Any Quilters?

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  1. Denise Happyfeet

    Denise Happyfeet Very Well-Known Member
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    I feel such a need to achieve something, and I don't think it's going to be outside of my home for now. So I'm starting a quilt today. Just a beginner, so I will start with finding a couple of pieces, maybe more, of material I like. I guess that's the first step, selecting material, having some sort of pattern idea (squares/patchwork works for this beginner).

    Does anyone, or have you made a quilt? I find lots of tutorials as well, but I'd love to find out from folks I know here if possible. I do plan to use a sewing machine as much as possible. My hands have a tremor, and also some arthritis, just a little, but hard to sew by hand. Just the length of time it would take is enough to say no to a hand-stitched quilt, LOL!

    Anyway, I'll toss this out here and see if I catch anything;) denise

    PS if you've quilted, and have pics, please feel free to share them. I would love to see what you've created. Also, anything you find a pic of that you would like, or like to make:)
     
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    My idea for material/fabric is anything that looks like more vintage patterns, or my idea of vintage. I think of what would make me feel cozy. Here's one idea of fabric, although a lot of mine I expect to find at thriftstores. I want to hopefully, not have to many different fabrics. I'd like to make some sort of "design". This is necessarily the color etc. but I suppose the old wallpaper designs, as well as dress materials, you get the idea;)

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    This one below isn't my fave of anything, but see how they use the same fabric in different places, using them over again to make a sort of pattern. That's what I want to do:)

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    I started this quilt before my mother passed away. After she passed I kind of lost my enthusiasum.

    It would fit a youth or twin size bed or could just be a throw blanket. All that is needed now is the batting and the undercovering. In the last photo the plain orange fabric is the undercovering. It is machine sewn. I cut the fabric squares. For the batting I will be using a twin size mattress cover minus the elastic edging.
     

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    I'm at the store but your work is lovely!! Be home a little later;)
     
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    I was on my phone texting so I couldn't answer real well Von, but I did want you to know that I think your work is awesome! I priced sewing machines, and there's a group I can get with if I want. I think I will stick to my own thing though, as I have a very, smart-at-quilting friend next door. She has so many beautiful things from tiny handmade/quilt like cards, to bedspreads.

    She's been doing it 13 years only, and she is 86!! So it's not to late to give it a go for me;) She's giving me some things I would have to buy because she has extra, but a few things I will buy to get started like a "cutting board" guess it's called, and scissors of course (those just for quilting as I have lots of scissors but all too dull, lol).

    I will make something small, like a doily size to start:) Saw lots of pretty material I like, but going to wait a bit. I want to have all I need to start before I pick out the material;)

    Thanks for sharing your pics @Von Jones so much:)
     
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    Hi @Denise Happyfeet , That is one of the best occupations that you can do in your own home, and you'll find yourself developing the most unusual patterns as your drifting off to sleep. That's when I can see patterns without a lot of thought.

    Here is my first attempt at quilting. It is about the size for a bassinet. As you can see, it took about the first 1/3 of the quilt before I figured out what I really wanted to do.

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    OMYgosh @Ina I. Wonder you quilt!! This is way neat;) So you figured out those designs on your own!! This is so pretty. Glad to know both you and @Von Jones quilt so I can ask questions, LOL!!
     
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    Sure @Denise Happyfeet, I do wish I had known that you wanted to quilt. I just got rid of all my books and designs on the subject. But as you have mentioned, YouTube can get you there too.

    Here's something you can do now, that most don't think of until they already have there supplies. Start by getting some cheap colored pencils and blank paper, so that you can doodling with designs. Make up your own, but make them very simple, or you'll burn out with the intricacies of working the complex designs.

    Happy doodling. :D :p
     
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    @Denise Happyfeet , I wish there was an economical way to send you my quilting frame. I've been trying to find someone to give it to. Sigh!!! I'm in the middle of disassembleing it right now. It goes from small to king size.

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    Oh, you know, I probably wouldn't have room for it anyway @Ina I. Wonder but thank your for the thought;)

    I do have colored pencils, and I know that my pattern will be simple, plain squares but I will have a little bit of a design, even with a small project:) My 86 year old friend, just spoke to her again outside, has lots of stuff I can look at as well. But I do know youtube has just about everything for any project. I also have a computer program/app that does sketching. I may just use that, but like you said, I might also get ideas in the middle of the night, and a sketchpad would be very smart;)
     
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    @Denise Happyfeet When my five sisters starting having their babies, (a long time ago) I started making baby quilts for their children. I started out with solid colors with matching gingham fabric. I would do blue and white for the boy babies and pink and white for the girls with a solid border of the blue or pink to finish the quilts off. As I got more confident in my quilt making I would use different prints like calico, etc. and solid colors moving beyond just pink and blue. Later I even moved on to more than just baby quilts and made a quilt bedspread for my teenage stepson and when my teenage daughter could not find the bedspread in the colors she wanted for her bedroom...we found the colors in fabric and I made her quilt spread and curtains along with a few throw pillows for her bed. I used my sewing machine for all these projects as at those times I did not have the time for hand quilting.

    Although none of my quilts were of professional quality...everyone I made them for were very pleased with their one of a kind gifts and my "picky" teenagers were satisfied with the ones I made for them too. Since those days I have made a few more quilts and blankets for my grandchildren and it is always nice to see them being used by them. :) For me personally it brought me enjoyment to make them and to see others enjoying my gifts to them.

    I hope you enjoy making your quilts Denise, being creative and making things with our own hands brings joy and satisfaction to our souls, as well as pleasure to others.
     
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