Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 117

Thread: Tips from a seasoned quilter…

  1. #1
    Senior Member Patticake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    432
    Tips from a seasoned quilter…
    Just a few tips from someone who has been quilting for years:
    • No matter how new you are to quilting, your work is a piece of ART. Enjoy it.
    • Always, always square your blocks before putting the top together even when you are going to use sashing (the strips between the blocks).
    • Press and then measure twice before cutting. You will save a lot of seam ripping!
    • Quilting is more about the process than the giving. Enjoy the process and think of the giving as an added bonus.
    • When putting together pieces smaller than 4 inches across and matching seams, match the seam on both sides for more accurate piecing.
    • When possible, waste a little fabric to save a LOT of stress. Add a ¼ inch to blocks that can be squared to size before finishing the block. If it’s a 4 square block, add a ¼ inch to the pattern piece cut size and square after piecing. If it’s a 9 patch, square a pair before adding the 3rd row and square again before putting the blocks together. It’s easier to have a little more fabric to work with when squaring than to be off by 1/8 of an inch and try to work with it.
    • The flaws we see in our own work are rarely ever noticed by those who admire our work. It’s best not to show off the flaws but just think of them as your own twist on the Art Work. (see bullet #1)
    • And my personal favorite! There NEVER needs to be a reason to purchase or acquire more fabric any more than there needs to be a reason to eat chocolate.
    Feel free to add more!

    :)

  2. #2
    Super Member 978gray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    The leaves they are a turnin'
    Posts
    1,367
    Love your tips. Right on the money!

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Russellville AR
    Posts
    1,945
    Starch is your friend... your very best friend when it comes to quilting!

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    505
    Thanks so much for those tips... I think the first one is my favorite since I'm a 'newbie'

  5. #5
    community benefactor Renee110's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    777
    Blog Entries
    8
    Thanks for the tips...

  6. #6
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,046
    Awesome tips! I will add them to my notebook! Thank you!

  7. #7
    Super Member AgapeStitches's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Gastonia, NC
    Posts
    1,092
    Blog Entries
    7
    You will ALWAYS be able to find help, answers, encouragement, and inspiration...right here on the QB...from all your new friends.

    Thanks everyone for all the help you have given me thus far!

  8. #8
    Senior Member GemState's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Northern Idaho
    Posts
    474
    Blog Entries
    1
    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!!

  9. #9
    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    3,585
    Great tips!:)

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    531
    Amen to that GemState! I always say the same thing - enjoy the journey whether it's in quilting or in life. We always seem to be speeding towards one finsih line or another, but the journey is where we spend most of our time so it should be savored and enjoyed. :-)

  11. #11
    Senior Member MomtoBostonTerriers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    461
    Starch often during the construction process. Don't worry about starch flakes on dark fabric -- wash the quilt after it is completed, and that will solve the problem.

  12. #12
    Super Member JenniePenny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,502
    Excellent tips.

  13. #13
    Power Poster dkabasketlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lakeland, Florida
    Posts
    10,215
    Fantastic tips that I'm going to save!!

  14. #14
    ArtisticDesign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    279
    From a newbie, I value any words of wisdom..Thank you...

  15. #15
    Super Member bamamama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Madison, AL
    Posts
    2,015
    Thanks, good tips! I've never used starch but I'm going to the store this morning to get some.

  16. #16
    Super Member candi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NE The Sunshine State
    Posts
    4,071
    Thank for the tips, Excellent!

  17. #17
    Senior Member MomtoBostonTerriers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    461
    Don't be in a hurry to get perfect-looking quilts. Realize that each aspect of quilting takes practice. Even those 1/4 inch seams don't come easy. Quilting is like playing the harp: it takes a lot of practice, and you have to stay at home to do it.

  18. #18
    Super Member merry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Middle TN
    Posts
    1,630
    Thank you Patticake,
    Great advice T thoughtful of you - from a newbie

  19. #19
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,397
    Excellent tips!

    The most important thing I've learned is that if you encounter a problem, it's much easier and less stressful to fix it now than to try to fix it later. Examples: If a partial block is not correct, fix the partial block before you add more patches to it. If a block does not have the correct shape and size, fix the block before you sew it to another block.

  20. #20
    Super Member AnnieH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    North Essex, England
    Posts
    1,108
    Excellent tips.

  21. #21
    Super Member teacherbailey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tucker, GA
    Posts
    2,072
    My #1 tip and sometime mantra: NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING is perfect and my quilt won't be either. So do the best I can at the moment and (try to) quit stressing over seams that don't match!!!!!

  22. #22
    tmg
    tmg is offline
    Senior Member tmg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Kimberly, Al.
    Posts
    771
    Thanks for the tips!

  23. #23
    leonajo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    middle of the Ozarks
    Posts
    434
    tips r great, and I am going to buy some starch!

  24. #24
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,125
    Blog Entries
    2
    Patticake,

    Do you mind if I print this off to share it with my guild tomorrrow. We sometimes forget quilting is an enjoyable process and not an job.

  25. #25
    Power Poster Moonglow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    14,167
    Many thanks for the excellent tips.

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.