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dsertdweller Send a Message
La Pine Ore.
Hi Everyone, my name is Teri and I am anxious to begin quilting. I have always wanted to quilt since I was a young teenager, about 40 years ago, and made a quilt in school for my mother. It was such a positive experience that I have always wanted to try again. Quilting seems to be done a lot differently now than it was back then and I have to say all the new ways and rules are making me a little afraid to try. I am disabled and live on a very limited income so will have to get supplies a little at a time. I have a sewing machine, not a fancy one, that my kids got me for Christmas. What are the other vital supplies that I may have to have before I can get started. And as I said I am very limited each month on my income. Thank you all for any advice you can give me.
9/4/2017 3:25:53 PM
auntjana Send a Message
Herriman, Utah
A rotary cutter - there are ones that are easy on the hand and a good ruler - 6 x 18, or a size similar. You will need a mat to cut on. With those three items, you can easy strip piece a quilt together.

El uses 2 1/2 strips in many of her quilts. There are lots of free videos here on the site to watch and learn from.

As time and money comes, add a new ruler to your collection.

9/4/2017 4:17:48 PM
WeeOne Send a Message
Hi Teri,
Welcome to QIAD. This is a wonderful group of Quilt people. Jana has made good suggestions. With a limited amount to spend, I suggest a neutral thread color. I use a light gray or a beige for piecing blocks together. If you have a JoAnn's Fabrics near you, you can sign up for their advertisements which have several coupons. If you have a cell phone that you can put Apps on, JoAnn's has an App that offers coupons, too. I have purchased many of my rulers, cutting mat, rotary cutter and of course lots of fabric this way. Local Quilt Shops have special sales, too, that Quilters take advantage of. As for patterns, there are lots of free ones here and on the fabric manufacturer sites, too.

Hope you enjoy Quilting again. Will be excited to see pictures. There's another thread on here just for that.

Happy stitching,
9/14/2017 1:19:16 AM
QuiltGram8 Send a Message
Hi, and welcome.

Living on a limited income is a challenge in itself. Lots of great finds come from a garage sale or thrift shop. There are ladies on this group that also live on a strict budget. These quilting pals have given you lots of great ideas.

This summer I had only one day to introduce quilting to my granddaughter as we visited on vacation. I bought her a rotary cutter, a small mat, a small ruler and a nice inexpensive pair of scissors. Neutral thread and shop the sale rack for fabrics.

You will find lots of great free patterns here on QIAD's site. Start simple and small, like a lap quilt or a table runner until you build your skill and confidence.

9/22/2017 5:28:47 AM
Ronert Send a Message
Dunlap TN 37327
May I ask how many inches is The Binding supposed to be so I'd be able to make it for my pot holders I'm having trouble remember that how many inches is
11/6/2017 2:23:13 PM
Ronert Send a Message
Dunlap TN 37327
Thank you
11/6/2017 9:58:56 PM
WeeOne Send a Message
Ronert, I cut my binding 2 1/2", fold in half and iron. Sew on using a quarter inch seam. By the time I turn to sew down my binding edge is about 1/2". You could do a 2" if you didn't want it as wide.
11/9/2017 7:42:17 AM
FlorenceM Send a Message
Miller, Mo
I have a Singer sewing machine, not fancy but I love it. My sister has an expensive machine and has more trouble with it than I do my Singer. Look at Walmart for inexpensive material. I use Coats & Clark thread because that is what is available locally, I live out in the country. Just make sure you clean your bobbin area often, every couple of weeks. This will help preserve the life of your machine.

11/13/2017 7:00:22 PM
Pilot2b Send a Message
Belated welcome to our neighborhood. Be careful what kind of fabric you purchase, by this I mean, on a limited income, I watch the quality. Clerks in fabric stores are usually swith buyers as we do not want to purchase fabric at a lower cost if it is not going to hold up to wear.

Also, when purchasing ruler, always buy the same brand, even tho you may find a cheaper size. You would be surprised at the difference. It may not be much, but enough to to not make you very happy.

Happy Quilting .

12/5/2017 8:41:25 PM
QuiltingPin Send a Message
I am making my brother a homespun primitive quilt. Needs it to be 108x108. I want 5 inch border so blocks will be 10". how much shrinkage is in homespun? Should I wash it first? Thanks for any help.
12/13/2017 5:55:49 PM
MawmawCathy55 Send a Message
Southern IL
I have found a lot of the material in my stash at second hand quilt shops and use my hubbys plaid cotton workshirts when he is done with them. Have also used flat sheets for backing at times.
1/20/2018 12:35:38 PM
LouLynch Send a Message
Spokane, WA
Greetings quilting community. Do you have a favorite color? I’m guessing you do. Would you like to participate in a relational aesthetic art project? (Please) I swear it’s not very complicated, simply find your favorite color, a little solid square of it, and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #colorquiltproject. The goal is to end up with a virtual quilt, a mosaic of everyone’s favorite colors existing under the hashtag. At the end of the day, we may all have differing opinions on everything from how you take your steak to current politics. But it is our diversity and pluralism that makes us beautiful. Be as specific or non-specific shade, or hue, use black or white. Pass it on, please share with your friends and family, and spread the word. Happy trails.
3/15/2018 10:42:04 AM
I have a couple of quilt kits I could mail to you if you’d like them. Nothing fancy.
5/1/2018 12:31:42 PM
Qtincali Send a Message
Santa Clara, CA
I'm just getting started too. I am so excited. I've been wanting to learn for years. My friend met someone at her work who is an excellent quilter and she's taken us under her wings. I am beyond happy.
6/9/2018 9:45:44 PM
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