Quilting

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  1. Mal Campbell

    Mal Campbell Well-Known Member
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    I took a quilting class about 30 years ago (boy has it really been that long), with my mom and sister. At that time, hand work was in vogue, so we learned to hand cut each piece, then hand sew and finally hand quilt. While I really enjoyed it, it just took sooo long to create a nice quilt. About that time, my son came along, so quilting got shoved in the closet and was soon forgotten. Then 2 years ago, after many years of moaning that I wanted to learn to machine quilt, my lovely husband bought me a new sewing machine (my old one had gotten lost somewhere along the line). I took a few classes, and have now found a new love.

    With "modern" techniques, like using rotary cutters to quickly cut multiple pieces, and machine piecing, it makes quick work of putting together a beautiful quilt. And the fabrics they have nowadays - absolutely stunning and quite a variety of colors, patterns and styles. I still hand quilt, because I enjoy handwork, and also I haven't gotten the hang of machine quilting yet!

    Any other quilters on board?? I'd love to discuss and share patterns, fabrics, techniques, and such.
     
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  2. Juan Ortega

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    Quilting has definitely been around for a while. My grandmother quilted beautifully, and was fast at it too. She would make scarfs and blankets for the family. Quilting will always be a traditional hobby, due to its calming traits. All those who come into contact or know of the practice can be calmed by admiring the tradition.
     
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  3. Susan Long

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    I am not a quilter currently, but I will share my mother completed some beautiful quilts, for all of us children (4 total). She did every stitch by hand. We counted (1) quilt as to the number of stitches in the entire quilt and based on (1) square, she stitched over 250,000 stitches for each quilt! Now that is a masterpiece from my perspective!
     
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    Quilting was always something I wanted to do but never got around to it. Now at my age, my desire has lessened and I doubt I would pursue it. I was big on crosstitch for many years but had to give that up because my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. I do envy people who create lovely quilts!
     
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    My grandmother actually got me started quilting, unaware that she was using reverse psychology.... I had seen my mother piecing together a quilt as a boy, she gave me some scraps and a needle and thread to try and granma told me that a man would never be able to sew as well as a woman.

    Since then I've used quilting for a lot of different projects beyond simply making quilts. (on another thread, I think home improvement, I put a picture of a chair seat I quilted). Never had the patience for hand quilting, have always done it on a machine. Perhaps back in the days when there was no television and no Internet, people had time to cut and hand sew old rags into beautiful bed covers; nowadays, I don't think I'd ever get around to finishing if I didn't use my sewing machine.

    By the way, my grandmother took back her words once she learned I worked in Broadway Theatre costuming (though in that job I didn't sew a stitch!).
     
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    I have seen some beautiful quilts in the second hand stores I search for treasures in. I am not a quilter, I don't have the patience to handle that many small pieces of material. I was taught by my mother to sew when I was a kid, I hated it, and would break the needles in the machine just so I did not have to sew anything. My mother is an excellent, very talented seamtress all self taughts and thought I should be as talented.

    When my youngest daughter was born she had some health issues which put a dent in the budget. I wanted to continue to dress in the fashion I liked and had another daughter to dress so I pulled out the sewing machne refreshed what my mother had taught me and made all of our clothes for years.

    I did not like sewing but I did notice that it claimed me and the finished product made me very proud. When I cut out a pattern I throw away all the little pieces that I don't need, no patience for small pieces.
     
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    One of the jobs I had was in a senior home and a few of the ladies had a quilting club. I was always amazed when the got out the old wooden frames and started working on those masterpieces. I don't know how they did it as they talked almost non-stop, but never about
     
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    I am a quilting beginner. I have made two simplistic quilts for my son by hand. I don't have a sewing machine and, at the time I made the quilts, was to see if I would complete each quilt and sew them well enough so they wouldn't fall apart within two weeks. However, I did not count on how soothing sewing buy hand would be for me. After pinning everything into place and deciding how I was going to handle the edges, I would sit in the living room while my son watched television or was on the computer and sew every evening. I found the activity soothed me and created a homey ambiance that I enjoyed.
     
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    I have made a couple of homemade quilts, one for my stepson's bed when he was a young teenager and one for my youngest daughter's bed when she was a teenager too. But my favorite quilts to make were quilts for babies. The last one I made for a baby was probably about 9 years ago. I wanted to make one for my new grandson coming in September, but my daughter has so many blankets, etc. already that she doesn't really need anymore. I never did follow any pattern...just always made up my own. :)
     
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