September 28, 2013Our quilt lessons never end. Whether we are a Newbie Quilter or an Experienced Quilter – there is always a lesson just around the corner for us. I’ve noticed many experienced Quilters still do not “square-up” projects as they proceed from beginning to end. Also, some Quilters have forgotten those beginning quilt lessons where all the basics were taught – a little reminder always helps. Our quilting journey never ends as far as our learning curve – whether it’s a reminder for a technique learned years ago, or a new piece of information – quilt lessons are always there. Have you ever had problems in getting your quilts to lay flat and/or be free from waves? If you have, do you know what the problem is? Most times, it is because your project has not been “squared-up” as you progress from start to finish. The term “squaring-up” does not necessarily mean that everything is a total square. It simply means that measurements are equal from side to side in width on the top, middle, and bottom. It also means that your measurements are equal in length on each side and in the center from top to bottom. It is important to make sure you are dealing with precise measurements from the very first center block to the very last border applied to your project. Once your quilt has been quilted, it is again necessary to “square-up” before sewing your binding. This QuiltAddict.com video will provide you with some quilt lessons in dealing with “squaring-up” your projects. Good luck on being “square” [youtube]http://youtu.be/X7WMBeIqFjo[/youtube] Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why quilting is …………….A Great Habit. We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for friends to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo: 1.) Click on "Choose File" 2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files 3.) Double click on the file name attaches it to your comment. 4.) The file name will be in the "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet 5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment.
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May 18, 2014 Let’s get one thing settled before going further. Quilters use the term “squaring-up”, which refers to the four corners of your quilt blocks and quilt tops being trimmed to a 90-degree angle, by using a square ruler. It does not always mean that your finished blocks or quilt tops are an actual “square”. If you are a Newbie Quilter, you will hopefully learn in your initial quilt lessons how to “square-up” your blocks as well as your finished quilt tops. Your Quilting Instructor should make this an important part of your beginner quilting experience. Check on Sophie’s progress with her quilt lessons to make sure she has learned this technique. Some Experienced Quilters do not take the time to do this one little step and often find themselves in trouble - their wall hangings may look “topsy-turvy” or their larger quilts do not have the same outside border width. Being “square” is important to all quilters! Do you have your quilts professionally quilted? If so, please help your Professional Quilter in saving him/her time and yourself money by making sure your individual blocks are all squared-up as well as your quilt top. Also, make sure you have additional fabric for your backing - a minimum of 6” extra, both vertically and horizontally (3” minimum per side). The two videos presented in this Posting will hopefully help to visually guide you in squaring-up your blocks as you create them. And, hopefully you will be able to see how easy it is to square-up your large quilts once they are completed. Squaring Up Your Blocks [youtube]http://youtu.be/YuqauFfA5xk[/youtube] Squaring Up Your Quilt [youtube]http://youtu.be/DeYAOkl55NY[/youtube] I use my large 20 ½” Square Ruler for squaring up all my larger projects. If you make larger quilts, consider investing in this quilting ruler, or add it to your wish gift list.
April 3, 2012 What a memorable day I had with the Lake Gogebic Community Quilters. They sure got me excited about learning how to sew quilts, and were so helpful with others who were having a rough time learning the process. On Thursday when I got back to work, I was thrilled to tell my co-workers about these amazing women who showed me how to sew quilts, and have a good time doing it. Most of them are retired and spend the winter in the U.P., but a few travel south to get out of the snow. I only spent 5 hours with them but it feels like I now have a bunch of new friends. Friday came quickly …I wish every week was only two days long. That night I made plans to have supper with my good friend Barb. It had been a long time since we had seen each other so we spent hours catching up on what has been going on in our lives. Barb was telling me that now that her kids are older, she has been taking some quilt lessons and learning how to sew quilts at a shop not far from her home. She was really excited about it and it was rubbing off on me. I told her that taking quilt lessons and learning how to sew quilts were on my Bucket List. When we departed that night, she encouraged me to start taking time to do those things I have always wanted to do. Saturday, while I was out grocery shopping, I stopped at a quilt shop just down the road. Of course, when I went in I was totally overwhelmed by all the colors that are in the fabrics for quilting that were on display. I browsed around the store waiting for the clerk to finish with her customer. When she was done I asked her if they offered beginner quilting classes. She found her list of classes and I was amazed at how many different classes were offered - from learning how to sew quilts to learning machine embroidery. We figured out what class I should take since I'm a "Newbie" who needs to start from the beginning. I left the store excited that I had taken the first step in starting a new adventure by signing up for quilt lessons, plus crossing one thing off my Bucket List! That night while trying to fall asleep, I realized that I never asked about what supplies I needed to get started. We were so busy talking that both of us forgot about it. I called the quilt shop on Monday to check, and she recommended that to begin with, a sewing machine, mat, ruler and rotary cutter would do. I guess it never dawned on me that I don't have a sewing machine and I would need one. I guess another day of shopping is in store for me ...love it! I am so excited to learn how to sew quilts and get going on my other dreams. Are you taking the time to fulfill your dreams?