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    Super Member jillaine's Avatar
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    As I was quilting the other day, I realized that I've learned so much on this board, and I've changed or improved how I do things. I'm curious to know what others have changed. Here's what I have, based on posts here on QB:

    1. Double-layer binding for a stronger edge. I particularly liked this tutorial which also introduced me to an easy approach to mitred corners:
    Sharon Schambers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc

    2. Using starch to reshape pieces. (I never used starch before!) In particular, Sharon Schamber's great set of tutorials here really helped me turn a monster of a problem quilt into something at least acceptable when I ran into problems. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQkF02vpVuw

    3. Hand-basting of quilts (including the starching of backing). This has totally changed the quality of my finished quilts, reducing puckers. (I used to do minimal basting on the floor.) Using Sharon's boards method has made basting quick, enjoyable and I know that I'll end up with a better product.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

    4. Free Motion Quilting. I didn't even know about this before, much less that I could do this on a plain ol' sewing machine. I particularly enjoyed Leah Day's "Free Motion Quilting Project" at http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...tart-here.html
    She has great tutorials for a slew of different FMQ patterns, but it is her energy and straightforwardness and simplicity that drew me in, and made it seem like even I could try it.

    I still have a lot more to learn, but these four have really changed how I do things. What about you? What have you changed or strengthened as a result of using this board?

    -- Jillaine

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    OMG I have learned SO much here.
    I've learned about glue basting.
    I've learned about putting mole skin on the machine bed for a more-accurate scant 1/4" seam.
    I've learned to make HSTs bigger and trim them down.
    In fact, I've learned how to square up and trim at all points in the process so my quilts are more "technically correct."
    Most important is that I've overcome my fear of FMQ. It's a whole new world and I'm getting better each time with the knowledge and encouragement from all board members.
    There are so many other things I've learned that I can't even remember!
    Enough for now.

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    Everything CompulsiveQuilter said and more. I just can't name them all right now. ;)

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    The blocks of the month really helped me improve my piecing skills.

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    Glue binding. Great method that I use all the time. Thanks Sharon Schamber'

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    Just being on this board has changed my life for the better,as for quilting well thats got a whole lot better,when I can get to it and am not in here that is. ;) :D

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    On FMQ, I would also add the videos of "patsern" such as:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVQC4YzhJYU

    She's a great teacher as well. Great advice. Calm voice.

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    I didn't have anyone to teach me anything about quilting so this board has been my teacher for everything that comes to quilting. My list would start from how to pick fabric to finishing a quilt and everything in between. I knew absolutely nothing about making a quilt but now there is no stopping me. :-)

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    cjomomma, how did you stumble upon QB?

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    We are never too old to learn new things and I have learned alot just listening to the comments of others on the board. Met a new friend or two and can share skills I have learned over the years.
    Information such as we have been exchanging cannot be bought and paid for; friends helping friends, that is life at its best.

    Carol J.

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    Far too much to list!!! I love this site!

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    The first thing was the tube quilting, glue basting, and just all around "no fabric police allowed" has given me the freedom to make things to my liking and not be worried if I break an instruction rule or not. Best thing, is when I am in a slump there is a string I have bookmarked that answers the problem or a quick post and I have help. Before I spent so much time buying fabric and projects that when I hit a problem I just UFO'ed them and went on hoping that the thing would fix itself. I too am a self taught quilter and the lessons have been invaluable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    cjomomma, how did you stumble upon QB?
    It's a long story but I will try to shorten it. LOL!
    When I was pregnant with my 4 year old about 3 months in my hormones went wacky and I started having severe anxiety and panic attacks. I couldn't sleep when the anxiety kicked in so I would spend my nights surfing the internet trying to occupy my mind. I had been quilting for a few years but I wasn't very good at it so one night night I did a search for quilting and it brought me here. I was a lurked for 3 years before joining the QB. So I guess you can say I've been here for 5 years now just not as a member. :-)

    I hope that was short enough?

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    Wow, how in the world did you lurk for 3 years! :shock: I lurked for 5 minutes before joining! :lol: I'm glad you joined anyway, I love posting with you. :thumbup:

    What I have learned from the QB is that quilters all over the world are just as friendly and helpful as they are locally. I cannot imagine not being a part of the QB now.

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    cjomomma, thanks for sharing your story. I have found that quilting has been a wonderful anti-anxiety drug myself. It's been a tremendous contribution to me the last year or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    cjomomma, thanks for sharing your story. I have found that quilting has been a wonderful anti-anxiety drug myself. It's been a tremendous contribution to me the last year or so.
    You are welcome. I always say that quilting is what keeps me sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Wow, how in the world did you lurk for 3 years! :shock: I lurked for 5 minutes before joining! :lol: I'm glad you joined anyway, I love posting with you. :thumbup:

    What I have learned from the QB is that quilters all over the world are just as friendly and helpful as they are locally. I cannot imagine not being a part of the QB now.
    The lurking was part of my anxiety. What made me join was that someone had requested fabric to make doggy beds and I really wanted to donate to her. I'm so glad I finally joined because I have made so many many friends that have made my life much happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I didn't have anyone to teach me anything about quilting so this board has been my teacher for everything that comes to quilting. My list would start from how to pick fabric to finishing a quilt and everything in between. I knew absolutely nothing about making a quilt but now there is no stopping me. :-)

    That is me exactly! No teacher, but the desire to learn! So many great teachers here on the quilting board....who needs classes? All of you are like a best friend to me!

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    I just got interested in quilting when I found out you could use a machine to do it. That clinched it for me I was all in. I found this board through another crafting board I was hanging out on.

    I've learned how to press seams to one side (I always opened them up for clothes), I learned about using starch, and I learned that some of the cutest patterns are really easy to do but they make you look like a geometry genius.

    Love, Love, Love Quilting Board.

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    "What have you changed since using Quilting Board?"

    Honestly??? More than anything I've "changed my mind" the most. Everytime I cruise the board I change my mind about the next project I want to do. Just when I think I've picked a pattern and fabric and colors someone comes along and posts something that catches my eye and I have to start the planning process all over again. Not complaining though, it keeps my creative juices flowing and I love it. Thanks everybody for the inspiration!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    OMG I have learned SO much here.
    I've learned about glue basting.
    I've learned about putting mole skin on the machine bed for a more-accurate scant 1/4" seam.
    I've learned to make HSTs bigger and trim them down.
    In fact, I've learned how to square up and trim at all points in the process so my quilts are more "technically correct."
    Most important is that I've overcome my fear of FMQ. It's a whole new world and I'm getting better each time with the knowledge and encouragement from all board members.
    There are so many other things I've learned that I can't even remember!
    Enough for now.
    Ditto!!!

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    The way I did my household chores!!LOL So much has changed for me . Now I have daily friends to be with who enjoy the things I enjoy and I think that has been the most important thing. I am a self-taught quiter, many years ago, so you can imagine all the new methods I have learned( or at least read about). I think that starching has probably been the thing that helped me most, and tips about rotary cutting.

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    to much time on the borad and not in the sewing room. HA HA love it here. just need about 20 more hours in my day.

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    I could write pages on this great topic.
    The board has really expanded my horizons in quilting. I don't think a day goes by that I don't learn something new or a different way to do something. Before this board I never machine quilted, never used starch, did terrible bindings,
    the list really goes on and on.
    Believe it or not I'm actually making more quilts now, even though I spend a lot of time here.
    Thanks everyone!

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    Companionship and good advice from fellow quilters. I also like the creativity displayed here.

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