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    Super Member RkayD's Avatar
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    since you started quilting? Things have advanced so much since I started 15 or so years ago..And look at all the beautiful amazing quilts our Grandmothers made with scissors and a wooden frame. =)

    I'm a gadget girl and I LOVE everything. That doesn't mean I use it..I have alot of stuff gathering dust. But I had to ask..because surely I'm not the only one that loves the "next best thing"..

    My most used is my QuiltCut...whats yours?

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    not very original, but my seam ripper--LOL.

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    The rotory cutting tool. Best thing since slice bread. and Yes, I do bake and slice my own bread.

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    Best thing I've learned is to be patient -- mastery will come! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Since I started=fusible web & rotary cutter & mat.

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    Hands down, it's gotta be the rotary cutter! There's just no better way to get consistent results.

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    My Pfaff Creative 4.0. It is an awesome machine and I get so much more done with it than I did my last machine. I can't imagine sewing without it now.

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    The best item I have since I started quilting is a sewing machine- Viking Quilt Designer.

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    Same here. I use the rotary cutter to cut out garments as well as quilts.
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Hands down, it's gotta be the rotary cutter! There's just no better way to get consistent results.

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    There are plenty of gadget/cutters/rulers that I could mention.
    Lord knows, I have more than my fair share!
    However, the one purchase that has totally revolutionized my quilting is a book.

    Crazy Shortcut Quilts by Marguerita McManus & Sarah Raffuse

    I've not done a crazy quilt but their QAYG method has made quilting a real joy for me.
    I just could not stuff anything larger than a 60"x60" lap quilt (on a good day) into the throat of my sewing machine without wanting to pull my hair out.

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    best thing I've learned is accuracy assurance at every step. It may seem (and often is) tedious but you are assured of a square quilt at the end. so, measure twice, cut once

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    RIGHT sides together!

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    Learning to sew 1/4 in. Takes a lot of practice.Rotary cutter, rulers,and the mat.

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    Press/iron fabric before cutting !!!

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    1. The iron is my friend. I used to bypass that step. Now, I spend a lot of time planning my order of operation to see if I can improve the "nesting" portion of the blocks and rows. Nesting makes assembly soooo much faster and easier.

    2. When making a small mistake, the world does not come to an end AND once the quilt is quilted, most times it is hard to even find the error. So don't sweat the small stuff.

    3. Sometimes "finished" is way better than "perfect."

    4. Challenging colors or challenging patterns are great opportunity for growth.

    5. "Machine Quilting made easy" by Maureen Noble is a great book of exercises.

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    When I realized I could use the rotary cutter to cut patterns instead of pinning and cutting with scissors! Suddenly the only thing I really really dislike about sewing disappeared! Also love my Ellisimo!

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    I haven't been here long, but i would say my best thing i have learned is to please myself. You don't always have to follow the " rules."

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    I wish that I had learned much sooner that when squaring up blocks, the 45 degree line on your square must line up on the diagonal of the block you are squaring up. I don't know how I missed that piece of information and then couldn't understand why my half square triangle blocks were not balanced. Once I learned to square up blocks properly, it make stitching a top much easier.

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    The one most important thing I have learned is keeping it simple. I have never really found any gadgets that really make quilting easier. New gadgets just create a different scenario of issues to work through.

    I am not a purist in any sence of the term. I do use "modern" tools but it can all be done with needle and shears. Isn't that marvelous!

    I have no favorite gadget or tool. I would have to add that the best thing I do own is a color wheel, which I rarely use but is there when I want it.
    peace

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    Rotary cutter and ruler and self healing mat!!!

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    The best thing I did early in the year was take a class from Sally Collins. I consider her the queen of Precision Piecing. I'll never make a quilt like she does. Took me all afternoon to make a 3" block but i learned so much and got so much mind refreshment that it was worth the 2 days and driving some distance to take the class. I highly recommend it.

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    CD called Trianglations 2.0 and just got 3.0...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Best thing I've learned is to be patient -- mastery will come! :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I second this... It's not so much about the destination as it is about the trip...

    Oh, and take a class or several!!

    And listen to your friends (the real experts) here on the QB... I've learned soooo much

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    measure twice, cut once.

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    My favorite is the GO cutter and dies. I would be lost without it.

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