Desperate Newbie Needs Help!

Desperate Newbie Needs Help!

Post by Theresa and/or Tim in Washingto » Fri, 04 Feb 2000 04:00:00



I recommend getting 'Your First Quilt Book (or it should be)' by Carol Doak.

It is great for looking up things like how do I do bindings, layers,
basting, etc.

It is simple to understand, and very easy to find the parts you are looking
for (I am the kind of person who does not read the directions first, I look
things up as I go along) and this book works great with this method.

Oh, yes, congratulations on you progress!

Theresa in Washington

Quote:
>I'll try to make this long story short: I finished piecing my first quilt
>yesterday, Billie Lauder's Mystery Quilt which I saw on "Simply Quilts"
 don't
>EVER start with any project that requires matching points!) , and finished
>piecing my second quilt today (an EQ mystery quilt that I found on the
Internet
>- very easy: I used old shirts I pulled out of my Salvation Army pile). I
have
>found a local lady who does machine quilting with a stand up machine. My
>problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe one that
I
>saw) on borders and binding. I thought I had this covered when I signed up
for
>a quilting class at the local *** school but the class was canceled for
lack
>of interest.

>What do I do now? Any advice will be most appreciated since I've already
got
>Project Three (Stack 'N Whack) on the cutting board.

 
 
 

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Post by Elliso » Fri, 04 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Howdy!
  Our own Rita Denenberg
has some helpful on-line lessons for
borders and binding here:
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Her lesson on Mitering Borders includes
good info on just getting the borders on the
quilt.  You don't even have to miter them.
You don't have to do the Continuous
Bias Binding (or bias binding strips) at all.
Rita has a good explanation of how to attach
your binding, safe for a beginner.  <g>
   Hope this helps.
Ragmop-------
       Hey, Rita, where are you?


Quote:
> I'll try to make this long story short: I finished piecing my first quilt
> yesterday, Billie Lauder's Mystery Quilt which I saw on "Simply Quilts"
 don't
> EVER start with any project that requires matching points!) , and finished
> piecing my second quilt today (an EQ mystery quilt that I found on the
Internet
> - very easy: I used old shirts I pulled out of my Salvation Army pile). I
have
> found a local lady who does machine quilting with a stand up machine. My
> problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe one
that I
> saw) on borders and binding. I thought I had this covered when I signed up
for
> a quilting class at the local *** school but the class was canceled for
lack
> of interest.

> What do I do now? Any advice will be most appreciated since I've already
got
> Project Three (Stack 'N Whack) on the cutting board.


 
 
 

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Post by Butterfl » Fri, 04 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Rita is probably doing her:
One Two Gently now S T R E T C H One Two on her arm.
Way to go RITA!!!!!! Rah Rah Rah
BTDT Butterfly
Quote:

> Howdy!
>   Our own Rita Denenberg
> has some helpful on-line lessons for
> borders and binding here:
> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> Her lesson on Mitering Borders includes
> good info on just getting the borders on the
> quilt.  You don't even have to miter them.
> You don't have to do the Continuous
> Bias Binding (or bias binding strips) at all.
> Rita has a good explanation of how to attach
> your binding, safe for a beginner.  <g>
>    Hope this helps.
> Ragmop-------
>        Hey, Rita, where are you?



> > I'll try to make this long story short: I finished piecing my first quilt
> > yesterday, Billie Lauder's Mystery Quilt which I saw on "Simply Quilts"
>  don't
> > EVER start with any project that requires matching points!) , and finished
> > piecing my second quilt today (an EQ mystery quilt that I found on the
> Internet
> > - very easy: I used old shirts I pulled out of my Salvation Army pile). I
> have
> > found a local lady who does machine quilting with a stand up machine. My
> > problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe one
> that I
> > saw) on borders and binding. I thought I had this covered when I signed up
> for
> > a quilting class at the local *** school but the class was canceled for
> lack
> > of interest.

> > What do I do now? Any advice will be most appreciated since I've already
> got
> > Project Three (Stack 'N Whack) on the cutting board.

 
 
 

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Post by orca » Sun, 06 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Thanks for this, Ragmop.  I found I did not have Rita's site among my
"Favorites."
I've just learned I have a step-granddaughter-in-law in Indiana who might be
a
possible quilting recruit.  This page might be the very thing to hook her.

