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On Massdrop, whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a seasoned expert, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
QUILT PATTERNS With endless amounts of quilting patterns out there, it’s hard to know where to get started. Getting a glimpse of what other people are doing with their patterns can serve as good inspiration, and asking the right questions can help you with your next project.
ASK QUESTIONS • What are the best patterns for applique quilting? • How do I start preparing a patchwork pattern quilt? • Do different fabric types make a difference?
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Does anyone have a Baby Lock Jazz? I don't see a way to position the needle left or right of center when straight stitching. I also don't like that when you set it on Zig Zag, it moves the needle off center for the stitch. Otherwise, I like the way it sews and enjoy the large throat.
This was my very first quilt. A great place to start. The blocks are big, the fabric was already picked out (kit) and the applique was pretty easy. Tula Pink Faded Hearts.
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loomroomcat
What a great job you did for a first quilt! So beautiful! Keep up the good work, we need more beginning quilters to carry on these wonderful keepsakes. Be sure to label your quilts. They will be someone's treasure some day and they will want to know where it came from. Even if you plan on keeping it, you need a label to remind yourself, it was your first and you can look back on it and see how far you have come. Good Luck and make many more quilts!
I live in Adelaide South Australia and I’ve been quilting since I retired in 99. I started going to a group but that got too bitchy, have tried two others since then with the same results. So I have joined groups on Facebook which ive a lot more helpful and no back stabbing. I have machine quilted some of my quilts on my domestic machine and loved it but about 8 - 10 years or so ago I tried hand quilting and piecing and fell in love. I also now incorporate embroidery into my quilts. Our quilt designers here in OZ are fantastic and they cover most styles. We have one lady Sue Daley who does the EPP English paper piecing and designs some beautiful quilts.
MargaretLee
I've thought about giving hand quilting a try! Do you have a favorite thread you use and what weight thread do you prefer?
icwilson
I learned to quilt about 20 years ago by hand-piecing and hand-quilting. Although I now machine piece a lot also, hand-piecing is my favorite. I have made numerous quilts completely by hand. I mostly use Coats and Clark all-purpose thread to piece and then quilt with quilting thread. Some people recommend only using cotton thread. I am still using the first quilt I sewed and it has held up well with many washings.
I am a very amateur quilter . In the past two years, i have completed two lapquilts of my own design of colors . My first quilt was an OHIO STAR pattern and everyone looks at it and says a "you picked ohio star for your first quilt ? Are you Crazy?. I guess i am but that is what i made for my first quilt . The second one was of the Attic Window design and i was proud that i was able to finish that in time for my sister's 80th birthday. I started quilting as something to try. I am self taught using online videos and one of Fons and Porter's Guide to Quilting books. I enjoy going to quilt shows and i have been to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction , Vermont two years and the Maine Quilt show last year. i photograph as many quilts as I can in the time i have to attend these shows. i got some good ideas and help at the Vermont show this year to work on my third quilt . l like is said i am a beginner compared to many of you out there but it is fun and relaxing even when i make mistakes . LOL.
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NHRICHARD
Those are absolutely gorgeous.. I'm floored that you did the Ohio star as well...I picked the log cabin for my first but had to make it difficult by using thinner strips of fabric instead of going thicker with less. Then I got sidetracked and started another for a mother's day gift and that one was pretty intense..I free motioned the whole top and tied silver seed beads in with invisible thread. It turned out amazing..I want to do one like yours with the windows...I just love yours! I love seeing people's ideas and fabric choices as well... such beautiful artwork in quilting! :)
NHRICHARD
Your quilts are beautiful.
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timi45
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How many on this blog own, love &/or see on a Singer Featherweight? Do you belong to a group where you meet with other feathweight enthusiasts?
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I love my featherweights, too, but I just have way too many. I have a lot of other sewing machines, too... hate to give a total. I *won't* give a total count!! ;)
timi45
I have two Featherweights, one black and one white. I do all my block making on mu 221’s.
I started a bergillo it a year ago, omg I have never had unsew so much in my 9 years of quilting. I'm now at the point where I'm going to piece them together and let it be.
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Pattyjean
I didn't think there was that much sewing involved because of how you cut it... that's really neat I love your color palette!!
MyaJean76
Thank you! If you don’t unpick in the right place you have resew. I would think I did it right and low and behold was wrong. But that’s ok. I will get it finished
What are the best patterns for needle turn appliqué?
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Kwilltr
I found flowers are easier. There's a lot of forgiveness if they aren't perfect. As with all quilting, you need to decide what works for you. And how good is "good enough" for you. It's your art. The joy is in the journey.
Kwilltr
Look up Karen K Buckley. She has lot of tools to help with Appliqué.
If you are very inexperienced with quilting as I am, I have been quilting off and on for 4 years, I have found that some of the quilt patterns by Eleanor Burns are very easy to follow instructions and make a very nice looking quilt. I would recommend the book, "Quick Trip". I have used this book to make a queen sized quilt, a twin sized and a crib sized quilt. They all turned out very nice. If you are just starting, take a look at this book.
