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    My answer to all the above question.
    A definite maybe.
    Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    There are certain topics that seem to bring out strong feelings from the responders.

    Some of them are:

    To wash fabrics before cutting them versus there is no need to?
    I have no strong view on this. Clearly, no one thinks there is a need to prewash until they have a bleeder!


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    Buying nice fabrics wherever one finds them versus purchasing them only from LQS?
    This is a matter of personal budget. For myself, I prefer higher threadcount, because my time is short, and I have enough money to buy better quality fabric for the little amount I need. Others have more time and less money. Others care less. Whatever.

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    Starch/size a fabric before cutting versus thinking a fabric should have enough body on its own?
    The more experience I get, the more I starch!

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    Using steam to press versus using a dry iron to press?
    I have no view on this at all.

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    WalMart/JoAnn/Hobby Lobby are nice places to shop versus I would rather die than go in any of those!?
    Same as the one above re quality of fabric. I certainly buy threads and notions wherever, and keep an eye out for things I would like to work with in all sorts of places!

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    Using a nice, simple old(er) sewing machine versus top of the line new sewing/embroidery machine?
    I use a nice simple modern sewing maching!

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    Applique versus piecing?
    Dont have the patience for applique but never say never!

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    Paper piecing/strip piecing/foundation piecing versus the other kinds of piecing?
    Have tried them all. Depends on the project.

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    Long arm quilting versus domestic machine quilting?
    Never produced anything that I considered good enough to be worth paying a professional to quilt. But I will one day.

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    Tied versus stitched methods to hold the layers together?
    I only tie on tiny projects where the thread would make it too stiff, but each to their own!

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    Binding cut on the straight of grain versus binding cut on the bias?
    Bias cut for curves. Otherwise, whatever works, and that is usually straight.


    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    These topics come up over and over - and the responses still seem to be divided ?
    Of course they are. People have different preferences. That is normal.
    Fortune favours the prepared mind
    "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." Albert Einstein

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    I'm on my side. I don't care how or what anybody else does or doesn't do. If you don't like my way then do it your own way but don't insist or demand that I do things your way. I have seen several people on the board insist their way was the only way. Sorry, but no.

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    Longarm Quilter's have a fence, too. Computerized Quilting. Side 1). If you are not doing it freehand you aren't really being creative. Side 2) Creativity can be found in design selection and placement & isn't necessarily based on moving your arms around.

    In all things I figure whatever it takes to get get the end results you are pleased with. I just learned about Wonder Clips and have started machine finishing some quilts. Never hold on too tight to your side of the fence. You might miss the view from the other side or at least the chance to visit with the neighbors.
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    I do what works for me! And that is subject to change. I like reading about everyone's experiences. Seeing that there are so many different ways to do things helps me to be less rigid about what I do. Being less rigid opens the door to new experiences. I have tossed *always* and *never* out the window. I like being open to trying different methods. Then I can choose what works best for me.
    Dawn

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    A subject that has seemed to get a lot of attention lately is whether buying a certain ruler is worthwhile or not. There seems to be a belief among some that if you are the one who has created an "easier to do xxxxxxx" ruler you are just trying to make money and your tool is not necessary. The other side of the fence is "gee, that tool makes my life easier and my quilting more enjoyable and I will happily give you $xx for having the idea and going to the trouble of manufacturing the tool."

    I'm definitely in favor of trying out the tool and seeing if it does make my quilting more enjoyable. And I'm not bitter towards anyone who takes the initiative to create the tool. In fact, I rather admire them.

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    Another Subject that seems to get alot of heap by some on the board is Quilters that smoke .
    I'm one of those smoking quilters and thats the one big reason I don't join in any exchange of fabric
    are round robins on here. I quilt for me and mine and enjoy doing so. No Quilt Police alowed in my
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    May you always have Love to Share , Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

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    I wash all fabrics as soon as they come in the door

    I buy fabric wherever I can find them

    Have never starched or sized but plan on it

    Always use steam
    WalMart/JoAnn/Hobby Lobby are nice places to shop

    Have a nice, simple old(er) sewing machine

    I like both applique and piecing

    Any and all kinds of piecing welcome

    have only hand quilted

    Both stitched and tied are welcome

    Binding cut on the straight of grain

    I feel very strongly about ironing the seams as I go along. I quilt once a week with the ladies, and none of them press as they go along. Drives me nuts, but I keep my mouth shut.

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    I am on the "Use whatever works for me side". I do what is best for me and makes me happy with the results, no rules, etc.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It depends.
    That's my stance, too (& this from me who has a stong opinion about EVERYTHING... LOL!). Some (quilty) things I feel strongly about (I always use fabric sizing) & others are more fluid (sometimes I prewash & other times I don't). I look at it that quilting is one place in my life where I get to make the rules!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Firmly on the fence! I do what works for me and to heck with the quilt police.
    Hear,hear!

