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Quilting Info, Questions, Problems, Etc.
February 25, 2011
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mcastello126
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Hershiesgirl,

 

One thing I discovered early in my quilt "carreer" is that you can't please everyone and shouldn't try.  Unless you are making the quilt for someone specific, go with what pleases you.  Believe me, I have quite a few quilts that I loved when I made them and look back now and wonder "what was I thinking".  However,  I treasure each one as a remembrance of a specific time in my life.  Each and every one of them tells a story.

February 25, 2011
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mcastello is right HG!  You just have to take the leap, and if you're working on something you enjoy, it makes the sewing faster and easier.  Use what you like!

As far as mixing patterns, that seems to work out surprisingly well too, just keep looking over quilts that work, and start out gently.  Are there any classes nearby?  I've signed up for a piecing class at fabric shops to meet and socialize with folks there. You learn from the teacher AND from the different points of view.  The stores usually charge very little because they expect you to buy your fabric there... I have cheated that a bit by bringing a few pieces of fabric I just happen to have!

Start out with a smallish lap quilt project or maybe a large floor pillow top, so you can see the results quickly and feel the satisfaction sooner to start with. It's good for confidence building and you can experiment with colors and patterns.

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February 25, 2011
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A couple of rules of thumb on fabric selection:

1.  Choose a variety of depth of color – lights, darks, and medium values.  Whether all the same color or a lot of different colors, some should be dark, some light, some medium.  (Value here means the darkness.  Maybe that is obvious!  But, think of a color, say grey for purposes here.  White would be the lightest variation of it with black the darkest variation on the same color.  Another way to look at it is to say kind of a medium red – add black to darken and it becomes more maroon/wine colored; add white and it is lightened to pink.)  That will give you movement within the quilt, keep your eye moving across the surface.

2.  Select a variety of print scales – big prints, small prints, stripes, plaids, florals, novelty prints.  The size of your largest print will depend upon the sizes of the finished pieces.  Save those gorgeous, huge florals with lots of background color for quilt backings!  (My personal favorite, can you tell?  Love them, but small pieces cut from them can be pretty boring.) 

These really are the two most important technical things to keep in mind during fabric selection.  No matter what store you go to to buy fabric, someone will be there who will be thrilled to help you narrow down your choices!

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February 25, 2011
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Just do what you like..in the colors YOU like

Isn't there a variety of colors you really like?

I'm always in the browns, green, natural colors..and have so many who mostly get along.

honestly at the end..and all put together everything goes, my favorite are old quilts, far from perfect.

Think that in the old day, when they made quilts as an necessity...they couldn't pick and match..they worked with what they had.

I made a quilt, black and white...didn't like it..added red...still didn't like it. appliqued our barn on it..still didn't like it.

BUT this is the only quilt who ended up in a store on display, and won first price at our local fair ( the ladies of our quilt group insisted I should put the barn quilt in.)

Just do what feels good, trust yourself.

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February 25, 2011
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MrsObe
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I love to quilt.  It's another craft that links me to my grandmother (and her mother, and so on).  My first couple of quilts were 'lap quilts' in log cabin (you can tell they were made in the 80's as they're pink and blue!).  When I was 28 I started working on a story quilt for my 30'th - each square (15 in all) has an embroidered "story" of my life*.   I'm coming up on mid-40's and still working on it!  Life has just been too busy for me to finish and it's been a challenge pinpointing the moment's I want to highlight.  I really only have 4 squares left to embroider so maybe by the time I'm 60?

 

I have no problem finishing gift quilts.  They can be knocked out in a couple of months.  I love using old clothes and flannel.  And so far (unless they're fibbing) my neices and nephew have appreciated the gift.

 

*story quilt

Sq1 - birth - the copper belt in Zambia = zambian flag with copper coloured ropes connected to a South African Flag and a Union Jack; sq2 - a pair of pink ballet slippers w/ a highland sword and a tartan bow; sq3 - the comedy/tradegy drama masks; sqs4 - animals (domestic); sq5 - animals (lions and elephants); sq6 (and so on - I can't remember the others right now).

 

These make great gifts (use applique and not hand embroider to make it to the finish line faster).

February 26, 2011
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MrsObe said:

 I have no problem finishing gift quilts.  They can be knocked out in a couple of months.  I love using old clothes and flannel.  And so far (unless they're fibbing) my neices and nephew have appreciated the gift.

