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Old 07-02-2010, 06:48 AM
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I thought it would be neat if we had a thread with hints for quilting. Here is my hint: wash your fabrics then startch, startch and iron or press. Makes cutting and sewing so much easier.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:54 AM
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If I'd been told as a new quilter that I would have to wash and press my fabrics before I could cut and sew, I would never have made my first quilt, much less continued for 10 years. Please do not put that burden on newbies. Give them the pros and cons and let them decide.

And now that I've started that debate, I'll quietly leave.

My hint is spend the money to buy good quality tools and supplies. Use the JoAnn's discount coupons to make your purchases, but don't scrimp on quality over quantity.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:55 AM
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don't be afraid to try anything, if it works , good, if not, try something else
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:58 AM
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Measure twice, cut once.

Look before sewing.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluphrog
If I'd been told as a new quilter that I would have to wash and press my fabrics before I could cut and sew, I would never have made my first quilt, much less continued for 10 years. Please do not put that burden on newbies. Give them the pros and cons and let them decide.

And now that I've started that debate, I'll quietly leave.

My hint is spend the money to buy good quality tools and supplies. Use the JoAnn's discount coupons to make your purchases, but don't scrimp on quality over quantity.
I did not start this thread so we could argue over who has the best hints. Please just put your hint and don't put anybody else's hint down.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:08 AM
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do something small such as a pillow,wallhanging or baby quilt instead of a queen size!
a finish will give you confidence!
A large first project may never get finished!
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluphrog
If I'd been told as a new quilter that I would have to wash and press my fabrics before I could cut and sew, I would never have made my first quilt, much less continued for 10 years. Please do not put that burden on newbies. Give them the pros and cons and let them decide.

And now that I've started that debate, I'll quietly leave.

My hint is spend the money to buy good quality tools and supplies. Use the JoAnn's discount coupons to make your purchases, but don't scrimp on quality over quantity.

4 Paws up! I AGREE with BOTH your comments! :)
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:38 AM
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Don't give up if your first projects are less perfect than you had hoped. Learn from the mistakes made and keep trying. (I have yet to make one "perfect" quilt and I've been doing this 30 years.)
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:08 AM
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Keep a sense of humor about you and what you're doing. Don't get stressed over things not being perfect. :D
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:22 AM
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Quilting is fun. When it's not fun anymore, move on to something else. Don't stress over perfection or comparison to other quilters. Do your own thing, do it well, and enjoy it.
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