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Thread: Tips from a seasoned quilter…

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    Your advise is GREAT!!! You've got to be a fantastic person.
    I just began quilting in earnest. How great it is. Thanks for your tips. No. One Meme

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    Thanks to all of you for the helpful tips!:)

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    Thank you!

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    Faultless Starch can be purchased in the quart jug. Get a spray bottle & dilute starch with water. I've used starch this was for years & it is less expensive than the spray cans.

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    Thanks for the tips. I think I like the one about adding 1/8" to blocks to square off. Great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by GemState
    My seam ripper is named Jack.........(Jack the Ripper, get it?)
    Got it. That's cute. Wish I'd thought of it.
    I don't know why but Frank seemed to fit mine. The prurple one is Henrietta. MY DDs know I'm weird but it's okay - some of us just let personality quirks hang out more than others. :)
    when I have to rip something out, I'm "frogging it". You know.. rip it, rip it, rip it.

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    thanks for the tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Patticake
    Tips from a seasoned quilter…
    Just a few tips from someone who has been quilting for years:
    • No matter how new you are to quilting, your work is a piece of ART. Enjoy it.
    • Always, always square your blocks before putting the top together even when you are going to use sashing (the strips between the blocks).
    • Press and then measure twice before cutting. You will save a lot of seam ripping!
    • Quilting is more about the process than the giving. Enjoy the process and think of the giving as an added bonus.
    • When putting together pieces smaller than 4 inches across and matching seams, match the seam on both sides for more accurate piecing.
    • When possible, waste a little fabric to save a LOT of stress. Add a ¼ inch to blocks that can be squared to size before finishing the block. If it’s a 4 square block, add a ¼ inch to the pattern piece cut size and square after piecing. If it’s a 9 patch, square a pair before adding the 3rd row and square again before putting the blocks together. It’s easier to have a little more fabric to work with when squaring than to be off by 1/8 of an inch and try to work with it.
    • The flaws we see in our own work are rarely ever noticed by those who admire our work. It’s best not to show off the flaws but just think of them as your own twist on the Art Work. (see bullet #1)
    • And my personal favorite! There NEVER needs to be a reason to purchase or acquire more fabric any more than there needs to be a reason to eat chocolate.
    Feel free to add more!

    :)

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