still intact. (See the pocket just above?)

 

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I have stripes that do not line up.

 

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I used two different stripes to make some pinwheels (look closely above) and I used two different border colors because I did not have enough fabric to make them all the same.

 

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Kim pieced the green so it would be large enough.

I had to piece fabric to cover my foundation triangles.  Many of my points do not meet and the binding is also two different colors.

 

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“Do all these “errors” add up to a quilt that will be enjoyed any less by the recipient?

“Can you even see these mistakes from my picture of the whole quilt?

“I have decided to enjoy my quilting and let go of trying to be perfect. I enjoyed every minute of making Spinout and I think you will, too.”

What a great attitude! The whole idea is very interesting. While we don’t want our quilts to be so shoddily constructed that they fall apart during the first wash cycle, there is a lot more to this pursuit than perfection. Kim hits the nail on the head when she focuses on the process. I enjoy having a finished quilt, but I enjoy the actual making of the quilt much more! I don’t think I’m alone.

How about you? If a “1″ signals perfection and a “10″ signals sloppy/shoddy, where do you want your quilts to land? And do you enjoy the process as much as the finished piece? Leave us a comment by midnight on Monday, June 27 and we’ll have a little giveaway: a box full of quilty surprises! The lucky winner is Linda K! We appreciate everyone’s honest feedback. Thanks for commenting!

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Visit Kim’s blog to read more.

Learn more about the Scrap Squad on our community site at quiltersclubofamerica.com.

Read about Spinout and its designer Barbara Cline.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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142 Responses to *Giveaway & QM Scrap Squad: Spinout by Kim

  1. robin says:

    I guess I can’t expect perfection – haven’t been at this very long, but a 2 or 3 would be awesome!

  2. Mary says:

    In my DREAMS, I want them all perfect “1′s”. In reality, I just enjoy the process so much that I am content with anything above a seven.

    It is all about the process, from fabric selection, pattern choice, to piecing, quilting, binding. Once it is done, I am over it!

  3. Madeline says:

    I would like my quilts to come out at an2-3, but since I have eye problems,I think they come out more like 5 or 6. Though I have done one very quickly and “blind-friendly”, and it really looks as pretty as any 3 I’ve ever done!! Some patterns lend themselves to beginner friendly, or less than perfect more than others, and they still can be well-received and loved.

  4. LisaT says:

    The open Spinout I thought turned out wonderfully. I guess it depends on the project. Some patterns are more forgiving and some, well, if the points do not line up it looks terrible. I suppose if accuracy is what is making up the design then Im more inline with a 2 or 3. For others, I think scrappy is pretty cool.

  5. Pam P says:

    The manner of “perfection” is relative. If I’m sewing a quilt to be given as a wedding gift, I will do my best (I’m not into perfectionism – it binds one up with worry and frustration – things that shouldn’t be a part of a hobby). Best will be a 2.5 -3 on your scale. If it’s for a quilt show, a 2. If I’m making a table topper for my home a 3-4. If it’s a full sized quilt that I want to last indefinitely, surely a 2. To summarize, I’m a 2 – 4. I want to enjoy the process as well as the product. What a wonderful, productive hobby we share!

  6. Sherill says:

    I love Kim’s quilt! In my journey I try for a 1 but never quite get there. If I don’t like the way a block is I frog it twice and if it still ends up the same, then it was meant to be that way.

  7. Heidi Carpenter says:

    I try for a 1 but am happy with a 5.

  8. Barb in MI says:

    Quilting is something I do for fun! It’s my stress relief, so absolute perfection is not my goal. So I guess a 3 to 4 works for me. After all it is hand made – and I am not trying to be a machine.

  9. Cory says:

    I aim for a 3 or 4. I know I will never attain perfection this side of heaven so I don’t stress myself out over it. I would love to win this give-away. Thank you for the opportunity. Take care and God bless, Cory

  10. Cecilia says:

    I aim for a 1 and do my best, but I don’t stress over it. I enjoy the whole process and the quilt when it is finished. I start and finish a quilt and I don’t start another large project until it is completed. I think this helps me to focus on it better.

  11. Jenny D says:

    Does anyone ever decide to make a #5 quality work? I honestly believe we do the best we can with the time and skill we have at the time. I am only new to quilting about 2 months … All my gifted efforts have been received with pleasure. So I am still practicing and making more gifts for my friends.

