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    #16
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    Suzzette, funny you mention that i also have 3 8 ft tables same thing put quilts togfether that way sooo much easier on back and knees. If I had to do the Floor would only get one quilt a year done. My task I hate is binding I could put it off for quite awhile

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      #17
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      Originally posted by wlrquilts View Post
      Least favorite is basting the three layers together.
      That's why I use basting spray - I decided the first time I pinned layers together I was never doing it again!

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        #18
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        Originally posted by Ahamblin View Post
        The part that is the worst for me is putting the sandwich together. My bones don't like crawling around on the floor. I really love the rest of it.
        Sue, the free motion class today was great. Check out when they are starting another one
        Thanks, I will - can't wait to learn how to do FMQ

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          #19
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          Sandwiching the quilt is never my favorite task. No matter how I do it, it is a challenge to get it smooth on both sides. I don't think I would ever sandwich anything over a twin myself.

          Favorite part is choosing the colors and design. I love color and can't ever leave a quilting pattern alone without adding or changing something. I guess one reason I have several UFO's is that I like the planning and initial stages of piecing better than I like the grind of getting the piecing finished and the FMQ figured out and done.
          Connie

          Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.

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            #20
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            Sandwiching quilts is my most difficult task because of all the maneuvering getting backing tapped down and quilt pinned smoothly. Using a spray helps a bit but this year anything bigger that 40 x 50 has been sent to M* to be quilted.

            Pressing the seams when the quilt to gets sewn together is another quilt task I dislike, top gets so heavy it's difficult to get the job done without creasing the already pressed sections.

            The part I like best is adding the binding and label because I know the quilt will soon be finished. Been having a problem hand stitching lately so I've been sewing binding onto back and bring it to the front to be top stitched or zig zagged down.
            Last edited by MayinJerset; May 22nd, 2015, 06:39 AM.

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              #21
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              Sometimes I get Border Block and a quilt will lay around unfinished for weeks at a time until I decide.
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              Scottie Mom Barb

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                #22
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                Not having a video to watch and only printed instructions. Jenny has spoiled me with her video's.
                The ironing is also pretty boring

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                  #23
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                  I can honestly say that I have learned over the years to make sewing and quilting tasks as simple and easy as possible. I have been sewing and quilting for over 45 years. I have collected tools over all those years to make things easier for myself.
                  1. I have always had the best sewing machine I could afford--starting out with a $79 Kenmore and now I own a Babylock Crescendo.
                  2. I have always bought the best fabric I could afford. I started out buying flat fold fabric from the local Perry's or Ben Franklin's store. Now I shop MSQC and an occasional LQS purchase. Just because I couldn't afford expensive fabric has never kept me from sewing or quilting.
                  3. I take excellent care of my sewing tools. I still have tools that I started out with. I have added to these tools by buying with coupons and shopping sales.
                  4. My husband recently made me a wooden quilter's ironing board that sits atop my regular ironing board which belonged to my grandmother. That ironing board may very well may be over a 100 years old. It is literally made out of iron.
                  5. I have chosen to spend money that I might have used to have my hair professionally colored or to buy more expensive clothes to buy quilting books, patterns, and magazines. I color my own hair and sew my own clothes as a trade off. I try to share magazines that I am finished with by taking them to the local nursing home. Women who no longer able to quilt still like looking at the pictures.
                  6. I, too, bought two tables that are 30" wide and 8' long from my local Home Depot. Those tables have come in handy for yard sales, camp outs, and of course layering quilts.
                  7. I consider all the tools, fabric, etc. to be an investment in my happiness and well being. My sewing room is a place to be creative and enjoy myself. I don't consider my stash to be one bit different than someone who buys cameras, running shoes, power tools, gardening tools, fishing boats, golf clubs or anything else that they enjoy doing.
                  8. I have learned to enjoy each part of quilting. A sharp rotary cutter makes cutting out a quilt so much more fun. Piecing quilts is so much more fun when you are piecing with lovely fabrics. Binding is relaxing and pleasant while enjoying a tall glass of iced tea out on the patio or watching a movie in the evening. I think sometimes we get so involved in finishing that we forget to enjoy the journey.

