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April 19, 2012 Sophie is "pumped" after seeing the beautiful quilts that her instructor Linda has made. Bring on the quilt lessons, she wants to learn how to sew quilts! Linda had us introduce ourselves and tell if we have any quilting experience. Most of the ladies were "Newbie" quilters like me. A few had tried sewing some squares together, but they just didn't line up very well and they threw away their first attempt at quilting. Linda assured us that by taking the quilt lessons, we would be taught how to make those squares line up perfectly. Linda sure has a lot of confidence in us. The quilter supplies that we were learning how to use were so different from the ones I saw my Grandma use. When I was old enough to watch her cut out the pieces for her quilts, she would take a piece of cardboard, cut it into a square, and trace around it with a pencil and cut out the fabric with scissors. The scissors have been replaced by the rotary cutter, which is like a round razor blade. Linda explained that when you use this rotary cutter you also use this special mat which is self healing and helps keep your rotary blade sharp. I didn't quite understand this "self healing" term until she showed us by cutting piece of fabric on the mat with the rotary cutter. I was amazed at how easy and fast it was to cut the fabric and it didn't even leave a cut mark in the mat...now I understand self healing. The last of the quilter supplies to learn about was the ruler. The one everyone had bought to start out with was the 6" X 24" ruler which is a nice size to use when first learning how to cut your fabric. She demonstrated how to line up the fabric with the lines on the ruler before you make your cuts. She warned us that when we hold down the ruler to cut our fabric, we need to keep our hand as far away from the cutting edge as possible for we want to put stitches in fabric not hands! We practiced with the rotary cutter and ruler on some scraps of fabric to get used to how the rotary cutter slices through the fabric so easily. This rotary cutter is quite the tool and a must-have in today's quilting world. I wonder what the Quilters who were quilting 50 years ago would think of these new quilter supplies? The first lesson flew by and we learned alot about the basic quilter supplies needed to start out with. Lee Ann and Sharon have confirmed the quilter supplies shown when clicking on highlighted words, are at very good prices and can be purchased directly from these Supplier's Website page links. For those of you who have been quilting for awhile...do you have stories to share with us, about the tools and supplies you used in your earlier quilting days?
April 6, 2012 It’s been quite a journey. We finally are off the ground with our new adventure. Our website, QuiltAddict.com, has been developed mainly because of our passion for quilting and the desire to share and teach others in this creative process. We are a team of three – LeeAnn and Sharon, who are the Quilt Addicts, and Doug who is kept around to keep the website/blogs up and running. We are located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where it is very quiet and leaves us a lot of time for our passion – Quilting. Our snow is just about gone, and we feel Spring in the air as the temperatures rise to a comfortable level. We no longer have to totally bundle up to take a walk, and we will soon be able to pack our winter boots away. Snowmobiling is over with, but we gals are fortunate – we have A Great Habit that can be enjoyed year-round. How about you – what do you enjoy doing year-round? Spring always brings to mind all the wonderful new fabrics for quilting that appear in the catalogs and quilt shops. We can always come up with a reason to shop for new quilter supplies and take a little shop hop to some great fabrics shops. Through our trials and errors, we have learned much and want to share with you simplified methods and techniques that will help you in accomplishing your goals – beautiful quilts. We also want to highlight some of the newer tools that are on the market that Experienced Quilters might want to try, along with helping you find those gorgeous fabrics for quilting. As you can see by our Website, we are linked with trusted sites that offer quality products for quilting, such as: quilter supplies and quilt templates. Please continue to check our Website, QuiltAddict.com, for special offers and free quilt patterns. Through weekly Blog postings and articles, topics will be addressed which will help both the Newbie Quilter as well as the Experienced Quilter, including options for quilting racks and quilting totes. We will show you the basic skills that will get you on your way to beginner quilting. Some of our topics will cover how to sew quilts, and we will bring you through the process from cutting to piecing to layering, and finally how to finish that great project. Have you ever used or made a quilting design wall? We will show you some options through our postings. Do you have a quilting design wall you want to share with our Readers? We also want to introduce you to Sophie, our “Newbie Quilter”. She will take you into the world of quilting from the eyes of a beginner. Her story will lead you through the process of making a quilt from beginning to end, by way of some quilt lessons. As time goes on, Sophie will meet some Experienced Quilters from whom she will learn many new things. Sophie has no clue at this point how her life will be enriched by the friends she will make along the way. She will soon meet some of these quilters and will learn just how generous quilters are with their time and talents. Sophie is on her way to begin “A Great Habit”. Please join us in our journey.