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Thread: newbie very basic question

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    Good Morning
    My Name is Penny I am so to new to the sewing and Quilting world. The only thing i really no is how to thread my machine.

    I would like to know when buying fabric do you buy fabric all in the same line or dose it matter?

    2. when cutting fabric dose it what which way you cut it?

    Thanks for any help

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    I buy what I like...it may mean I get one or two pieces from the same line, or 10. :D

    Cutting fabric...I use a rotary cutter and ruler. Sometimes with triangles you end up across the bias. Well, all the time actually. :D

    WElcome!

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    1. I purchase whatever 100% cotton that I like.
    2. It depends on the quilt, how many pieces needed, and what size the pieces are. I am probably not as picky about this as some people.

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    I think you would benefit greatly from some sewing classes. Check with your local quilt shop or a Jo Ann Fabric store to see what they offer.

    I don't buy fabric all in the same line, because I might like something else that goes with my color scheme. Quilters use 100% cotton. Blends can be less expensive, but can be difficult to work with and don't hold up as well as 100% cotton.

    As for cutting it, if you cut it on the straight of grain, it has more strength. If you cut it on the bias (on the diagonal), it can stretch easy, especially if you aren't used to working with fabric. Many pieces have to be cut on the bias depending on the shape of what you're doing (a triangle will have two straight edges and one bias edge).

    Welcome to the board! There is a ton of reading here and you will pick up a lot of tips just by reading other people's comments.

    There is also a Tutorial section here that you should read. That might have a lot of help for you as they usually include pictures and step by step instructions.

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    thank you

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    That is what i have been doing. Got brave enough to ask question

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    Hi Penny,
    Welcome to the group. I too an very new to quilting, check out this site, it is amazing!
    http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/
    They make it so simple.

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    welcome from Western Australia. take you time don't rush, build up your fabrics, if you have something in mind work out your colours and blends buy a bit extra just in case you goof, (I have plenty of times), the tutorials are great and there are lots of links to look at,
    I think one of the most important things is to learn how to sew a straight line, (easier said than done for some people) then learn how to sew a 1/4 inch seam as that is the most common.
    after that. just go for it, I have been asked to teach a young friend to sew and they don't even have a sewing machine. the last one they had went rusty from lack of use,

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    Great thanks for the website

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    Welcome!

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