  12. Joanna says:

    Isn’t her quilt still beautiful even if not perfect? I think my quilts come in at a 4 or 5. Not perfect by far, but I always aim for perfection. I do love the process, and I love that there is a point where I think I have done everything wrong but keep going, and then – there it is, this thing I have made, better than I thought it would be, and sometimes, surprised to see it’s beauty and my own talent woven into a touchable, comforting article that will be used and will become a familiar item in the domestic landscape. And then I start making another one.

  13. Carol H. says:

    I am a perfectionist (sigh, I wish I could unlearn this nasty habit) so I’d have to say a 1.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Kira says:

    My mistake, I meant at least a 4, but 2 would be better.

  15. Kira says:

    At least a 6, but 8 would be better. The process is grueling for me, but I love it too. I think the challenges of creativity in finding what you want to feed your creativity, then trying to manipulate the materials create a satisfying feeling. The end inspires the next project despite the difficulty of the process.

  16. Dana says:

    wow, what a question! I strive for 1 with every quilt I make. I’m happy with 5 and honestly as long as it makes someone smile, then I consider it a 1.

  17. Sallie says:

    I’d say a 2. If a blind man on a galloping horse won’t see it, it’s okay. :)

  18. Elizabeth Tornblom says:

    When I’m piecing a top and/or doing the actual quilting, I never look for perfection. I suppose if I were to ever enter a project into a show I’d aim for that “1″, but for me it’s more about the process itself. I really enjoy sewing in any form, and I especially enjoy piecing. It’s such a joy to watch the patterns develop as the top is put together. My quilting is all done on my home machine, which makes perfection a little difficult to obtain. Some day, my dream of having a long-arm machine may come to fruition .. until then, I’m just having fun. Nobody who has ever received a quilt from me has ever noticed any of the tiny little mistakes it might contain, and I’ve never been unhappy with a completed project. Most seem to fall in the “2 to 3″ range, and that’s just fine with me.

  19. Kathi Miller says:

    I aim for a 1 but don’t always reach it. Most of my quilts probably fall in the 2-3 range. I think we’re all more critical of our own work because we know where all the problems are. Others looking at our quilts don’t spot all of the places where we aren’t 100% spot-on. I like to think of the problems as design opportunities!

  20. Shelley C says:

    Ughh…I din’t mean an 8, I was meaning a 3 on the other end of the scale…. my bad.

  21. Shelley C says:

    Although I like to be a perfectionist where my creations are concerned, I don’t mind an 8…and they are more likely to be thereabouts anyway because I am not perfect…surprised? No? LOL. That is a great quilt…nice movement and a great way to make do!

  22. baukje says:

    I am a number 3 or 4 . I started my grandmother’s flowergarden as a number 1 but while the process of handpiecing was going on I discovered some imperfection and then I became more and more number 3 or 4 .
    And the process of making a quilt is more important than the finished quilt…..

  23. Leanne says:

    I aim for 1, knowing full well there will be lots of times I accept something as “good enough,” so I probably end up around 3…Good enough to make me happy, but still room for improvement.

  24. Kimberlee says:

    I am a lot closer to sloppy on the scale. I am working on being more precise in sewing and cutting, but am still not concerned about perfection. As long as it stays together it will be ‘perfect’ when it is being enjoyed.
    ~Kimberlee, SpunkyDiva at live.com

  25. Sandy N. says:

    I would love to say that my quilts are in the #1 catagory, but really, the are more like a #5. Someday maybe they will be in the #1-2 range.=) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  26. Nancy D. says:

    I’m definitely not a 1, but maybe 2-4 depending on who my little project is for and how bad it really looks. I have gotten better about accepting that some of the mistakes are part of the charm. If it’s too bad, I usually just quit for a day or so – ’cause if it’s making me miserable, it’s just not fun…
    I believe that when you make a quilt with love that any mistakes are invisible to those who receive the blessings. Of course, I always pray that when they wash it for the first time it doesn’t completely fall apart (that would be a 10, but it hasn’t happened yet! I love these spinouts and hope to make one someday.