Ruth in Happy Camp

Quote:
> Howdy!
>   Our own Rita Denenberg
> has some helpful on-line lessons for
> borders and binding here:
> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> Her lesson on Mitering Borders includes
> good info on just getting the borders on the
> quilt.  You don't even have to miter them.
> You don't have to do the Continuous
> Bias Binding (or bias binding strips) at all.
> Rita has a good explanation of how to attach
> your binding, safe for a beginner.  <g>
>    Hope this helps.
> Ragmop-------
>        Hey, Rita, where are you?



> > I'll try to make this long story short: I finished piecing my first
quilt
> > yesterday, Billie Lauder's Mystery Quilt which I saw on "Simply Quilts"
>  don't
> > EVER start with any project that requires matching points!) , and
finished
> > piecing my second quilt today (an EQ mystery quilt that I found on the
> Internet
> > - very easy: I used old shirts I pulled out of my Salvation Army pile).
I
> have
> > found a local lady who does machine quilting with a stand up machine. My
> > problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe one
> that I
> > saw) on borders and binding. I thought I had this covered when I signed
up
> for
> > a quilting class at the local *** school but the class was canceled
for
> lack
> > of interest.

> > What do I do now? Any advice will be most appreciated since I've already
> got
> > Project Three (Stack 'N Whack) on the cutting board.

 
 
 

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Post by Rowena Aldrid » Mon, 07 Feb 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>I'll try to make this long story short: I finished piecing my first quilt
>yesterday, Billie Lauder's Mystery Quilt which I saw on "Simply Quilts" (
>don't
>EVER start with any project that requires matching points!) , and finished
>piecing my second quilt today (an EQ mystery quilt that I found on the
>Internet
>- very easy: I used old shirts I pulled out of my Salvation Army pile). I
>have
>found a local lady who does machine quilting with a stand up machine. My
>problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe one that I
>saw) on borders and binding. I thought I had this covered when I signed up
>for
>a quilting class at the local *** school but the class was canceled for
>lack
>of interest.

>What do I do now? Any advice will be most appreciated since I've already got
>Project Three (Stack 'N Whack) on the cutting board.

hi wholelady!  your question is a little vague--do you want to know how to make
borders and binding, or do you want advice about deciding what type of border
and binding to use?  the technical stuff is easy--you cut and sew just as you
did to make the body of the top.  for choosing what type--you pick the types
and styles you like best for this quilt.  you don't have to do it the same way
every time, in fact you don't have to do it the same way on each edge of the
quilt, in fact you don't have to use a border at all if you don't want to, you
don't have to use binding, it is all a matter of your taste.

if you will write back with more specifics, somebody here will be able to help
you.  babalu!

rowena___. in music city USA
RoStitchery Custom Sewing and Quilting
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

"when was the last time you did something for the first time?"

 
 
 

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Post by WHOLEYLA » Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Thanks to everyone who had suggestions. I messed up in spite of all your
excellent help. My border fit my quilt _perfectly - except for the big squares
of empty space in the 4 corners. I forgot to add the width of the border to the
length of the sides. I saved the quilt by cutting squares to fit the gaps from
one of the fabrics in the face of the quilt. It doesn't look too bad but it is
not the picture I had in my mind's eye. No one is going to know it was a
mistake unless I tell them and I'm keeping my mouth shut.
Does any one make quilts without having to do math?
W
 
 
 

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Post by R. E. Wick » Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Hi!  Your quilt may not look a perfect frame, but it is not unusual to
use squares at the corners.  Many of us did that before I learned how
to miter the corners.  I don't know what the theme of your quilt it,
but you might even applique something in each of those four squares
that would top it off.

Rhoda

http://home.att.net/~rewicker
http://home.att.net/~wickerworks



Quote:
>Thanks to everyone who had suggestions. I messed up in spite of all your
>excellent help. My border fit my quilt _perfectly - except for the big squares
>of empty space in the 4 corners. I forgot to add the width of the border to the
>length of the sides. I saved the quilt by cutting squares to fit the gaps from
>one of the fabrics in the face of the quilt. It doesn't look too bad but it is
>not the picture I had in my mind's eye. No one is going to know it was a
>mistake unless I tell them and I'm keeping my mouth shut.
>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?
>W

 
 
 

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Post by Carolin » Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?
>W

I did once because I knew I had plenty of fabric. Let's just say that I
won't be quilting that top until the day when we buy a bigger bed. A
much bigger bed. As it stands now it would be a tripping hazard.
--
Caroline Morris, Sheffield, England
 
 
 

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Post by Rowena Aldrid » Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>Thanks to everyone who had suggestions. I messed up in spite of all your
>excellent help. My border fit my quilt _perfectly - except for the big
>squares
>of empty space in the 4 corners. I forgot to add the width of the border to
>the
>length of the sides. I saved the quilt by cutting squares to fit the gaps
>from
>one of the fabrics in the face of the quilt.

what you made are called cornerstones!  see, without any help and without
knowing about it, you did something that made sense and worked out for your
quilt.  ah, the elegance of necessary creativity works its magic yet again!

