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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    GO with your instinct and use the fabric that makes YOU happy, no matter how much the old nag in the Quilt Store tells you how wrong you are.

    When the pattern is very involved and you have never done it before MAKE A TRIAL BLOCK. You can test the instructions, the measurements, and the manner of assembly.

    For all involved patterns, make a detailed plan that you can check off each step. It helps me keep the work going and everything in line.
    Martina,
    Those are great tips. Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemState
    I have been quilting for a long time, as well. I find a large part of the joy of quilting is in the 'journey'! Just relax and enjoy what you are doing while you are doing it. It is a great feeling to finish a quilt, but have fun in the making of it.

    My best wishes to all you quilters, old and new!!
    Enjoy the journey not just the destination. That's a good thing to keep in mind with anything you do. Enjoy the journey!

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    Great advice, thank you!

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    Please share however you like. :) Thank you for asking.

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    I use Magic Sizing on my fabric. No stickiness and doesn't take much at all!

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    I love your name ... AGAPE STITCHES..... What a wonderful idea in using the name for Charity donations (stitchery) May I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommafank
    Also wondering why the starch? When do you use the starch and how? Need all the tips I can get...esp about sore fingers. Tried tape but not working well for me. Thimbles seem to get in the way!
    Try cutting mole skin (found in the foot remedy section of the drug store) cut in small circles to fit your finger pad. It has stickum on the back and can be re-applied a couple of times before the stickum wears off. I'm not good with thimbles either and I do love hand quilting. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boise Madhatter
    thanks for those quilting tips Patticake & MomtoBostonTerriers: I printed out those tips!

    I am a newbie quilter but I have been creating art for many years.
    Here are a few tips from me. Patticake is so correct it is the journey that counts. This is the same no matter what medium you are working in.

    I find sometimes that giving the finished art piece is a tad anticlimactic.
    I find I feel like a new mother showing off her new born baby.
    Hearing people say oh wow isn’t she beautiful.
    When you know they are really saying wow I could have made that better ;).
    No one will ever appreciate your art piece as much as you do.
    You are the one that was there at it's conception, you created it piece by piece.
    Fretting over every little detail.
    If you wait and expect others to give you that pat on the back, with the same enthusiasm in which you created the art piece in the first place? you will be somewhat disappointed.

    I create art for me first:
    If someone finds some pleasure over my art piece, that is a bonus.

    Here is to creating art that makes our souls sing!
    My thoughts exactly. Thank you Boise Madhatter

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    The mole skin is great stuff. I use it on my machine. I can't sew a straight line to save my soul and I have trouble sewing 1/4" seams so I measured from my needle and then marked it with a black marker and I cut strips of the mole skin and place it on the lines and now I have straight seams that are 1/4" and when it gets bad looking I just replace it with new. Since I'm a new quilter this has really helped me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqué
    wonderful advice................I do the newsletter for our newsletter for our guild. Could I get your permission to use your message in our newsletter?
    Help yourself. I'm glad you like it.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemState
    My seam ripper is named Jack.........(Jack the Ripper, get it?)
    LOL I may have to name my seam ripper after yours! Jack the Ripper 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    Great tips. I wish I had some to add but I don't right off.
    Well okay. Instead of sitting and looking at something and wondering how hard it will be "just begin" the rest easy.
    I'm a beginner so I say that to myself alot. :thumbup:
    Great tip! My problem is I just begin over and over and add to my WIP List (WIP = Work In Progress).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missysgottohelp
    The mole skin is great stuff. I use it on my machine. I can't sew a straight line to save my soul and I have trouble sewing 1/4" seams so I measured from my needle and then marked it with a black marker and I cut strips of the mole skin and place it on the lines and now I have straight seams that are 1/4" and when it gets bad looking I just replace it with new. Since I'm a new quilter this has really helped me.
    Hi! You can do the same thing with Painter's Blue Masking tape & when you remove it, there is no residue.

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    this has been one of the better threads lately-great tips some i already know, and some are new to me. thanks for all the inspiration

    another newbie

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    I'm a newbie, and also am grateful for all your tips and encouragement. I love you ALL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megs0863
    Here's a tip, Don't quilt when you are tired. I prefer sewing in the morning.
    This is so true.I make more mistakes in the evening than morning.

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    Quilting is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
    Starch builds up, clean your iron regularly.
    Spray 'Sizing' makes piecing easier.
    Know when to stop taking requests and 'do it for you'.


    And... When you really mess up, and I do, a bit of chocolate, and reading a few posts here helps put life back into perspective!

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    Newbie here also and I too thank you all for advice, guidance, offers of help and the pictures of all your beautiful creations plus the pattern names and sources if known. (I'm still having a little problem with the abbreviations PIF??? Play it forward? It just dawned on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz
    Newbie here also and I too thank you all for advice, guidance, offers of help and the pictures of all your beautiful creations plus the pattern names and sources if known. (I'm still having a little problem with the abbreviations PIF??? Play it forward? It just dawned on me.
    Pay it forward. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEW
    Love the tips...what is the purpose of starch during the construction process?
    Helps hold things flat, makes measuring more accurate, and if you want to stop stretch when working with bias edges, I use spray sizing instead. (Kind of 'glues' the threads together). Both wash out, so you can use lots, and if you get flakes, clean your iron sole plate, and wash the quilt when you finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    Do you wash your fabric before use each time?
    How is the starch applied?
    I so need a quilters for dummies book for my self. ha ha ha
    You don't need one of those, you have us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommafank
    Also wondering why the starch? When do you use the starch and how? Need all the tips I can get...esp about sore fingers. Tried tape but not working well for me. Thimbles seem to get in the way!
    I was recently told about using liquid bandage for this, since I have stubbed off fingers(thimbles don't ever fit. except leather ones for some things). Haven't tried it yet, but next binding, I will.

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    Do you recommend a particular starch? Do you dilute?

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    You made me smile! Love to quilt, sew and all that stuff! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Awesome tips! I will add them to my notebook! Thank you!
    Question CarrieAnne - how do you add to your notebook?

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