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Thread: THE YUCKY PART

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    Hey folks,
    Everybody be honest now...Which part of the quilting process do you like the least? Like, cutting or binding or pressing. Maybe if we get a concensus we can put our heads together and figure out ways to make the yucky part a little easier. What do you think?

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    I'm there right now with the quilt I am working on! The "why isn't this done yet" stage! It seems like I have been working on this quilt forever and I'm not even close to being done yet.....

    Some projects go a little faster than others, but occasionally this happens with a project and I hate it! Mostly because I start losing interest at a certain point and worry I will give up on it! LOL

    Other than that, I guess the other part I dislike would be handstitching the bindings...especially on the larger quilts as that too seems to take forever!

    Call me impatient!! LOL

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    the yucky part for me is correcting my errors. :evil: :evil: :evil:
    i get so mad at myself. most of the time they occur when i am trying to hurry or have gotten too tired to be working.

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    The yucky part for me is the very beginning, having to lay all my fabric out, iron it, and cut it. I enjoy the sewing part. The other yucky part is laying it out to sandwich it. So thought i'd try something easy this week, thought i'd try a quilt as you go circle quilt, thought it would be sooo easy! I'm up to my neck in circles everywhere! lol

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    For me it's not so much yucky as I feel I'm being tested each time I sit down to sew. Being new at the sewing machine, I honestly feel the hardest part is getting a piecing method down. Picking colors, designing, cutting the fabric, basting, backing, finishing, all take a seat behind the sewing machine. I've seriously been giving thought to doing everything by hand, but not being the one to give up quite that quickly, the terrier in me has opted for tenacity versus timidity in the matter.

    An upgrade on the machine may be in order as well since mine is a basic Janome designed for beginners. Needle down, a true scant 1/4 or movable needle, and even feed sound so inviting...

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    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..........

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    I don't know that it's yucky, per se, but the hardest part for me is the quilting. I don't want to hand quilt and I have very limited room when I'm quilting on my machine...Not a lot of clearance between the needle part and the body part. If I ever want to do anything bigger than a lap quilt I'll probably have to hire it done.

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    I think basting is very boring.


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    For me, it really depends on the project. Like with the denim quilt it was smooth sailing until I got to layering it together and quilting it and with the gigantic Wind Waker sea map wall hanging its just about everything that needs to be done before I actually work on it (designing, sizing, techniques to use, etc.)

    But I think something that's always going to be something I'm going to hate is the layering it all together part. Don't have much space to work with so getting it all together is Hell. I used the wall to get the denim quilt together. Quilting it is not that fun either. Well, with smaller projects its easy, but there's not much clearence between my needle and the body of my machine so it gets harder to quilt larger things. I've learned if I'm working on larger things and I need to quilt in the middle I have to tightly roll up what's not being quilted at the moment and then try to run it through the machine. Looked like I was sewing a huge blue carpet roll when I was quilting the middle of the denim quilt. lol.

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    for me, it is the ironing. Also, I think basting is boring, too. Oh, and anytime I let myself get overtired and make mistakes.


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    My yucky part is pricking my fingers. I hand quilt and my hand underneath has to feel the needle so I know when to push the needle back up. Now I love to quilt but sometimes I have to put it away for a few days so my fingers can heal.

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    CUTTING....*yawn*
    I'd rather tear out 10 rows of stitches than cut fabric.
    I just recently cut the crap out of a finger, so that intensified my dislike of the rotary cutter...grrrr :thumbdown:

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    I hate making the quilt sandwich. I usually make large quilts (queen or king). Maybe thats why I find it so frustrating. It takes forever. My favorite part is the quilting.

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    Ditto to all who dislike the sandwiching. Getting it smooth, then basting and/or putting in a million saftey pins. YUCK!

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    Cleaning up all the little threads on the back before sandwiching the layers.

    Judy

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    I don't consider anything about quilting yucky, but choosing colors sometimes is a problem for me. making the decision on what pattern to make also. There are so many that I have on my list and not enough time to work on them. In the back of my mind, I am always working on one, but the actual part seems to be so far in the future.

    I have never machine quilted a full quilt on my regular sewing machine. I used to send them out to be quilted. I eventually invested in a short longarm (17" throat) so I could finish a quilt in no time......I didn't want to wait weeks, and sometimes months to get it back.

    I find when I go to the store and see fabric with different colors but the same design, I buy some of all of it with a quilt in the future in my mind. I have alot of collected fabrics that way.

    The worst part (if I have to choose) would be the waiting to see the finished product. Once it starts to go together and all those small pieces are sewn, everything is worth it in the end.

    Barb

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    Lately the yucky part is finding blocks of time to quilt. Then when I do get the time, basting drives me nuts.

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    I have my biggest problems with the sandwich. Mostly because I don't have the room :D Mostly I just enjoy the whole thing :D

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    uh oh - my least favorite part . . . don't hate me now! . . . is

    the quilting!

    i'm tired of paying to have them machine quilted (even though it's relatively inexpensive here) so i'm trying to machine quilt on my machine. ugh. still have some kinks to work out (timing so there are no loops in the back, smoothness of the machine bed so there aren't any 'oops' spots, etc etc).

    maybe one day i'll have the $$ to get a long-arm - still not sure i'd enjoy it, though!

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    Ironing the fabric ahead of time, only to find it wrinkled again when ready to use it.


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    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!

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    Jeez, you'd never believe I type for a living, would you????

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    I have to parts I don't like about Quilting.

    First is cutting it out. I have to keep thinking measure twice cut once. I still mess up.

    The other part is hand sewing the back side of the binding on. It seems like it takes forever for me to get it done. I guess because I'm so excited and I want it to be done.

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    I hate not having enough hours in the day to work on a project you are on a roll with.

    I love all parts of the quilt making process, yes even the taking out and redoing... it challenges me and my patience.

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    I hate sewing borders on.

    Such a boring part of the process for me. Especially when they aren't pieced borders.

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