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    Senior Member Missysgottohelp's Avatar
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    I hate squaring up the block. This takes forever! I can't sit for long periods so I do a few than go do something else and do a few more. Takes me longer to square them up than to do everything else.

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    I love it all, especially right now when I can't do it.

    Hand surgery!!!! but soon I hope...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonglow
    I love the whole process of making quilts, it's the distractions (eg housework, shopping etc) that sometimes frustrates me.
    Ditto

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    MZStitch I'm with you. I hate choosing the fabric. I'm always afraid that there is something better that I haven't seen yet or someone will say 'why'd you put THAT colour in there?' I know that it is MY quilt but I am just not confident with colours. Unfortunately, I don't have a LQS nearer than 30 miles and work (while paying for my fabric obsession) does limit my time.

    BUT I LOOOVE designing. And I must admit that, given the time to play (and create) I'm not bad at it--especially when I know that the cost of the fabric is minimal and the local animal shelter doesn't care that it is a creation-gone-wonky. I actually look for super-cheap fabric to keep on hand to try out new patterns or something of my own creation.

    Oh and yeah--that housework thing--don't like that much either--or laundry--or yard work--or just work (oh, yeah guess I have to keep doing that one--pays for the previously mentioned obsession)

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    I love everything about putting a quilt together except for the hand sewing. I give all my quilts and projects to my friend's 90 year old mother who just loves to hand sew. She won't take any money either so I send a bag of candy each time, which she absolutely loves.

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    I'm the same - I try and convince myself its because I have enjoyed making the quilt so much I don't want it to come to an end!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by MoanaWahine
    I have no problem with any part of making a quilt until I start to hand sew the binding on the back of the quilt. This is the worst part of making a quilt but the most satisfying when I am done.

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    I love most all of it, really love shopping for the fabric though! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES
    I love planning. I love choosing fabrics and choosing a pattern. I have many ideas written down.

    I don't mind cutting the fabric. I enjoy sewing the pieces together and watching it come alive and take the shape that I envisioned.

    But I really really dislike squaring up the blocks. I'm making a Friendship Star. It's going to have 42 blocks (I think). Each block has 1 solid square and 8 HST. I detest squaring up those HST's before I sew them all together to form the block. And it's putting a damper on my quilting this weekend. I keep taking breaks. I wish I could hire someone to square my squares! :roll:
    There is a company called usaus.us that sells special square up rulers for HST. They have a groove on the back so that you can slide the ruler against the seam of the HST and it won't slide around. They make trimming so much easier and more accurate. I did an entire border on a quilt that was made from 1.5" (unfinished) HST's. It was actually a fun project using the ruler!

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    Gathering fabrics is probably the part I most dislike. Mostly because I live in an area that has few quilt shops and fabric stores and I usually have to do a lot of traveling to find all the fabrics that I need to put a quilt together. I love the rest of the process, even sewing bindings on by hand. Hand work is so relaxing for me.

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    Use Marti Michell templates - no squaring up needed! Engineered corners fit perfectly and 1/4" seam allowances are easy peasy.

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    I used to dislike selecting fabrics because I would get overwhelmed by the options. Now I just buy from a collection. My closest shop has many fat quarter packs that make selecting fabric much easier. If I need yardage, I'll take a fat quarter pack and select the fabrics for yardage from that. Plus, the saleswomen are very friendly and happy to help. Works for me!

    Now if someone would just sew on the boarders for me. That's the part that trys my patience.

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    I like the whole process, but I especially like using all the fabric I have with nothing left over. I will sew little pieces together in order to get the size I want.

    I have a large stash but I am a very frugal quilter and try not to waste anything.

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    I love shopping for fabric, choosing a pattern and then abandoning it, even love squaring blocks. Do not love binding. Not. :thumbdown:

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I love the planning and selecting fabrics. I have a wishlist a mile long, and several projects already cut up and ready to go. If I'd stop adding new ones, I might get to them! LOL I don't even mind binding.

    What I dislike is ironing, especially the backs. I don't have much room and it's not convenient to work in any other room. Plus my ironing board is too wobbly, but I can't spend the money for a new one right now. I can't believe how expensive those got...$50-60 for one that looks sturdy.
    I love pressing, but hate binding!

    I made a pressing board that sits on my table beside my machine. It is made from a piece of plywood and covered with batting and cotton duck material. It is the best tool in my room. It is just 1 foot by 2 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Bird
    Use Marti Michell templates - no squaring up needed! Engineered corners fit perfectly and 1/4" seam allowances are easy peasy.
    Never heard of these. Must go shopping!

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    Planning the next project.

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    I find cutting very relaxing. Same with piecing, if it's all going well :D
    I hate binding and basting.

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    i love the whole process of quilting i hate not having the time to do it all

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    I love shopping for the fabric, cutting, and piecing. I love putting on the binding because I love the handwork and the fact that the quilt is finished by this time. I dislike the "sandwiching" process. I have tried spray basting, crawling around on the floor, but usually end up using my dining room table and pinning and pinning and pinning! Yuk

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    I know exactly how you feel! I bought an ironing board cover by I think...Judy Taylor?...it was at Hancocks. But, anyway it is printed with a grid, measuring tape etc. It's ideal for spraying squares and pinning them down with the grid to press and help square up those rascals that tend to want to curve. I buy the old fashioned starch at Walmart that comes in a gallon jug and mix my own starch, a weak starch that I prefer to pray the fabric down with. Once I discovered this method I was so much happier with the results. Then, after pressing, it's a breeze to trim up the square using my various sizes of square rulers from Omigrid. Hope this helps!

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    I love the whole process - the designing/pickout of a pattern, the choosing of the fabric, then cutting and sewing. What I hate is not having TIME. Or any uninterrupted time. But somehow I complete it. (just not in a timely manner - ha)

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    Ironing large pieces of fabric.

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    If I were closer

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    Love it all! Each step is a process to the end...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineneedles4
    . . . pray the fabric down . . .
    I think most of us have tried to do that at one time or another!

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