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"Is this thing lying flat? I doubt it...my piecing was probably off...or maybe my pressing. Did I have it smoothed out enough when I pinned it? I don't remember smoothing it before I taped the edges, but I must have, right? Gosh, did I use enough pins? I used up all the big ones in the container but I bet there were more upstairs -I should have checked. Is there such a thing as too many pins? I rushed through the basting because Polly was being such a nuisance she had to be put outside and then she was at the window looking pitiful and wanting in and I felt guilty. I should have left her out there, it was a nice day... Did I check the back thoroughly for puckers before I closed all those pins? I bet I didn't. Sigh...it looks so lumpy on the machine bed. This is not going to work..."
Over 26 years doing this full time and this is still the conversation in my head each time I start. Do you do this too?
I'm a quilt and pattern designer, award winning quilt maker, author and teacher. Since 1989, I have published well over 300 quilting patterns in magazines such as McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quilt World, The Canadian Quilter and Quilter's Connection. I have contributed designs to 14 different books and co-authored Canadian Heritage Quilting with Diane Shink.My latest book, Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes and Sizes, was published by AQS in 2015.