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Thread: Which 'side' are you on?

  1. #101
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    I learned to quilt as a very small child - literally on the knee of my mother. She and my grandmother made exquisite quilts, with amazing needle work. So when I began quilting again I used what I learned from them. THEN I found this board. Gone is the quilt tightly placed in the frame, in fact, gone is the frame! hello, lap quilting! I have now learned to rock my needle, I have tried new patterns, new ways of doing things, and I am so happy with my quilting. I have a ton to learn, and I am happy to hear about how others are doing things. Thank you to you all!

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    You forgot to add the controversy over how to sew binding onto a quilt... zigzag fabric sandwich together first, stitch folded binding strips together first before stitching to quilt. It is nice we can pick and choose as we like and toss out what doesn't work for us... or takes too much time and/or the fun out of it for us.


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  3. #103
    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    I think all of these 'sides' are flexible. When I'm talking to a newbie, I tell them what the 'standard' is and why people vary from it. Products are flexible, processes are as well. In addition, your personal experience plays a role.

    An additional 'side' would be pressing seams open vs. over. I had problems with 'well used' quilts when I tried pressing seams open, so I don't do that except for small wall quilts. Pressing the seam 'over' clearly makes the seam stronger, especially at stress points. However, it makes no difference for small quilts or tied quilts.

    Oh, and binding - bias vs. straight grain. I'm a definite bias binder, especially once I chomped the bullet and learned how to make continuous bias binding.

  4. #104
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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.
    Like many others, I agree that worrying about what's right takes all the fun out of making quilts. I'm still rankling about the one who said that her blocks are always perfect and never have to be squared up. My quilts are not perfect, but they are mine. I'm not perfect, either.
    Happy quilting Grandma

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