 


LOL Those *gifts* seem to be why I don't get things done around here either! Oh, I've finished a few afghans here and there....but have many half done projects that got interrupted, and put aside for way too long. I guess too, it is more fun to start something new! :)
March 3, 2011
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Finished it today!! Off to it's recipient tomorrow and warming a baby in a few months. :) Ahh, such a lovely feeling! :)

Don't know if it's a boy or girl yet, obviously, but hopefully it will be warming other little siblings in the years to come! happy-flower

 

March 3, 2011
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I have found that I really enjoy quilting.  It gives me a chance to use colors that I wouldn't normally use.  I have learned that apparently I'm a sucker for the brightest color fabric in any shop. I really need to get started on a quilt for my daughter.  I saved all of my favorite pieces of her baby clothing & I'm going to put it together in a quilt for her.  

I love seeing all of the pictures of the quilts!  

March 4, 2011
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When my father passed away in October I asked my mother for his old shirts...he had the nicest shirts for quilting.

Mom gave them to me, and i spend hours thinking what pattern to use.

I must be simple..something my dad would have liked, so now I want to use pictures on the quilt.

My parents wedding picture, pictures of my brothers, sister and me when we where little etc.

I have the photo's I want to use, but don't know exactly how to transfer/print the photo's.

There is fabric to print on, but beside the price (EXPENSIVE) I want to print them on the lightest shirt.

Now I have heard to cut fabric the size of your printer paper..then iron it on freezer paper and run it true the printer..is there anybody who ever did this and how did it work?

Anybody who can help me out here?

March 4, 2011
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Have not done it myself, but several friends have, Flatlander.  You still must use a chemical to treat the fabric, and the fabric should be 100% cotton for best results as I understand the process.

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January 9, 2012
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I didn't see this till today and the sale ends tonight, but Fabric . com has a pretty good sale on batting!

http://www.fabric.com/notions-patterns-quilter-39-s-notions-quilt-batting.aspx?cm_mmc=Email-_-01%2f09%2f2012%20Deal%20of%20the%20Day-_-Monday-_-DOD%20-%20Batting&[email protected]

Just thought I'd mention it.  // I don't work for these guys, just saw it looked pretty good and I've purchased fabric from them so I know they're very reliable //

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January 9, 2012
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Nice price on batting BEG. I am glad that you brought this to the top by posting in it. I missed it last year and it was very enjoyable to read.  Any new quilters out there today?  Did the ones posting find a link or help they needed to move forward.  I just love quilting and love to see people infected with love also.  The comments of sending to the long arm....has anyone tried free-motion quilting?  I love this technique.  Its like art and the quilt is blank canvas.  The possibilities are endless.  I do in-store demonstrations to try to introduce this technique to my customers.  There are so many quilt patterns and techniques out there.  For me...I have just discovered the bargello quilt.

http://www.amishcountrylanes.com/Pages/hs608.shtml

 

And it is amazing. Happy quilting!!

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January 10, 2012
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Birdi, Do I understand correctly, you do long arm quilting? Do you ever do it for someone else's pieced quilt?

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January 10, 2012
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Birdi,  that quilt is beautiful!!!!  It makes my head hurt just to think about making it however.  Please post pictures when you get yours made,  wink.

January 10, 2012
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I am still new to quilting. :)  I am currently working on my third quilt, a lattice pattern. I tired free motion quiting on my last quilt. I enjoyed doing it and love all of the designs you can make but I need more practice and a lot more space wouldn't hurt. What kind of batting do you guys like to use?  

January 10, 2012
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Birdi, free motion quilting is pretty much all I do.  It's just fun!

Mermonster, I use Warm & Natural almost exclusively.  It is 100% cotton and when washed, gives the look of an older quilt.  It just works well for most of my projects.  (Mostly wearables and wall hangings.)

One of the great things about quilting is that there are sooooo many ways of doing it, and none are wrong!

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January 10, 2012
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Yeah, I'm still fairly new to quilting, too, but I love it.  So I don't know a lot of these terms... free-motion/ long arm/ etc.  I'm currently working on a quilt made of old jeans, including the pockets. We'll see how it turns out!  I'm kind of designing it as I go along.  (changing what I started with to something else at least!)  I started on it because my husband didn't want me to put a quilt on the bed- because the cats with their claws snag it and the baby drools on it... so this one is designed to hopefully be impervious and very very washable!  sun2

January 10, 2012
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Yep – I did one of those, from denim, cordaroy (sp?) and flannel.  Sometimes it is the "car quilt," sometimes the "grumpy quilt" (when I am sick), or something else.  It's been many places, and still looks pretty good.

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January 11, 2012
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I use poly batting because I hand quilt, and cotton batting demands much closer quilting... more than I'm willing to do! laugh

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January 11, 2012
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I loooove the warm and natural! And i am not a very "small stitcher" when I do my handquilting.

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