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Thread: Favourite Tips and Hints
26/01/2012 19:12:59
Hi Karen - I couldn't agree with you more - I'm basically self taught with only a relatively short time as part of a group back in my home town of Edinburgh and the info on the site is great. Best thing of all though, as you say, is the incredible friendliness and helpfulness of everyone I've "met" through this "club"
26/01/2012 19:09:15
Hi Liz - perhaps it "works" because, if you cut only with one hand, then you will be pressing more on one side of the blade than the other??? Just a guess. As a left hander - we tend to end up ambidextrous in this right handed world where things in general are designed for right handers - I swap back and forwards between hand, depending on the angle I need for cutting so maybe my blades will be evenly blunted!! Are there any other left handers out there who could add their thoughts to this??
It still sounds well worth a try though - nothing to lose!
26/01/2012 19:03:15
Hi Mal - I've seen the boards in the catalogues but never tried one - was always a bit owrried that ironing "on" it would run the risk of warping the other side. It sounds, though as if that isn't a problem and that it's good.
I like the sound of your wooden "gadget" - no, I'm not sure exactly how it will work - but I'll take your word for it!!! It is always a bit of a pest to have to iron press every seam and finger pressing isn't always enough is it? Sounds lik ea very useful alternative - will look into it.
26/01/2012 16:49:22
Thanks for all that Fiona - lots of very useful stuff there.
The idea about the "basic" iron is a great one - all of the points you make ring so many familiar bells!! One thing I would add is NEVER get an "auto switch off" model for patchwork -they are great and very safe for ordinary ironing but a pain in the neck for patchwork where you are stopping and starting all the time - these types of iron switch off automatically if they are left stationary for longer than a couple of minutes.I got mine when I was living alone as I have epilepsy and was frightened about the danger of a fire if I had a seizure when I was ironing. However, , withI then discovered that it it a real nuisance with my patchwork. Luckily, after 5 years of failure with drugs, they found an effective one and my epilepsy is now under control so no fire danger remaining, I'm going to follow up on Fiona's suggestion !!
Also the "wee" ironing board is very smart thinking - my "main" one is huge and really gets in my way when I am flipping between machine, cutting table and ironing board. I'm going to follow that all of that through ASAP.
26/01/2012 16:33:22
Yes Mal - wine actually sounds like a much more likely accident for me to have whether it be my fabric or my computer!!!!!!!
A walking foot is a marvellous tool - I got my first one a long time ago when I was sewing a lot of PVC coated fabric for a wee business that I had and it was a godsend - it is now the same godsend with patchwork fabrics.
I keep meaning to get an extra thread holder but was never sure how useful they were - will now investigate.
26/01/2012 15:32:10
Thanks to you as well Tessa.
Couldn't agree more abou the 1/4" foot - what a wonderful invention it is. My son also just gave me a "straight stich" throat plate for Christmas - I have a Bernina Artista - it has a single small round hole instead of the wider one in the "universal/zigzag plate" and that has helped my straight line stitching even more - also avoids any possibility of the fabric being "dragged down" into the hole in the plate as sometimes happens with fine fabrics. Totally agree with you about that extra 1/8" - i.e. adding 1" instead of 7/8" - as they say, you can always trim off but you can't add on!!!
26/01/2012 15:13:28
Thanks Katy and Pam for starting us off - couldn't agree more about the scissors everywhere one - I can spend an awful lot of valuable stitching time just looking round to find them!! The others ones are very good too - must remember the changing needle one - I keep meaning to but can never remember how long the current one has been in (or perhaps that's just a euphemism for lazy!!??) - maybe I can devise a way of making an obvious note of it.
Pam - No coffee is an absolute must - I've never done it with my sewing - luckily - but my best friend did it with her COMPUTER!! A very expensive way to learn a lesson and I've never let a coffee cup within a mile of my quilting since then!!!!!
Thread: UFO Zapping 2012
26/01/2012 15:02:27
WOW - what a gorgeous quilt - true colours or not, it is superb - I hope I achieve that standard before I'm too old to sit at my machine for all the hours and with all the patience required to do that!!! It is also fantastic to "give it away" like that - well done that girl!
Margaret - the other one!
26/01/2012 14:11:47
Thanks both Liz and Katy for your replies - I've messaged both of you individually -really just to tell you that I had been just a bit on the thick side(??!!) and had not seen the box the click at the top!!! Have done exactly that now and started the new thread. Hope lots of others might have good ideas to add to the thread.



