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February 22, 2011
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happy-flowerHello, I was just reading some posts that a lot of the ladies had left on quilts and quilting projects. I am not a sewer, but have collected quilts and needlework  for over 50 years and love every piece.

 On of the gals, Bookdale, sugested that  there should be a post for quilters and their links. I looked through the forum and did not see one, so I hope this will get all of you talented ladies on one page where you can share your sewing.

 I will enjoy reading about them and looking at your photos.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

February 22, 2011
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Thanks, Joell! Looking forward to seeing what everyone's doing.

I am currently finishing up a “Twenty Trees” pattern strip quilt, in greens and browns, from a Quilt in a Day book called “Bears in the Woods”. It's the hardest one I've done so far. I find the quilt in a day books to usually be quite easy to figure out.

I've made several baby quilts lately using just a Rail Fence pattern, in fleece in baby colors. Love working with the fleece! They are very soft quilts. I don't have to use batting, just a piece of fleece on the back and tacked together. The babies seem to like them :-)

I would like to post a picture but can't seem to do it. I don't use Facebook, photobucket, or any of those picture programs.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

February 22, 2011
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happy-flowerHello brookdale , I hope this will get all of  the quilters together instead of scattered amount the different forums. I think if you pm any of the moderators, they could tell you how to post your pictures. I am looking forward to seeing them.

                 Joell

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February 22, 2011
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I'm looking forward to seeing all of the different quilt ideas out there.  I'm always looking for a new pattern to try!  I'm getting ready to make a quilted bag.  I hope to have it done by the time I get my quilt back from the person who does the long arm quilting for me. 

 

Thanks for starting this thread!

February 22, 2011
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I am glad this thread got started! I am a wannabe quilter — working on my first quilt now. Teaching myself, and hoping that I don't goof it up too badly! My biggest challenges seem to be the color thing… and then making up my mind! Fabric is a valid addiction you know!

February 22, 2011
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Well, we really did used to have a topic around here somewhere that showcased pics of many quilts!  Looks like it has disappeared, maybe during one of the transitions or something.  Really.  It's floating around out there somewhere in cyberspace!

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February 22, 2011
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There were some pics a couple weeks ago on “what are you crafting today” thread. Don't know if they are still there.

Later…Found them…here's the link.

https://chickensintheroad.com/forum/primitive-crafts-country-style/what-are-you-crafting-today/page-19/

Hershiesgirl, I know what you mean about picking out colors! That's my biggest challenge too. There are so many pretty fabrics, it's hard to match them up.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

February 23, 2011
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Here's a baby quilt I'm making for my first grandbaby. I choose really bright fun fabrics. This is an easy crazy quilt style.

http://quiltingthefarm.vius.ca/2011/02/oh-baby-its-a-crazy-quilt/

I have several unfinished projects as well (don't we all!) One day I'll get them all done happy-flower

February 23, 2011
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Sharon, that is lovely! All the bright colors. Your new grandbaby will certainly love it…all the different colors to look at.

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February 23, 2011
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Sharon_C   Awesome!!!  That is just what a crazy quilt should look like.  Your grandbaby will love it.  I started one a lot of years ago…it was nowhere near as beautiful.  I have yet to dispose of the dozen (recycled material) squares I did…by hand.  Who knows..I might run across them one day and decide to finish it…with lots of spacing material between the squares!!  LOL

I picked up a 2nd hand quilt made from what appears to be men's old wool suit coats.  I just love it.

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February 23, 2011
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Good idea–thanks Joell! Currently I'm working on a baby quilt for my friend who's expecting her first. She's a cowgirl, done barrel racing and all that, so I decided on a pony theme. My sisters helped me with the applique and assembly. I've finished the top and am on to quilting soon. Turned out super cute. happy-flowerI'll get a picture soon. I just love baby quilts! So fast and adorable. happy-flower

February 24, 2011
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Oh………quilting is my second favorite thing to do besides cooking! I love to machine piece and hand sew and quilt. I'm currently working on a quilt made from a friends grandparents clothing.  I have done many of these quilts from old clothes but my favorite quilts to make are scrappy with lots of pieces. I was working on a quilt with over 3500 pieces in it when I was asked to make the friends quilt.  I have completed at least 50 quilts over the past 5 years. I have 2 featherweight sewing machines and 3 Berninas plus a Pfaff quilting machine.  Love the pictures that were shared! I just got a new Dell and haven't loaded the software needed to download photos but will share some when I do.sun2

Maribeth

“West Virginia, Where the sun doesn't always shine, but the people do.”    JFK

February 24, 2011
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Ohhhh Maribeth, we need to talk!  Of course since I'm just getting started (on #2 now)  I'm quilting on my regular sewing machine. I also have a Necchi that needs some serious tension adjustments thanks to one of my granddaughters. hissy-fit  It is a commercial quality machine, but for several years now, I've not mustered up the courage to tackle readjusting the tensions back to normal……probably ought to take it to the sewing machine shop and just get it cleaned and adjusted. Anyway…. 

