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I am learning to do Foundation Piecing

Old 02-16-2012, 04:42 AM
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Hi Everyone

Its been a long time since I posted on her but my life has had a few interruptions so that is why I haven't been on here for so long.

As of yesterday I am learning to do Foundation Piecing. It is different than Paper Piecing. Foundation Piecing you can leave the Foundation on and you don't have to take it off after you get your pattern made. I love doing this.

Last year a Quilter brought in garbage bags full of Quilting Stuff...Material, boxes of scraps, patterns and all of that stuff. I found a box full of scraps and Foundation Piece Patterns so yesterday I got that box of scraps out and I started to cut my strips for the Foundation pattern. I pretty much fiqured out how to do this on my own except for one thing. I couldn't fiqure out how to close the one end up on my strips so I went to my Quilting Group yesterday at my church and two ladies showed me how to do that. I know how to sew them on the Foundation Pattern but I just could not fiqure out how to do the other end. I think I got that now...LOL....I hope....LOL....

I was so proud of myself because like I said I had it all fiqured out by using one that this other person did long time ago and had two of them done except for the one edge of the scraps after I got them sewed onto the Foundation Pattern. I was so happy and so proud of myself because I had it all fiqured out how to do something on my own except for the one thing. Well instead of being happy about it she literally screamed/hollered at me and told me that I wasn't doing it right and that it wasn't Paper Pieceing and all of this other stuff. I was almost in tears. I am trying so hard to do learn to do this and here she screamed/hollered at me and it was another Quilter by the way who does not know anything about Paper Piecing or Foundation Piecing but yet she screamed and hollered at me and told me I was doing it all wrong and etc. I felt so stupid and that everything that I did was all wrong. There was another Quilter that came in and I showed her what I did and she also explained to me how to close up the other end of the strips so they won't stay open and she was so nice about it and she understood what I was doing after I showed her what I did. It was a very rough afternoon yesterday. Here I am learning to do different Quilting Techniques but yet she had the guts to scream and holler at me and didn't know anything about Foundation or Paper Piecing. I was pretty upset.

We have a really nice elderly lady who is a excellent Quilter and she has been teaching Quilting at my Library on Tuesdays every other Tuesday so when the weather is nice I am going to start going to her classes on Tuesday. I need somebody that is willing to work with me and teach me and not being hollered at or screamed at. My Wed Quilting group at my church has been split up and its sad because we use to have a roomful of Quilters that stayed from 2 until 7:30 p.m. but now most of them come early and than they leave right before we go downstairs to eat supper so there are only a few of us left than for the evening. I have a Bible Study Class after we eat our supper at church - we have Triple F at my church - Food, Faith, Fellowship and we have a meal every Wednesday Night during Triple F at 5:30 p.m.

I have decided that I will get my help from all of you and on Tuesdays when I go to my Quilting Class at the Library. I have also decided that from now on I'll wait til 4 p.m. to go to Triple F and I will take a Stamped Embroidery project with me and leave my Quilting stuff at home. I am not going to be criticized or put down by this lady again. I will work on my Quilting here at home and at the Library.

Next Wed we don't have Triple F because it is Ash Wednesday but the following Wed we do and I won't get to my church until 4 p.m. I can't stand to be hollered/screamed at by somebody that doesn't know what they are talking about or know how to do something. If I have a example to go by I will get it fiqured out sooner or later and I was so proud of myself for getting as much done on it as I did yesterday.

From now on I will be more active on this board since I have more time now and get help if I need it from all of you.

I did finish a Quilted Pillow a few months back - a friend of mine bought the material, quilted the top of it for me, and than I had to finish it so I finished it a while back. It is a Christmas Pillow. It is real pretty. I will take a picture of my Foundation Piecing sometime between now and the weekend and I will get it posted on here. I want to finish the one that I started first. Its easy to do and its not that hard and I like it a whole lot better because you don't take the foundation off. You can buy the Foundation stuff at JoAnn Fabrics and its behind the counter where they cut your material at...I think. I am going to buy more of this the next time I go to JoAnn Fabrics.