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Good morning, I have been quilting for 5 years now and still consider myself a bigginer. I'm more of a traditionalist, but I leave some room for art quilts. I also belong to the best guild ever, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. I got hooked on quilting watching the Missouri star quilt company and have made quite a few of them.
Cattrain1
What state are you in? Ocean Waves Guild...has to be near water!
Are you self taught or did you take classes?
DixieGalQuilts
Hi, yes we're in south Florida and self taught
Hey folks. We have a winner of the Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron. Congrats to Kathie C.! The giveaway has concluded, but if you have any questions (or answers), keep them coming. Thanks y'all.
Duncan
This contest was so wonderful and I LOVE my iron!! Thanks Massdrop!!
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LorettaBj
You new at quilting?
ZcityUp
Yes. I’ve tied most of my quilts so far. This year I’m trying to learn to machine quilt.
Does fabric make a difference? Yes. Let me answer my own question. When I first started quilting 15 years, I bought fabric at big box stores. I've sewn for over 40 years, so I know quality of fabric. I didn't buy any cotton that was stiff. If it's stiff in the store, it will be stiff in your quilt. Some of it never washes out soft. I would look for the better quality, tighter woven fabric, 15 years ago, the fabric at the big box stores was ok quality.... especially for beginning quilters. I had 2 projects I never finished purchased from a big box store. I started buying at my local quilt store, (I love to shop clearance there) always wondering if there really was that much of a difference. I recently finished those 2 projects from 15 years ago. Let me tell you what the difference is... the amount of lint that the cheaper fabric sheds is unbelievable! The cheaper fabric sheds lint like my border collie in spring! Also, it doesn't press as nicely as the more expensive fabric. I know it's not going to wear as well either, but if it's an everyday quilt made to be used, use it! The cheaper fabric also ravels more. Buy what you can afford. For your beginning quilts, start out with the nicer fabric at the big box store if that's what you can afford. Make your mistakes on the less expensive fabric. If you have to shop the clearance at your quilt store, who knows or cares? Be sure to clean out your machine, change your needle after 8 hours of sewing, but most of all, have fun!
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Vanessab
If it feels stiff and unravels while you are seeing it, it is not something you are going to want to use on an “everyday” quilt. It will break dawn faster and then you are left with rags. There is a difference between “quilt-quality” and “craft-quality” fabrics. I have been a quilter for 25 years, and used to try and save money back when I first started and those quilts are worn out and “stressed” and faded where the craft fabric are. And the quilt quality fabrics have held up over time. It’s hard to shell out the extra money sometimes, but if you want something to last, it’s worth it.
Vanessab
That’s what I started out with as well. Made me sick as I couldn’t get it to press right & look like it should . It didn’t even make nice charity quilts. I ended up giving some away to a new quilter for practice. That stuff really is discouringing because you don’t improve your projects w/poor fabric. Quilt shop quality fabric is worth every penny because it is worthy of our time, skill and labor and makes a true heirloom quilt to be proud of!
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What thread do you use? I've been quilting with polyester for years but recently read that over time it cuts through the fabric.
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sjkissell
I, too, have heard this about polyester thread, so I try to use only cotton. My problem is I like to use the pre-wound bobbins and some of those are polyester.
I’ve wondered about Craftsy too. I’ve gotten Kaffe Fassett fabric and RJR, but their own brands are questionable. I bought one fat quarter bundle of their fabric and found it lacking. I, too, won’t buy fabric at big box stores. I work hard to do the very best I can to construct my quilts and choose not to use inferior products. Quilt shops...brick & mortar and online, that sell name brand fabrics, are my source.
Can you mix diffent fabrics in quilt tops?
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It helps, also, to iron it with starch. It gives the flannel more body while sewing.
Jbhm
I had not thought of using starch with flannel. Good idea. We could be twins.
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Many quilt patterns ask for scant 1/4” seams. I have found if you ave a Bernina and use the #3 foot (manual button hole foot) and move your needle to the extreme right #5 position, it makes an exact scant 1/4”. I did an entire quilt using this and never had to trim a single block 😊. JB
JLpb
There are different kinds of paper piecing. Foundation is one using paper to get precise points and English paper piecing (epp) to make small designs that are then sewn together. Start with a small design/pattern to see how you feel about each and use to make a pin cushion or another small item. Lots of information and instructions on the internet.
JLpb
Bernina also has a 1/4" foot, which came standard with my 440QE, and comes with other models as well or can be purchased separately.
I’ve been thinking about paper piecing. Not sure if I will like it but I do have lots of scraps.
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Love paper piecing. Also very precise
Bopeepgirl
I am doing my second miniature. It is time consuming but very precise and beautiful, therefore.
I worked at a fabric store when I turned 16, sewed my children’s clothes (to a certain age, lol!) and have been quilting with my MIl for 30years! I have a mid-arm quilting machine and do all my own. But I’ve never used Minky.
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Minky is much easier to quilt if you use the 505 adhesive spray. The quilt sandwich is totally stable and in my experience makes a beautiful back. I’m not fond of tying either. The batting in the sandwich travels to any untied place after time. Lumpy quilt.
