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    If any of you still need to be adopted and don't have anyone in particular in mind, you can PM me. I have compiled a list of experienced quilters and newbies and can match you up with someone. Don't forget the info about yourself and types of things you would like to learn. I'll get right back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevendebbie25
    Quote Originally Posted by homecaregiver
    Oh boy is there a "momma" out there in quilt land that would like to adopt me. I want to learn to machine quilt. No Long arm but on my home sewing machine. I have a Bernina 830.

    Pat (homecaregiver)
    If you have the same machine, this would be a nice fit...if you also machine quilt to answer her questions. Or if you feel your experienced enough on machine quilting to help her.
    Here is a link, I loved these items as I was learning, even took a class where they used these panels and book to teach us.
    http://www.ericas.com/quilting/tools/skillbuilder.htm
    I bought the DVD and there are additional patterns you can print off and stitch on the paper to learn, or trace onto fabric (layer so you get used to the batting & how it will move, just a sample size to work / learn from). Then practice first. Then I made a really simple plain blocks in a design quilt, and I'll probably give this to the dog, as I used it to 'learn' on, to practice all types of designs before I attemped a nicer quilt. Then I made a couple baby doll blankets for my GD, and practiced how I'd like to make a full quilt look with this simple dresdon plate design, and I also tested quilt marking systems to see what I liked best.
    I hope this helps.
    I'm not going to "adopt" as I feel I'm a beginner myself to machine quilting. Just sharing how I'm learning too.
    Thank you for the above sight and all the valuable information

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    What a wonderfull idea. I am up for adoption. Need all the help I can get. Please Take Me Home!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi and Good Morning,

    Just read your post and just wanted to say that I love english paper piecing. It is a great portable way to take along with you to drs. waiting area, while traveling and a great way to use up some scraps. I have made several tops with this technique.

    I like you have more unfinished tops than quilted ones but I am working to correct that. I too am a sponge and I want to absorb everything I can and try every thing there is learn. But I know I will not be able to do everything I want in my lifetime unless I live a very very long time.

    My quilting time has been stifled due the health of my husband but I still try to work on one of my passions.

    Enjoyed reading your post.
    Have a great wonderful day. I plan to.

    Pat homecaregiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by homecaregiver
    Hi and Good Morning,

    Just read your post and just wanted to say that I love english paper piecing. It is a great portable way to take along with you to drs. waiting area, while traveling and a great way to use up some scraps. I have made several tops with this technique.

    I like you have more unfinished tops than quilted ones but I am working to correct that. I too am a sponge and I want to absorb everything I can and try every thing there is learn. But I know I will not be able to do everything I want in my lifetime unless I live a very very long time.

    My quilting time has been stifled due the health of my husband but I still try to work on one of my passions.

    Enjoyed reading your post.
    Have a great wonderful day. I plan to.

    Pat homecaregiver
    where do you get your Eng. PP templates/papers?
    Have you ever tried to take it on an airplane? I saw a DVD where they shown putting a kit together for air travel, and said those rounded toddler scissors will be accepted. I was then wondering about the needle?

    I do not like cutting out all those hexigons from printable sources, and I know you can buy them pre-cut in asst. sizes...don't know where? Do you finger press or craft iron around your edges? Do you sew them together into a row before removing inside papers? Ok, this is one place I have questions, after you sew all those small pieces together, do you applique or attach a backing? Or just lay over the batting and begin to quilt? How would you "quilt" the layers? Pattern? Stitch in ditch? Any other tips you could share about English Paper Piecing? (I spell out for newbies to learn also, many don't know the acranyms for quilting, it's a learning process too).

    Ladies, this is what I think most of us would like from anyone wanting to learn anything..newbie or intermediate trying something new. Ask specific questions, details, so we know where your stuck, what you want. You can PM any of us, and if we can't answer, we'll ask the others or find it.
    I'd also strongly encourage you to take a local basic beginner class. My only personal complaint, each class I took, the instructor talked over my head as if I should know all this already, and these where supposed to be "your first steps" . NEVER be afraid to ask, probably others in class are just as puzzled. And I actually have learned more from the lady next to me (in intermediate classes just learning new techniqes) then the teacher who's on a schedule to 'finish'. I've taken 4 ways now of making log cabin, two are my favorite now.