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    I think we need to go back to basics sometimes!! Think what quilting was all about!! Women using whatever fabrics were to hand, sitting by an open fire,working in candlelight!!! No special rulers or 'gadgets'!! All done by eye!! Modern quilting is really engineering in fabric!!! So whatever suits you is fine!!!! No right or wrong ways.....just different!!!
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    I wash everything that comes into the house to remove chemicals, but also find that every single piece shrinks or "reshapes" itself after washing and drying, EVEN the "higher quality" stuff from the LAQ stores!

    I buy nice fabrics at garage sales for 50 cents a yard than 12.99 a yard for the same stuff at the LAQ stores...just needs to be washed!

    Once washed & dried, I iron, going with the grain to keep from stretching it out of shape. I DO use sizing because it really does make it easier to cut. I thought some were nuts to say that, but found out for myself. I think it makes a big difference.

    Steam? NEVER, I am a stritzer!

    Walmart- rarely
    Hobby Lobby- not since their quality now matches Walmart.
    Joann's- never, their quality also matches walmart and I would have to drive 2 hours to get to one!

    Any machine is a sewing machine as long as it sews properly. Yes, some of the newer features are very nice, but you're paying dearly for them...sort of like having a remote for your TV...does it make the show any better? No

    Applique- NO. I'd much rather piece, and love paper piecing results!

    Haven't done the LAQ trip yet. I'm cheap...oops, there it is again. lol

    Definitely stitched over tied.

    Binding definitely cut on the straight grain- it doesn't stretch as much and I think it produces a much nicer finish to the edge.

    I am the "quilt police" in that I do believe there are better ways to do things, and if I am going to spend my valuable time, money and energy doing something, then I am going to do it the best I can at 200% or why bother??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Firmly on the fence! I do what works for me and to heck with the quilt police.
    I am sitting there beside you. I feel if it works for me, I enjoy it, and the end result is something I am proud of, my way is just fine. If I read something here that I feel is a great idea, I sure give it a try.
    I will say that whenever a copyright thread comes up, I cringe. I am pretty sure it will get ugly. LOL!
    Happy Quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222 View Post
    I suppose that is what makes quilting for each of us so personalized. I suppose trial and error for some people is thier way of doing things and others have to read and know everything before begining anything.

    I personally feel that people who have quilted a while and lived with thier quilts know the in's and outs and have a lot of wisdom to share.

    There are wonderful people here that share thier talent and expertese. Why not listen and save yourself some heartbreak? But everyone is entitled. LOL...

    I have learned so much here on the quilt board, even though I had made quilts for years. Thanks for all of the tips and tricks everyone. It all helps me to be a better quilter.
    I agree. I'm still learning about quiltmaking and as when I first learned to sew, I listen to and heed those with experience. And from doing something wrong; nothing teaches like making mistakes!

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    So, quite a few quilters seem to be mugwumps! You know, mug on one side of the fence and "wump" on the other! ROTFL Great that we can do our own thing and still learn from each other!
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    One thing that many people have seemed to agree about:

    The 'good' scissors are to be used ONLY for fabrics - and woe upon whoever used them for something else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    Same with me.
    Yes, me too. Isn't it a shame when an experienced quilter tells a new quilter that there is only one way to do something?
    Peace

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    This is exactly why I don't say much on message boards. I do what's right for me.
    Scant 1/4 inch- Still don't understand that one.
    Change needle after every project- I use it until it breaks, get's dull or I hear a ticking sound.
    I prewash everything- they use alot of poisons on the fabric when they ship it over, bugs love the fabric finish.
    Dont use steam I'm a spritzer when needed.
    I have a straight stitch-only machine so I machine quilt what I can and send out the bigger stuff,anything over a queen. I don't hand quilt, don't have the paitence
    I buy fabric wherever I can find good quality, and I have bought good stuff at Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.
    Binding on the straight of grain- it's what works for me.
    I'm also a smoking quilter- I don't smoke in the house so not worried about swaps, but I have seen alot of griping about people not making their block's perfect and frankly I don't worry about something being a little bit off, so I stay away from swap's.
    I love to read how other people do thing's, I do what works for me and forget about the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Firmly on the fence! I do what works for me and to heck with the quilt police.
    Me too! Life is too short...

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    And don't forget machine versus hand.
    We had a saying in the 60s that has wide applications, and seems appropriate here,
    "Different strokes for different folks"!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    One thing that many people have seemed to agree about:

    The 'good' scissors are to be used ONLY for fabrics - and woe upon whoever used them for something else!
    I believe this is actually chiselled in stone on a tablet somewhere....

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    I do what works best at the time. I do have a nice machine because my 30 year old machine died and I have always wanted to try machine embroidery.

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    That is me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Firmly on the fence! I do what works for me and to heck with the quilt police.

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    Neither side, on the neutral ground. I do whatever makes me happy. Some things I've learned from experience, but have gotten a lot of tips from here and the internet.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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