                  Just my thoughts from my little home on the prairie

                  Jan

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                    #24
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                    Originally posted by Suzette View Post
                    Years ago I bought two 60" X 30" tables at Costco. They fold up for easy storage and are fairly easy to move around. I keep mine folded up in a large walk in closet in the house I am in now, but I have kept them in the garage as well in a previous home. Anyway, I simply pull them out when I need to sandwich a larger quilt, push some furniture aside and butt them together to make a 60" X 60" work surface. Sooo much easier than crawling around on the floor.
                    Great idea! I'm buying tables, can always use them for picnics, extra space for eating

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                      #25
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                      Originally posted by janbee View Post
                      I can honestly say that I have learned over the years to make sewing and quilting tasks as simple and easy as possible. I have been sewing and quilting for over 45 years. I have collected tools over all those years to make things easier for myself.
                      1. I have always had the best sewing machine I could afford--starting out with a $79 Kenmore and now I own a Babylock Crescendo.
                      2. I have always bought the best fabric I could afford. I started out buying flat fold fabric from the local Perry's or Ben Franklin's store. Now I shop MSQC and an occasional LQS purchase. Just because I couldn't afford expensive fabric has never kept me from sewing or quilting.
                      3. I take excellent care of my sewing tools. I still have tools that I started out with. I have added to these tools by buying with coupons and shopping sales.
                      4. My husband recently made me a wooden quilter's ironing board that sits atop my regular ironing board which belonged to my grandmother. That ironing board may very well may be over a 100 years old. It is literally made out of iron.
                      5. I have chosen to spend money that I might have used to have my hair professionally colored or to buy more expensive clothes to buy quilting books, patterns, and magazines. I color my own hair and sew my own clothes as a trade off. I try to share magazines that I am finished with by taking them to the local nursing home. Women who no longer able to quilt still like looking at the pictures.
                      6. I, too, bought two tables that are 30" wide and 8' long from my local Home Depot. Those tables have come in handy for yard sales, camp outs, and of course layering quilts.
                      7. I consider all the tools, fabric, etc. to be an investment in my happiness and well being. My sewing room is a place to be creative and enjoy myself. I don't consider my stash to be one bit different than someone who buys cameras, running shoes, power tools, gardening tools, fishing boats, golf clubs or anything else that they enjoy doing.
                      8. I have learned to enjoy each part of quilting. A sharp rotary cutter makes cutting out a quilt so much more fun. Piecing quilts is so much more fun when you are piecing with lovely fabrics. Binding is relaxing and pleasant while enjoying a tall glass of iced tea out on the patio or watching a movie in the evening. I think sometimes we get so involved in finishing that we forget to enjoy the journey.

                      Just my thoughts from my little home on the prairie

                      Jan
                      Jan, I love your thoughts - they really capture the essence of quilters. You're right, as much as I don't like the hand sewing it forces me to slow down and "enjoy the journey". I, too, consider buying quality fabric and tools my " non-smoker, non-drinker, gray haired, inexpensively clothed" spending! #7 is the part I'm showing my DH - he always kids me about my stash and sewing machine upgrade. Thanks for the thoughts.

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                        #26
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                        I'm with you. I hand stitch the bindings which is not my favorite activity but am also crummy at trying to machine stitch a binding. It never works out looking nice!

                        Piecing is my favorite part of quilting. Just love combining the colors and shapes!
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                          #27
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                          I love it all, but then, I'm weird. I wouldn't be able to sandwich and baste if I had to do it on the floor - I could get down there and get it done but I'd be stuck there until I was rescued. I'm lucky to have access to big huge tables so it's great.
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                            #28
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                            It's funny how some people's worst things are others' favorite things.

                            I do not like the machine quilting, especially ones larger than a baby quilt. And I don't like the spray-basting the three layers, although I like it WAY better than pinning!

                            My favorite thing is picking the fabrics and when the blocks are pieced together, and the blocks put together with each other.

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                              #29
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                              My least favorite is that my M* order flew in sight of my bedroom window and landed in San Francisco at midnight and apparently a crazy lady in her nightgown and bunny slippers is not allowed to roam around the postal sorting center alone!!! So I'm back in bed sans fabric, DD pens, and ruler.

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                                #30
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                                I love FMQing and don't mind hand sewing -I even find it relaxing. I still hate ironing, but at least blocks and quilt tops don't have sleeves and cuffs to screw up.

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