Do any of you do Foundation Piecing? I was just curious. Its fun to do and is relaxing and this is a good way to use all of your scraps up. Oh I have also been cutting out 2 1/2 Size Squares as well too and I'm going to make a Quilt out of my 2 1/2 size squares someday.

Well that is all from me. Like I said I will be more active now on this board.

Thanks everyone
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:08 AM
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Sad that someone would do that but it takes all kinds in this world. I personally would not let this woman stop me from doing what I enjoyed. I have found that folks like this are unhappy with themselves so they belittle others to make themselves feel better. Keep on keeping on.
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Please don't let anyone discourage you, and don't be afraid to take your work to your group. I'm sure there are a lot of nice helpful people in the group. Just don't make the mistake of asking the "quilt police" woman to look at your work again. Watch them for a while and you can pick up on which people are helpful and which ones are bossy. Good luck and have fun quilting.
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and don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Talk back in a gentle way. Fight back and don't let others tell you what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps you can take a sample and ask her to show u how to do it and see what he does. You might even say "if you have never done it, how do you know what is right and wrong.
Was the foundations printed with the designs? Benartex makes a product called "Foundation By The Yard" which is the design printed on muslin and you sew the strips or shapes to it, trim and leave on. Quilters love it as you don't have to remove paper. It basically is an old technique. I have several vintage blocks made with a fabric foundation that is still on the blocks. Stand up for yourself and don't let a "know it all" interfere with your enjoyment of the group. Don't give in.........Am I getting a message across to you. Similar situations have been discussed here on the Board and the recommendation has generally been "stand up"..... Say a prayer before you go in and you will have the inspiration, insite and courage to deal with it.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:28 AM
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I applaud you for taking the innitiative to learn this on your own. Please remember that there are many ways to do different techniques. I find that most people have their own way of doing things. This is a GOOD thing. The unfortunate part is that some people think that their way is the ONLY correct way. I'm sorry that this woman was so rude and inconsiderate to you. These are the type of people who discourage people that are trying hard to learn to the point that they give up. DON"T GIVE UP!!! I completely agree with Holice ( who IS, by the way, a renowned expert), to stand up for yourself, in a polite way, of course. There are MANY wonderful quilters that LOVE to help beginners learn in order to keep this wonderful art alive. Keep your chin up and continue to learn. Good Luck and Happy Sewing!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:32 AM
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I like to use June Taylors's "Perfect piecing Foundations Sheets" for my foundation/pp quilts. Since i figure they will be small/wall/mini quilts i don't mind the foundation staying in. it will stiffin them up to hang on the wall too. Don't let the quilt police get you down. I had a friend that someone did something similar to her about points not matching or being cut off. She put away her quilting and wouldn't do it. i have been to quilt shows where some people have been quilters for 30+ years and they quilts are not perfect. ONLY GOD CAN MAKE IT PERFECT! My motto is just "SEW ON!' and enjoy what you do!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:51 AM
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All the above advice is so good. We are all here to learn. We are all at different stages in our quilting and just want to enjoy what we do. Don't let her get to you, maybe she was having a bad day. Another thing you could do would be to take one of the blocks and ask her to show you from the very start how she would do it. Maybe she is really very talented and needs someone to acknowledge her talent.
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I don't know what is the matter with people today! That is an awful thing for anyone to do and that it was a fellow quilter that was nasty was worse! I guess she was the head inspector of the quilt police. I don't think there is EVER just one way to do a technique. Try not to let it bother you and continue to learn and enjoy quilting.
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What a curd of a woman to do that to you. Don't give up your group because of her. She isn't worth it so don't let her feel she is by leaving. She'll be dead one day and out of everyone's way so don't give her another thought.
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If it were me that this had happened to I'd .... Not really. I wouldn't know how I would react. Just so sorry you had this happen.

Sometimes it just seems someone is having a really bad day or life and lets it show in inappropriate ways.

Maybe you could tell a few of your Wed group friends what happened and how you felt. Then ask them to back me up with good Christian comments and prayer. It may be that your presence and prayers will help this group become what it should be. If that doesn't work, then only go to Triple F.

When something happens to me like this I try to act like a genteel southern lady wearing my gloves and say something really nice .... Though I do admit it is hard to do. I do best when I already have a squelch ready to my mind.

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