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Thread: Frequently Asked Questions

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    Here is a list of (a few of) the Frequently Asked Questions we have been asked to compile by Admin. Please post additional questions, because this is in NO WAY a complete list... merely a starting point. :D

    1. How can I achieve an accurate 1/4" seam allowance and more accurate piecing?

    2. What kind of sewing machines do you use or recommend for new quilters?

    3. How do you layer and baste a quilt?

    4. How do you stipple quilt by machine?

    5. What is the best foot to use for machine quilting?

    6. What is the best method for learning machine quilting?

    7. Where can I find quilt patterns for beginners?

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    8. How do I keep the backing from wrinkling and puckering?

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    9 How do I make the blocks square
    10 Can I use flannel for batting

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    How much fabric do I need to buy?

    Where can I find patterns online? and the variations: What is this pattern? and Where can I find instructions for this pattern?

    How do I choose fabrics/colors?

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    photo transfer, printing on fabric

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    The Math for 1/4 and 1/2 square triangles

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    cutting straight strips
    freemotion machine quilting
    quilting in sections; quilt as you go
    rag quilts
    jeans quilts


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    How do I square up my quilt? How do I bind my quilt?

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    How do I choose the colors?

    What batting should I use?

    How do I keep the rotary cutter blades sharp?


    Just a couple I remembered quickly.... :wink:

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    How do I foundation paper piece?

    How do I piece Y seams?

    How close do I have to quilt?

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    Y seams?

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    Another one could be:
    "How do I print (transfer) my photos onto fabric?"

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    I think we just need to make a short list to have directed to the answers or people already here will be afraid to ask questions. I check the search option but sometimes can't find just what I want, so I post a question, now I got to look up y seams. we have a lot of new quilters. :-)

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    How do I square up my material?

    How do you cut one trip when you have a large piece of fabric, say a strip 14x 15 " from a yard of fabric?

    Calculations for corner triangles when setting on point.

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    Another question (and I am one that has asked)
    How do mark the quilt top?
    When hand quilting which frame, hoop, etc are good
    What to use for basting.
    How to do English Paper Piecing
    What type of stitch to use for applique, or how to applique

    With me being a newbie I do remember asking these a lot. Hope this helps :)


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    Additional catagories for questions:
    1. Information on marking quilting designs, pencils, etc used for the marking.
    2. A list of some common terms used and their definition: squaring, dog ears, on point, etc.
    3. A list of any other special sewing machine pressure feet, besides the walking foot that cold be useful in the quilting process.

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    Please explain how to attach a binding with measurements.

    Please explain the best way to attach a sleeve with measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    I think we just need to make a short list to have directed to the answers or people already here will be afraid to ask questions. I check the search option but sometimes can't find just what I want, so I post a question, now I got to look up y seams. we have a lot of new quilters. :-)
    Ruth ... Girlfriend ... you are the Queen of the Search; a Google Goddess. and FAST!

    don't start getting chicken about asking questions. especially since you've spent so much time looking things up for everybody else and answering a zillion questions from others. we'll make you sit in the bowl on Kathy's porch.

    :wink:

    Y Seams p.s. if we start answering the question here, it'll get buried. i hope you'll start a new thread with the Y Seams question. we seem to have done a lot of complaining about them here, but not much explaining.

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    Should I wash my fabric first?
    What do you mean by "squaring up"?
    How do I get my corners or points to match?
    How do you do a mitered seam?
    Or Mitered corner binding?
    Tips for keeping the ruler from shifting while cutting with the rotary blade
    Thread--cotton, quilting cotton, poly or rayon?
    How do you machine quilt a larger sized quilt?

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    What needles are best for hand quilting
    Thimble or not to thimble
    Enlarging patterns
    Fabric painting
    Stains or spots on quilts
    preserving quilts
    Size of Quilts (King, Queen, Full, Twin)
    Just a few I thought I would throw out there. I wanted to contribute.

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    Just a thought, but quite a few of us have done photo demos on various things. Off the top of my head things I've seen are foundation piecing demo, dyeing fabric on shaving cream, Mitering tight corners on binding, and I'm sure there are many others. But as time goes on these get lost as they move further back in the lists, and a search only works as well as your knowledge of what's available.

    Was wondering if there could be some way of creating a fixed thread including links to these things like we do the BOM and then some of us who were willing and able could cover some of these other FAQs in a similar manner and then in future we could direct people to the appropriate demo with the offer of help if further clarification was needed. Just an idea :? Whatcha think

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    Several times in my early quilting days the question of which way to press seams came up. I was told to press toward the dark colors, but eventually there will be conflicts with just one method.

    Should we always pre-wash fabric?

    Should quilters mix fabric types and weights?

    When buying fabric online, is there a way to know thread count? It seems to me that thread count is VIP becasue of the way the cloth handles in cutting and sewing.

    Do bolts of cloth still tell the weight of the fabric? If not, how can we tell how heavy the cloth will be?

    When machine piecing, does it matter what color the thread is? Changing threads could be time consuming.

    Are 100% cottons better than cotton blends?

    Will there be a "question list" compiled somewhere so we may access it?

    GramMER

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    omigosh! i'm laughing pretty hard right now, GramMer. Some of those aren't questions. they are calls to debate. Whenever somebody asks about things like fabric content, prewashing and thread, the camps divide. the tents go up. we argue about it until we're bored. then move on til the next time. we should sell tickets. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    omigosh! i'm laughing pretty hard right now, GramMer. Some of those aren't questions. they are calls to debate. Whenever somebody asks about things like fabric content, prewashing and thread, the camps divide. the tents go up. we argue about it until we're bored. then move on til the next time. we should sell tickets. :lol:
    :roll: This is all very true, but to a new quilter, the questions seem serious. If she has any experience at all with fabric, those will be things she needs to hear about. Why not list the best of the pro and con answers? Let the quilter decide.

    GramMER

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    that would be practical, sensible and efficient. i might break out in a rash.

    :lol:

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