Quote:
> It doesn't look too bad but it
>is
>not the picture I had in my mind's eye. No one is going to know it was a
>mistake unless I tell them and I'm keeping my mouth shut.
>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?

i don't make every quilt that way, but i make a lot of them without much math.
my favorite way to make quilts is to start cutting, whatever looks good to me
at the time, and stitch things together whichever way looks good to me at the
time, and then lay things out so they look good to me at the time, and then put
the whole thing together.  i have made entire quilts this way, without ever
planning the size or shape things will be.  i don't even know how big the quilt
will be most times--i work on it till it looks done, then i stop.  

i've also made traditional blocks this way, just cut and stitch, not
measure--this is my absolute favorite way to make traditional blocks, because
each one is unique and has a personality of its own.  sometimes i'll do it
without even a ruler--these days i'm making a lot of variations on blocks by
cutting the pieces in curves--i made some curvy nine-patch blocks for sarah, i
loved the way these turned out, they looked like lava lamps to me!  and for a
while i was making unmeasured houses, i just cut pieces and kept adding to the
house, sometimes i'd put on another window or sometimes i'd add a walkway to
the door, sometimes one chimney sometimes two, sometimes no chimney but a
lean-to on the side.  and i don't worry too much about which fabric ends up
next to another fabric, i just make a quick choice and go on.  (tiina got a lot
of these houses for preemie quilts).

anybody can do this--all you have to do is be willing to let the quilt turn out
however it wants to do.   if you don't like what you end up with, send it to
me, i'm sure to be thrilled with it.  babalu!

rowena___. in music city USA
RoStitchery Custom Sewing and Quilting
http://members.aol.com/rostitchry/home.html

"when was the last time you did something for the first time?"

 
 
 

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Post by Lori Peter » Fri, 11 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?

You are talking about my aunt!  Every quilt she makes is started in the
center, then added and added on to, until it's big enough for a bed.  She
has never sat down and planned a quilt from start to finish, and that is
fine, except she does wish she knew how.  She has never learned the math,
and is too scared to look it up and add, multiply, whatever.
It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't WANT to....but she does.  She has the
yearning to figure out an entire quilt, know how big each block will be,
(she hasn't even planned a quilt around a certain size block, and doesn't
know how to figure seam allowances and such to do this), buy fabric just for
the project, and be totally prepared for the ending outcome.
I wish sometime I could just have at it and jump in and sew, not knowing the
result, but I'm kind of a perfectionist and don't like unhappy surprises
(not saying I don't have them anyway! :-)
Between her and I, we are 2 different kind of quilters....a do-er, and a
thinker.  And the thing we each lack, is inhibiting in it's own way.  So,
math or no math, DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!

Lori Peters
*****************************
please check out my quilts and family at:

Quote:
> http://www.jaguarnightwalker.eboard.com/

check out my hubby's work and creations at:
"<http://www.crookedriverinc.com>"
 
 
 

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Post by Roberta Zollne » Sat, 12 Feb 2000 04:00:00


I usually don't worry about math, just make a bunch of the blocks that
appeal to me until I run out of fabric or get sick of them. Then see how
they go together, and maybe make a few more or add some borders or do
whatever it needs. I seldom start with a particular bed in mind, so it
doesn\t matter what size it comes out. It will fit somebody somewhere.
Roberta in DK


Quote:

> >>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?

> You are talking about my aunt!  Every quilt she makes is started in the
> center, then added and added on to, until it's big enough for a bed.  She
> has never sat down and planned a quilt from start to finish, and that is
> fine, except she does wish she knew how.  She has never learned the math,
> and is too scared to look it up and add, multiply, whatever.
> It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't WANT to....but she does.  She has the
> yearning to figure out an entire quilt, know how big each block will be,
> (she hasn't even planned a quilt around a certain size block, and doesn't
> know how to figure seam allowances and such to do this), buy fabric just
for
> the project, and be totally prepared for the ending outcome.
> I wish sometime I could just have at it and jump in and sew, not knowing
the
> result, but I'm kind of a perfectionist and don't like unhappy surprises
> (not saying I don't have them anyway! :-)
> Between her and I, we are 2 different kind of quilters....a do-er, and a
> thinker.  And the thing we each lack, is inhibiting in it's own way.  So,
> math or no math, DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!

