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Old 08-12-2013, 09:33 AM
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I'm still relatively new to the world of quilting (and am getting quickly addicted! !) and am working on my first project which is surprisingly coming together quite nicely thus far. Being new to it all and not having anyone really to give me pointers I've learned mostly from blogs and YouTube. I feel like I'm doing a lot the hard way sometimes. What advice do you have or lessons have you learned that have really helped the quilting process??
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:04 AM
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Hi and welcome to QB. You can learn a LOT just by reading this board.
Check all the tutorials. If you have any question, don't hesitate to ask.
I use google for a lot of things too. Happy quilting!
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:12 AM
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Easier to answer specific questions. What part of the process are you having doubts about?
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:13 AM
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I too have learned a lot from blogs and YouTube. I have also got a lot of books to help me to. I also feel like I'm doing thing the hard way, but what I do when I start a quilt pattern I check on the web to see if there is anything I can do to make it easier. If you have a quilt shop you like going to you can always ask them for help. I have four shops that I go to and they have help me a lot. I have taking some classes that have helped also. Good luck
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:15 AM
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Welcome from Dallas Tx. You will love it on this board. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on here. Just ask.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:54 AM
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Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Lessons learned: 1.cut accurately, sew a good 1/4 inch seam, press blocks with starch, square up units if needed. 2.This is supposed to be fun and finished is better than perfect!
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:58 AM
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The devil is in the details. Here is what I would recommend:
If it's a new pattern to you, do a trial block to verify your seam allowance, pressing order, and overall size.
Do not use flimsy fabric.
Test your fabric for color fastness and prewash if necessary.
Cut accurately.
Sew a consistent seam.
Press so the seams nest (if possible).
Square up the block.
Measure the top across the center and cut straight borders to that length. Then ease in any difference. (This will keep you from having wavy borders.)
Most importantly, have fun and ask lots of questions in the forums. We are always glad to share our quiltiness.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:59 AM
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Big welcome from Louisiana. This board is fun andeucational.Great way to have those questions answered also Hugs
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:04 PM
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Thank you for the warm welcome everyone! Already a lot of pointers to keep in mind, just what I was hoping to get
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:09 PM
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I learned the same way, best advice i can give is to find a guild. Local or online. The best part of quilting is the community. Also remember progress not perfection. Also, i learned a lot from the online quilting tv show, The Quilt Show. It is a pay website, but worth it to learn from ricky tims and alex anderson. They have a block of the month that is a great way to learn new skills.
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