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Thread: Please tell me it gets easier than this....

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    Hi, I'm Andi and I live in Central Florida. I don't have a lot of sewing experience but I have so many plans and a love of fabric and color and the idea of quilting...I am a quilter at heart.

    You all are so good and make it look so easy that I was swept away into my fantasy of quilts for gifts and round robins and block exchanges and maybe even of being a secret quilt angel next year!

    I have cut most of the material for my first quilt and as I was going along found out I'm not the best cutter but figured it had to get easier. I switched from the rotary cutter to tracing each piece and cutting with scissors and it went a bit faster.

    This evening I made my first sub-units which include prairie points and as I was folding and ironing the tiny bits of color I thought it has to get easier than this.

    Next came the basting which I was sure would be easy, I mean one needle, one piece of thread how hard could it be? Lord, have mercy, I'm a dreamer!

    I lost my needle at least fourteen times, my rough dry winter hands caught on the thread unthreading my needle at least twice that many times and my poor poor neglected dog let me know she isn't into this new hobby! She wants some attention!

    I am now ready to sew my four sub-units into a teeny tiny little kite but first I have to make a bobbin(wind a bobbin? thread a bobbin? What is the correct word?) and thread my machine...my beautiful five year old niece, Livi, may be receiving this lap quilt for a college graduation present at the rate I'm going!

    I'm kidding really, I know it gets better or you wouldn't all be on here flourishing.

    I love this place! It feels like a neighborhood with a lot of friends gathered, working and talking together. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Now for threading the machine-is that the easy part? :hunf:

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    Hello and welcome and yes some things do get easier, but be aware almost all of us keep a seam ripper very close at hand because even though things start to go together quicker there will be many times when you will be taking them apart and putting them back together multiple times (just part of the fun, lol)

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    Thanks, Mamabear. I do have a seam ripper and I'm prepared to rip! :thumbup:

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    Hello and welcome from SW Iowa. Of course it gets easier and then you get to try even harder patterns and start over again. :-D

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    Welcome! Where in Central FL are you??? You'll get the hang of it in no time~~ and there's lots of help around here for you too :)

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    It does get easier... but at times it can still be frustrating. I've had the chapped hands that snag on threads, I've threaded machines wrong, had bobbin thread break, machines that break down, fabrics that I sewed in wrong side up, seams that didn't "fit", lots of seams that I had to rip out, cut fabric wrong, pieced it wrong, even quilted it badly and took it out. So, why do we do it? When you've made a quilt and muddled through your first quilt, the sense of accomplishment is incredible! And when you start making more, turning out quilt after quilt and seeing all your beautiful work come to fruition, it's just a feeling that you can't get any other way. It's sooooooo addicting!!! And making quilts is so fulfilling. Quilting just feeds the soul in a way that nothing else ever has. ahhhhh, gotta go work on my latest quilt!!

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    Welcome!

    I find buying fabric to be the easy part. :-D

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    Hi and Welcome to the wonderfully frustrating world of quilting :wink: Just remember everyone has to start somewhere and soon you will be an old pro :thumbup:

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    Welcome Andi! I too am new here and yes it does get easier. If you put the little rubber or sandpaper dots on the bottom of your ruler the fabric won't slip and before you know it you'll be cutting like a pro.

    Have Fun!!!!

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    the easy part is standing back and looking at you finished quilt take a deep breath and say ok i can get some sleep now!! u go to sleep and dream and plan you next quilt. lol

    memathomas

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    Yes, it does get easier, but sometimes less so than others. I can't say that I really enjoy the process of making a quilt (sorry guys), but I sure love the finished products. That's what keep me making more! Of course, I wouldn't want someone with "sensitive" ears to listen to me while I'm ripping out, either! ;) :roll: :mrgreen:

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    I'm a newbie too with just a "little" knowledge about sewing but I have found this board to be so helpful. Of course, it's also addictive so plan some time on your computer!! Welcome

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    Hello & Welcome Andi. Yes some things do get easier but even then, we all make mistakes from time to time. Gosh my first quilt had me crying and cussing and I could not begin to understand how anyone in their right mind could actually enjoy this hobby! After I did complete it, I could not wait to start another. Then another. And I still learn with every project I make, 13 years after the first one. So keep on keeping on & ask any question that might cross your mind.

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    Welcome Andi! I cried alot when I first started quilting....I didn't think I would ever be able to use a rotary cutter and now I can't imagine NOT using it. Keep at it and it will come together.

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    LOL!!! When I first started quilting I thought it would be so easy to just look at a pattern and make it. I thought all I had to do to make half-square triangles was to cut a square in half diagonally. Little did I know. But now I know. Just takes time and practice, practice, practice. And have FUN!!!

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    I'm still not convinced it gets easier, but you certainly start to enjoy it more...and more...and more! Soon you can't think of what you did before quilting. Just remember my rule...
    Measure once, cut twice...wait...measure once, cut twice, buy more fabric, measure again...no that can't be it....OH YEAH....measure TWICE, cut ONCE!

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    That ole frog sings his song a lot to me! Sometimes you'd think he was in my room at night cause I could swear I can hear "rippppp it" at night! :lol:

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    Welcome, and yes it does get easier. Some things become second nature. You will learn to thread your machine in the dark and keep a dozen bobbins full and ready to go. I don't do much basting and rarely pin my pieces anymore.

    As for dry hands, I keep Udderly Smooth Udder Cream on hand. No greasy feel, and keeps your hands nice and smooth.

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    welcome and I think the best thing is to take a basic quilting class at your local quilt shop. They can show you a lot of helpful ideas in cutting, sewing picking out fabric etc. Enjoy.

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    Welcome to the Quilting Board!

    One of the best things I did was sign up on this board, it has taught me SO much! The encouragement is fantastic, and you can find just about any topic by searching.

    And one of the most encouraging threads was the one on "What is the silliest thing you did while quilting?" I had been feeling like I'd never get anything right, that everyone else must be doing things perfectly. Just reading that thread put things in perspective and helped me keep going. I also discovered my seam ripper was a fine tool to use!

    Here is that thread:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23488-1.htm

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    Nice to meet you littlehud. Is it freezing in Iowa?
    Andi

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    Hi, BKinco, I live near Tampa-at least that's the nearest big city.
    Where do you live in Colorado? One of my best friends from here moved to Highlands Ranch, CO and I love the pictures she sends. Is that anywhere near you?
    Andi

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    Oh, Pamela, that is the feeling I'm looking for! I love the idea that someone's hands made the quilts I look at and think there is a tiny bit of energy from that person nestled in the between the layers of material and caught in the stitches years and years later!

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    Hi, IrishNY. To me it's the easy part and the hard part-I love them all! I no longer work outside the home due to a disability so trying to curb my hunger for the beautiful fabrics is the tough part. However, I am a coupon user and bargain hunter which is another addiction in itself so I visit the fabric store frequently and buy little bits! It's all good.

    I have friends that live in Centerreach, NY-is that near you?

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    Thank you, Sharon. I have to say all of you great people here are part of the draw so I will enjoy it.

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