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« Reply #50 on: August 22, 2005 08:43:17 PM »


That quilting frame looks great!  I don't have the money to spend on one now, but maybe I can get my brother to make me one.....I am house sitting at the moment, so haven't been able to work on the quilt in a few days.
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« Reply #51 on: September 01, 2005 06:04:33 PM »

I have made tons of quilts... here is a picture of the blocks I am sewing right now, for a Batik Quilt...



Good Luck... Any questions feel free to ask!!
SunCrush! That quilt is SOOOO beautiful! What a great idea for fabric choices.
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« Reply #52 on: October 29, 2005 08:31:40 AM »

so i want to start making a quilt... i dont have much room in my house but i make things work... what is the bare minumum of things that i require...

so far i figure ineed a rotary cutter thing
a cutting mat thing
i have a triangle plastic ruler thing, to make the triangles
my sewing machine


thats all...
what else would ineed?

oh and when i make the triangle pieces do i just follow the outside of the triangle plastic thing or do i allow for seam allowance?? im lost...

but i really want to make a quilt...

a few of the posts on here really did make this lack of knowledge better but i need just a little more info and then i will dive in
thanks...everyone.
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« Reply #53 on: October 30, 2005 07:15:16 AM »

spirals240- I'm fairly new to quilting, but what you've listed seems like the basics that you'd need. You would probably also find a quarter inch foot for your sewing machine really useful, if you don't have one.

I'm not sure about the seam allowance- I think that the pattern should say if the measurements it is giving for the blocks includes seam allowance- but I don't know what the default is.
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« Reply #54 on: October 30, 2005 09:43:53 AM »

cool im excited... i think all i am going to do is make a bunch of triangles and sew em up..... thats all so i probably willjust use the triangle as the whole measurement.... and a new foot hey... sounds good to me..
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« Reply #55 on: October 30, 2005 11:01:18 PM »

As far as "default" seam allowance, every quilt I've ever seen calls for a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
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« Reply #56 on: October 31, 2005 05:36:41 AM »

As far as "default" seam allowance, every quilt I've ever seen calls for a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

whoops, yes, sorry, didn't mean to imply that it wasn't. What I meant is- is it the default in the pattern books to include the 1/4" seam allowance in the measurements they give for cutting? I thought it was, but then happened to be looking in one book that said the measurements it was giving was for the finished size.

i.e., if a pattern calls for a 4" square, do you assume that you cut out a 4" square, or a 4.5" square?
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« Reply #57 on: October 31, 2005 02:01:07 PM »

The seam allowance in figured into the pattern.  I've only seen a couple patterns (NOT quilts) where it's not figured in, and in this case, it is clearly marked. 

Someone already did all the hard math for ya!  Cheesy
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« Reply #58 on: December 06, 2005 12:29:17 PM »


How do you all deal with measuring large quilts and making sure they're square and all that?

I usually make the front kind of free form, "winging it" and never measuring anything until end.  Then I need to make sure it's the right size before sandwiching with stuffing, backing, etc. This has been fine as long as my quilts are all the size of the small carpet in my livingroom -- I just pin it on and trim where needed, but what if I'm making a queen size quilt?  Any suggestions?

Do you go by the size of the batting (with is kind of stretchy?). Do you use a big cardboard template or mark basic sizes on the floor with tape?

I wish I had a giant 110" x 110" work table for this exclusive use!
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« Reply #59 on: December 06, 2005 01:18:48 PM »




I wish I had a giant 110" x 110" work table for this exclusive use!


wow... i am jealous... i have a 5 foot by 5 foot work space of sirty carpet.... i hate my apartment...

i too am wondering about the whole... how do you make it the right size thing.... so far im just sewing sqares together until i run out....
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