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Monday, April 5, 2010

Quilting


I do now and have always loved quilts. I cherish a couple that were my grandmothers and I even have some pattern pieces she had stashed away in her bible. I unfortunately have no skill in that area. I have tried several times to produce a quilt, have started more than one and never finished one yet. I decided the other day that with all that fabric I really ought to find  a use for it. I want to quilt, I love the finished products and I would use them but I just can't get the hang of it somehow. So, I got a book about beginning quilting at the local quilt store. I have more than enough fabric and I decided I would work on using up the fabric up that I had to try to make a quilt. Perfection would not be required (good thing I make up my own rules) and I will work on it slowly so not to frustrate myself. I  needed to get some things before I start so I made a quick trip  the quilt store for the suggested items to start quilting with from the book I bought. I knew I needed a new blade for my rotary cutter. The book I bought suggested some rulers in particular sizes and I picked one up. I do not want this to become a huge investment, though as my track record with quilting is not good. We will see. Even if I can't make them it doesn't dim my love for them one bit.  Stay tuned for the progress on that front.
Until next time, hope stitching finds a place in your day. Marjo

7 comments:

  1. Good luck on your quilt making journey, Marjo!! I'm new to quilting myself and have only made 3 quilts so far. What helped me was to take a class with my local quilt store, they guided me through the process and I was able to go back to the store whenever I had questions. And I guess you would call me a "piecer" because I have the quilt store long-arm quilt them for me. I haven't gotten up the nerve to do the actually quilting yet.

    I just wanted to tell you that I am literally sitting here holding an egg cup the is exactly the same pattern as your tea cup on the top of your blog! I have two of them that were given to me by a family member who thought I might like them because the pattern is a needlework/cross stitch pattern. I love them, they are so delicate looking and have been trying to come up with an idea as to what I was going to do with them and have decided to felt some wool into an egg shape and use them as pincushions. I was just funny that I opened up your blog today and there was your tea cup with the same pattern! Just had to share!

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  2. Good luck with the quilting. I'm getting back into quilting myself. It's lots of fun, but very different from stitching!

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  3. I have heard wonderful things about the Quilters Academy book. Harriet Hargrave was here not too long ago and I wasn't able to take her class. I'm sorry I missed it! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress into another fiber art!

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  4. Good luck with your new adventure! You can do it! I think I must have been crazy when I started quilting 9 years ago. I went to my first quilting class which was more like a club, not a class. You should have seen the teachers face when I started lining up my fabric to cut it. I had no idea what I was doing. Thankfully she helped me a lot.
    The best think I've learned over the years, is use a scant (That means Less than a 1/4" inch) seam allowance. If you do that, your block will turn out better. Don't forget to square up your blocks. This is huge! A step I didn't learn for several years, unfortunately.
    Don't be afraid to unpick. I think I have a flippin' PHD in unpicking, but I'm happy to say that I can do it quickly now, and I have learned a lot because of undoing my blocks once in a while.
    Have a wonderful time. Don't spend too much on supplies. A good rotary cutter, ruler and mat is all you need to start.
    Take Care and many hugs.

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  5. Good luck with quilting! As much as I love quilts, I have never (as of yet) really tried my hand at it!

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  6. Quilting is addictive! I love cross-stitching, but quilts are sooo much faster to make. I'll look forward to seeing what you piece together (pun intended).

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  7. You are well on your way - as you've selected the perfect book to learn from. I started quilting just a few months back, using this book. Now I have 13 quilts made - with only 3 left to finish. You can do this - it's fun, addictive and so very satisfying. Check out my progress here http://patchnblock.blogspot.com/ where I've documented the learning process. There are a few who are blogging this book - please feel free to join us. Support and encouragement goes a long way to finishing a project! Good luck and best wishes from me.

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