Anyone Make Quilts?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Mrs.KMM:  I’ve been wanting to get into it myself.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Mrs.KMM:  I grew up learning how to sew from my grandmas and for my bridesmaids’ gifts, we made them each their own quilt in our wedding colors. I don’t have any resources from you since I learned from them, but I know how much I appreciate the quilts that have been given to me over the years (I have 7.)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I quilt.  I do the entire thing for smaller baby quilts, but for larger sizes  make the tops and pay someone with a longarm quilting machine to actually do the quilting.  It’s a great hobby.  It helps if you’re a bit …um…. detail oriented.  There are some great beginner patterns out there that help cover for the learning curve so that you’re not trying to match a zillion points.  If I can find some of my photos I’ll post them. 

My local PBS stations usually have quilting shows airing on Sat am.  Watching those can give you some ideas about tools that make it easier and tips for how to cut the pieces, how to line things up with the foot to get a consistent seam allowance etc.  these things are not hard, but are easier seen than explained in words.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m 28 and I’ve been quilting like a mofo since I was 21. My only advice is give yourself lots of time and a ton of money. I exclusively give my quilts as gifts and baby quilts usually run me $100 and full size quilts can be upwards of $500+ on material alone. It is certainly not a cheap hobby. No one would ever dream that the gift you gave them cost you as much time and effort as it actually did!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I quilt a lot!

The Moda Bake Shop has some amazing patterns that are geared towards using pre-packaged fabrics like fat quarters, layer cakes, or charm packs. Which is amazing when you are starting out because you can get an idea of exactly how much fabric you need, and it is often cut to size. 

My favorite shop for buying fabric is http://www.fatquartershop.com which shows the fabrics and you can search by design, color, cut ect. But only if my local quilt shop Strawberry Patches does not have it (because they rock and are an invaluable source of information when it comes to color, cut, quality, and how-to)

Um, what else .. I use blogs for ideas and tips. For example the binding.. If you google search how to bind a quilt, Bee in My Bonnet blog comes up and she has great tutorials (I use her bag tutorial for gifts all the time). 

I suggest starting with something small. And watch out for gadgets that are MUST HAVE items. Often times you will find things around your house that are just as helpful. And remember that when you are starting out, your stitches and such will not be perfect, but when the quilt is put together no one can tell 😀

And lastly, if you have any specific questions, send me a message and I will be more than happy to help out! I love to quilt 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Oh, I’d start with something that is squares/rectangles … not triangles/circles. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I used to quilt a lot in high school. I could make beautiful quilts up to twin size bed coverage on an affordable budget. Just depends on the materials you use. I think measuring and cutting accurately, pinning well, all make a big difference.

Having a rotary cutter and guide on a large cutting table was also very helpful.

I usually just did one large piece of fabric for the back, used the sewing machine for everything except finishing my edges (binding) which I would hand sew.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I buy my fabric strictly from quilt stores, backs are entirely entirely made of minkee (soft on baby’s skin and usually minimum $40 for that piece of fabric alone). I use warm and natural batting (usually $20 for a baby quilt). If I get them long armed that’s another$30. Oooohhhh it adds up. I make them larger than a crib quilt but still awfully small

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Also I should add I’m in Canada. When I’m in the us I stock up on fabric. Warm and natural is 1/4 of the price as up here and you have great deals on fabric

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve only made one quilt for my nephew and it was a pain but i’d do it again! It was a crib sized quilt.  🙂

I was using inspiration from blogs and I bought a HUGE Quilting Bible book!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

No advice for you, but I’m interested in starting quilting too. I have one that I kind of started, but I’m not sure it’s correct…..so the pieces are currently sitting in the guest bedroom. The plan was for it to go inside our dog’s crate, so it’s about the size of a crib quilt.

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