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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help for a new new person on: October 07, 2005 06:52:10 AM
Welcome to quilting!   Grin

Start by looking around these forums, there are other threads about how to get started with loads of great advice.  Take your time and read through them.

And in addition to searching online, head to your local library and check out what books they have on quilting.  I often think that books will have clearer instructions and illustrations on the basics of how-to. 

And I always think a small quilt made up of medium sized squares can look wonderful (6.5 inch cut squares) depending on color and arrangement.  Also I like the Nine Patch as a good introduction into strip piecing.

Good luck!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Asian Attic Window, (my first quilt) on: October 02, 2005 06:48:21 PM
VERY beautiful!  I can't wait to see what your second attempt is like.   Cheesy
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Fuzzy Easy Bacon Quilt on: September 29, 2005 08:05:59 AM
Rylizbeth...I love that you are trying this! 

The answer to your question is to just go with what you like!  I think for the bacon quilt I used all white thread since that coordinated with everthing.  On the back (the non-fuzzy side) the sewn Xs all match up, so I like the look of the one color of thread, because it looks like an overall crosshatch quilting pattern. 

I did the same on the sock monkey one...I used red thread on all of them.  It looked fun on a lot of the flannel pieces on the front, blended in on some others, but looks great on the back with all the denim. 

I guess I never thought of using different threads on the different blocks, but I'm sure it would look great!  Do what feels right to you...there aren't really any rules! 

I can't wait to see pictures either.   Grin
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: quilt for a wedding present on: September 25, 2005 11:19:15 AM
I really love this quilt!  The colors are great and I love how with the red, they look like little lanterns.  Is it a large quilt or lap sized?
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: kaffe fassett-inspired snowball quilt on: September 25, 2005 11:16:26 AM
Beautiful quilt!  I love the stunning colors, very visually appealing.   Grin
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: B&W and Purple All Over on: September 21, 2005 06:11:01 AM
Wow!  What a fun lap sized (I am guessing) quilt.  I have to ask...did you use templates or the wonderarc ruler for cutting the curves?
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Popcorn Quilt? on: September 21, 2005 06:07:46 AM
Hmmm....the hexagon part is throwing me off.  But the first thing I thought of was yo yo quilts as well.

18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: fall quilt on: September 19, 2005 01:22:39 PM
Wow - I love it!  Flying geese is one of my favorite quilt patterns... and I love the colors you picked (that's the hard part for me too).  Good job!

Exactly!  I read the part you wrote first, then scrolled down to see the picture of the quilt and an "Oh WOW" was the first thing out of my mouth.  I love the flying geese and the colors are great for something not too girly or too masculine.  They have a wonderful warmth to them.  Lucky couple!   Cheesy
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: FIRST POST! seizure enducing crib quilt comin' at cha! on: September 16, 2005 07:02:02 AM
I agree with everyone else!  The colors aren't seizure inducing...they are bright and vibrant and the end result is wonderful. 

And if you don't know anyone to give it to, there are other options...one is Project Linus (http://www.projectlinus.org/).

Hope you enjoy quilting and continue making beautiful things!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: binding questions on: September 15, 2005 06:04:59 PM
First of all, and this may be a stupid question, but do you quilt the whole thing before you put the binding on?
yes, and always pin baste the whole quilt first to avoid shifting and always quilt from the CENTER out.. to avoid odd bunches int he fabric.

I also quilt the entire top before the binding, but instead of pins I use Sullivan's Basting Spray.  I don't often recommend name brands, but this one is really the best.  You can find it online or at a quilt store.  It comes in a pink can.  This for me works better than pins, and can be rolled up and then ironed if you don't finish all your quilting in one sitting. 

I admit that I don't know how to hand sew, so I do all my bindings totally by machine.  I sew it onto the back first, then fold over and sew to the front.  I am happy with the results, and find it for me to be neater and faster.  Once I did a few, the results are pretty even and it is easy to avoid any mistakes.  Try both methods and do what feels right for you!   Grin
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