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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieceful Quilter
    A friend and fellow quilter is always telling me I am way too OCD about choosing my fabrics. If I can't find what I have in mind, I wait to start the project until I can visit however many shops it takes to find exactly (or close to it) what I want. I'm glad I stick to my guns, because - knock on wood - I usually end up loving my colors.
    Welcome to the club. I am the same way. It takes me forever to find the perfect fabric, and I will go to every LQS, and search the internet to be sure I didn't miss something. You and I should shop together LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritacarl
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    Also, my last pattern in the book said to cut squares 3-7/8" and then face them, mark from corner to corner and sew on either side of the mark and that will make my 3-1/2" square. Well, it didn't. Of course it didn't if I had thought which I did this AM that it has to be 3-3/4" squares. I had to recut all 800+ pieces after sewing them together. Good thing I like the colors.
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    3 7/8ths is the correct measurement for 3 1/2 inch half square triangles.
    Then why did I have to recut every one?
    3 7/8" is what books/patterns give to make a 3 1/2" square. I have to sew mine with a REALLY scant 1/4" seam to get them right. Squaring them up afterward brings them to the 3 1/2" square size. But you know, if 3 3/4" works best for you, GO FOR IT. It would be awful on this thread of all places, to give you the advice that you must cut to the 3 7/8 measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritacarl
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    Also, my last pattern in the book said to cut squares 3-7/8" and then face them, mark from corner to corner and sew on either side of the mark and that will make my 3-1/2" square. Well, it didn't. Of course it didn't if I had thought which I did this AM that it has to be 3-3/4" squares. I had to recut all 800+ pieces after sewing them together. Good thing I like the colors.
    Rita
    3 7/8ths is the correct measurement for 3 1/2 inch half square triangles.
    Then why did I have to recut every one?
    I don't know what you did but 3 7/8ths is the correct measurement. You have to take into account the angle to get the correct seam allowances. Maybe you sew with a really scant quarter inch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Ritacarl
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    Also, my last pattern in the book said to cut squares 3-7/8" and then face them, mark from corner to corner and sew on either side of the mark and that will make my 3-1/2" square. Well, it didn't. Of course it didn't if I had thought which I did this AM that it has to be 3-3/4" squares. I had to recut all 800+ pieces after sewing them together. Good thing I like the colors.
    Rita
    3 7/8ths is the correct measurement for 3 1/2 inch half square triangles.
    Then why did I have to recut every one?
    I don't know what you did but 3 7/8ths is the correct measurement. You have to take into account the angle to get the correct seam allowances. Maybe you sew with a really scant quarter inch?
    I just thought that I'd have to add 1/4" onto the 3-1/2 but it would have to be 1/2". 1/4 inch on both sides of the angle line. I've got to cut some more to finish and am going to try a 4" square on just one and see how it turns out. I have 88 more squares to cut out. Thanks for talking to me or it it threading me!!
    Rita

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieceful Quilter
    Oh ya! They never quilt out!! I got that (bad) advice too...
    what does "quilt out" mean. Start from the middle?

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    Having read through all the bad advice given, I cn ahonestly say that others have given me just about all of the ones cited. The good news is that I didn't take the vast majority of their bad advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkrose4664
    Quote Originally Posted by Pieceful Quilter
    Oh ya! They never quilt out!! I got that (bad) advice too...
    what does "quilt out" mean. Start from the middle?
    "Quilt out" means all of the piecing problems, hills and wavy borders are the main ones, will magically go away once it's quilted. You can make a lot of problems disappear if you're hand quilting, not so much if you're machine quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieceful Quilter
    A friend and fellow quilter is always telling me I am way too OCD about choosing my fabrics. If I can't find what I have in mind, I wait to start the project until I can visit however many shops it takes to find exactly (or close to it) what I want. I'm glad I stick to my guns, because - knock on wood - I usually end up loving my colors.
    If we weren't all just a little OCD, none of us would make quilts!

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    What is the reason to cut the borders to fit the quilt? Is that so it remains square? I don't cut my borders to fit so I was wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzie
    I was advised to buy Insul brite for baked potato bags -- and made a whole bunch before the light bulb went on -- e-mailed to ask if it was safe before giving them away. Have a lot of nice pads for hot dishes!
    Never heard of baked potato bags... but am fascinated. Tell me more??

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    That was my Nana's favorite saying! And she was able to do that most of the time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee
    Don't worry about mistakes. They will all quilt out!
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I think the worse advice was to don't waste my money buying quality supplies/tools. Cheap cotton thread and dollar store scissors will work just as good. No they do not.
    No they do not!!!! But it upsets me when I pay $20 and up for a pair of scissors that don't do what they'r suppose to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherrill
    I was advised to tear fabric to straighten. Not true ladies
    SSSOOOO not true! Ask me how I know!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    Quote Originally Posted by Pieceful Quilter
    A friend and fellow quilter is always telling me I am way too OCD about choosing my fabrics. If I can't find what I have in mind, I wait to start the project until I can visit however many shops it takes to find exactly (or close to it) what I want. I'm glad I stick to my guns, because - knock on wood - I usually end up loving my colors.
    Welcome to the club. I am the same way. It takes me forever to find the perfect fabric, and I will go to every LQS, and search the internet to be sure I didn't miss something. You and I should shop together LOL
    Me three!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Mine was from a quiltstore owner who disagreed with my fabric choice. She told me it was going to be ugly and I allowed her to pick a different fabric. I ended up giving the top away because it was not what I had in mind at all. It taught me to follow my instinct even when "the experts" disagree. Colors and patterns are very personal in today's quilting and we do not always need to follow cookie-cutter samples.
    That happened to me and I didn't take her advice, it is a personal chice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasantduster
    This advise I guess I gave to myself - using a dark solid backing (cranberry color) for a scrappy pinwheel quilt. I have the quilt on my bed and the backing pills up and catches the "fuzzies" from the blanket beneath. BUT I like my quilt and only I see the underside - when making the bed!