> Lori Peters
> *****************************
> please check out my quilts and family at:
> > http://www.jaguarnightwalker.eboard.com/

> check out my hubby's work and creations at:
> "<http://www.crookedriverinc.com>"

 
 
 

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Post by Nancy Voog » Sat, 12 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Hey Roberta,

You're a quilter after my own heart!  I almost had a heart attack when I
realized that I was going to have to use math to do the square for Sairey's
mum's HUG quilt.  And then I didn't do it right, ended up with a square that
was exactly right except that there wasn't a seam allowance - ACK!  (So
added a tiny little 1/2 inch border around the whole thing to make it the
right size.)  Anyway, it just reminded me of how much easier it is for me to
just make some squares and put 'em together with some sort of border and
voila - an odd shaped quilt!

Nancy

----------

Quote:

> I usually don't worry about math, just make a bunch of the blocks that
> appeal to me until I run out of fabric or get sick of them. Then see how
> they go together, and maybe make a few more or add some borders or do
> whatever it needs. I seldom start with a particular bed in mind, so it
> doesn\t matter what size it comes out. It will fit somebody somewhere.
> Roberta in DK



>> >>Does any one make quilts without having to do math?

>> You are talking about my aunt!  Every quilt she makes is started in the
>> center, then added and added on to, until it's big enough for a bed.  She
>> has never sat down and planned a quilt from start to finish, and that is
>> fine, except she does wish she knew how.  She has never learned the math,
>> and is too scared to look it up and add, multiply, whatever.
>> It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't WANT to....but she does.  She has the
>> yearning to figure out an entire quilt, know how big each block will be,
>> (she hasn't even planned a quilt around a certain size block, and doesn't
>> know how to figure seam allowances and such to do this), buy fabric just
> for
>> the project, and be totally prepared for the ending outcome.
>> I wish sometime I could just have at it and jump in and sew, not knowing
> the
>> result, but I'm kind of a perfectionist and don't like unhappy surprises
>> (not saying I don't have them anyway! :-)
>> Between her and I, we are 2 different kind of quilters....a do-er, and a
>> thinker.  And the thing we each lack, is inhibiting in it's own way.  So,
>> math or no math, DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!

>> Lori Peters
>> *****************************
>> please check out my quilts and family at:
>> > http://www.jaguarnightwalker.eboard.com/

>> check out my hubby's work and creations at:
>> "<http://www.crookedriverinc.com>"

 
 
 

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Post by Carolyn &/or Stev » Sat, 12 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Welcome, Wholeylady. Rowena's post is a natural lead-in to my ongoing quest
for Just the Right Border. This necessitates getting quilting catalogs,
however, so that might be a good place to start (Keepsake is great for
this: 1-800-865-9458
 or  http://www.keepsakequilting.com/html/catalog.html ).
   Once the new catalog comes in, I go through the outdated one and look at
ALL the projects, fighting down the urge to ignore the ones I really don't
like (because of color, theme, technique, whatever). But I don't look at
them as a whole--I look at the elements of each piece. I look at border
treatments, and if I find one that appeals to me, I rip it out and glue it
in my scrapbook of ideas (on the Borders page). This goes for sashing,
quilting, a new way to make scrappy blocks--any little idea that intrigues
me and might come in handy on a future project gets torn out and added to
my scrapbook/notebook.  I also try to make a quick notation as to what
exactly caught my eye at the time.
--
Carolyn in Harlingen, Texas, USA
Bass, Sweet Adelines Magic Valley Chorus, Region 10
My home page:
http://pages.prodigy.net/ledbottom
RQ2 blocks:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7356/ruth.html

Quote:

> hi wholelady!  your question is a little vague--do you want to know how
to make
> borders and binding, or do you want advice about deciding what type of
border
> and binding to use?  the technical stuff is easy--you cut and sew just as
you
> did to make the body of the top.  for choosing what type--you pick the
types
> and styles you like best for this quilt.  you don't have to do it the
same way
> every time, in fact you don't have to do it the same way on each edge of
the
> quilt, in fact you don't have to use a border at all if you don't want
to, you
> don't have to use binding, it is all a matter of your taste.

> if you will write back with more specifics, somebody here will be able to
help
> you.  babalu!

> rowena___. in music city USA
> RoStitchery Custom Sewing and Quilting
> http://members.aol.com/rostitchry/home.html

> "when was the last time you did something for the first time?"


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Quote:
> > My problem is that "Simply Quilts" has shown very few programs (maybe

one that I saw) on borders and binding.
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