Thread: Favourite Tips and Hints
26/01/2012 13:54:58
Hi there everyone. As a very new member of the group, I'm not sure if this idea has been posted in the past but even if it has, perhaps there are enough new ideas to make it worth while. Of course there will be ideas that will be duplicated and/or ones which many of us may already know but we did it at my group back in Edinburgh and everyone said that they had got a lot from it. So here goes with some very 'simple" ones.
1. If you are making HSTs or QSTs and you only know the FINISHED SIZE OF THE SQUARE i.e. once it has been sewn together etc - here's how to calculate the cut size you need. For HSTs, take your finished size eg 4" -and ADD 7/8" to that -therefore size to cut is 4 7/8". For QSTs add 1'' to finished size -therefore size to cut is 5". I was also told to ADD another 1/8" to that size and then trim back when joined. although it is an "extra" step, it makes it so much easier to be accurate.
2. This one most people probably know - if your eyesight is not a perfect as it used to be, then, when threading your machine needle, hold a little square of WHITE paper behind it and - hey presto - the thread goes through no bother at all - it even makes it possible to thread up "invisible" thread - well almost!!
3. When chain piecing, start off with a small square of fabric at the beginning which allows you to feed your first piece of quilt fabric under the foot without risking "grunging" it up at the edge. Similarly, run onto a square at the end of your "line" of pieces which pute a square in place for the next "run"
Hope this may be "news" to even one or two of you. So come on, why don't you add some of your own.
26/01/2012 12:25:39
Glad you're enjoying "playing`" with all the blocks, Rosemary - I was just concerned that you might be drowning in them all!!
I know this is probably not the forum in which to post this question but I don't know where else to do it but I also have a question - is there a way to create a NEW forum?? I had an idea for one about asking people to write in about the best couple of tips or hints about patchwork that they had ever received/ found the most useful. We did this at my patchwork group when I was back in Edinburgh and it was fascinating. I realise that you may have done this kind of thing before so it's just a thought. Even if you end up with quite a few "duplicate" ideas and of course some that you may well have heard of before, I'd be very surprised if everyone didn't pick up something useful from it. What do you think?
Thread: My beginner quilt
24/01/2012 22:06:54
Just seen the pics of quilt No2 - really great. I've sometimes found that "running out of fabric' actually ends up making an even more "creative" design!! Don't stop - you'll get even better as your confidence increases. Margaret
24/01/2012 18:04:51
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is feeling "sorry" for Rosemary - I have the feeling from reading all the posts that her really kind thought of making the charity quilt/s may be turning into a bit of an avalanche and is in danger of swamping her!!!??? I haven't a clue what we could all do to help her but maybe we can come up with some ideas - at the moment, obviously Rosemary is the one who has to piece ll these blocks into the quilt - sssss! any suggestions girls?? Margaret
24/01/2012 08:11:47
If you DO need more actual pinwheel blocks in pink and cream to carry out Juliet's suggestion(??), let me know ASAP and I'll try to add some into my parcel which i'm going to send off tomorrow. Margaret
Thread: UFO Zapping 2012
23/01/2012 12:26:09
What beautiful work Mal-A -wish I had your skill. I love cutting and piecing but not so good on the quilting - maybe I be messaging Jan!!!?? I'm going to join this year's UFO challenge - have about 15 of them!!! Will photograph and post them in the next couple of days - NO. I will not set a target of finishing all 15 for this year!! Margaret.
Thread: My beginner quilt
23/01/2012 09:27:46
Hi Sally - Just saw all the posts - SORRY - I most definitely DID mean THIS 63 year old lady - ME!!!!! -hope you're still speaking to me!?? Keep quilting - young lady!! Margaret x
22/01/2012 20:54:50
Thanks to both Liz and Karen for helping out this old lady!!! Really great quilt, Sally - you'd never know it was your first effort. Keep going - you'll soon have a houseful of them!!! Margaret x

Edited By L'Ecossaise on 22/01/2012 20:55:34

22/01/2012 19:55:06
I'm being stupid again - what a surprise!! I can't work out where I can see Sally's quilt!!!
Luv Margaret x
22/01/2012 17:35:58
Regarding the quilt "design" I like the second one as well - if you are going to put the pinwheels together as "one" quilt - i think setting them on point would be the most attractive layout but as Liz says, it is veyr much personal taste, isn't it. Margaret
22/01/2012 17:32:01
Thank you Margaret S for your reply - at least I know I've not completely "lost the plot" - YET!! I had just read Rosemary's measurement instructions at the beginning of this thread and thought I was missing something somewhere!! I'll go and try again and hopefully get it right this time. I've made HSTs many times so I was very confused! -perhaps that should read, -more confused than usual!
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