Mar 21, 2018

[Ongoing] Quilt Patterns Discussion

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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What are the best patterns for needle turn 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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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
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Duncan
This contest was so wonderful and I LOVE my iron!! Thanks Massdrop!!
I like the pre cut fabric and patterns. I watch Missouri Star Quilt tutorias
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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!
Vanessab
I steer clear of big box stores. I recently, in a rush, bought a piece of fabric at the big box and I am throwing it out. It is useless and stiff as a board. What was I thinking? I buy really good material and I am novice quilter, but it makes all the difference in the world. The feel and the colors are so much better. I am stuck on Kaffe Fassett. 🤗.
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.
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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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On the contrary, I don’t find Connecting Threads Essential thread very linty at all. I’ve used other, more expensive brands and was shocked at the amount of lint produced. I also like the small spindle they use to wind the thread (1200 yds.) making the spools smaller than some other brands.
CurleyKat
Huh! Interesting.
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.