Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 44

Thread: What -"Why didn't I try that before" moment have you had quilting?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    SW Michigan
    Posts
    202

    What -"Why didn't I try that before" moment have you had quilting?

    Mine was a quilt design wall -- I kept seeing pictures of them and they are mentioned a lot on these boards...but I quilt in my dining room and it just seemed too "extra". I've spread my designs out on my Living Room floor. Flash forward to this week as I am working on a rail fence quilt with 4 fabrics and I didn't like the thought of all the bending to get the pieces settled on and off the floor. So I went to my basement and within 5 minutes had a flannel backed tablecloth clipped to my wall and my quilt block happily attached. No bending, I can see the design while sewing, and it's fun to play with the pieces!

    Why oh why did I wait so long to do this???

    So what was your "Wow I should have had a V-8 moment" in the world of quilting?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    453
    I have to have a design wall. I use poly low loft batting as a cover. A whole quilt top will stay put on that. DH made a frame around two 8 x 4 sheets of insulation boards. You can never have a too big design wall. I stapled the batting on the boards inside the frame. When I go to retreats or sew days. I take one of the folding cardboard pattern boards with a piece of batting to pin to it. Works great and it stands up.

  3. #3
    Power Poster Onebyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Southern USA
    Posts
    10,699
    I guess mine was when I stopped trying to make do and buy the quality notions and tools for quilting. They last longer and give me much less frustration.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

  4. #4
    Junior Member TAMARATJO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    California
    Posts
    145
    I have 2 such moments. The first one was finally buying a 1/4 inch foot for my machine, and the second one was giving in and buying rulers (Deb Tucker primarily, but a few others.) I think my precision improved with both, and frustration went down. For some reason I saw both of these things as "cheating". I have no idea why, but I am over that!

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    SW Michigan
    Posts
    202
    Onebyone and Tamaratojo -- I agree with both of you! I felt like buying too many tools was letting the industry take advantage of me --- I mean if the prairie ladies could do without couldn't I? (although I have no problem buying butter, etc haha) Then I discovered that if you are prudent, those tools make such a difference to the quality and Fun of quilting!

    Frootloop - thanks for the tip about the traveling wall. I'm now hooked!
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 06-06-2019 at 03:50 PM. Reason: shouting/all caps

  6. #6
    Power Poster feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    10,162
    Elmer's washable school glue for glue basting critical intersections.

  7. #7
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    34,102
    I have had too many to remember any of them now. They just become habit. Oh, I do remember one just recently. I have 4 or 5 pieces of mat I cut from a 24x36" mat I ruined years ago buy leaving an iron set on it. I realized cutting small quilt pieces and trimming blocks that I could lay one of these pieces ontop of my large cutting mat. I was shocked my rotary blades cut much better and last longer. I don't always need a larger cutting area. The smaller mats are a lot cheaper too.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  8. #8
    Super Member copycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,545

    Lightbulb straight stitch plate

    In a free-motion quilting class, the teacher told us we would have better stitches using a straight stitch plate vs the open stitch plate (used for decorative stitches.) I had to purchase one as my Bernina came with only the open stitch plate.

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    1,860
    This will date me a little bit: who else remembers their first rotary cutter? Life-changing!!

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Davenport, Iowa
    Posts
    2,179
    Self threading ( or easy threading ) sewing needles! No more sending precious time trying to thread a needle!

  11. #11
    Super Member hobbykat1955's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    3,068
    Steam N Seam...My friend told me abt it but why would I spend so much money on it when Wonder Under or Heat Bond worked fine...Until I started doing Collages and found that not having to pin tiny pieces but just using SNS and being able to reposition over and over again
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 06-07-2019 at 08:01 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    South Dakota
    Posts
    6,588
    I removed the "top" rail from my LA. I've always floated my quilts and left the rail unused, but then always had to be tucking the top and batting under and it made it hard to adjust as I was working. I figured I needed it as it helped to add tension to the quilt, but then realized that I always loosened the quilt enough before quilting (my machine likes a rather loose quilt) and at that point it was doing nothing.

    I fought with that rail for several years - and it is sure nice having it gone and the quilting is not affected by not having it there.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

  13. #13
    Super Member NZquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,144
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltMom2 View Post
    This will date me a little bit: who else remembers their first rotary cutter? Life-changing!!
    Actually, I bought my first rotary cutter and mat in 2014, after I had already been quilting for several years! I started my quilting love when I was a teen and had no money to buy one. All my first quilts were made with plastic templates made from cleaned out milk bottles! Now I am amazed at how accurate I was able to fudge those pieces! I always wanted a rotary cutter, so I splurged on Black Friday at Joanns and bought my first Friskers set. Definitely the best purchase ever!
    We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun. ~ Winnie the Pooh ~

    1912 World's Rotary Treadle (White Company), 1942 Singer 66-16, 1952 Pfaff 130-6, 1954 Singer 15-91, 1956 Singer 201-2

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    SW Michigan
    Posts
    202
    Quote Originally Posted by copycat View Post
    In a free-motion quilting class, the teacher told us we would have better stitches using a straight stitch plate vs the open stitch plate (used for decorative stitches.) I had to purchase one as my Bernina came with only the open stitch plate.
    This intrigues me and I've just spent the last 15 minutes researching it! Do you use it for piecing as well? A lot of the articles say it's good for piecing, but for me to use my 1/4 inch foot I have to move my needle several spots....I wouldn't be able to do that with a straight stitch plate. But if it makes my free motion better, it might be a good investment just for that! Thanks for the tip!