  27. Melody says:

    I’m probably around a 3. I try to cut accurately and sew somewhat carefully but if things don’t match perfectly I don’t get weirded out

  28. wordygirl says:

    Because I was never a “sewer” before I became a quilter, my expectations for perfection are at about a 4 to begin with. Add to that the limitations of energy resulting from illness, and I aim for a 5. (I’m embarrassed that this is probably the lowest goal on your blog!) But having pretty good points made from fabric chosen especially for my recipient is good enough for me.

    I learned an important lesson when someone I loved was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I knew I would never finish a fancy, precise quilt in time, so I cut out a large rectangle for the center–wof x 56 inches, I think. I added to it a pretty border, cheery binding, and sent it off to my machine quilter. My dear friend loved the quilt and recognized the devotion behind it. She was buried with that quilt. If I had held myself to an exacting standard, I would never have finished it in time and she would not have been reminded of how much I adored her.

    So, a 5 is fine with me. For now, at least.

  29. Carol says:

    I’m a 2.5. I know that I will be happier with the finished project if it is very well made, so that is part of the pleasure for me.

  30. Rita Goshorn says:

    ah, well, a five suits me, but i do strive for 1! at my age, i go for enjoyment so a bump in the road doesn’t phaze me. [i may not see it until it's all done anyway]

  31. SewCalGal says:

    I used to just care that it looked nice, but now I’m working hard to get a #1. I’ve been quilting for years, but have realized that I need to improve my skills. Thus, #1 is my goal.

    Beautiful quilt!

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  32. I love Kim’s attitude. I am a 1 when it comes to the way I quilt, I don’t purposely make it bad, but it ends up that way;) I am a 5 in actuality, I enjoy making the quilt, not if it is perfect and I do throw in a scrap to fix a short edge when needed or use an off color if I run out of the one I am using. All I care about is that I like the quilt, had fun making it and it holds up to abuse, since it will be used.

    Debbie

  33. Sandy A says:

    I am about a 3 on the scale. I want it as near perfect as possible, but I also want to enjoy myself. I don’t want to drive myself crazy if things don’t match up perfectly.

  34. Karla says:

    I used to need to be a 1 but now with my life so hectic and time so short I am happy with anything above a 4. I make my quilts to be used, and they do get used! I can honestly say that quilting is less stressful now. I still rip out what I don’t like but I don’t obsess over a point that isn’t perfect. I love the process of quilting and try to keep that in mind as I critique my work.

  35. Carol C says:

    I try for a 3 or above for most quilts, and employ the 8 foot rule as needed. I have become more accepting of mistakes and mismatches as time has passed. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break and just enjoy life.

  36. Barbara Young says:

    I aim for a 1, but my main goal is to enjoy the process. I don’t make my quilts to be perfect – I make my quilts to be used/abused/worn out by the people I give them to. Then I can start the process all over again. How fun is that.

  37. Peg S. says:

    I try for 1 also but wish I didn’t because it can drive me crazy sometimes. I love the process of the quilting- especially running my hands over the beautiful fabric. And I see beauty in every quilt I make no matter what it’s number on the 1 to 10 scale.

  38. Jennifer says:

    I’m really new at it but I’m already learning the ropes of using a seam ripper.

  39. louise says:

    I quilt because I love it….I lost a son last year and now quilting is also therapy…keeping me sane. 1 – 10 doesn’t matter anymore. Do what you enjoy, mix and match, have fun!!! Life is too short to worry about being number a # 1. I love the mix of colour and texture and am in the process of making this quilt right now. Enjoy what you do….8ft rule will always apply and if you don’t point out mistakes they don’t exist. :)

  40. kwiltnkats says:

    Enjoyed Kim’s Spinout Story. I suppose I wouldn’t want to be below a 2. I’d see that darn mistake everytime I used the quilt. I certainly enjoy the process above all else.

  41. Barb Colvin says:

    I aspire to #1 but am happy with anything above a #5.

  42. Julie in Missouri says:

    Most of the time I aim for a 1, but most often I find that I’m somewhere between a 2 to 4. I find that the process is the enjoyment, the de-stressor, the time for me. By the time the quilt is finished, I’m proud of what I’ve created and am ready to move on to something else. Mistakes? You’ll never see them on a galloping horse–nor will anyone else who has no clue where in the world they might be!

