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I Don’t Suck, Do I?


The other day, I decided to read the comments in my spam filter.  The comments come from websites that offer cheap drugs, work from home, and other nasty stuff.  Anyway, one comment jumped out at me, and I laughed myself silly.  Here it is:

The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn’t disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought IT SUCKED!

I don’t know why it struck me so funny, but it did.

I long ago nicknamed myself the Sucky Longarmer.  (How’s that for a bad segue?)  I’ve had an ongoing war with my longarm since I got it.  I wanted to be instantly good, without practicing.  That doesn’t work.

So, last week I had lots of time to think while I was quilting a king size quilt.  I really wasn’t enjoying it.  I decided I either needed to get better at it, or sell the machine.  That would also mean I’d have to quit quilting.  I didn’t like that idea.  Anyway, I finished the quilt and I’m happy with it.  I’ll take lots of photos when I get it on the bed.  (That means I have to clean up my bedroom first.)

Then, on Friday, I loaded another quilt.  I finished it on Saturday, and I love it!!!  I finally just got brave and freehanded it!  I decided to try McTavishing.  Karen McTavish would probably croak and refuse to take any responsibility for my quilting, but I’m really happy!

Here’s the whole quilt.

The pattern is BQ2 from Maple Island Quilts.  The main fabrics are Lorenza by Alexander Henry.

I just did “artsy” stuff on the floral blocks.  That’s a nice word for scribbling!

I guess the moral of the story is to just go for it.  So even though I don’t love my quilt machine, I think I’ve made my peace with it.  I’m actually looking forward to the next project.

This week is quilt retreat at my house, although two snow days in a row are thwarting our plans.  Yesterday I finished another quilt top.  Wow!  I have so much to blog about for once. Maybe my blog finally won’t suck!  Ha!

Time to do some handwork.  I’ll be back soon with more finished projects.



Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

26 thoughts on “I Don’t Suck, Do I?

  1. Oh my goodness, you don’t suck at all! Look at that quilt. Even in colors that I don’t like, I WANT IT! I love the quilting on the flowers. Creative and attractive, all at once. I guess I can’t buy your longarm from you.

  2. Wow, that takes guts; I guess I just wouldn’t have said anything and went along my merry way… I really look forward to seeing and reading what you’re up to, so NO, you do not suck.
    The big snow storm is just missing us; it’s all south of us here in Cent WI. Stay warm and keep busy with all your projects.

  3. I don’t think your blog sucks at all. Seriously that person was clearly never taught “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” 🙂 Love your quilt! Nice job. And, like rebkatz said, they aren’t my favorite colors and I still love it. I don’t actually dislike the colors what I mean is if you’re thinking about giving it to me it’s not really right for my house. Now if you want to make one in seafoam green, pinks, creams and burgundy that would work well for me. You don’t? Rats!

  4. I just had to comment on this… I’ve been a silent follower for probably close to a year. Your blog inspired me to finally take a knitting class and I loved it! I haven’t been able to work on it much since I am a full time legal assistant, and nursing student, but I love to follow up with both your knitting and quilting projects!

  5. I read your blog all of the time, and it doesn’t suck. Neither does your quilting. You will only get better with practice and if you are afraid of it not being perfect, you will be stuck and never get it finished. Ask me how I know…

  6. Way to just go for it! I want to see that quilt in person. Hopefully it will inspire me to try McTavishing. I’ve always wanted to try it.

  7. Oh for goodness sakes, does no one have manners anymore? If you don’t like it click on the red X. No, Maria, you definately do not suck.

  8. There are so many things about you, Maria, that make reading this blog one of the most worthwhile and unsucky ones I keep up with.

  9. You know, I’ll never understand why some folks feel the need to do stupid stuff like that. It’s like all those people who complain about watching Idol, or Bachelor, or Survivor. DON’T WATCH!!!! Or in this case, DON’T READ!!!!

    Love your blog, read it daily, keep up the good work and never let the turkeys get you down.

    BTW, you’ve inspired me to take quilting classes and I’m in the middle of a 6 week class. So. Excited.

  10. I can’t believe someone would say that. I absolutely love your blog and look forward to reading all your updates. Please don’t ever stop!!!!!

  11. Haha – 1st of all the answer is “NO”
    and secondly – I’m amazed at your beautiful machine quilting – keep that long arm!!! (I’d give anything (except the amount of money they want – hehe) for one of those – you lucky girl!)

  12. You most definitely do NOT suck!

  13. That person just needs to get a life. I love all of your projects. You inspire me. I starting knitting because of you. I wanted a beautiful shaw like the ones you do. I decided the only way I would get one was to do it myself….I have been knitting for about a year now and love it….thanks to you.

  14. Well I can only say that SUCK must be short for Smart unique creative kiddo so keep on creating your stuff is beautiful and have a great storm day oh yea and a wonderful retreat!

  15. Wow- What is wrong with people? Your blog is awesome–look at the followers. I enjoy your blog and your creations.

  16. Nope, no suckage here. I love your quilting! Glad you made peace with the machine.

  17. No, you do not suck.
    Did the commenter leave a blog link so you could go assess their “suck” factor?
    Really. I look forward to each and every post you give us. I look daily and am so impressed your continuity and your proficiancy shames us all.
    Suck?! I don’t think so!

  18. Your blog is one of four blogs that I frequent. You really inspire me, and I really want to tell you that when I am having a bad day you give me the comfort and strength to be creative and try new things. Creativity is key to my mental health (I think most of us can say that) and the creativity that you share with us through your blog is such a gift for all of us. Thank you so very much for sharing your life with us!

  19. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, but have never left a comment. But after reading about the dopey comment you received, I just had to put in my two cents worth. Not only does your blog NOT suck, it’s my favorite of all that I follow. I love seeing your projects and you always make me laugh. 🙂

  20. I guess at my age (68) I should know that there are mean people in the world — but really — who has so little to do that they take time to write a stupid comment just to hurt someone who shares her talent and wit with so many others. Please don’t stop!

  21. I love your attitude! As others have said before me, you don’t suck. You inspire, are creative, and willing to throw caution to the wind and just get on with it. Keep it up for all of us.

  22. Thank goodness there is a delete button!

    Your latest quilt is fantastic! Did you enjoy doing the McTavishing? I’ve seen her video and she really makes it seem like something anyone could do.

  23. Hi there – anyone who posts on their blog regularly like you does NOT suck! Keep practicing on the longarm. I got mine last summer, it terrified me for a few months. Now I am in a groove, and am finishing up lost of projects, as well as doing charity quilts for my guild and actually starting to quilt for money! I love it. Keep up the blog posts, you inspire many of us.

  24. That’s how it is with machine quilting….practice, practice, practice. I have the McTavish book….love that look and you got it!

  25. This is the first time I’ve been on your blog. Pretty neat! Not “sucky” at all. I’ve always wanted to have a blog but don’t know the first thing about it and my husband knows even less. So I will content myself with reading others’. I’ve been quilting since 1979 and it’s well ingrained in my heart. I’ve taught some and enjoyed it. I just got a longarm. I’ve practiced on it a bit and am looking forward to quilting my first quilt on it soon. It may not turn out as good as yours did but who’s to know. It’ll be MY quilt on MY bed and the only other one to see it will be my husband and he’s too nice to call it anything but beautiful!
    Ninepatch Nan

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