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    What I've learned about Quilting....

    I've learned some pretty cool ideas since I started to read this board...what is the most unique thing you've discovered.... for me it was the difference between ironing and pressing OR maybe using a cookie tray to smooth out the quilt backing (I don't have the recommended boards, but the cookie sheet worked pretty well, especially with the Elmers glue method and polyester batting) OR I don't have to "speed sew", I can go as slowly as I want because there is no such thing as the "Quilting Police"

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    that it is impossible to learn all there is to know about quilting. what a wonderful source this board is.
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    The only person I need to please is myself. There is no right or wrong way.

    All that matters is that I am enjoying myself.
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    That I can take 1 technique from 1 teacher, another from you-tube & another from this board and make a beautiful wall quilt!
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    There have been so many tips and good ideas on here that I can't think of one that was better than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    The only person I need to please is myself. There is no right or wrong way.

    All that matters is that I am enjoying myself.
    Amen to that!!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    This quilting board helps with all those problems etc not put into books. Quilters give freely their advice and you can take it or leave it as we are all aware that no one way is correct. It is the way you feel happy doing.
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    The most unique thing I have learned is basting with Elmer's school glue. And that is not glue, but a very thick starch. The Elmer's school glue stick has also become my new favorite quilting/sewing tool that I can't be without.
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    Not a technique, but the most surprizing thing I've discovered is there are so many quilts I want to make. I'm retired and a life long sewer, but only have been quilting 3 years. When I started, I had 4 quilts planned. Figured I'd make them then go on to another hobby, but looking at all the quilts everyone else has made has made my bucket list really grow. If I'm still quilting at 100, I still won't be done.
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    Somehow I missed the one on the cookie sheet. I can't narrow it down to just one or even a few tips and techniques. Everything I know about quilting I learned here or on youtube. I love this board and the internet. I haven't met a "french model" yet.
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    I've learned that no matter what question I or another quilter comes up with, some great quilter or lots of quilters will have information on how to solve it! I've found links to sites and resources that give me inspiration, directions, and encouragement. And I've found access to a community of caring, giving people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanharville View Post
    Somehow I missed the one on the cookie sheet.
    I think the cookie sheet one is probably one I discovered on my own. Whatever I make has been too big for the floor, so I've had to use the dining room table and I found that pressing down on a cookie sheet when using the Elmer's glue method helped me. Smoothing with my hands worked to some extent, but the glue and the polyester filling didn't really come in contact unless I used the cookie sheet, just like an iron - but without the heat, which would melt the polyester filling - it works for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanharville View Post
    Somehow I missed the one on the cookie sheet. I can't narrow it down to just one or even a few tips and techniques. Everything I know about quilting I learned here or on youtube. I love this board and the internet. I haven't met a "french model" yet.
    Lol love this! I have learned everything I think I know from this board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanharville View Post
    Somehow I missed the one on the cookie sheet. I can't narrow it down to just one or even a few tips and techniques. Everything I know about quilting I learned here or on youtube. I love this board and the internet. I haven't met a "french model" yet.
    Lol love this! I have learned everything I think I know from this board!

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    I learn something new almost every day from here. I have also been inspired to try new things by looking at the many pretty quilts pictured on here.

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    There is so much to learn and so many techniques to try - there isn't just one way to do anything - you just have to pick the way that makes sense to you.

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    I had not heard about the cookie sheet, but now I just thought about using my wooden rolling pin. I wonder how that would work? I have learned a tremendous amount, I use to write it all down the first few months, and look at the notes and laugh and say to myself "why did I write that down?"
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    Glue basting. I'd tried the glue stick before, but it got stuck to everything including my hands.

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    I think the Quilting Board is a great place and like everyone else I have learned so much more, especially lately. The cookie sheet is new to me too. I find quilters are very generous with their info and time and that is true on this board and in other places I have been with quilters.
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    How freely the quilters here are with sharing their experience and know how!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puddin57 View Post
    for me it was the difference between ironing and pressing
    This was my fave too. I had no idea regular ironing stretched out the fabric! What a difference doing it the correct way!

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    I've learned that I don't even need a pattern much of the time. I just find a block I like, or make one up, and then add whatever borders I want and use the colors I like and combine them however I choose and voila! a quilt that I love emerges!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I had not heard about the cookie sheet, but now I just thought about using my wooden rolling pin. I wonder how that would work?
    a rolling pin sounds like a great idea, especially with smoothing the backing

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    So many ideas, designs, tips and encouragement on this board. Quilt police are banned from my house. If they enter on a Trojan horse, they get shot out like a rocket.

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