  43. Lisa Marie says:

    I have some perfectionist tendencies and really don’t mind working to get things to match like they’re supposed to. Still, I don’t go overboard. My rule of thumb is I try 3 times to get points and such to match and if they’re still off, maybe they don’t WANT to match!

  44. Marcia W. says:

    My goal is always a 1 because know by the end of the project that I will have a cumulative “good enough” set of mistakes to make my quilt a 6 or 7. I look for the few areas where the quilt is a 10 and celebrate. Simetimes it is good to have design changes (a.k.a. fortunate mistakes) and give people a puzzle to look for (a.k.a. flaws). Most people do not notice the mistakes – especially non quilters. A few times my mother has challenged me to find the mistakes in her quilts – rarely can I do so. What I notice are the wonderful colors and overall design. I love spinout and think the varying stripes, pieced pieces, and shirt pocket all add lovely nuances that I expect from a scrap quilt.

  45. Jan says:

    I love the process of quilting. I love the pattern and color selection; the cutting, sewing and assembly, the whole shebang! I have no problem selling or giving my quilts away. A couple my husband has insisted are his, so they are. I’ve been sewing for 58 years but quilting for 2.

  46. Pat V. says:

    I am definitely a process person. My daughter is always bugging me, “When are you going to finish anything?” I am having so much fun trying new and different techniques, they’ll get done one of these days! I’d say I’m about an eight on the perfection scale. I love it when things turn out just right, points, whatever, but I’m usually OK if I get about 80% of it to work exactly as it should.

  47. Jeanne says:

    I aim for a “1″ most the time. I will rip apart and resew for accuracy 99% the time.
    But there does come a time in the sewing process where overkill in perfection is too
    much and ruins the fun and joy of what you are making. That is when I will back down and let go and allow myself to leave a small mistake that no one but me will see unless
    it is pointed out to them. I believe sometimes those small mistakes add character to
    your project.

  48. deb m says:

    OH, and Kim, I love those stripes!

  49. deb m says:

    On a scale of 1 to 10 I like my quilts to be a 1, but am quite happy if they are less, maybe a 3 or 4…in my eyes, lol. Some people may rate them lower, but that’s ok too. I use to be a perfectionist in most things. My house had to be cleaned my way, no matter who was doing it. Now I’m much easier on myself and others. I’d rather have fun and friends than perfection. If I have a problem in a block…lets say missing points, I look to see if it can be corrected in that block, but if not, I try to remedy the problem while constructing the sequential blocks. I have a quilt that my grandma pieced and it’s not perfect…but it was made by grandma, quilted by my mom and is MIne, MINE, all mine!!!! I try to do my best at every step, but know that my best will be influenced by the fact that I am dyslexic, and have other visual perceptual disorders. Well sewn, and done is good! If I am not enjoying the process it is time for a break and an attitude adjustment.

  50. Debi says:

    I aim for #1…however most of time I am at #2-#4. However, I do not rip out stitches…I find it easier to redo than tear out and restitch…enjoy the process…love the finish product!

  51. Kate says:

    For years I thought it had to be as close to perfect as I could absolutely make it…I could hear my mother’s voice telling me to rip it out to get the seams to match just so or all the points in a design to be properly pointy. Since then, I have tried (and mostly succeeded) to embrace the process — the joy of it, the time taken to sew some love into every seam — without the need for it to be “just so”. I think I am a much happier 4 or 5 than I was a 1 or 2.

  52. Colleen says:

    I love the process and think its fun. I do not put the pressure on myself and would say I usually am middle of the road 5-6! thanks!

  53. Linda says:

    YES, I ENJOY THE PROCESS AS MUCH AS THE FINISHED PROJECT! I’M A BEGINNER QUILTER, SO MOST OF MY QUILTS ARE ABOUT A “5″, I THINK! I’M GETTING NEATER, MORE ACCURATE+LOVING THE PIECING MORE+MORE. I MAY’VE COMPLETED A BABY QUILT RECENTLY THAT MIGHT(?) BE A “9″ HA !
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

  54. grace says:

    Let’s see, is this where I stand up and admit to the whole world that I am a perfectionist, and are there 11 more steps to help me overcome that. Please say there is! (this is hard to admit but perhaps then I could actually make more quilts? )

  55. Sandi Price says:

    I think it is important to aim toward #1 – taking pride in what we do is an important quality that too many in our society seem to not embrace. However, when it gets to the point where I am ready to throw the whole project (machine and all) in the trash, it’s time to step back and let go of some of the perfectionism and remember the things I enjoy about quilting. If I’m spending more time grumbling about the project than I am actually working on it then it has ceased being something I enjoy and become another entry on my ‘to do’ list. Who needs more of those?