Gizmo1
I have tied three quilts and never had that problem. Zone two of them cotton batting was used. The first one was a poly-type. I was taught to stretch hand and tie at the furthest point in my hand, no further. Perhaps you put ties too far apart?
If you save all your scraps, like I do, then make string quilts using phone book pages as the foundation paper. Just remember to shorten your stitch length. This makes the paper super easy to tear away. Also, check out quiltville.com Bonnie Hunter has loads of free scrap busting patterns on this site.
I’ve been teaching how to make quilt tops for about a year. I have found that most students have no problem making accurate cuts (as long as they read/listen to directions and understand them. It’sthe 1/4” Seam that causes most problems. After having pieces that don’t fit, they come to me and ask why. Seams are a fraction too big. Then I hear, “But I have a 1/4” foot!” They’ve never bothered to measure for accuracy. When a block has multiple seams, even 1/32” off can make a difference. With a seam containing 2 pieces of fabric, that becomes 1/16” off. If your block has 4 seams, now that block is 1/4” off. For seams that are off more than 1/32”, the discrepancy becomes even larger! Accuracy matters. Take your time to get it right. and remember...quilting is not a race. Slow down and enjoy the process.
CurleyKat
Yes that 1/4 seam is quite a trouble maker. I think too many of us measure the seam size rather than a sample block size . Since I sew with different sewing machines and different sewing feet when I start a project I sew together 3 pieces of fabric and measure the length of those 3 fabrics if they measure too small or too large then I need to change my seam allowance to correct the problem
I like to make string quilts on paper foundation or 9 Patches with alternate solid squares which I turn on point to make a lovely Irish chain. Small bits are perfect for these quilts
It took me a while to actually learn how to read quilting patterns, but if you take it slowly and read the patterns completely through at least once before beginning, I find it all goes much easier. I made my first bargello (Diamonds Jubilee pattern) and had to read it through three times before it made sense! So, for me, reading over everything before even gathering materials, is key to success.
icwilson
I sometimes have to read the pattern more then once before it finally sinks into my thick skull
I have a very large stash of fabric. What are some good scrap quilt patterns?
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Bridie73
Check out Bonnie Hunter's books...she has great patterns for scrap quilts. She sells some individual patterns online too.
Bridie73
I love scrap quilt Ohio stars. There are so many variations of centers and points snd backgrounds! Also its fun to do scrappy pinwheels.
My mom is a wonderful quilter. She hand appliques and hand quilts. I have learned so much from her. I would also recommend taking a simple quilting class through a quilt shop, guild or a quilting group. i took a couple that were block of the month. One block per month was not overwhelming I learned new techniques and didn’t have to worry about fabric selections.
What is the best way to sew minky?
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zzyzx18
I was putting a minky back on a 100% cotton crib-sized blanket - no batting or quilting. I DID NOT cut the minky to size. I squared the cotton and pinned the minky to it -wrong sides together) LIBERALLY -pinned about every 2" - not just around the perimeter... I pinned in staggered rows the entire thing. THEN, when I was satisfied that it was adequate, I trimmed (squared) the minky to the size of the cotton side. NEXT, I sewed around all 4 sides, leaving about a 6-8" opening to turn. Before turning, I removed ALL pins & pressed the entire thing ON THE COTTON SIDE. After turning, I topstitched around all 4 sides, which also sealed the opening used to turn. Pressed again on the cotton side. It has held up well through washing & drying, even though there is no quilting or tying off, only the top stitching. Hope this helps.
Cleoclown
After squaring the cotton did you pin it RIGHT SIDES together? Your third sentence says wrong sides together, but then you sew the four sides and invert (pillowcase turn) , so I'm pretty sure you have right sides together which then get turned out.
I started quilting years ago and have since had several converts to quilting. I usually start folks on a pillow top, simple table runner or a strip scenery quilt ( e.g. A farm, garden or pastoral scene). The beginning projects are fast and easy to get them hooked on quilting quickly. Personally, I love the Missouri Star Quilt https://www.missouriquiltco.com tutorials available through the MSQ app https://quiltingtutorials.com/?_ga=2.191516140.754725071.1522013891-827949451.1488986027. Jenny has great tips to make beautiful quilts quickly. Right now I would rather have lots of quilts that go together quickly than to have one quilt that, although beautiful, takes a long time to put together. One day, I will have time for a detailed quilt but right now, I’m focused on leaving a legacy of many beautiful, fast quilts!
I go to Tulsa Quilts for Kids, make kids quilts at home to give to the needy. I will enjoy some new patterns to make up for this purpose
Hi, I started quilting after I retired in 2009. I love quilting. Start slow. Watch videos, read books, join quilt groups and Volunteer groups. Quilts for Kids is a great group and has many experienced to help you with out judging. They won't steer you wrong. You can advance at your own pace. You can enjoy relax and satisfy your creative side on what ever level you want . From beginner to advanced. Thanks for this group. There were lots of tips .
bobhal
I also take part in QFK in Tulsa Hope to meet you next month
patbu
I attend the QFK in Waycross, Ga but mostly I quilt at home and donate quilts to the group