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Thread: What is your least favorite part of quilting?

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    I love it all, but if I had to choose some part I liked least it would be preparing the fabric for cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janb
    I love it all, but if I had to choose some part I liked least it would be preparing the fabric for cutting.
    I hate to bind. I would rather move on to the next project.

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    I dislike sandwiching and basting the layers together, especially on a very big quilt. I find it very difficult to get it straight. It usually takes at least 3 stabs at it to get it even. I think part of the problem is I don't have a very good place to do it and I am short :-) :-)!

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    I hate borders....ONce i get to borders sometimes I have to let my project sit for a few days to "talk" myself into do them....Measure...cut ..measure...Measure again..UGH!

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    I'd have to say that my least favourite part is ironing the large pieces, like you, preparing for the cutting. After that, I pretty much enjoy it all! I love the cutting because I'm excited about starting a new project. I love piecing because I am excited to see what it's going to look like. For now, I'm not entirely thrilled with the quilting part, but that is partly because my machine is small and doesn't handle a large project well. And I love the binding...it's just that finishing touch for me, and I enjoy doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    I dislike sandwiching and basting the layers together, especially on a very big quilt. I find it very difficult to get it straight. It usually takes at least 3 stabs at it to get it even. I think part of the problem is I don't have a very good place to do it and I am short :-) :-)!
    Shortness is always a drawback, isn't it? I'm short too and it's all about reaching stuff on my tippy toes! I can't say what my least favorite part is because I haven't finished a quilt yet. I made 2 pot holders and 1 mug rug and the binding on the mug rug was perfect if I do say so myself!

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    Sandwiching the 3 layers. Now that I'm getting older it's getting harder & harder to get on the floor & pin my quilts. Going to send one to a friend with a long arm & have her baste it & I'm going to pin it as she goes.....

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    I am with Charisma, I don't like borders...but I hate binding too! I don't like hand work, so getting those bindings finished is a bugger! I love choosing the fabrics and pattern, cutting is all right is small doses, putting the top together is fun - love seeing if it will come out the way it looks in my head, but the quilting is my favorite part, but that's only because of my Innova 18!

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    Least Favorite would have to be cutting the fabric. My attention span is Zip when it comes to cutting. I have to give myself a good talking to to stay on task. Sometimes I decide to cheat and just cut enough to start sewing, knowing that I won't be sewing long, which motivates me to keep cutting! It's a circle.

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    Adding the label is a chore for me. I always add on but sometimes, my quilts have to wait a while after they are finished before I get around to adding one. I add an aditional label if the quilt places in a show and those labels really wait a while.

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    Now that I'm back home and quilting again, my LA friend is going to be seeing me a lot. When she does the bigger quilts for me, I don't baste them. She just puts them in her frame and goes for it. And they are always so nicely done. I'm in the middle of some QFK's that are small enough I do them myself (the basting and quilting). But I still don't like that basting step much.

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    the actual quilting,is the least favorite,then the binding.

    i love to cut and piece..and put it together..

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    Prewashing fabric :D:D:D

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    burying the threads. I enjoy all the rest, sometimes some parts more than others depending on my skills on that particular day!!

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    Sandwiching the layers together and basting it for sure!

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    I love all of it. My least favorite is the binding.

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    I love it all except BINDING!!!! Every time this subject comes up, I long for someone to live close enough for me to barter with. I would quilt and they could bind. No such luck though, noone even close.

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    Sandwiching, without a doubt. I have issues keeping things straight and not wrinkled!!!

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    I hate binding...but getting better at it. Spent 11 hours today binding...ugh...I had the bright idea of hand sewing....

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    I hate all of it, and love all of it. It's a love/hate relationship. I want to plan it and have it appear before my eyes.

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    I get overwhelmed with the planning and cutting.

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    sandwiching and thread-basting (I hand-quilt) is so bad, everytime I have to do anything larger than a wall-quilt, I end up in pain-and sometimes, tears from doing it on the floor. I HATE IT! I got a full sheet of plywood several years ago and taped the edges and got some big plastic bull clips to anchor it and except the bending over it, it works really well. The problem sometimes is when it is a queen or so, I have to keep shifting the sandwich to get to another section to baste and risk getting a wrinkle to two in the backing. I couldn't take that board with me when I moved back to the U.S. and haven't replaced it yetproblem being I don't have the room for it now!! I got on the floor earlier this week to baste a Xmas tree skirt and I'm still feeling the effects!! I HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT SO MUCH, each time I wonder why I keep doing it! Then when the pain goes away, I remember why!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    Sandwiching the 3 layers. Now that I'm getting older it's getting harder & harder to get on the floor & pin my quilts. Going to send one to a friend with a long arm & have her baste it & I'm going to pin it as she goes.....
    I'm confused...if you are having her baste it on her LA, then why do you have to pin it?

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    Squaring up the blocks, followed closely by pressing.

    Cheers, K

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    Sandwiching and binding.

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