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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Quilt done on my own on: July 30, 2007 11:45:41 AM
I would recommend a fabulous book that I own-you can get it cheap from Amazon, but you could probably find it at a library, too.  It's called Complete Guide to Quilting, published by Better Homes and Gardens.  It has a couple of cheat sheets with sizes that would probably be really helpful. 

There are so many variables for how big to make a quilt, but the most basic would be to measure the top of the mattress plus the three sides (excluding the headboard end).

Pick a size for your pattern squares (6", 10", whatever), and then do the math or make a drawing to figure out how many squares will cover the bed.  And don't forget that you can add one or more borders around the outside if you need just a couple of extra inches. 

But honestly, don't the math and the planning bog you down.  It should still be fun! Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: perfection on: July 23, 2007 11:41:52 AM
When I find a "fixable" mistake in my quilt, I usually go ahead and rip out the stitches to re-sew it.  However, I have learned that since using my rotary cutter, I have had very little trouble with seams and corners and centers, because the pieces are all exactly the same size.  I go for the "majority rules."  If most of the lines match up, I'm satisfied.  After all, this is a hobby, not a sweatshop job.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pre-washing fabric on: July 23, 2007 11:34:33 AM
I am also in the minority, I think.  I tried pre-washing the first round of fabric for the quilt I am working on now, and it turned out to be a disaster!  It took me an hour to undo the strings on the edges of my fabric, and I was so disappointed.  (And yes, I used the gentle cycle.) 

Since then, I have not pre-washed a thing. I do give all of my fabric a good, hot, steam ironing, because I like them to be soft when I work with them.  I am in the process of assembling my quilt top this week, so we'll find out if I will live to regret my decision or not.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: seam ripper on: May 11, 2007 10:58:45 AM
If you do happen to find a great one, let us know!!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: seam ripper on: May 10, 2007 02:25:13 PM
I would find a sewing/fabric store in your area-the people who work there will probably be able to recommend and/or sell you one that they prefer.  I have cheap-o one from Wal-Mart, but it was crummy from Day 1.  I'm tempted to shell out a couple of bucks for one and see if it's not at least decent.   Undecided
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: me make quilt! ugga ugga! on: May 05, 2007 05:13:16 PM
Well I for one think it's FABULOUS that you had never done it before and finished the whole project!! So many of us get hung up because we're overwhelmed or whiny about the way it's going. 

I hope you'll keep doing it.  Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My first rotary cutter! on: May 05, 2007 05:04:50 PM
Ahh!! That's a scary thought!

Well, so far I've walked away un-scathed, but who knows? It might be my official initiation into the quilter's world.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My first rotary cutter! on: April 26, 2007 02:27:36 PM
So last week I purchased by VERY FIRST ROTARY CUTTER!  I went in to look at Olfas, and came out with Fiskars.  The girl I talked to had very small hands like mine, and said that if you're cutting a lot, it's annoying and painful to hold down the olfa blade the entire time.  Fiskars actually holds the blade out on it's own, so you don't have to worry about that while you're cutting.  (It goes without saying that you should snap the blade back after every use.)

It's fabulous!  I was timid to give up my trusty scissors, but I'm glad I went with Fiskars.  I highly recommend it!  Grin
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt-a-long! on: April 11, 2007 09:10:28 AM
I haven't tried this, but I've heard that putting a small piece of fine-grain sandpaper between your template/ruler/whatever and the fabric will keep it from slipping.  You could also put a piece between the fabric and the cutting surface. 
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to line up quilting squares on: April 10, 2007 12:04:57 PM
I am only on my first patchwork quilt, but so far I've figured out what works for me:

I literally trace the template onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Then, when you pin the pieces together, you can see how well your lines match up.  Sometimes it's trial and error-you'll learn what helps you the most!
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