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Old 05-26-2008, 10:44 AM
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What are some lessons you've learned while quilting? (perhaps a little too late, even.)

#1 Plan ahead.

And not just the colors and pattern you want to use, but the size as well. I spent nearly an hour debating on what size to make my blocks. I even used construction paper to cut out a template of what each size would look like. :lol: (I finally went with 12")

#2 A little fabric goes a long way.

I bought 5yrds of fabric for the pattern. I only needed 1yd.
I bought 5yrds of solids for the sashing and pieces around the window. Probably only needed .5yrd of each.

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So it looks like I'll be doing a lot of Mickey Mouse projects. :lol: At least the solids can be used for other projects tho, so that's not that big of an oopsie. but I sat there laughing at myself last nite when I realized how much I over bought.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:46 AM
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One "a little too late lesson" was never assume that the patterns in books or magazines give the correct mesurements to cut pieces :evil: That is lesson # 1

#2 always make a practice block before cutting all your peices out

#3 buy extra fabric in case you forget lesson #1 and lesson #2 :roll:
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:24 PM
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MG...I will agree on that about patterns not being correct.

My favorite is a PERFECT 1/4" seam...if you are off,even a teensy bit, you will be even farther off the farther along you are in the quilt...

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Old 05-26-2008, 01:04 PM
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Always, ALWAYS read the fine print on EVERYTHING!

Don't assume all the directions are on the directions page, sometimes they are in tiny small print on the bottom of template pages where you least expect them. Always make sure you read EVERYTHING before you cut.

Don't ask me how I know this.......
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:07 PM
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Well, if you have lots of the MM fabric and it's for a child - make a pillow case... take it from this grandma - kids LOVE a pillow (slip) that matches their blankey ...
use the MM for the main, then the red or the blue stars for the hemmed part and maybe the yellow for a narrow strip....
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Janeen
Well, if you have lots of the MM fabric and it's for a child - make a pillow case... take it from this grandma - kids LOVE a pillow (slip) that matches their blankey ...
use the MM for the main, then the red or the blue stars for the hemmed part and maybe the yellow for a narrow strip....
Maybe even a bag to stuff their sleeping bags in :D or one to carry their quilt to grama's house? :D
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:23 PM
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Measure twice and cut once :!:
Stop when you are tired or getting frustrated
Take a picture of your quilt blocks laid out, show it to a few people before piecing it together
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:31 PM
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Always remember this is supposed to be fun - if it starts feeling like work, stop and put everything away until another day!
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Janeen
Well, if you have lots of the MM fabric and it's for a child - make a pillow case... take it from this grandma - kids LOVE a pillow (slip) that matches their blankey ...
use the MM for the main, then the red or the blue stars for the hemmed part and maybe the yellow for a narrow strip....
This is exactly what I plan on doing. My boy LOVES pillows and has 4 of them on his bed. Plus 4 more in his closet. :lol: So the material wont' go to waste. ;) Hey, maybe this will get him to sleep in his own bed even!! :idea:
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You could always make the quilt reviserable and put Mickey on the back too. :D
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