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Thread: What Quilting Rules Do You Break?

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    Senior Member JackieG's Avatar
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    I don't cut my bias strips on the bias. I'd rather not have any stretch or give in them (and I save fabric).

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    I guess I don't follow any rules. If the colors look good to me I use them, etc. I do use patterns but sometimes I like to add my own things. There are no quilt police voices in my head, thank God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    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
    This sounds very familiar

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    I'm new enough to quilting that I'm sure there is probably a rule for everything......but I don't know it :) Ignorance is bliss!

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    Rules..........what rules.

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    [quote=Darlene]

    I was just at a retreat with a good friend from Cincinnati (spelling?) who'd recently been to the Columbus Quilt Show.
    She said it was terrific, good vendors - She bought me a beautiful collection of FQs now going into a quilt. I googled the designer's name and bought alot more on line.

    Terrible picture of both of us, but good of Smidgen, her dog, whom we all loved. Five of us are at my son's house in upstate New York for a week. We do it every year, driving from 4 different states. We quilt, eat too much, drink gallons of wine and catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegsAnn
    Oooh yeah I iron too. (Gasp!)

    Oh, I do that too!! :oops: :oops:

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    I too prefer to think the "rules" are merely guidelines...sometimes stepping off the path leads to more interesting discoveries.

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    I don't do rules, when I am creating. Lets face it every quilt we make has it's own personality.

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    I figure it is my quilt and I make my own rules but of course there are times when I wished I had followed some rules when a block doesn't go together the way I want.

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    If you could see the quilt I'm finishing up for my two year old grandbaby...if there are quilt police, I'm done for.
    In my own defense, your honor, I didn't know what I know now, when I did that to that fabric!
    She will love it to death though and then I will make her a bigger and much nicer quilt in a couple years. :XD:

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    I break any rule if I find a way that works better for me. That's what makes the quilts I make mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Cal Quilt Girl
    Are there rules for this ??? :)

    Can call it art and get away with all sorts of stuff !!! ;)
    I agree!!!!!

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    Ii probably don't keep any of the quilting rules religiously.

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    I run with scissors. Is that a quilting rule?

    I only prewash if it smells.

    I don't use leaders & enders.

    I don't change my needle every project.

    Wow, for an accountant I'm pretty radical...

    Darren

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    What???? There are rules?

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    I don't prewash fabrics.

    I do iron instead of pressing most of the time. >_>

    I don't try to get everything perfect - sometimes I see something is messed up, but shrug and say "what the heck, why not..." and continue on.

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    As a rule, I'm a rule breaker. (pun intended!) However, over the many, many years of quilting, I have developed my own set of rules that I rarely break. Having had a purple fabric bleed, I now wash all my fabrics as soon as I bring them home. After years of tugging, easing, stretching to get my seams to match, I've become obsessive about cutting accurately and sewing an accurate 1/4" seam and I've been so much happier with my quilting experiences and my quilts. I usually don't press, except with my finger nail, until my block is done or sometimes until the whole quilt is done if I'm in a hurry. I used to use my sewing scissors for everything, but being cheap has caused me to be more particular and now I don't have to keep buying new ones! I don't pin unless I'm sewing curves . Like everyone, I've heard horror stories about cuts from rotary cutters, but I had to learn for myself. I cut myself once when my open rotary cutter got buried under some fabric, and I tried and tried to remember to close it, but I often forgot, so I bought the kind that closes when you release it. LOVE IT! I don't believe in following color wheel color combinations. I put colors together that I love and that look good to me! I change patterns when I feel like it, or make up my own. And I have LOTS of UFOs. Way, way, way too many. I need to make a rule to finish what I start, but then, what fun would that be???

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    My UFO count has exploded since I joined this site! Just the stuff from swaps alone... plus all the other stuff I started 'cause I found inspiration here... yeah. Waaay too many UFO's but I still want to start new projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21
    I almost never wash fabric first. It just bothers me to put the pretty fabric in the washing machine :)
    I don't either, unless it is flannel!
    Me, neither!

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    Didn't know we had rules... :)

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    It depends on what you mean by "RULES". I believe the following SHOULD NOT be broken:
    1. Accurate marking and measuring
    2. Accurate cutting
    3. Accurate seams
    4. Pressing for flat seams and blocks

    These take much of the frustration out of quiltmaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    It depends on what you mean by "RULES". I believe the following SHOULD NOT be broken:
    1. Accurate marking and measuring
    2. Accurate cutting
    3. Accurate seams
    4. Pressing for flat seams and blocks

    These take much of the frustration out of quiltmaking.
    I follow these, and break all the rest of the "rules".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    It depends on what you mean by "RULES". I believe the following SHOULD NOT be broken:
    1. Accurate marking and measuring
    2. Accurate cutting
    3. Accurate seams
    4. Pressing for flat seams and blocks

    These take much of the frustration out of quiltmaking.
    Gee's Bend quilts pretty much break all of these rules.

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    I never knew about rules. I know I learned how to and techniques and tricks and tips and if it worked I used them....

    I learn so much here. I even heard about the quilt police here lol. I would like to meet one of those lol...

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