Well I;ll be .......
just had to get up and go try this.2nd attempt - yeah. I have great frustrations with arthritic fingers getting my needles threaded and really hate my family saying "do you want me to do that for you." Oh thank you,thank you.
I thought I share this with the group. Check out this website... http://waynekollingersquiltblog.blogspot.com/.
Wayne shows you how to change the look of a grid pattern. This entire site is fasinating!!!
HI, I am glad you are here. This looks like just where I need to be. I had one very short 'class' on quilting. She told me go go buy fabric with the amount for each. She told me to buy a small patterned print, a medium pattern, and a large print along with the backing in a solid color to go with the prints I picked. I guess I ended up buying mainly small to medium prints, though I thought one was a large one.
My question is, how do you determine the size of the print? If you are doing narrow or small patterns (2 or 3 inch half triangles for instance), would not a large print get lost?
For me the size of the print depends more on it's color value, I think. If you want the whole print to show, of course, you'd use smaller prints in narrower piecing and the larger print in a focus
square or as a wider border. Some really small prints almost read as a solid, like your dotted print in your example block. It is really up to you. There is no rule that says you can't cut up a large print. Have fun.
Thank you. The above picture is the original first 'quilt' project I ever attempted. I will keep all tips and tricks in mind when I am planning and buying fabric for my projects in the future. The quilt you are making sounds fun for your DGD.
Have a great day.
Thank you again. I have a challenging one I am working on now. The picture is in my album. Today I will be 'squaring' the strips and start sewing them together. I hope I am at least close on the half triangle squares when I sew the strips together. LOL
I am not quite understanding what you just said. I put the half triangle squares together, then sewed those squares together to make the strips. It is NOT going well, LOL But I will make it work. I will not quit. I am stubborn that way.
hello! I am a newbie! I've been learning to quilt for a few years now, while raising boys so I'm not very far along. I've never had a quilting lesson in my life and I've basically just approached this with the attitude of why not just jump right in? :) After a few disasters otherwise known as "quilts", I realized that I need to take a different approach and actually learn. *sigh* LOL!! Anyway, I am sooooooo glad to find this group AND I read through all 7 pages here! I am definitely using these tips you all have posted...fantastic! Thank you!
I do have a question about using the Free Motion foot. I have a Brother Innovis 80 and I wish I had bought the Bernina!!! >:/ Anyway, I got talked into this one.....so when I tried to use the free motion foot, I cannnot get the tension right to keep the threads nice and straight....any suggestions? For now I hand quilt my table runners and keep it simple (stitch in the ditch or just very simple hand sewn designs...that's something new I've practised too). I'm getting ready to attempt a sampler and then another quilt for one of my boys, it would be great to use that free flow foot.....maybe it's just time to upgrade to a Bernina or Pfaff....or anything other than this thing. Thanks folks!! So glad to find you here!!!