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Old 03-06-2018, 10:37 AM
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I’ve searched but still have a question. Having just gotten my HQ Simply Sixteen, I’m doing a lot of practicing. Is it necessary to include batting in all of my “practice quilts” or can I just put two pieces of fabric together? My primary purpose is to practice designs not so much to test tension. I’d just like to hear what you more experienced folks have to say. 😊 There is a lot of practice in my future, so I need to be as economical as possible.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:40 AM
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I think it's better if you use batting. You get a more realistic feel for moving the quilt. You can quilt a practice piece, then just put another piece of fabric on the top and quilt it again. You can also get mattress pads at thrift stores & just add a piece of fabric on top.
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I agree with PP. In addition to layering a new piece of fabric on to your practice piece, you can get creative with your practice batting. Go to the thrift store and get old blankets. You can piece together batting scraps and you don't even have to join them, just butt them up together. Do you belong to a guild? If so ask members for their batting cast offs (scraps from trimming down) to practice with.

Edited to add there are other ways to practice muscle memory for motifs. I draw a lot. If I have a motif I want to practice, I draw it over and over again until I can draw it without even thinking, kind of like signing your name. I also saw a blog once (can't find it now) where they set up a station for practicing the actual motion. They had two stations, one for movable machine (on a rack set up) and one for sit down. Wish I could find it as their setups were ingenious. It involved a pen and paper but then mounting the pen so you moved the paper for sit down and the other way was putting the pen in handles to mimic rack quilting.

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Here is a pinterest link with a picture but Can't find the product on Erica's

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/540572761496877061/
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here's a you tube video with the same idea as above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD6AErE386g
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she tells how to make it on her blog http://edutach.blogspot.com/2015/09/...-practice.html
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Another thing you can do that saves on fabric is use a practice piece twice. The second time use a different color thread so you can analyze where you have stitched. When you are finished with a practice piece fold over the edges and make a quick self-binding then donate to yourself, a friend, or a animal shelter to use as dog pads.
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In recent months, someone posted the tip that you can do practice quilting with paper towels. I have enjoyed doing this for learning new skills - for me it is feathers. I love that when I am done with one, I can just throw it away without feeling at all guilty.
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Originally Posted by selm View Post
Another thing you can do that saves on fabric is use a practice piece twice. The second time use a different color thread so you can analyze where you have stitched. When you are finished with a practice piece fold over the edges and make a quick self-binding then donate to yourself, a friend, or a animal shelter to use as dog pads.
This is a fantastic idea..... You are so smart!!
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Originally Posted by platyhiker View Post
In recent months, someone posted the tip that you can do practice quilting with paper towels. I have enjoyed doing this for learning new skills - for me it is feathers. I love that when I am done with one, I can just throw it away without feeling at all guilty.
Paper towels have so much lint, though? Seems terribly hard on a machine, unless I'm missing something here...
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