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Thread: Just finished my first quilt, things I learned.

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    Just finished my first quilt, things I learned.

    Consist seams are important, if you don't your corner intersections may not match up.
    I should have squared up my blocks and I think my corners would have matched.
    If your backing is the same size as your top, do NOT hand baste from the back side...can you say waves?
    Stitching in the ditch is harder than you think in the beginning but it does get easier.
    When stitching in the ditch white thread isn't the best choice.
    Plush fleece wasn't so bad even though it stretches both ways.
    The longer nap side of the plush fleece is the wrong side. (I didn't realize that until I had the quilt basted 2/3 of the way.)
    I do NOT like hand sewing the binding onto the back, it takes forever.

    Even though my quilt isn't perfect, it is perfect for what our family will be using it for.

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    good for you, congrats on your first quilt. our quilts arent perfect just like us, which really makes them perfect for us.

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    way to go. you did fantastic. okay on to the next.

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    We'd love a pic of your acchievement. If a quilt was perfect, we'd all be afraid to use it. I'd rather enjoy wrapping myself in a not quite perfect quilt, than just look at a perfect one.
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    Pictures???? We want to see!!
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    I posted this picture in the pictures forum.
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    Congratulations! Your off to a great start. I have been quilting since 1975 and Im still learning. I am getting older tho, so Im sure some of it is just stuff I have forgotten!!

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    I was always trying to match seams perfectly. I learned from these wonderful folks, that if you can't notice from riding by on a galloping horse, not to fret
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    Wow, you say it's not perfect, but it looks perfectly wonderful to me! Enjoy it and don't forget to have fun while you quilt.
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    What a great feeling to know someone loves your work so much!! This is just the beginning of a new chapter in your life!! Sharonve

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    Congratulations! I love the quilt

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    Congrats you did a great job.

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    Congrats on finishing your first quilt!!
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    It's a lovely quilt, especially for a first quilt, and it looks like you used jeans fabric. It's much harder to match up all the seams with the heavier fabrics, so you did great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisas View Post
    Consist seams are important, if you don't your corner intersections may not match up.
    I should have squared up my blocks and I think my corners would have matched.
    If your backing is the same size as your top, do NOT hand baste from the back side...can you say waves?
    Stitching in the ditch is harder than you think in the beginning but it does get easier.
    When stitching in the ditch white thread isn't the best choice.
    Plush fleece wasn't so bad even though it stretches both ways.
    The longer nap side of the plush fleece is the wrong side. (I didn't realize that until I had the quilt basted 2/3 of the way.)
    I do NOT like hand sewing the binding onto the back, it takes forever.

    Even though my quilt isn't perfect, it is perfect for what our family will be using it for.
    Re the stitching the binding to the back? Are your making your stitches too small? Bear in mind the binding has been machine stitched to the front, so it's not really going anywhere. Easy little slip stitches, doubled every now and then go pretty quickly if you're not being too tiny or too precise. Should be about a couple evenings in front of the tv to get done.
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    Well, it looks great. Isn't it fun to learn and still have a great outcome? Just wait til the next one, they will get better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisas View Post
    I posted this picture in the pictures forum.
    Great use of the jeans, too!
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    On to another.

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    Looks beautiful to me. Love the different shades of blue - Don't forget to put a label on it - with the date you completed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC View Post
    Looks beautiful to me. Love the different shades of blue - Don't forget to put a label on it - with the date you completed it.
    Great idea about the label. I hadn't thought of that. Now to figure out where to get one and where to put it on my quilt.

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