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Thread: Piecing? Quilting? or both?

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    Question Piecing? Quilting? or both?

    I'm just curious, how many are like me and ONLY like to quilt? I'm so happy when I'm sitting at my quilting machine, moving fabric around and turning something "pretty" into something "amazing"! (at least in my mind, anyway!) I do buy my quilt tops or use "cheater" because I don't enjoy buying fabrics, cutting or piecing at all!

    How many of you enjoy the process of making a quilt top and finding the perfect fabrics and patterns? Carefully cutting hundreds of pieces of material into dozens of shapes and following each direction perfectly (or perhaps coming up with your own pattern!) and producing a work of art? But then either suffer thru tying or quilting to get a finished quilt? Or hire someone else to finish it for you?

    And how many of you love it all (except basting, of course Lol)?

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    i love the piecing part because i've always enjoyed the various patterns that can be seen in a quilt top. the only reason that i don't like the quilting part is that i'm not very good at it
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    Sounds like you two should get together! Luckily I like it all!
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    I love every part of the process, I mostly enjoy the piecing because I'm good at it, I'm not very creative for the quilting so I don't enjoy it as much, if I ever get good at the quilting I'll be over the moon!

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    I like most of it and tolerate the rest :0). Love playing around with and selecting fabrics and colors. Not crazy about cutting out a quilt. Enjoy the piecing process if it's going well and my machine is cooperating. Hate basting. Enjoy hand quilting. Hate making binding and sewing on by machine but enjoy hand stitching the binding down in the back. In summary, the choosing and shopping for the fabric and seeing the look on a happy recipient's face of the finished project is what keeps me doing it. I'm relatively newly retired and don't know what I'd do with all my time if I didn't have quilting for a hobby. Keeps me focused and engaged.

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    It depends on my mood which I like best. However, it must be making the top as I have done so many for my quilting groups!

    Guess that is why I love my quilting groups. I can choose what I want to do as they need help with each step of the process from cutting the material for kits to the final finishing of binding and labeling the quilts.

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    Start to finish, love it all!

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    The part I don't enjoy is the basting the top to be ready for quilting. I find it tedious. The love the rest of the quilting process from picking a pattern, material, piecing and quilting (either tie, hand or machine). Are there basting elves?

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    My favorite part is putting fabrics together to make something pretty. Sometimes get frustrated with my lack of precision in putting it all together. Have discovered it's not a good idea to try to cut or sew when tired or in a 'funky' mood. LOL! Don't really care for the sandwiching and quilting part most of the time. Guess that explains the reason for so many UFOs!
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    I love all of it. The only thing I don't like is if my machine acts up, but then who isn't.

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    I love it all and best of all I seem to cycle. I get in quilting mode and stay there for a while, then I get in peicing mode and couldn't be happier sorting through my stash and taking the rotary cutter out and then watching the quilt top come together, then I get in buying mode and have great fun selecting fabrics for a project I have in mind then OMG I am in quilting mode again. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiecesinMn View Post
    The part I don't enjoy is the basting the top to be ready for quilting. I find it tedious. The love the rest of the quilting process from picking a pattern, material, piecing and quilting (either tie, hand or machine). Are there basting elves?
    It is called spray basting......

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    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.
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    my least favorite part is cutting..but I just can't justify buying precuts.. I love the piecing part and love to hand quilt. I do not baste my quilts, I pin them. There are days that I have a preference for either hand or machine work, but I usually have a project going for both

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    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!
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    I enjoy each part of it. Love to dream of the next one...so many ideas....so little time. As I'm binding a quilt it's like giving birth to a new creation, and I really do marvel at whats been accomplished.
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    Love designing the quilt top, like making the top, hate quilting the top.

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    I only like the hand quilting part. That's why I only do wholecloth quilts!

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    My favorite part is handquilting. I also like to purchase and handle fabric but not necessarily to cut it up and sew it back together. I barely tolerate that part just to get to the quilting. The assembly of the top and the sandwhiching process are like other chores I have learned to do in my life like housework. I do them because they are necessary but I kind of tune out while I am doing them. I have learned after a lifetime of doing things that are necessary to just do it and get on to the good parts.
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    I love it all. FMQ'ing is getting much faster as i make more. Some day I will do designs instead of just stippling. But I do love doing it...quick and easy.

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    I enjoy the process until it is time to quilt and then my project sits and waits, if it is small and I'm going to quilt myself, or it gets sent to my machine quilter if it is a quilt. I enjoy picking the fabric, designing the quilt and piecing.
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    I enjoy the piecing, much more than the layering, basting, and quilting. That may explain why I have more blocks, than quilts.
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    I love every step!!

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    I love it when it's all done, but I'm more partial to piecing, maybe that's why I have so many tops

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    I love every part of the process. Quilting the quilt is the part that I find the hardest. I don't think I am very creative, so I find it hard to decided how to quilt it. I think I need more practice.
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