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    Posts
    6,384
    I do have a couple of "aha" moments. One is that I realized buying good quality quilt shop fabrics are much better to sew with than the cheaper fabrics (I could not afford the quilt shop fabrics when I started quilting). Second is that I needed a design wall to put up the blocks and not have them laying on the floor or a guest room bed-my little doggie loved to run thru my blocks and thought it was so fun to mess them up!!!! I went to Home Depot and got sheet of foam core or something like that and covered it with some flannel I had and love it. Use it all the time.

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Ballwin, MO
    Posts
    2,563
    The straight stitch plate is essential to me, especially when piecing with smaller pieces. My pieces would get dragged under and chewed up with the regular plate. But always put a piece of tape or something on your machine near your stitch selector to remind you the straight plate is on!
    Lisa

  17. #17
    Senior Member Sheri.a's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    The Woodlands, Texas
    Posts
    501
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have had too many to remember any of them now. They just become habit. Oh, I do remember one just recently. I have 4 or 5 pieces of mat I cut from a 24x36" mat I ruined years ago buy leaving an iron set on it. I realized cutting small quilt pieces and trimming blocks that I could lay one of these pieces ontop of my large cutting mat. I was shocked my rotary blades cut much better and last longer. I don't always need a larger cutting area. The smaller mats are a lot cheaper too.
    I did exactly the same thing. I have found some good strong kitchen scissors work in cutting it. I've also used my old Olfa mat for the bottom of purses.
    ( `v )
    `.. ♥
    ..) .*) Sheri in Texas
    (. (. .
    a stitch in time saves nine.....

  18. #18
    Super Member Watson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,801
    My "aha" moment was that you could make HST's bigger and then cut them down to the right size. Who knew?

    Also, I watched a Sharon Schamber video about how to put perfectly straight binding and she used glue! Eureka!

    Watson

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Near Seattle, WA
    Posts
    919
    I've had so many! LOL but then I started quilting before the rotary revolution and was self-taught.

    But yes, first rotary cutter/mat/ruler changed my life.

    The book Scrap Quilts by Judy Martin changed my quilting career, before that all my quilts were "planned" and I had never seen a scrap quilt I liked. Now I quilt almost entirely with scraps -- still planned, but dozens if not hundreds of fabrics instead of 5-6. The directions are a bit dated now but I'm still such a fan of the book!
    https://www.amazon.com/Scrap-Quilts-.../dp/096029709X

    As I've been dealing with progressive vision loss I've become a fan of what I used to disdain as "fabric wasteful" techniques. Now I'm a big believer in cutting large and trimming down, it only takes a tiny bit more time and makes my end results better. My favorite way to make triangles now is with a square by drawing a diagonal line across the fabric and sewing on the line, then trimming off the excess. Especially in small triangles the amount of fabric waste is negligible and it is fast and precise. And no need to worry about adding 7/8ths to the finished size dimension for the right cut.
    Last edited by Iceblossom; 06-08-2019 at 08:01 AM.

  20. #20
    Junior Member mlt150's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Catlin, Il
    Posts
    210
    I used to nick myself when I didn't close my cutter. Changed to the ergonomic one that you squeeze to open and no accidents now. I love how it feels and works!
    Dianne

  21. #21
    Power Poster ube quilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    10,408
    Blog Entries
    31
    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Elmer's washable school glue for glue basting critical intersections.
    Agreed, ten fold!
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

  22. #22
    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    8,526
    Decent scissors! My first Ginghers - nearly 30 years ago - were an eye opener. Then I discovered their large fingerhole embroidery scissors, oh, my my my!! And having a table where I could set my machine down into it level with the table surface....such a neck/back/shoulder saver for me!


    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums19552.html

  23. #23
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    6,336
    I remember when I got my first Ginghers! I dared anyone to touch them! I have had good success keeping hub's hands away from them, mainly because I put them away as soon as I finish with them. Kids were warned that if they wanted to live a long time, don't dare use my scissors. (Kids ans scissors are still around.)

  24. #24
    Senior Member donna13350's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    906
    Mine was using a kettle bell on my long ruler. Never cut such accurate strips until I used one.

  25. #25
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    22,205
    Actually read the instruction books that came with my machines.

    All sorts of useful information in them.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.