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Thread: Yes, it does matter

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    Super Member cbridges22's Avatar
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    Amen sister!
    Quote Originally Posted by mrspete
    I've learned I need to go to Quilting School, 101, 102, 103 and 201, 202 & 203 !


    Blessings,
    Ruth

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    I have learned that I can make any quilt a bom if I want to. I just mentally break it up into months and do that part. It gives me freedom to work on more than one thing at a time and not feel guilty about it.

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    I've learned that:

    A good pair of scissors is ESSENTIAL, worth the big buck$ they cost.

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    I've learned not to be so critical of myself.
    And the ol saying "begin the rest easy" when I get in a sewing
    slump.
    Use starch
    Read the whole pattern before beginning cutting.
    Press don't iron. I still catch myself ironing. Its a hard habit to break.
    :thumbup:

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    I've learned to be organized in my sewing room. I've become obsessive/compulsive about it! I love having my sewing room, my fabrics, notions and projects organized. It makes sewing so much more enjoyable when I don't have to dig or hunt for something I need. And having all my projects organized in clear plastic storage bins makes it a lot easier to work on my UFOs. And I've learned that I love being retired and being able to sew whenever I want. And I LOVE sewing with friends. I may not get as much accomplished, but I love being able to talk and laugh with someone while I work, see what they are working on, and show what I'm doing. And I love "ta-das" (what you do when you finish a quilt.... show it and say TA-DA!!!)

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    Thanks for the post. I too need to slow down and not work with a deadline. Enjoy the journey of each project. Thanks for all the reminders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    I've learned - Keep you fingers away from the rotary cutter blade!!!!
    Oh I hear what yer screamin!!!! Been there, done that....It was as bad a cut as my Henckels knives can deliver....

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    I have learned that we all come up with are own methods and some how it all works. But ironing is my #1 thing that I think is important.

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    I have learned that procrastination doesn't work unless you want to spend a lot of time ripping out. If I am making too many mistakes just walk away. Also to write down the supply list before heading to the fabric store if buying for a particular quilt.

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    I learned that when I'm at my wits end with DH, I need to sew more... it lowers my blood pressure. and I'm learning to enjoy the process, not just the end results.

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    I have learned to slow down and enjoy this hobby. Learned to press and measure twice cut once (yeah... finally go that into my head, except I still find myself ironing the regular way, but working on that part). Learned that teaching myself how to quilt 4 years ago is hard, but the quilters on this board has helped me more than they will ever know. :)

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    I've learned that focusing on the seam I'm currently sewing and not on the finished project helps me to enjoy the process. I also learned why so many expert quilters say "that was an experiment". When I pick a project, I opt for something I havn't tried before. The first block is never as good as the last but the next quilt is better.

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    I have also learned to listen to my machine. When it sounds like it is pounding going over the pressed seams it usually needs a new needle. Also learned to take my time when sewing, if you try to go to fast you'll be more likely to mess up. But the most important thing that I have learned is patience, patience, patience. Unless you have a pacific deadline take your time and enjoy the experience.

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    That I'm not the only one who has done something stupid....

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    I am a beginner and what is the best way to "square" each block?????

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    I've learned it's ok to just sit in my sewing space and pop the bubble wrap that my last package was shipped in. Also, never start a new project on a Friday.

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    Seems like I have a LOT to learn. Thanks for all of you experience.

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    I have learned that some classes are for learning
    that I'm never going to do that again. There is no point in
    finishing a quilt that I hated making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspete
    I've learned I need to go to Quilting School, 101, 102, 103 and 201, 202 & 203 !


    Blessings,
    Ruth
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltersew
    I am a beginner and what is the best way to "square" each block?????
    My best way is to take a 6" wide ruler x preferably 24" and lay it on your fabric, get the corners lined up right, mark the corners, and then move down/up and across straightening your edges and marking, and then cutting the excess off. there may be an easier way, but this works for me. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Scraps will make more scraps! It never fails everythime I am commited to using or cleaning up my scraps , by the time I am done I have just as many if not more scraps!
    Square up fabric before cutting.
    One more ....sometimes its just not a quilting day, and step away from the machine.
    Yes I have noticed that too! Why do you think that happens. I have gotten to where if I have scraps left over from scraps I toss them Unless it is at least 10x10 inches.

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    To be very, very patient with myself and my points!!!

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    Once again, sage advise from all! I have learned so much just even reading this topic.

    I've learned that I can wrap clothesline with fabric and read the posts at the same time!

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    I've learned that in sewing a 4 patch block together, direction does matter.

    Not sure if I said that right since I'm new to quilting. Basically, I was sewing alternating dark/light patches for each block. But when it came to sewing the blocks together, I quickly found out that not all the blocks lined up the same way. That's because I had stitched differently for each block so that they didn't all match. :oops:

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    Ditto
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I have learned that patience is a virtue especially when it comes to quilting. Being in a hurry does nothing but make a mess.
    Amen to that!

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