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« Reply #40 on: February 16, 2005 10:14:48 AM »

Yes rotary cutters work great.  Just watch your FINGERS.  That blade is SHARP!!


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« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2005 03:49:33 AM »

i love my rotary cutter...i had actually just found in one of my supply books, templates for all the different quilt patters...very interesting...and comes with a how to book also..
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« Reply #42 on: July 08, 2005 04:28:23 PM »

Wow, reading this thread has really bolstered my courage, as I too am about to start work on my first quilt.  In December 2006, it'll be our tenth wedding anniversary and I want to make an anniversary quilt for my hubby IN SECRET!  Think I can pull it off?  He just started a new job where he could be in a different town 2-3 days a week, so I figure I can work on it when he's gone.  I'll give it a shot!  I'm planning on using hand applique (I have an expert I can consult for advice), but I will also be embroidering text and all kinds of other stuff.  I'll do a square for all the places we've lived in and travelled to (that could fill a whole quilt practically - it's been an eventful decade)  One of our blind date, one of our wedding, one of our house we renovated.  I really excited about getting going on it!  And he better have an equally exciting idea for my gift!  I'm thinking expensive jewellry!
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« Reply #43 on: July 12, 2005 02:41:48 PM »

quilting has caught my eye for some time and being a huge fan of blankets...(i get cold easily)  So anything that's crafty (and warm) is all right with me in my book. I think my first quilt will be a pinup girl/mod print themed raggy quilt, which seems like it'd be a great beginner's project. I'm so excited i can't wait!
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« Reply #44 on: July 13, 2005 10:19:07 AM »

i would be lost without my rotary cutter, mat, and plastic ruler thing with a lip to line up on the edge of my mat. if you can find one of those (try joann fabrics), i would get one. FYI: joann often has all cutting implements and accessories *way* on sale every time they have a big storewide sale.
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« Reply #45 on: August 13, 2005 01:01:41 PM »

Here are some beginning quilting resources that should help:

http://www.quiltchannel.com/directory/XcDirViewInCat.asp?ID=131

http://planetpatchwork.com/beginners.htm

http://www.quilting101.com/

http://tinyurl.com/7mgt8

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« Reply #46 on: August 19, 2005 02:33:12 PM »

I saw a question here about machine quilting on a regular sewing machine... I have finished only one quilt (lap size), but it was machine quilted on a regular sewing machine and while it is totally do-able, it was still a bit tricky.  I had to roll up the quilt and kind of throw it over one shoulder and stuff it through the machine and was totally sweating by the time I was done!  The walking foot helped to feed it through at least. I was also using my friend's sewing machine and she has a "table" thing that you stick onto the side of the machine to enlarge the surface area of the part of the machine you lean on when feeding the fabric through (unfortunately I cannot recall what this is called). The table thingy is really useful (and also really expensive....).

Quilting on a regular sewing machine probably gets much easier with time but I'm not sure how you would do anything other than straight lines? Unless you quilted each block separately and then joined them up later. I'm now working on a queen-size quilt but I can't imagine quilting it on a regular sewing machine- will either tie it, or splurge and get it long-arm quilted.
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« Reply #47 on: August 20, 2005 11:42:22 AM »


I have machine quilted lap size quilts on a regular sewing machine with a walking foot also.  But I am just about to start machine quilting a queen size quilt on the same machine. *fingers crossed*  It has been so hot and I am nervous about it that I have put of starting it.  But I think it is just going to be a matter of taking the time to roll it up really tight and quilting each section at a time.  I also just bought a free motion foot so that I can do some free motion quilting on it too.  But I'll have to see how the straight-lines go first.
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« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2005 05:15:14 PM »


I have machine quilted lap size quilts on a regular sewing machine with a walking foot also.  But I am just about to start machine quilting a queen size quilt on the same machine. *fingers crossed*  It has been so hot and I am nervous about it that I have put of starting it.  But I think it is just going to be a matter of taking the time to roll it up really tight and quilting each section at a time.  I also just bought a free motion foot so that I can do some free motion quilting on it too.  But I'll have to see how the straight-lines go first.

Wow, good luck! That's very cool, I didn't even consider machine quilting a queen-size quilt as I found it was a bit of a wrestling match to machine quilt my first one (which is ~65"x80").  I know what you mean about the heat... with my other quilt , I found I ended up kind of wearing the whole thing while I fed it through the machine (very hot work, and that was back in the spring). 

I didn't realize there was a special foot for free-motion quilting? that's good to  know. I hope you have fun!
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« Reply #49 on: August 21, 2005 05:38:00 AM »

Or you could get (or make) a frame. As I've posted before, I like the style of John flynn's frame. Quilting from the side of the machine, as he is, can also be helpful.
The frame on the pipes does the same thing as the table-eliminates drag.

For free-motion quilting, you have to either drop your feed dogs or tape them off, and then use a free motion or jumping foot (I believe they are also called darning feet on some machines). You can then go in any direction you please.
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