November 19, 2010

Fantasy and Reality

Fantasy:






Reality:





37 comments:

fourtwoseven said...

Decide to free motion quilt.
Buy a darning foot.
Make a mess.
Straight line quilt.

.... practice will happen.... eventually .... I swear.

Angelina S. said...

This is brilliant!

Jessica said...

Hilarious! I like 'fourtwoseven' comment leading to straight line quilting! It is always the fallen back on method. I'm contemplating quilting a quilt at the moment - free motion or straight? it is a dilemma!

jednoiglec said...

It's sooo true! I'm just making first steps in free motion quilting and now I'm at the level of swearing:(

Gene Black said...

Decide to free motion quilt.
Realize your machine came with a darning foot.
Make sloppy stitches, cuss
try meandering,
oops crossed some lines, fuss
Say "well who gives a ***bleeep***
bind the quilt and smile,
Call it a creative choice.

Cheri said...

One of my quilts ended up with the swearing stuff on it but quite by accident. Wish I had thought to add a little star or two. Your directions are humorous but quite the truth!

quiltingnana said...

just made me laugh...I really am going to get the courage to try sometime

grendelskin said...

Clever! Somewhere in there, along the same lines as Gene's, is the decision to call one's attempts "organic." Years ago when I took glassblowing classes, a failed functional piece could be manhandled into a vague shape and thus become "sculpture!"

Laura said...

I always figure the non-quilters I give my quilts to will love them no matter what the stitching looks like (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

BaileyGirl5 said...

Good one! I'm still at the swearing stage and wishing for that fairy godmother!

Lisa M. said...

Humorus and encouraging at the same time...thanks! I'm still struggling, but your QAL has helped me tremendously and my confidence is improving bit by bit.

Mama Pea said...

This is awesome. You are great.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Isn't it funny how we have these great ideas in our head, but the reality is............ PRACTICE!!

Merete said...

This has been really fun, and Ive learned so much!! But still my lines are not straight and my patterns get a bit wonky, but I have decided that maybe my style :o)

Sarah Craig said...

So funny! It just takes practice and perseverance, but sometimes we just don't have enough time for that.... My new favorite friend is "organic" straight line quilting - lovely wavy lines!! But I still love FMQ.....

Karen said...

Too funny but oh, so true! Thanks! I've stalled in my attempts at FMQ. Maybe I'll try again this weekend now.

Megs said...

This is hilarious. And true. And I so so so love your relaxed approach to FMQ that makes it not only seem, but actually BE an attainable skill! I know I will be referring to your series of posts for a l-o-n-g time to come.

Merry Made Quilts said...

I would have to add the "random temper tantrum "I am not ripping this out!!" pile of "used to be pretty quilt" in the corner" step to my timeline! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary said...

You speak for so many of us. LOL

Toyin O. said...

Very nice!

Kay Lynne said...

Oh--how true :)

felicity said...

Yeah, still waiting for my fairy godmother to arrive. Which of you has waylaid her? ;)

Kitty said...

THEN -
Decide to quilt.
Find darning foot - it's gotta be here somewhere!
Problems - swearing.
Wobbly stitching.
Give up and add to UFO pile.

NOW -
Decide to quilt.
Find darning foot - it's gotta be here somewhere!
Problems - swearing.
Wobbly stitching.
Finish anyway - practice makes perfect.
Give to grandchild with label - "Grandma Loves Me". (They couldn't care less about the stitching.)
Decide to quilt another one.

THANK YOU, CHRISTINA!!

Sand and Sunshine said...

LOL to cute.

Michele said...

I'm still climbing those stairs! Cute cartoon!

Jeane said...

Your drawings remind me of learning the computer skills..I went through all those phases but learned so I know I will succeed at FMQ and it is not near has hard. Thanks for all your inspirations along the way.
samhashouse@yahoo.com

live a colorful life said...

Your drawings and these comments totally cracked me up.

And I can't add anything because up to this point I totally know where my free motion foot it, and I still send it off to someone else to do the quilting.

2011? I'm gonna try it on my own!

Suzanne said...

My list includes, "Break lots of needles."

SheilaC said...

LOVE this :)

And FMQ certainly is a learning process!

SheilaC

annieb said...

Very funny! I am amazed at the new words I have added to my vocabulary since I started (trying to)FMQ. I try to think of it as a work in prgress, and forge onward...

Dolly said...

You're turning my fantasies into reality everyday.........I can say that now that I'm OLDER !

http://dollyshome.blogspot.com/2010/11/thats-my-china-cat-that-was-slackin.html

Thank YOU !

Rachaeldaisy said...

So true!!! I'm up to the big scribbly stage.. I've just got to remember- practice, practice, practice!!

Alison said...

I've got the darning foot - just waiting for the fairy godmother to show up. It has taken me this long I figure I can wait, and take the first route.

MamaDaniel said...

very true!!
i got my darning foot months ago, but i only use it once.. need more & more practice then!.. tq for sharing.. :)

Hector said...

Just remember the mantra: Finished is better than perfect.

Charlene said...

This made me laugh! I sincerely have a desire to free motion quilt my own quilts, but am feeling a little intimidated...I'm a perfectionist with my quilting, so I'm sure that's what's holding me up with FMQ. Practice makes perfect, right? Or is it practice makes competentcy?

I'm glad I stumbled on your blog today - it's going on my favorite places for lots and lots of future reference! Thnaks for all the blogs on FMQ.

Michelle said...

Oh, I love this! I actually am not a fmq-er. I use a Juki on a frame, but I love this post. It is so, SEW true!

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