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    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiskid View Post
    How can I get up and get going if I can't cut a square or triangle? I can mark a square and cut it with a scissors? Is that what I must do?
    Believe it or not, that is how I started out!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Run, don't walk, to your nearest LQS and take a class. There are so many teachers out there willing to help. You can get help with your rotary cutter (a small thing to fix) and get the motivation to get back to work. Good luck!
    Create with joy in your heart!

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    new2q are you sure you are not me, what you wrote is what i go through all the time HAHA!!

    wizkid what size of cutter do you have, I have 3 diffrent sizes, the not cutting part i agree with the others is the blade sharp, is it clean (sometimes fabric dust gets behind my blades) I take my blades cutters apart and sharpen and clean them. Also some of my cutters have safteys on them make sure that is off. Hang in their and keep trying. you will be quilting in no time

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    I agree about the cutter probably not being put together right, but as to the other problem, our quilt guild just had a most inspiring speaker, Lynn Roddy Brown. She said something that made an impression on me, using a term from economics: "Value Added". For a quilter it means that if you make something from your fabric, even if it is not a finished quilt for the time being, you are adding value. On her website she has at least one quilt that sat around unfinished for 5 years waiting for just the right inspiration for the border. She says she doesn't let that kind of delay bother her because she is completing other quilts during that time. She recommended just making blocks that make you happy, even if all you do for awhile is stock-pile them. If you make blocks that occur in many different quilts, such as half square triangles or 4-patches, you will eventually have a bunch of blocks to play with and or swap with others for more variety. Maybe you will be inspired to make a quilt or maybe you will leave them behind some day, but they're worth more than a pile of fabric. Also, if you have a lot of scraps you could spend your fallow time cutting them into squares and strips of various sizes that you can later just pick up and sew, as described by Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com. If you would rather practice machine quilting instead of cutting and planning, possibly your guild will have pieced tops for charity that are just begging for completion, as our guild does.

    Another idea is using scraps to try foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, or the method described on Cynthia England's website http://www.englanddesign.com/ (no rotary cutter needed). She has a couple of free patterns to experiment with.

    You don't say where you are located, but many towns and cities have guilds and shops that offer opportunities to take
    classes, share ideas and inspirations with other quilters, and use your quilting talents to do charity work.

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    Another thought.....are you left-handed? It makes a difference in how you cut and the rotary cutter has to be in the right position against the ruler.

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    I use both rotary cutters and sissors whichever mood strikes me our grandparents were okay so we should be too look at the beautiful quilts they made and never heard of a rotary cutter slow down world

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    I put my rotary cutter back together wrong once, couldn't get it to cut worth a darn. I took it back apart and tried putting it together again several times until finally figured how it went. I had put the blade on the wrong side of the handle. They should have a giant sign that says "blade goes here" maybe with a diagram too..

    Do you have any scraps laying around? maybe you can play with some scrappy ideas like making crumb blocks. I absolutely love making crumb blocks from my scraps-well until they drive me crazy. http://quiltville.com/crumbs.shtml

    I don't have any problems getting started with my scraps. I can randomly sew those puppies all day long.

    Do you live in an area that has a strong charity quilting group? or a guild? Sometimes just being around other quilters is enough to get the creative juices flowing.
    Or how about requesting a kit from this group http://www.quiltsforkids.org/patterns/request/ It's already cut out, you just have to sew the top, you have to supply the batting, quilt it and then mail it back to them.

    Good luck
    Last edited by charity-crafter; 05-04-2012 at 10:50 AM.

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    I read on the board a while back, that some have had problems with 2 blades sticking together. You might check. It is worth a try.

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    I've learned that when my rotary cutter does not cut properly it is usually either that I am not holding it straight--the blade should be perpendicular to the fabric, and it's so easy to get it slanted instead--or I am pressing too hard on the ruler instead of the cutter, trying to make the ruler not slip. I'm doing better since I got the Martelli cutter and an Omnigrip ruler. The suction-cup gripper (from Harbor Freight) for rulers has helped also.

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