  56. Marge in Louisiana says:

    If I were only pleased and quilted toward a #1 type quilt, I would never make one. I hope most of mine are in the 4-7 range. Some are better than others. I like the process, but am so happy with the finish and give away. I really like the pattern of spinout and hope to try one.

  57. I consider my quilting “playing with color and fabric.” I’d like evereything to be well done — perfect is not my goal because I’m not perfect — but it’s more important to me to have a well designed quilt that I enjoyed making. I never forget that “done” is better than “perfect.”

  58. I always aim high!~ #1 is the goal. But if I’ve ripped twice and it still isn’t right, I leave it. And sometimes it depends on the recipient~ a fellow quilter would look and see if my points matched, my DS would not. LOL Thanks for the fun!

  59. Stacey says:

    I wouldn’t call the opposite of perfect sloppy/shoddy. That to me implies seams that didn’t join, big thread tangles, fabric crinkle overlaps on seams, etc. Real messes. If I achieved what I wanted with my quilt without any real messes, then it’s perfect. Borders don’t match? So? and a pocket left on? Just a place to hide treasure! Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Regina says:

    Love this quilt – it is my favorite of the spinouts so far!!!

    I try for a 5 – structurally strong and durable, and no major mistakes, but I don’t sweat points and such so much.

  61. I love the process of making a quilt, from the fabric selection to the cutting to the piecing/appliquing! Geeezzz, I even enjoy ironing as I work along! Those situations where you find you have run out of a particular fabric are often opportunities to do something outside the box with your quilt.

  62. Karen says:

    In the begining, I quilted to be judged; I wanted to look like I really knew what I was doing. Now that I do know what I am doing, I always do my best. I don’t stress if I cut off a point here and there or if my machine quilting has a little wobble. My goal of finishing quilts is the most important at this point, so whatever it takes to get me there.

  63. Tami says:

    I want my quilts to be around the “8″ range. I am not sure what I would do if I ever hit a “10″….probably want to hang the quilt in a museum or something. I want my quilts to be loved and used and if they are perfect, that cannot be done! I enjoy the process of quilting and I love the finished project and I want that to come through to the receipient.

  64. Lori says:

    Ooops! I did the numbers backwards. That should be I prefer a “1″ but a 2-3 is the number I aim for.

  65. Lori says:

    I’m a recovering perfectionist so my first thought is a 10 BUT I am now learning to shoot for a 7.5-8/5. It’s a much more enjoyable process and relaxing to boot!

  66. Jennifer says:

    In all my 20 years of quilting, I’ve never seen or heard anyone look at one of my quilts and see the goof-ups. Most say they wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out, and I don’t point them out anymore. They see the overall creation and ask about colors/fabrics/techniques and time spent making it. If I have to fuss about perfection then I’m not enjoying what I love most about quilting – the creation in the making!

  67. Jo says:

    I used to want everything to be perfect and apoligise for my errors that only I saw! Now I guess I would settle for anywhere between being a 5 and a 8. I really like it when they come out with everything matching and nice but if they don’t I am not going to spend hours redoing them!

  68. Lisa says:

    It is all about perception. If I grace a quilt with the moniker “Ugley” my family fights for it! So I use the 6 foot rule. “if you cannot see the mistake from 6 feet away, it isn’t there”, and I practice that rule religiously. So if I say it is a 10, someone always thinks it is a 1.

  69. Sharon says:

    With every quilt I learn something new to make it look better and that is all I ask of myself.

  70. Cindy W. says:

    I would be 3-4. I fix when they come up short. But I do enjoy quilting.
    Cindy W.

