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    OH, BUT when it comes to scissors, my fabric scissors are just for fabric. This isn't a rule, it is a fact. Using them on other items, like screws, nails, wire, and stuff will dull them. LOL ;)

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    THERE'S RULES???? When did that happen?

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    I rarely wash fabric
    I don't press anything til the block is finished
    I don't iron wrinkled fabric before cutting it, a plastic see-through template does it well enough
    I don't change a blade til it hurts my wrist to press so hard
    All colours go together
    Sometimes use 1/4" of selvage for seam allowance
    Use fabric scissor to cut paper if paper scissors aren't within reach
    Fudge on seam allowance if I need to
    Can't think of any others, but I probably break them too ... am a Taurus - stubborn, bull in china shop

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    I let my cat in the sewing room. He is worse than a two year old, he plays with EVERYTHING!

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    I don't follow any rules until I learn my lesson. I almost always wash my fabric now, but never press, I always seem to iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    OH, BUT when it comes to scissors, my fabric scissors are just for fabric. This isn't a rule, it is a fact. Using them on other items, like screws, nails, wire, and stuff will dull them. LOL ;)
    My grandkids can't believe how many, shears, scissors, snips, rotary cutters I have. I have a special pair of old shears only for paper and cardboard. That is probably the only rule I have. I thought we banished the quilt police in another thread.

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    why do you wash flannel, does it shrink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by max's grandma
    why do you wash flannel, does it shrink?
    yes

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    I thought that they were more like guidelines than actual rules.

    I'm only accurate when I'm contributing a block to a community quilt, ie a wedding quilt for a friend.

    Any "mistakes" is just part of the charm & proof that a live human made that quilt for you.

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    Oh, yes, it shrinks a lot. And it actually gets softer and fuzzier. Not so easy to sew, but nicer in the long run. Cottons I don't usually wash; depends on what I am making and how it will be used.

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    I make up my own rules.....NO RULES :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    The only rule I DO follow is the one that defines "quilt"...three layers held together with stitching.

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    I actually made a quilt out of all polyester fabric. Do I hear the quilt police knocking on my door? :D

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    Rules? We're supposed to follow rules? Is it a rule that you have to follow rules?

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    *raises hand* ummm there are rules??? Ummm who lost the manual to quilting?

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    Rules (and recipes!) are just guidelines. I take them all with a grain of salt and then do as I please. lol

    Sometimes it works better than others, but I always learn something from the process.

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    What rules? I didn't think quilting had any rules.

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    If you really knew me you would laugh at this answer because I very seldom follow rules in any part of my life but I think I follow most of the rules in quilting. I don't think of them as 'rules' but as traditions that have developed because they make sense. Most of the things that have been referred to as rules are really just a best practice that someone found.

    I use all the best practices I can find unless it doesn't work for me and then I don't. If it makes sense, then I am all over it. If it doesn't, I find another way.

    So I think I am kind of a rule follower in quilting (but not the kind that does it because of what other people think). :|

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    Rules - what rules? :lol:

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    There is not a rule invented I have not broken. Every one listed so far I have broken and I'm sure a few more tha I did not even know were rules (except washing flannel first - learned the hard way on that one).

    I run with scissors too!!! :-D

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    probably all of them at one point or another lol

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    Dont cut with my fabric scissors is the only rule in my sewing room. Other than that everything goes. Well almost everything!

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    THERE'S RULES ????? :roll:

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    I make "it" work for me - whatever "it" is, but I only use fabric scissors for fabric because a dull scissor (and yes, paper WILL dull them) is a pain in the neck. Other than that - when I don't follow the rules, I get to be creative.

    My favorite saying in the Pirate movies: Pirate rules are more like ...guidelines. So that is what I live by - except for swaps - then they are rules.

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    I use white thread on the machine exclusively... even if the fabric I'm quilting is dark. Oh and I'm really bad at remembering to change the needle.

    What else... oh I'm planning a signature quilt, but I don't like any of the "signature blocks" that I've found to make. So they'll be signing the center of log cabins.

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