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Kennelqueen
« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2004 03:15:50 PM »

Well, I finally got brave enough to start a quilt.. so far, so good... I have set it on fire yet, so that's a good sign!!! Grin
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fostermom28
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2004 10:47:40 AM »

One thing that works for me when I am machine quilting and get to the middle of the quilt is to roll up the side that has to be to the right of your needle.  You can lay the quilt out and do a pretty tight roll on the right side until you just have to feed the "tube" of fabric through that right side of your machine.

Also,  One of the most important items for me when I'm quilting is to have a rotary cutter and a cutting mat.  It's amazing how exact it can be and can really make things look perfect (even though their not).

Karen
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lorky
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2004 02:55:58 PM »

I'm almost done with my first quilt- all by hand- and its amazing how easy it is once you get to the end.  I learned a lot.  So all of you who are afraid- just do it.
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lisascenic
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2005 11:20:32 AM »

Wow!  You people who hand-piece must never sleep!  I machine-piece, but I generally hand-quilt.

The Amish ladies I know machine-piece, so I figure I'm not being a heretic for doing it, too.  Granted, they use foot powered treadle sewing machines. 

For those who don't want to be bothered with hand-quilting, or cramming your project throught your sewing machine (I've done it -- I make a big quilt burrito, and sew in straight lines), there's is always the option of tying your quilt.  You can spice this up by sewing buttons, or whatever, instead of just tying yarn.
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« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2005 09:24:06 PM »

I want to try this sometime soon!  Cheesy  My mom just went through her craft room and gave me LOTS of her old fabric.  Cheesy  I got a sewing machine for Christmas too, so I really want to try maybe a baby quilt to start with. 
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Kimberlie
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2005 11:06:08 AM »

Ok I am going to start my quilt with in the next few days can someone make sure I am going to do this right?

I have 3 different solid colors that I am going to start with all 100% Cotton ($1.00 a yard fabric at wal-mart).  Thought that would be better to start with and learn with. 

I am going to cut my sqaures as probably 5 inch x 5 inch
I will lay them out in the pattern I want and when I find that I will start sewing them together after I get all that sewed together I will then attach a backing and filler to creat the sandwich so to speak.  At that time I will start quilting them together.  after the quilting is when you add the binding to the edges. 

I will probably hand quilt as my sewing machine is a small beginner one and I don't think I have the patients to full with quilting using the machine. 

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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2005 03:33:38 AM »

ahh i was hoping there was a quilting spot on here..ok so i just about finished a baby quilt last night...my first one...its not as elabrorate as some of yours, its just 9 12x12 squares with some loops for baby toys, ill post a pic later...my question is this, how do you get the squares all so perfectly, or almost perfectly the same size?? it was like i had no measuring skill at all..heh...i bought a t-square at the hardware store, figured that may help...next quilt isnt going to be 12x12, im doing a little smaller for smaller babies..heh...i made a pattern of a square, but man, i have no idea on how this quilt even came out looking as good as it did..heh..thanks!!! im going to be taking a class soon..im waiting on the times... Grin
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« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2005 03:49:27 AM »

Its not entirely the measuring, its also the sewing, I mean, if you sew one "seam" too much, the rest of the row will be shorter.  So it'll be wonky.
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I love that word.
Wonky.
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« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2005 03:45:52 AM »

i know its also in the sewing, but im talking about the cutting of the fabrics...im asking about how you cut your squares and the easiest way to keep it even...the sewing part im not worried about...
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« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2005 08:07:12 AM »

I have heard that a rotary cutter works great!  Cheesy 
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