  71. My tendency is to be a “1″… I stress over the details. However, in most recent years I am slowly making myself loosen up, so I am now about a 2.5 – 3. I love a “perfect” quilt, but sometimes I will relax my standards a bit, especially if it is a “using” quilt I am giving someone, and I know it will be washed often and loved/used a lot. But it is still hard for me to do… loosen up. I try, I really do.

    Kat in Tamale Land

  72. Danielle says:

    I have to agree Kim. I have found that I am not perfect so why would my quilts be perfect. Some of my imperfections are actually what end up making the quilt. I like being at the machine and to create something, anything. Will everyone like it if there is an imperfection, maybe not, but to those that use my quilts, they love them and the imperfections are just a part of me.

  73. Anne Brown says:

    As with the ladies above, I strive to follow the pattern the best that I can. Sometimes there are fudge pennies and sometimes there are fudge quarters but with each and everyone there is the satisfaction of something that I have made with my two hands. I started this hobby with the thought of using up all the lonely fabric in my house to create smiles and hugs to those I know and in the process have learned that people see not the mistakes but the knowledge that I care about them. Sometimes actions are louder than words!

  74. Judy says:

    I have been quilting for over 25 have found myself ripping more making smaller project’s where you can see the mistakes where in a large quilt you don’t each block you see the entire quilt. I enlonged to a quilt group one of the quilters won ribbons for her quilts she drew sewing lines on all her pieces takes time but it payed off for her.

    Enjoy your quilting
    Judy

  75. Donna Schuttig says:

    I always want my quilts to be the best they can be, however, I am NOT a perfectionist by any means. The art of quilting brings me as much pleasure as it gives the recipient…that makes it all worth it:).

  76. Julie Kaye says:

    I would have to say I’m about a seven. If I make an obvious error out it comes. If I think it will blend in it stays. OK, maybe I’m a six. I get compliments on my piecing but I can point out every little error that is in that quilt. But, of course most of them would never have been noticed if not pointed out.

  77. Lea says:

    Part of the satisfaction for me is accuracy — it drives me more crazy to see a spot where the seams don’t meet correctly or a star point that’s been lopped off. I always aim for a 1 but will be happy with a 3. No matter if no one else notices it, I know it’s there. It’s about the only thing in my life about which I am a perfectionist. Okay, now I sound like the quilt police — I’m not I promise. The most important part of quilting for me is the process — I call it the zen of quilting.

  78. Brenda says:

    I’m all about the process, but I have enough experience as a sewer to know when I need to rip out and when it doesn’t matter. Kim is embracing the spirit of quiltmaking when she pieces her binding and uses different fabrics. I’m not into matchy-matchy, but into using up what I have and making a fun and interesting quilt. I don’t want to rank myself — I’d say my skills can always improve, but I don’t stress about unmatched points.

  79. Kay Mc says:

    I admit I am a frustrated perfectionist & always strive for #1, but end up at 3 or 4. If there is a mistake that only I can see, I focus on that & I have to get beyond that. I remind myself of the Amish who pruposely make an error so that they remain humble. I enjoy picking out the fabrics & sewing them the most.

  80. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    If a “1″ signals perfection and a “10″ signals sloppy/shoddy, where does “Finish” land? I’m happy just to finish – I certainly don’t want sloppy/shoddy, but I don’t worry too much about mistakes. I know I am going to make them, so I don’t stress out about it.
    It was a GREAT interview too – thanks so much!

  81. Jane says:

    Some of my friends say I’m OCD about seams meeting. I have gotten better about being so self-critical and enjoy the process. Quilting is my relaxation and artistic outlet and I can share a hug with friends and family when I’m miles away. 39 years of quilting has given me a chance to try and re-try many different patterns and techniques and develop a few of my own that I’ve taught to others. The process of making the quilt, however imperfect in places, is the best for me. My many “tops” attest to that.

  82. Patricia says:

    I aim for 1 but usually settle for 3. I just love to quilt….plain & simple!

  83. Beth says:

    While I may strive for #1, I am happy with 3s and 4s. I enjoy making quilts and they aren’t #1s. Perfection is great, but finished is pretty great also.

  84. Sarah W says:

    I aim for a #1. I ponder a lot about this – what is the magic number in inches for an “off” seam to be ok. If it is more than 1/16″, then I usually resew.

