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Date: 7/11/12 7:30 PM

OK, ladies. I am seriously thinking of getting into quilting. I just received a Quilter's World magazine (June) in the mail today. And the cover quilt is beautiful. Way to advanced for me. Ahem. Because I haven't really quilted much. Just two small ones that were made with panels.

I also love to garment sew. So, of course I am thinking of how much extra $$ it would cost me to take up quilting. I am talking about the actual fabric. I have a rotary cutter, mats, things like that. I have a great Pfaff sewing machine that is a quilting sm.

How long does it take to make a quilt? And then get the urge to make the next one?

Hope this makes sense! Thanks.

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Date: 7/11/12 7:50 PM

Well, I hope you are ready for another obsession! How much does it cost?? As much as you want it to. I have friends who give me their quilting fabric and I do my best to make something with it. I make quilts for the hospice center near me so I'm never without ideas. The other "cost" is your time. You can make a nice sized quilt in a weekend, which includes quilting and binding it. So if you want to spend a few days with it, consider that.

Being as you're a garment sewer getting into quilting, yes, I am that too. But sometimes I like to make me something, just for me, and I can't do that if a quilt is lurking in a corner of my sewing room. So the other "cost" is trying to decide where your focus is.

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Date: 7/11/12 8:16 PM

The urge to make the next one will come long before you have finished the first one. Ask us how we know...

I am new to it as well. I am working on my 2nd one and planning out the 3rd one. I have not done the binding on the first one, as it is full sized and my current one is 34x34. I wanted to learn to do the binding on a smaller one first. I had the large one (class project) quilted on the long arm. The current project, I am going to do stitch in the ditch on it. I've not done that before, so I want to start easy and go from there.

What does it cost? Depends on quality of fabric (buy quality fabric!!!), the size, and how you want it finished. I suggest you start small and then work your way up. A bed sized one is huge to work with and you want to learn the techniques on something easy to handle first. Just makes sense to me, anyway.

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Date: 7/11/12 9:19 PM

It costs whatever you're willing and able to spend on it

I am also a garment/costume sewer just recently converted to quilting. I LOVE making quilts, it is my mental health break form life.

As far as the time it takes to make a quilt, that too all depends on what you're making. How much time you can dedicate to sewing. How many pieces need to be cut and sewn. How much quilting you do on it.

The one I just finished took me about 2 months to make. It had 4 hand quilted parts that took extra time, and I had to take time from sewing because I hurt my hand. I also watch my 2 yr old grandson, who also lives with me, so my sewing time is limited.

I make quilts on MY time and MY pace because it's what I enjoy. No pressure, no more deadlines.

And I have so many quilts fighting for attention in my head, it's impossible to NOT think of the next one, or 2, or 12, constantly.

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Date: 7/11/12 9:29 PM

While your start up equipment costs may be small as you already have a quilting sm and basic supplies, there are always more rulers, cutters, and gorgeous fabrics to tempt. A 1/4" foot is a good investment. Walking foot and darning feet. Shout Color Catchers are a necessity. Frames for hand quilting vary greatly in quality and price.

Only use quality fabric. Buy and use enough High Quality Quilter's Grade and, like garment fabrics, you'll develop a "hand" to discern the Good from Bad. Coarse or cheap fabrics are a bear to work with: fray, wonky cuts/bias, difficult to press. Likewise, use the best threads you can afford. It will save you many headaches. Fabrics average $10-$12/yd, but able to find high grade cottons for $5-$7/yd at Connecting Threads. Many sales online, esp. Hancock's of Paducah. Even Keepsake is doing the online sale.

Natural battings will further decrease your frustration layering and actually quilting. Once finished, natural battings have less " bearding" or pilling through the holes made by quilt stitches upon washing. Reg.price is $10-$50. Almost always on sale, somewhere.

Patterns? You could start off with super simple, but I say, "do what you love and you'll finish it!" My first quilt was a zillion hand cut cardboard template traced curves that formed ric- rack- like waves. Quilted in Sulky metallic. Stunning! I still love that quilt! But hardly standard issue Beginner.

If you are nervous about machine piecing the quilt of your dreams, hand piecing is Zen and very portable.

Check you local library for quilting books/patterns.

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Date: 7/11/12 9:59 PM

I'm finding my new hobby of quilting is a bit too expensive for the two lap quilts I've just made. From now on, I'll stick with wall hanging size like I had planned.I prefer Moda fabric and I have to mail order since I do not live near a quilt shop.

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Date: 7/11/12 10:35 PM

I agree with what the other posters have said. I am new to quilting as well and am obsessed! At first I was drawn to precuts, oh how easy and look what you can do with just a jellyroll, I thought. Huh! The way I see it, with fabric for a quilt top including borders and binding and then the batting and backing, you are looking at about $100 and up per quilt, depending on the size. I like good quality fabrics and use mainly Moda. I already had machines, a mat, rotary cutter and a couple of rulers but then I "needed" specialty rulers, additional thread, patterns, books, online classes and so on. I also have put aside some of my garment sewing time and end up having to choose one or the other. I LOVE piecing but so far not so much with the quilting, so that is another thing I will have to decide when I get tired of stitching in the ditch to finish them. Even so, I really love making quilts and want to keep doing more. I have just made a Cathedral windows pillow and a wall hanging and am going to make some placemats and table runners, that way I can enjoy the beautiful quilt fabrics and the fun of sewing on smaller projects.

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Date: 7/12/12 0:25 AM

I am making two quilt tops from precuts bought from Missouri Star Quilt company. I will have to buy extra fabric for the binding of one and backs of both quilts as well as the batting.

I am in to this project for $135.00 including shipping, but not thread (I have a nice thread stash). I anticipate it will cost close to another $100.00 to finish the two quilts. One will be just under twin sized, the other about a double.

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Date: 7/12/12 0:28 AM

Yeah, I'd say a queen size quilt is ~$150... but the good news is that you have left over fabric always. If you do 2 queen sized quilts you will almost certainly have enough fabric left over from that to make a twin or at least a wall hanging. If you're already a garment sewer who sews mainly in cottons like I do, then adding quilting isn't such a big deal because you just quilt up your scraps. You can also make it cheaper for yourself by getting remnants (and sometimes those go on sale 50% off) quilt shops sometimes sell their scraps for extremely cheap. I guess how expensive depends on whether you like the planned quilt look or the scrap quilt look.

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Date: 7/12/12 0:37 AM

I do a muslin backed queen with high quality quilting cotton in the top for about $95-100.

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