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The Art of Quilt-making,
Adding the Quilting Stitches
by Mary Asper, Green Mountain Designs
A Seasoned Quilter Shares Her Tips
In this article, Mary Asper of Green Mountain Designs shares her tips for successful quiltmaking. Although it is written especially for the beginning quiltmaker, even more experienced artisans may find valuable information. See Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI for more tips.
Marys Tip: Quilting Makes the Quilt!
Now you are faced with the final "big" decision: To hand quilt, or quilt by machine? Here is some information to help you make that decision:
Important Tip Of All:
Give yourself freedom to not be a perfectionist!
There are quilt a few master quilters in the world, and I am grateful for them! They show us what our chosen art can be when executed at the highest level. However, the majority of people quilting today are like you and I; people who want to enjoy their love of color and texture while learning new skills and increasing in knowledge.
Many a new quilt-maker has been discouraged by someone whose points are always perfect; by that incredibly complex piecing design accomplished by a fellow guild member; or by someones 16-stitches-to-an-inch hand quilting. What a shame! We all suffer when a persons contribution is stifled.
So, dear quilting friend, I give you permission not to be perfect! And I ask you to do the same for yourself. Loosen up do the best you can always work to improve and, most importantly, have fun!
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