    Oh, and I AM asking on the Eng.PP, hope you can help.

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    I've adopted one & we've become good friends! I've adopted dasmith! Well I've become friends with her & we even talk on the phone about 2-3 times a week. I've told her I'm willing to help in any way I can on projects she's working on if she has problems. We've learned alot about each other & I can't wait to meet in person. She lives close to my favorite quilt shop so once things slow down here I hope to meet her for lunch & a drop in the shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    I've adopted one & we've become good friends! I've adopted dasmith! Well I've become friends with her & we even talk on the phone about 2-3 times a week. I've told her I'm willing to help in any way I can on projects she's working on if she has problems. We've learned alot about each other & I can't wait to meet in person. She lives close to my favorite quilt shop so once things slow down here I hope to meet her for lunch & a drop in the shop!
    That is wonderful! Part of why I wish they would post where they live. Doubt anyone is up here in ND, that would be great for me too.
    Yes, becoming "friends" is an added bonus, I am home all the time so I can 'talk' or web cam or catch emails pretty fast throughout the day.
    I'm also in another group, we're small & have grown very close, know whats happening to each other, and when we travel we see if anyone lives along our route. One came up to the Dakotas and met me, she's from Arizona. I went to OR and met one. I think Quilters always have a common thread that binds us..nothing else seems to matter ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by quazyquilter
    I would like to challenge all the "veteran" quilters on this board to find a "newbie" and adopt one. I have taken one under my wing, so to speak and I am teaching her to quilt via this board, e-mail and the phone.
    There are some "newbies" out there that would probably welcome our help and guidance and have lots of questions that maybe they are too shy to ask, or they may not know how to ask about certain things, for fear that they will be considered "dumb questions".
    So, QUILTERS,UNITE!!!


    I would love someone to adopt me!!!! 49 yr old brand new quilter, mom to 4 kids and 3 kitties!!!!!I am mostly doing handwork at this time.

    p.s. don't take butterjoy, she's mine! :lol: :D :roll:

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    I have been quilting for 8 years and would be happy to help someone. Don't do handpiecing or hand quilting, or anything by hand except for binding. Don't like paper piecing, am more the traditional quilter.

    Emily

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    Hi stevendebbie25,

    Well I am with you on not liking the job of cutting out the patterns. When this is done, you are likely to have some that are cut crooked than you are with buying the lazer cut ones.

    I have made several Dresden Plates in different sizes, a grandmothers flower garden, a couple of star quilts and some with diamonds (in my ufo collection)

    When you get the hang of basting the fabric onto the template you can go quite quickly making them. Anyway, the lazer cut templates are reusable quite a few times. And the way you do it is to lay whatever fabric you are going to use face down and lay the template on top of it Your fabric needs to have the 1/4 inch seam allowance figured in and that 1/4" is what you turn over onto the template. What I do is put a small pin in the center to hold the 2 pieces together and then cut around the template (remember the 1/4 extra. I just hold the shape in my hand and fold over and do a basting stitch through the paper and fabric. When you get to a corner, just fold it over and keep on basting around.

    Is this clear as mud to you at this point?

    You leave the paper in the piece until it has been attached to another piece and the pattern is what decides this.
    The Dresden Plate comes in several sizes. I have one on my table ready to baste for hand quilting.
    This one has 16 paper pieced parts and they are whip stitch together to form a circle and then appliqued onto a block. After it is appliques onto the block, then you can take the paper out. This is one of my favorite patterns.

    paperpieces.com is a nice site that has lots of different shaped templates and these are more exact than the ones y ou cut your self.

    Well till next lesson, I hope this will answer some of your questions.

    It was nice to be able to pass on some of my "knowledge" lol to someone else to use. Happy EE Paper Piecing.

    Pat
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    Quote Originally Posted by homecaregiver
    Hi stevendebbie25,

    Well I am with you on not liking the job of cutting out the patterns. When this is done, you are likely to have some that are cut crooked than you are with buying the lazer cut ones.

