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Thread: Diary of a mad beginner quilter

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    I am just beginning my new adventure in learning how to quilt. Have not purchased any books, patterns, etc. Just tried to glean info from here and quilters blogs. Anywho.......stayed up till midnight last night working on a place mat. Did ok till it was time to bind. Ended up tearing off the binding and going to bed very much ready to give up on quilting. I can make sushi for dh, but quilting isn't going so well for me! I have included pictures as proof! Think I just need more patience?

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    Welcome from southeast PA!

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    Hello and welcome from Ontario. Don't give up you have a great start there. Binding can give us all grief sometimes. There are some great utube videos to help you. Stick with it, it does get easier.

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    Hello, and welcome aboard. You did a wonderful job. There are some great tutotials on You tube that may help you and you on the binding. Also check out the tutotials on this site. Just go to the top of the page and hit search type in binding. YOu will fins a lot of great tips here.

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    I'm not a sushi girl so I think your quilting looks much better. Binding is tough for me, too. There are several good tutorials on YouTube and 100's of experts on here.

    Try again. Post pictures of your problems along with your questions and someone will get you going in the right direction.

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    Yummmm I love sushi.. welcome from Michigan

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    You have a placemat there, now that your are fresh from sleeping I bet you can put the binding on. You didn't learn how to cook in one day, how do you expect to learn how to quilt in one day. You've done great so far, you can do it!

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    Yummy! Thanks for the sushi :-)

    Your placemat looks great so you are doing fine. Binding isn't my fav either but it does get easier with practice.

    Maybe some Youtube vids for help?

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    Welcome from mid-Missouri.

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    welcome!

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    The sushi makes me hungry :-)

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    Hello, welcome and happy quilting from Germany!

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    hey, thanks y'all!!! I did take another stab at it this am, after reviewing your very thoughtful suggestions, and viewing some tutorials. the binding on this first placemat is a pitiful sight! however, first binding project accomplished and now on to the other three placemats and their binding. practice, practice, practice :)

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    Hello! Welcome from MS! From another beginner, you'll find tons of great help herel I'm impressed that you tackled binding so quickly. I put it off forever, but it's not so scary now! Good luck with the placemats! Love the colors and quilting!

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    I feel your pain and I'm glad you took another try at the binding. I just send 4 placemats to my sister, Christmas presents that were late because I was afraid of the binding. I finally just took the bull by the horns and bound those suckers! They turned out great. Sis (and her semi-snobbish husband) loved them. She called yesterday and said someone else really loved them too. Fat Katherine, her cat had taken them over!

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    Welcome I am new too. Your placemat-- I have all those same colors that I was going to use in a quilt. LOl good job.
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    Welcome.

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    Welcome from Ireland

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D
    It will get easier with practice!! Your sushi looks yummy :D

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    Welcome from Michigan.

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    lol...i'm sure we've all been there...google how to bind a quilt and then select videos from youtube...that's how i've learned for the most part...

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    I'm new too! Good luck to us :)

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