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Thread: THE YUCKY PART

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    the binding definately I have most of my problems there. It could be because I hate to hand sew because my fingers are numb all the time so it makes it hard holding the needle. And the sandwhich on large quilts because of space to lay them out properly

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    Having to get the housework done before getting sewing time!

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    I love everything about the quilting process right up to the sandwiching and then I feel like a total failure. I don't know of a long arm quilter in my area so I STRUGGLE to get the final steps done!!! I want a quiting frame!

    Binding the quilt is my favorite step, but then I step back and think I should have struggled a bit more and done more quilting!!

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    what lucky patsy's mom said. definitely :!: :!: :!:

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    Cutting is what I dislike the most. Takes the most amount of time. Especially if I have to cut small pieces. UGH!

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    I dislike the cutting also. And I definitely hate correcting my mistakes, however I should be a pro by now with as often as it seems I do it... :lol:

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    The yucky part...hmmm. I'd have to say basting. Second yuckiest is when a piece of fabric doesn't quite flip and cover the lines on a foundation piece, and I gotta rip those teensy-bitsy stitches out. A close tie with that one would be when the rotary cutter slips and cuts crooked. (Notice how I didn't blame myself! :roll: )

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    hmmmmm.....sandwiching part, not so fun.... when starting a paper piecing project, the "re-learning" curve that often requires taking out those teeny tiny stitches. Ugh!

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    I really dislike winding bobbins...especially when I find that I've run out of bobbin thread and I don't have anymore wound and I have to stop and wind a bunch. I need a little elf that sits and winds bobbins as I empty them, so I always have full bobbins... LOL :)

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    I agree with SD, I've usually sewed about a mile before I realize the bobbin is empty and if I don't have another spool of that same thread I have to cut the top thread, unthread the needle, wind the bobbin/bobbins and rethread the whole mess!
    Leslie, I have one of those rotary cutters that can't stay on the right path too!We should get a refund.
    The part I'm most impatient about is the binding because when that's done it's time for the washer and MAN! do I love taking that thing out of the dryer (well not the blue Irish Chain!) and just burrying my face in it. If it's not real hot weather I wrap in it for a minute or two (don't have time for a whole nap)

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    Kathy and Shadow you need to invest in the side winder. I love it! Sure beats stopping in the middle and having to change all your thread....lol.

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    I discovered another yuky part, the more you work on it the less you like it but you've got too much time and money in it to throw it aside! I'm giving it to my SIL even if I don't like it, I'm going to tell her that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I discovered another yuky part, the more you work on it the less you like it but you've got too much time and money in it to throw it aside! I'm giving it to my SIL even if I don't like it, I'm going to tell her that!
    All the ones you work on and you don't like....just send them my way. I won't mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    I agree with you, Debby! I was turning my left middle finger to hamburger when I was hand quilting. Then I found something called the Under thimble. It's just a little metal disk that has some glue on it, and you stick it opn the end of your finger. It stays on pretty well, and your needle kind of bounces off it because it's rounded. You can use the disk over and over again, because the heat from you skin reactivates the glue, and it comes with several glue disks. You're actually more likely to lost the disk than to run out of the glue thingies. I don't do hand quilting without it anymore!
    I found something similar at Walmart....they are plastic and stick to your finger, very reasonably priced.

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    I have a second machine that I wind my bobbins on, it's the actual sitting there winding them that I detest. Usually I will sit and wind twenty or thirty, but eventually I use them all up and have to do it all over again... Elves!... I need an elf that will sit and wind them while I sew and a few others to clean up after me.... LOL

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    I cannot STAND sandwiching-- I have no room!

    I used to use my living room floor (even though that too was a tight squeeze)-- but now that we're under renovation and everything is dusty I'm going to have to head to my quilt shop to see if they'll let me use their floor for 30-60 minutes or so... (although I have NEVER been able to sandwich in such little time I am hoping that, with room, it won't be so bad!)

    Also, quilting big things under a small-necked machine is TOUGH. I keep telling myself I want to try quilt-as-you-go-- I even went to a talk / demo by Lois Smith (who is GREAT, btw-- you should check out her book on this if you want to learn), but I haven't designated a project to be my "tester".
    :shock:

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    The yucky part for me is adding borders. Once the pieced top is done I admire that and like to move on to the next piecing project. I have quite a few quilt tops without borders sitting around.

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    Maybe I'm still just new enough that I haven't found any part truly yuchy - mostly frustrating (good thing I no longer have little ones running around the house cuz they'd learn some words they shouldn't) & my SO keeps asking me what is supposed to be so "relaxing" about this endeavor!! :lol:

    But, for me so far it is the binding. I've got stitching in the ditch down pretty good, my seams are getting much easier (boy did I do alot of research on how to make that happen), I love picking out and mixing colors and I find myself designing quilts in my head....but I sure struggle with the binding. Just when I think I've got it ~ it goes wrong. Thankfully, these are "practice" quilts that go to family or donate to local women's shelter and they all just smile and tell me how wonderful it looks! :-)

    I can't wait for the day when I can buy a true quilting machine and frame - I'm watching those dollars add up and every time I tell myself I'm tired of working two jobs - I look at the pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca Chambley
    I hate, the seam ripper, My dum mistakes, and not having enough time to do all that I want. I hate it when my sewing room is a mess. And I hate being interupted when I'm on a roll. Other then that, everything else is pure joy..........

    LOL! You took the words right out of my mouth!

    I make mistakes when I rush, and I rush because I have so little time to make all the quilts in my head!

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    I just hate the binding part if I have to hand sew it. I don't do hand sewing very often..

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    Yucky for me is definetly the sandwiching part. I just don't have room to do the large quilts (thats as good of an excuse as any) and since I don't like that part, I'm not good at it. I just love all the rest though. Picking out the fabrics and fondling them...pure joy! :lol:

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    That's part of my joy too but I just love it when they are all done. I haven't learned to do any fancing machine quilting so I send most of mine out to a friend with a long arm. I can always pay her extra to add on things. It does get expensive though and takes away from more money for FABRIC>>I don't have a large place in my house to put things together either. She does that for me too.

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    Guess I should have edited that picture down some.

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    I just joined today. My name is Connie and I live in Bennett, Colorado about 30 miles east of Denver. I've only been quilting about a year. I went to a class for a while and may go to another one at Joann Fabrics. Right now I'm working on the 2007 Colorful Colorado Shop Hop Quilt. I'm sewing down the appliques and that is a yucky part for me too. This is my most recent completed quilt. It's the Elenor Burns, Quick Trip Around The World.


    Happy Stitching to All..

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    I too get frustrated with the quilting I've been on my second quilt for a while now and it mostly sits on the table and does duty as a cat bed in between ripping out seems, re-ironing, re-pinning and trying to get it rolled up and into that little 7 1/2 in throat on my machine. That is why I took a job at Wallyworld. To save money and get a long arm machine with a frame. Other than trying to free motion on a machine that doesn't drop the feed dogs, In a tiny throat, I love every part of quilting. And know I'll be loving it more.

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