    I have made several Dresden Plates in different sizes, a grandmothers flower garden, a couple of star quilts and some with diamonds (in my ufo collection)

    When you get the hang of basting the fabric onto the template you can go quite quickly making them. Anyway, the lazer cut templates are reusable quite a few times. And the way you do it is to lay whatever fabric you are going to use face down and lay the template on top of it Your fabric needs to have the 1/4 inch seam allowance figured in and that 1/4" is what you turn over onto the template. What I do is put a small pin in the center to hold the 2 pieces together and then cut around the template (remember the 1/4 extra. I just hold the shape in my hand and fold over and do a basting stitch through the paper and fabric. When you get to a corner, just fold it over and keep on basting around.

    Is this clear as mud to you at this point?

    You leave the paper in the piece until it has been attached to another piece and the pattern is what decides this.
    The Dresden Plate comes in several sizes. I have one on my table ready to baste for hand quilting.
    This one has 16 paper pieced parts and they are whip stitch together to form a circle and then appliqued onto a block. After it is appliques onto the block, then you can take the paper out. This is one of my favorite patterns.

    paperpieces.com is a nice site that has lots of different shaped templates and these are more exact than the ones y ou cut your self.

    Well till next lesson, I hope this will answer some of your questions.

    It was nice to be able to pass on some of my "knowledge" lol to someone else to use. Happy EE Paper Piecing.

    Pat
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    Thanks, found the site for EPP, have you done the miniture quilts? This sounds like a nice way to 'learn' patterns, and then have a pretty grouping of quilts on a wall, especially if I 'sort of' color coordinate them & the room.
    Ooops, wondered why this wasn't answered... forgot to send it, got pulled away by GD(age 3).

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    I would love to be adopted. I have many patterns, books, and magazines. I have made a couple small quilts, and would love to have someone that could help and guide me. I don't do the quilting part, just the sewing part, would love to be able to learn the machine quilting part. One thing at a time....lol

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    Nope quilting is the word! Once we open our mouths & say "quilting" to another quilter, it's like you've been friends forever! I'll never forget when I went to Paducah the first couple times & how friendly everyone was. I always went with a group of other quilters but after I'd gone a couple times I'd decided that it didn't matter if there were others there or not because everyone talks to everyone. We all have the same interests & there it doesn't matter if you're rich, in between, or poor we all talk & have something in common. Unlike here at home, some of the quilters think they are LA TE DAH if you know what I mean but I guess there's always one egg that spoils the dozen! But that's ok, you can always toss that one to the side & make use of the other 11 !!!!

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    I still consider myself a newbie. I did some log cabins , rip and stitch, years ago but that was it. No quilting either...they were embroidery floss tied. I have been trying to collect cloth and saving patterns and all kinds of tips I see on here.. Great teachers are here and I am thankful for that.. You all could write a book!

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    I would like to be adopted!

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    Oh.. I live in Lebanon Maine, right beside Rochester NH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mare
    I still consider myself a newbie. I did some log cabins , rip and stitch, years ago but that was it. No quilting either...they were embroidery floss tied. I have been trying to collect cloth and saving patterns and all kinds of tips I see on here.. Great teachers are here and I am thankful for that.. You all could write a book!
    Here are perfect step by step beginner quilter instructions:
    http://www.ideas-for-quilting.com/

    Here is my favorite place to "find" any fabric, shops all across america, Fab Shop Hop, and on top do FabSearch
    http://fabshophop.com/

    My favorite hand dyed fabrics and pre-cut kaleidoscope kits:
    http://www.wnynetworks.com/labfabrics/shop_online.php3

    https://www.picotextiles.com/index.php

    http://www.ttfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fab...i?Category=495

    My favorite fabric, adds pizzazz to a quilt:
    http://madhattersquiltbox.com/michae...airyfrost.aspx

    Here are many sites for FREE quilt blocks, quilt patterns and border patterns. Google and you can find about anything.