How do you know what to look for in a sewing machine just for quilting? Is it a mostly a matter of preference? When does it become worth it to consider a long arm, or is that just a luxury?

Thanks! Jackie

February 24, 2011
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Hershiesgirl,  I know what you mean about selecting the fabrics for your quilt.  I used to teach beginning quilting classes and that was the hardest thing for new quilters.  My suggestion is find a print fabric that you really love.  On the selvedge edge you will find little dots of color.  These are all the colors in the fabric.  Use these dots to find the co-ordinating fabrics for your quilt.  Take the bolts of fabrics you have chosen and stack them one on top of another.  Rearrange as you need to, but they should all look like they belong.  Hope this helps.wave

February 25, 2011
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Hershiesgirl, the best way to pick out a new machine is to make sure you spend some time at the dealers testing it out.  Take your time and see if it feels good to you. Check out the features it has. I love quilting on my home machine but my Pfaff has the wide arm. i have it in a sit down table, not a frame because I don't have the space.  Long arms are so expensive and they run from $4,000 to $30,000 +.   Test drive the Pfaff, Berninas, Viking and Janomes before you make up your mind.  Sometimes, I even send one out to a LA quilter. I quilt/sew everyday.

 

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February 25, 2011
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Maribeth,

Can you suggest anything for a newbie, books or patterns to get started?  I have wanted to quilt for a long time and I would like to try in between everything else I'm making.  I think I will just have to take over the dining room table..LOL. 

Thank you!  pawprint

February 25, 2011
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Not Maribeth happy-flowerbut my favorite all-around quilting book is the Fons & Porter Quilter's Complete Guide.  It has everything a beginner needs to know, is easy to understand, and has information that remains valuable for reference long after you become proficient.  Here is a link to it at their website, but you can purchase it nearly anywhere that has quilting books: https://www.shopfonsandporter.com/product/New-Quilters-Complete-Guide-Softcover/dvds-and-books

Many years later, I still look at the original I purchased when it first was published.

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February 25, 2011
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mcastello126 said:

Hershiesgirl,  I know what you mean about selecting the fabrics for your quilt.  I used to teach beginning quilting classes and that was the hardest thing for new quilters.  My suggestion is find a print fabric that you really love.  On the selvedge edge you will find little dots of color.  These are all the colors in the fabric.  Use these dots to find the co-ordinating fabrics for your quilt.  Take the bolts of fabrics you have chosen and stack them one on top of another.  Rearrange as you need to, but they should all look like they belong.  Hope this helps.wave


Ok, maybe I mis-spoke. I don't have a problem with color. I have a keen eye for color, and can even pick fabric at the fabric store to match something I have at home (and forgot to bring with me) and can usually pick a match. I have done this many times with few misses.

What I have a problem with, is decided which prints or designs compliment other prints or designs. I will often put a few fabrics together, and think…ok I like it, but will someone else like it, or wonder what the heck I was thinking putting these together. :)

February 25, 2011
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Maribeth said:

Hershiesgirl, the best way to pick out a new machine is to make sure you spend some time at the dealers testing it out.  Take your time and see if it feels good to you. Check out the features it has. I love quilting on my home machine but my Pfaff has the wide arm. i have it in a sit down table, not a frame because I don't have the space.  Long arms are so expensive and they run from $4,000 to $30,000 +.   Test drive the Pfaff, Berninas, Viking and Janomes before you make up your mind.  Sometimes, I even send one out to a LA quilter. I quilt/sew everyday.

 

Maribeth


Thanks! I am not by any means going to run out and buy anything right now…I have to make sure that I'm going to stick with it, and the purchase will have to be totally worth it. If I can do it on my machine for now, I'm good with paying to have them quilted. That's way less than my own quilting machine. :)

Just wondering if, when the time comes to make the purchase, I'll know enough to know what I need / want. I guess its like with any other craft or hobby, you learn more as you do more.

February 25, 2011
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Paws, I've found the Quilt in a Day books to be easy to understand and very helpful. I started with the Log Cabin, the book told me just how much fabric to buy, how to match colors, etc. I would recommend this one to you.

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