  85. jennifer says:

    i try for 1 but am generally happy with a 3 or 4

  86. Sara LaHood says:

    I aim for a 10, knowing that it’s an unattainable goal as there’s *always* room for improvement! Where I “settle” depends on the purpose of the quilt. If I wouldn’t want to put my name on the quilt, it’s not good enough!

  87. Yvonne says:

    I aim for a 10, but if I can hit 6 or 7, hey…it’s alllll good! lol The process is the fun part for me, although seeing the finished product is nice as well.

  88. Lisa says:

    I think my quilts fall in the 2-3 range. An old friend of mine once said, “Only God makes perfection, so don’t expect that you can.” haha. I always remember that when I notice I have messed up with seams meeting, or a funky quilting error. I don’t stress about the finished product. I love all my quilts, puckers and all. I love the process and am usually a little sad as I finish up that last side of the binding. Is that twisted?

  89. Renea says:

    I am a 7 when I am making a quilt from my original pieces of fabric but more of a 4 when I am having fun playing with the scraps left over from the original fabric. I make lots of scrap quilts and have now figured out why! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. Oh, and I love the quilt with the different colored borders. You can be sure this will be happening in my next scrap quilt.

  90. Carol says:

    I always strive to do my best work when quilting or any other form of art…yet, I am not bound by perfection. Look at Michelangelo’s artwork….upon first glance one would consider it to be perfection….yet…closer “inspection” and observation reveals his figures are distorted, unbalanced and incorrect yet to the viewer a masterpiece is obvious. Perfection robs creativity. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the end product. Leave perfection behind, do your best and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  91. Jocelyn says:

    I do enjoy the process as well as the finished product. As far as perfection, well I am far from it. However I do like for things to look right. I do like for my point and seams to match, but if it really isn’t going to make a huge difference in the end, I let it go. I enjoy seeing a beautiful quilt, but I also love to see a quilt that is loved and used.

  92. Zarina says:

    I think if you meet the quarter inch seam allowance at all time, nothing will go wrong. Even if the corners does not meet, the square is just a bit short. Pins can do wonder but when it comes to seam allowances – there is no cutting corners.

  93. Esther says:

    I love what Kim had to say! For me personally, I would fall somewhere between a 3 and 4. I want it to be well constructed so that my kids can drag their quilts around and not have them fall apart. However, is anyone going to notice if my points don’t match exactly? Not likely. I love the process of making a quilt, but I love snuggling under one even more!

  94. SewLindaAnn says:

    With the endorsement of professionals such as Kim, I’m hopeful that more people will embrace the sentiment. To me, the process is absorbing. I love deciding on a pattern and fabric and playing inbetween, perhaps changing a thing or two. It boosts my confidence to see something I thought of play out. Of course, giving something you’ve made to someone is emotional and special, but the process is all about us.

  95. Linda says:

    I love the process and go by Brenda P’s motto of finished is better than perfect. I strive for perfection but rarely achieve it but I can live with that so I aim for 1′s but usually end up with 3 or 4!
    I love nearly all my quilts and some are very difficult to give away!

  96. It seems to me that we must first work on our quilting skills. When we can do the skill, we might relax our standards to enjoy the process. It also depends on the the purpose of the quilt. If it’s a baby quilt that will be washed repeatedly, I might not rip and resew a seam. If it’s a shop sample to inspire other quilters, the seam need to redone. But yes, we need to ENJOY the process and take risks:)

  97. Vivian says:

    One of the best things I ever heard/read about quilting (and I don’t remember exactly who said it) was that “there are no errors in quilting, only design decisions”. And that concept guides me to this day. So only a quilt judge can tell me where my quilt rates on the scale. But I let me eye tell me if I am happy/satisfied with what results and go from there.

  98. Linda K says:

    I’ve been quilting for 4 years now and I’m still trying for #1, but I’m OK with # 3 or 4. I don’t often rip out and sew over. I’ve learned to shrug my shoulders and move on. And when they’re finished and quilted, all the little mistakes disappear anyway!

  99. Donna says:

    I aim for #1. Seam rip and redo from #6 downward. I usually end up with #7 or 8 and am pleased with the result. Progress not perfection is my motto!

  100. Jane says:

    I still want my quilts to be a 10! Can’t help it. However, at this point I’d be happy with a seven. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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