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Thread: Piecing? Quilting? or both?

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    I enjoy every part of the process; I don't even mind the basting now that I am using faux pinmoors (thanks to an ingenious board member) I even enjoy hand sewing the binding on the quilt using the ladder stitch (thanks to another ingenious board member). You quilters rock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltinginSD View Post
    My least favorite part is quilting. I feel like I have so much less control over quilting than I do over piecing. I can make a quilt top look pretty good, but I'm afraid I'll ruin my hard work with my quilting. I can't afford to pay a longarm quilter, so I need to practice my quilting!
    This is me, too! I feel stressed when it's time to do the quilting or (even worse) put on the binding, because if I'm going to screw up really bad...that's where it's going to happen.

    Practice does make perfect, though! Every quilt I make is a little less stressful than the last.

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    Have any of you piecers/toppers considered swapping services with one of us quilters? Or vice-versa?

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    I love piecing and would be happy to talk about swapping services with a quilter. I could have so many more finished products if I did.
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    Quilting is my favorite part. Occasionallly I get in the mood to piece though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    Have any of you piecers/toppers considered swapping services with one of us quilters? Or vice-versa?
    Even though I don't enjoy the quilting part, somehow I just have to do the whole thing myself. I don't think I would feel as good about the end result if someone else did the quilting. Every stitch has to be my work.
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    I love the piecing portion of quilt making and I tolerate the quilting part.
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    Dreaming of a quilt
    Choosing a pattern Too many to chose from
    Choosing fabric
    Washing and pressing - okay, except backing pieces
    Cutting - okay
    Piecing
    Putting blocks on design wall and sewing them together
    Final pressing - okay
    Sandwiching
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    Completing and gifting
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    I was working on my first feathered mini quilt last weekend and while piecing it together I remember thinking to myself how relaxing this was to me. I truly enjoy the cutting and piecing together. I "like" the quilting part but get frustrated more do to the small area I have when quilting large quilts. But I sure do enjoy admiring my work after the piecing and quilting is all done! Makes me feel so good!
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    I love it all!!!!

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    I like both just wish i was better at fmq

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    I love it all, especally the planning part and then the challenge to find just the right fabics and pattern. I recently started using a long arm and I love that process also. Like you said, the quilting process makes the quilt come alive! But giving them to people and seeing their enjoyment is priceless!
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    I love finding the pattern (from quilting or non-quilting sources), but hate choosing the fabric (never sure it'll work or not, potentially ruining the whole project). Cutting out the pieces is tedious, but satisfying in the end when I see that wonderful pile of pieces to be sewn together. Piecing (by hand) is so very calming... stitch, stitch, stitch, stitch, backstitch, stitch, stitch... Ironing is frustrating -- interrupts the stitching. Building by putting blocks together is wonderful -- seeing how it grows! And when the top is all together, sandwiching is fine. A relief from all that stitch, stitching. Basting is fine, too because the end is near. Then, the hand quilting begins. How am I going to make this into something fantastic, something expressive, something glorious? It's a new challenge. By the time I get to the binding, I absolutely hate everything I've done, though, because I've put so much into it, with such high hopes, that nothing I could do would satisfy me. Two months later, though, I'm as proud as punch at the result. I did a good thing. It's an emotional roller coaster, I swear. The person who receives the quilt loves me even more for what I've gone through to get that gem to him or her. Whew! In short, I love it all.

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    Prefer piecing over the quilting.

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    I love it all, but all my quilting is on my domestic machine-trying to get better at it!
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    One part of the process not mentioned - cutting all of those threads from the back of the top before basting. I really don't like doing that. Wish there were some magic want to wave and it would be done!!
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    I used to like it all. But for health reasons, quilting (hand or machine) is out for me, so now I just love the rest of it... except for putting the borders on. I hate to put borders on (thus most of my quilts get maybe a narrow inner & somewhat wider outer solid border). But I think my very favorite part is basting & then hand sewing the binding to the back. Yes, I know I need professional help... LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    I love piecing and would be happy to talk about swapping services with a quilter. I could have so many more finished products if I did.
    You & me both... especially the pro bono quilts I do (it gets kinda pricey to have them LA'ed).
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    I love looking at and buying fabrics, looking at patterns in magazines and online, I love piecing the top, but I kind of stall once the top is done! I can only quilt my own if they are baby/lap size, just have a regular sewing machine. Just starting one that's gonna be for my son's wedding, planning on sending it out to be quilted. Going to be all blue dresdens.
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    I dread the cutting part because I have such a hard time with accuracy and that's key to how your quilt will turn out. When sewing the pieces together I get lost in never never land and time flies. I have a long arm so putting them together and quilting is no problem.
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    I like all of it. I like piecing & choosing my fabrics/colors & all the rest. Sometimes I do just detail special panels & those come out nice too. I enjoy the FMQ too, except my machine has a rather small throat & I can't do bigger quilts, so am saving for a new machine with a bigger throat to maximize my potential for fun. :-)
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    I love ironing the fabric, cutting the fabric and sewing the fabric together to make the quilt and then ironing the top and cutting the stray threads. Then I turn it over to a LAer. I only like binding if I do the two fabric machine sewn method.
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    I love the whole process, even hand sewing the binding. I just love the fact that I can do the whole quilt from start to finish myself and then I feel that it's truly mine. Have a friend who loves to piece but not quilt. She keeps wanting to trade me - she'll piece for me if I quilt for her. She does great work (a better piecer than I am) but then I wouldn't feel like it was "my quilt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnFurlong View Post
    I go in cycles. Mostly I love it all (though sometimes I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with various aspects). Love fabrics! While sometimes cutting can be tedious, I try not to be in a rush and enjoy the process, thereby making it more relaxing. Somewhere in the middle of piecing, I get tired of it and just want to be done! I do not enjoy basting the quilt part together. The more I practice my FMQ skills, the more I like it. When it's going smoothly, I love it. Then again, somewhere in the middle of that process I find my eye/mind wandering to another project. I really don't care for binding, BUT since I have decided I will become proficient at machine binding (front and back) - that task is a bit less tedious. Maybe someday I will find it relaxing to hand stitch - but that day is not today!

    I find that if I have a couple of different projects going, so I can switch back and forth, that helps keep away boredom. Also, I quit telling myself that I *need* to do this or that (such as - I need to learn more complex piecing skills). Now, I just allow myself to go where I feel drawn. If it is a simple project - great! If it happens to be more complex and I am really drawn to it - great! And - I allow myself to be open to new ideas, I try not to say *never* or *always*. Leaves myself open to new experiences, new ways of doing things.
    This is pretty much me, too. I'm all eagerness at the beginning, filled with passion about the project, then get gradually tired of it as I near the finish. But I always finish! Well, tops, anyway. I now have about 5 that have not been quilted. I handquilted my very first quilt and am currently handquilting another. I'm very slow and my handquilting leaves a lot to be desired but I persevere and hope I'll get better. I like quilting small things on the machine with a walking foot-- mug rugs, a couple of Christmas wall hangings--but haven't yet worked up the nerve to try a large quilt. I like most of the entire process: the cutting and the piecing, applying the borders, etc...what I like most about this part is the creative decisions. I find the sandwiching tedious and I HATE having to square anything up, from HSTs to blocks to the quilt itself.

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    I love picking out a pattern and playing with different fabric and figuring out which ones to use. I'd have to say I like the whole process, except of course ripping out.

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