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Thread: THE YUCKY PART

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    Junior Member jan22's Avatar
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    But if that happened Betty Ruth, you'd only do it once.!!!!!!

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    Not so. I put the needle through my fingers (or thumb) so many times that I learned not to yank my digit back and tear the flesh but to hold still and carefully back the needle out of my finger. The fact that my mother started me on the sewing machine at age 7 might have something to do with the number of accidents I had. Betty

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    I don't like the planning of how much material to buy and I either go way over or I'm running back to get a 6" piece so I can finish.I'm not too keen on the sandwiching either I find it easier to do my quilt in sections so it's easier to bast and quilt. The back has seams but who turns them over, anyway, except another quilter :lol:
    I get the sore fingers too and have to let them rest at times.
    But face it we love the end, and I like binding them cause I know they are about done.

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    Hi all,

    I have been quilting for 40 years. It is funny I don't see myself as 57. I guess it hits home the most when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see my mother . In the last 8 years I have suffered from a chronic autoimmune disease that has made me really get my life in order. I come at everything from a new perspective. I have kind of trained my mind to take me somewhere more pleasant when I have to endure things that are unpleasant or irritating. It works for the everyday chores we all have to do like cleaning, food prep and household chores like cleaning the cat box. I kind of focus on the end result and the other less pleasant parts seem to go by quickly. As a result of my illness I have to pace anything I do or pay in pain.
    What I like best about quilting is picking out the fabrics, imagining the finished results and the hand quilting. I have enough finished quilts to be able to change my bedding probably ten times a year. I also could paper my walls with smaller items. I have given away a multitude of quilts to friends and relatives and regulary make Linus and other chairty quilts for various causes. I hand quilt for other people as that is what I do best.
    THis week I am making lap robes and bed covers for our wounded soldiers in hospitals. The amputees like to have something to cover their injuries when they have visitors. It makes their visitors more comfortable and lets them focus on their loved ones and less on their obvious injuries. I had fun going through my stash and pulling out blues, reds and mixtures that looked even the least bit patriotic. I tore the fabrics into various width strips and peiced them together on my serger. Then I cut theminto 12 inch blocks and sewed them together into either a lap robe or a cover that would fit a twin bed top. I don't use batting just a flannel back to keep them from sliding off and make them cozy feeling. I do some basic machine quilting with a decorative stitch just to hold the layers together. My hope is that they will survive the commercial laundries of the hosptitals.
    My reward is that I am making room in my stash to enable me to purchase more fabrics. Just what I need, DUH!

    I guess I could say my yucky part is finishing something I was never interested in in the first place. I belong to two guilds and am sometimes obligated to make a block or blocks for someone else that I would never dream of making otherwise.

    mpspeedy

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    I like it all - each part is so different and it so much fun to see the strips turn into the top.
    I do dislike sewing it all together cause I have to lay it all out on the floor and the up and down and up and down gets real old. And if I don't take a picture of it after I like I can have a mess on my hands when my cat rearranges it for me :)
    I also dislike the cutting when you make a rag quilt. I even have the special scissors but I can still get a blister :(

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    I think the yucky part for me is making sure my quarter inch is exactly that. Most of the time if I say well that is close enough,but after a few blocks are sewn, you see, THAT CLOSE ENOUGH has grown to a half inch off. Ripe it out see where it is more or less on what block,ripe that out make double sure it is a quarter in seam allowance.
    I dont mind the sandwiching as I have a big frame,My BIL made for me. He used the directions from a free pattern website, for a qulting frame on sawhorses. My worderful husband then made a foot for 2 corners, it stands upright. I can lay it down,stretch backing batting and top. Sit it back up to baste, put it on the sawhorses to handquilt,leave it upright to pin or use what I call my quilt gun.
    I love the planning and the actual construction of quilting. I dont sweep until I am finished,it looks like a thread,material bomb has gone off. Sometimes If it gets to much I sweep in a corner.LOL

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    I can definitely relate to having the quilot blocks rearranged by a cat. That is a little annoying, but I don't get mad unless he decides to fight with a particular block and tears it up. When that happens, I DO get mad and usually lock him in the laundry room until I cool off. Betty

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    I'm sure you have seen this suggestion many times, but just in case ---- Purchase one of those cheap plastic table cloths that has a flannel backing, hang it from a wall with the flannel facing out -- I had room in a hallway--- our quilt block can be placed on the flannel and if we sort of pat them in place will stay there. This has worked very well for arranging and re arranging my quilt blocks. If I have trouble getting one to "stay put" I just slip in a straight pin.

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    The wall in the hall is an idea. I never would have thought of that.

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    You need to learn to quilt as you go.......... The book makes it sooooo hard but after taking a class WOW I will NEVER do a quilt anyway else:)

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