    Or if it's really cold and you need the blanket put a sheet on top of the blanket, that is if the fuzzies really bother you. When something really bothers me, I do something about it. Life is too short to live with aggravations. katie

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanna.r
    1. Keep the quilt, chuck the blanket!
    2. Keep doing what you have been doing, nobody will ever know anyway! And, it does force you to make the bed.
    3. Put the blanket on somebody else's bed.
    Use the blanket at batting in your next quilt.

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    Gads, so many worst advices
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    My worst advices all came from the same 'experienced' quilter who teaches and is so highly looked upon around here. Unfortunately, she doesn't think the way I do. But I have learned a lot from here ... just not anything I can tell her.

    At a group event she told us how to press the seams: anyway you want, but to the side works best. Wrong. With the seams to the side the ruler wobbled when squaring the block. Afterwards I looked at it and found if I had pressed the seams open then I could have been much more accurate in my squaring up.

    I have learned to carefully read all the instructions and reword them for my own use. I want to know what to cut first then the how to piece. Errors happen in the printing of designs. I prefer chain piecing.

    So, basically the worst advices have been the greatest learning points.

    ali

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    Mine was from a quilt store employee who stated, "That green will not go with the other colors you've picked!"

    My reply was, "And will you be paying for this, or will I." End of discussion and she did not last there very long.

    delma

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    While commenting on another thread, I remembered another tidbit I was fed. It wasn't really advice, just terrible counsel. About a year ago, when I was only a few months into quilting, I took a course on my machine since it's a Janome 6500 and good for quilting but I had never used it for such before. While taking the class I asked the woman, who also sold me the machine, how to do FMQ. She told me I wasn't ready to do that and do channel quilting for a while. My thought was, "If I don't practice at the FMQ, then I'll never be ready." I went home, took out my manual and practiced on any scraps of batting and muslin I could find until I felt secure enough to do it on an actual quilt and I never looked back--or called that woman for another class, for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ SewKkrazzy
    Someone once said something about not only do we learn from our own mistakes, but we can learn from others'. Can't say I have had anything like some of these. But then being a Crazy Quilter gives me more freedom. When a clerk ask me what am I making, as they are taught to do at JoAnn's (I know, I worked there last year for a few months), I can just say I am crazy quilting...and watch the blank stares, because 99% of them have never heard of cq, and couldn't give any advice if they wanted to!!!!
    Crazy Quilting means there are no mistakes...just room for more embelishments!!!
    Back in the eighties I worked in a fabric store and one of the requirements for the job was being able to sew. I wasn't a quilter at the time but had made all kinds of cloths. Now, in the big chain stores they don't need to know how to sew to get the job. I was amazed when I learned this. I think every one who works in local LQS's do know how to quilt at least a little. A few questions might give you an idea of their experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    I don't have a worst advice, but I do have a most eye-opening event. A year ago I was at an all day quilt retreat with my guild, in a "posh" hotel. Early in the evening, a dad with his little girl arrived at our door asking if anyone could help with his little girl's dress which was coming apart and he was out of pins. She was the flower girl in a wedding party.
    NO ONE offered to help.There was dead silence as no one even addressed the group and said "OK, who can help here?" Here was an entire room full of "experienced" quilters who held office in the guild and had "impressive" quilt resumes. I was one of the newest members and sitting in the back corner. I was so embarrassed as the ladies of the guild were "too important" to do a measly repair job.
    I called her over and it was just that the stitching was coming apart along the top edge where the straps were attached. She stripped it off and waited wrapped in her daddy's suit jacket while it took me less than 5 minutes to fix. Daddy and little girl were amazed and very grateful.
    I lost a lot of respect for the "experienced" guild ladies that day.
    I made cloths many years before I ever quilted. I have discovered that many quilters never made cloths first and they don't know how to do even the smallest thing on cloths.

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    The worst advice I received was from an older woman from a quilt guild who told me to NEVER, WASH A QUILT! Really? Can you imagine what mine would smell like in Florida weather after sweating like a pig on hot summer nights? Or having a grandchild drag hers across the kitchen floor or wrap the dog it their blankie because the dog was cold?

    She then told me to NEVER USE IT either - It is for show only on the bed and to take it off when getting ready for sleep. Use another blanket to sleep with. OK, seriously, how many of us use our own quilts to sleep with? I know I would and my kids sleep with theirs. So, NO, I don't agree with that advice either.

    She also told me that REAL QUILTS ARE MADE BY HAND AND ONES MADE ON A SEWING MACHINE WERE COMFORTERS AND THOSE MAKING COMFORTERS ARE NOT QUILTERS.

    I didn't bother going to this quilt guild after the conversation I had with her. She made me mad.

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    I wash all fabrics that go into my quilts - I had an incident once where I thought I had washed all excess dye from border fabric BUT when it was washed after finishing the quilt it bled into the other fabrics (I was devastated). Luckily it came out after two more washes

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    That type of person is a quilt snob LOL

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