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queen jean

quilting

i know this topic is not food related but im into trying my hand at quilting ,so far ive got my rotary cutter cutting mat etc going to need the basic rulers etc but they are so exspensive ,has anyone here done quilting? got any tips guide etc would love any advice please oh and been told a quilting foot is a must have but im not sure about that as yet though .just looking forward to having a go at it .

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sam from worthing

Quilting

funnily enough, I have just started this hobby myself.

But i have not brought cutter and mats etc just yet, the other night at silly o clock when i couldn;t sleep, on one of these all night shopping channels, they had quilting tools, and i was flabberghasted at the prices - and they wanted nearly 10 pounds delivery, plus phone call costs, the fabric shop, had the identical and better cutters for half the price. I want to know that its something i will continue to enjoy doing and persevere with, and cutting each shape indivually is not my idea of fun, or passing the time.

So, i buy my shapes pre cut in packs of between 40-200 all cut and pressed and in varying sizes on line, (they can machine cut loads of pieces at one time) backing material i buy from the market or the remnant bins of the fabric shop.

fabric shops are few and far between on the high street now, and are quite pricey too.

Got a couple of books too, one from the book people and one my husband found in a charity shop, one is more for those who have quilted before and quilt using the armish methods - very intricate for me....I need a sewing machine for a start, and so not a good hand sewer.

I enjoy it, but i have to be in the mood for it, one day i can be sewing for an hour, and another day, i can be sewing for 5 hours - but it does get my back a bit.

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queen jean

quilting

hi sam
like the idea of buying pre cut pieces
of fabric shapes all ready to sew together sounds good to me,because im told that without a quilting ruler and ive not got one yet then my pieces are not gonna join up right .so looks like
im halfway into wanting to start to learn about it and actualy making my first quilt ,just didnt think it was going to cost this much starting.ive also managed to get bits and bobs from charity shops but not got a book yet to guide me along ,oh im not giving up yet im determined to make a quilt with a bit of luck before xmas

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Kate

quilting

I took up quilting a couple of years ago, and bought or had as presents the mat, cutters and rulers over time. (I swiped my husband's technical drawing rulers & set squares too)
Sheets make good cheap backing fabric.
My first quilt I cut a metre into 4 and cut strips of other fabric and went round the sides adding until they were big enough & rejoined together & it's lovely.
It is possible to buy 'layer cakes' which are bigger pieces than the jelly rolls.
I go to a quilting shop in Andover which does run courses, the owners are incredibly friendly & helpful.
U3A has quilting classes in this area(north Hants) which are very inexpensive

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Kate

quilting

Oh, sorry, you only need a quilting foot if you are going to machine quilt the pattern onto the finished layers, on a big one it can get tricky. (it is possible to send a quit to a long-arm quilter & have it quiited professionally.
Hand sewing is also very effective & I like an excuse to sit snuggled up in a quilt while I sew it.

 
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