    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpa...t_patterns.htm

    Calculating Borders: http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/C...Calculator.php

    Border & Quilt Setting Lessons:
    http://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.ne...ltSettings.htm

    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...t_bytopic.html

    http://www.scrapquilts.com/0101bom.html

    http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/AlphaBlockList.html

    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...t_patterns.htm

    http://www.quilterscache.com/BlocksbySizeB.html

    http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/redirect.html

    http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/#AB

    Jenny Beyer (advanced patterns) Another of my favorites:
    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/freepatter...05857&axis_v=2

    http://www.fabric.com/CategoryDetail...e-31ebff5743bf

    http://www.homedecorators.com/detail...69078&aid=bzrt

    English Paper Piecing templates:
    http://www.paperpieces.com/index.html

    http://www.paperpieces.com/contents/en-us/d33.html

    Books & Patterns, designer, bargello, etc:
    http://www.grizzlygulchgallery.com/i...Patterns_Books

    Fun song to know it will always turn out...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzoL7ddTEnA

    Quilt Stories for your Husband:
    http://www.popser.com/

    http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/sto...752&page_id=17

    I hope these links will help our newbies find fabric, patterns, learn lessons on quilting, borders, settings.
    If your very new to this "Newbies" messages, look back a few pages of messages, and I had posted tips and acranyms list for quilting.
    Anyone else have links to help?
    THIS group wite, also has many tutorials to help. And lots of experienced quilters for your help, if your a newbie or intermediate wanting to learn a new technique.

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    WOW.. thank you . I copied them ALL ! That is so much help and I appreciate it. I will go back a few pages too and look.
    I have been working all morning getting my stuff set up and in another area so it is "in my face" and make me get on it!!

    thank you sincerely for all your help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevendebbie25
    There are different quilting stitching... and we think "stiple" means the
    squiggly small lines that won't touch each other.
    Micro Stipple is no open space more than 1/4"
    Stipple is no more than 1/2" space
    Background is 1" space between stitching
    Allover is 2" space
    Edge to Edge (pantos) is 3-4" space
    Meander is 6-8" space (should be used for Charity quilts)
    Crap is loose stitching like a store bought bed comforter.
    If your a long arm quilter, and someone asks you to practice on their quilt...
    you don't practice, it's all work the same.
    Explain these stitches, and have mini samples of these on actual variety of
    blocks and plain fabric, so they can see the difference and how the stitching
    would flow in a block (make a sample of asst. most common blocks, log cabin,
    flying geese, 9 patch, etc).
    Have a contract signed with your quilt owner, so she has picked the type of
    quilting she wants, and charge accordingly...make sure she knows the charges you
    placed to each type of stitch work (size).
    Some charge by square inch, most common is 1-1/2 cents/sqin, and some charge by
    the hour, and literally will keep track of each 15 minutes or hour they have
    worked. If your hiring, ask if they keep track on a tablet the time they work
    on the quilt. You do not pay/get paid, for "thinking" time of what to do, but
    actual working/stitching time.

    Make sure YOUR quilt when taking to a long arm quilter, is "fixed".
    Clip all loose threads front AND back. Square up each block before you sew them
    together, and in stages of your quilt, and sashing & borders kept even/squared
    up. Pin borders on from middle to ends (NEVER end to end). And press your
    seams so they do not bunch up. If you are finished, and you find the backside
    has bunched seams, repress WITH STARCH to change the direction of seams. Set
    seams before pressing to one direction or another, run the iron down the stitch
    line, then fold the seam over and press again. STARCH IS GOOD.

    Quilters will charge to pre-press, loading time avg. 1 hr putting your quilt on
    the machine, the more problems it has, the longer.
    Custom work (fancy stippling, feathers, details) COSTS! Either hire for edge to
    edge or pantos work, or be prepared to pay dearly for detailed work. Long arm
    quilters, your time is money, if you are uncomfortable, just say NO.

    Ladies, a 60"x60" quilt, when you add a 10" border, you've doubled the square
    inches of your quilt, expect to double the price also.
    Quilters, you can do 3x(60"x60") quilts in the same time as 1(100"x100"king)
    quilt.

    When your quilting, your own or professionally, divide your quilt into those
    folded quilt zones, and set goal/accomplish/repeat, and you'll finish in a
    timely manner. Why practice on a quilt you've spend precious time and money on
    quality fabric, to piece this lovely top.... practice on plain fabric folded
    into quiltable zones, or on a crap basic quilt you'll donate for charity.
    THANK YOU >> DULY NOTED and SAVED !!

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    Hope I took out the repeat..sent 2 timess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mare
    WOW.. thank you . I copied them ALL ! That is so much help and I appreciate it. I will go back a few pages too and look.
    I have been working all morning getting my stuff set up and in another area so it is "in my face" and make me get on it!!

    thank you sincerely for all your help!!!
    MOST important, "Lighting"...space and being organized is a great idea too. I like things 'around me' like a space saver kitchen...have my embroidery machine on a big old lawyer desk I found $20 at a yard sale, has two pull out side wings, one has a sm. iron board & tiny iron for block cut seams, the other side has a tiny cutting board and tiny rotary for square up blocks. I have my larger iron board behind me and lowered so I could iron either standing or sitting. I have a large office chair, more comfortable for long hours quilting and rises to make right height for arm reach to machine. I have a little utility table from Walmart ($9), with my smaller piecing machine beside me also. I have clamp on extension desk lights over my larger cutting table (from JoAnns on coupon, tall, collapsible sides to thin size, no back ache cutting), also on my office/sewing desk, and my tiny table sewing station. I have this in a spare bedroom without the bed, and another desk for my printer, CD/radio. I have used office file stand for holding my larger rulers on my cutting table. I have a pretty pot I store small tools. I have a letter/desk organizer for sm. rulers and a lg desk organizer for files again larger mid rulers & templates.
    I have a couple tiny shelves for my gingher scissors asstmt., and put mug cup hooks to hang my Olfa rotaries from. I have a closet with 1/2 rod, and hang 'projects' on hangers..then other half is shelves I have my fabrics organized by type in piles. I have a book shelf I have a TV/DVD player (I don't like total quiet, need someone talking to me), and my quilt books, and 14 binders full of patterns I've printed off free, or from magazines so I don't have the bulk of the mags in storage, I tear out patterns & tip sheets I like, put in plastic sleeves, and binders are by Christmas, Baby, Table Runners, Wall Hangings, Men's, Log Cabins, Bargello, etc.
    A photo of my quilt room wouldn't look totally "tidy" but it is organized. I also have a kitchen garbage (new) for fabric scraps (used to just toss these until I realized they are 'gold' for applique, Paper piecing, log cabins, scrappy & crazy quilts), and another can for those that really are tossible. I even save my salvages now, found a cute idea pattern for them, and have several friends who collect & use these, so I cut & toss them into a box.
    If you know anyone starting into a new home, buying curtains, table clothes, bedding...get these zipper bags these items are stored in, they make great project bags. I sort precut pieces, smaller yrdg & the pattern in these bags. If I do hanging yrds I pin the pattern to that fabric now so I don't loose why I bought the fabric (happened to me during a move, patterns got separated).

    Get the BEST tools you can afford, from cutting mat to rotaries, rulers to iron. Learn your machine well. Invest in good thread. And have fun, when it becomes mistakes and tension, STOP, break and return.

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    hi would anyone out there like to take on a real challenge, i'm from Northern Ireland and i can assure you i know very little and need lots of TLC, my latest phrase whilst sewing is (insert head and smack here) so that will give you a clue on how good i am, oh and i have a Janome Quilters machine and also a Janome ME350E embrodiery machine(please help)

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    have you got a newby yet or would you like me, be assured i will be a challenge oh and can someone help i'm tying to put a photo up so you can see me

    oh and i'm the one on the right and my sister is on the left, she lives in Oz and has been quilting for about 15 - 20 years
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    :thumbup: i'm new.. any takers lol. do we have to sign adoption papers... i like canada anyone.

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    Hi Everyone!
    Newbie, a babe in the woods, here looking for a mentor to adopt me. Lol, Googled the acronyms FMQ, SID, EQ5 and PP. Will most likely do the same when coming across unfamiliar quilting terms.
    Let me know if you'd like to adopt me!
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