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Date: 8/5/13 1:16 AM

After a few month hiatus from quilting. Ha! I've only been quilting for a short while to begin with.But I was back on focusing on garments. Anyway, I am ready to get back into some quilts that I've been dying to make!

First up: Snowballs from a Quilty magazine that I have. Snowballs quilt

I have quite a bit of the fabric for the top. Still need to get some white fabric. So, that will be next on the agenda.

I started cutting some of the squares. for the colored fabrics. Oh my! There are tons and tons of squares that I need to cut. This is supposed to be a Beginner, Level 1 quilt. I am getting scared. At this rate, I will be done sometime next century. I want to give this quilt to my dh before the cold weather hits. So, I do have a few months.

I also have a couple of other quilts that I want to make. One is from a Sew-it Today magazine. It's super cute, and I have the fabric for the top all bought. Sew it cover The pic is on the cover.

And now, Wendi from Shiny Happy World is enticing me with a free quilting pattern that she just put out. Fletcher Chevron Quilt Pattern
I am already starting to buy fabrics for this quilt.

And I still have a couple of clothing items on my list to finish for my dd!!! Eeek!!! Will I get this done?

How do you all manage all of your quiltmaking? Do you work on one quilt at a time? Or do you do several at a time? If you do more than one at a time, how do you fit them all in, cutting and sewing wise?

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Date: 8/5/13 2:10 AM

First of all, I LOVE Quilty! I bought an issue at JoAnn's, and I have since bought all of the issues digitally. LOL

I have a couple of quilts going at once, but they are usually in different stages. I won't have 2 that I'm cutting at the same time though. Usually it is one being cut, one being pieced, one with a top done waiting to be quilted, and one just waiting to be bound. I like having lots of projects at once because I can quickly switch around if I get bored with one.

I have two that I am planning now and 2 that need to be quilted.

I also have 2 bags in progress and 2 knit shirts. Hahah

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Date: 8/5/13 2:11 PM

Oh great idea to have quilts in different stages. Love the idea! Thanks!

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Date: 8/5/13 2:52 PM

To start with, I never cut all of the pieces before I start sewing. Some people do, and that works for them, but it would bore me to tears. I always need to start seeing the blocks form. I do often make a practice block to make sure that I like it, and that the fabric choices work.

Some of the quilters here work on one project at a time. I work on a bunch of them - yes, it is like juggling, but it works better for me to do it that way.

Every quilter is different, and each person's personality will come out in her/his quilting. Unlike garment sewing, which is much more a matter of doing the same things in the same order as everyone else for the most part, quilting is individual. Seriously, there are no quilt police, and no one right way of doing things. You can break any "rules" you like, any time you like. Your quilts are a product of your artistic impulse, and you can do exactly as you want.

You will get better and faster the more quilting you do. You will also develop your own style of working at it, and will find what suits you and what doesn't. Unless you intend to enter a show, which involves following the rules, you can simply make quilts the way that feels best to you, and you will end up with something which is both beautiful and useful, and which gives pleasure to those who see it.

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Date: 8/6/13 10:10 AM

What makes a pattern suitable for "beginners" is that it's easy to construct properly, not how many pieces are in it or how big it is. The snowball quilt is just a bunch of Bow Tie blocks.

One of the nice things about this block is that as long as your seam allowances are consistent, the blocks will line up and all be the same size. So even if you haven't yet mastered the perfect scant 1/4", the match points will still line up.

Getting through a big project of simple blocks is a matter of time and patience. I've personally never made a bed-sized quilt. I work full time and a bed-sized quilt is just too much commitment right now.

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Date: 8/6/13 12:26 PM

Thank you everybody for your tips and encouragement!

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Date: 8/6/13 12:27 PM

Thank you for the link. It makes the block easier to see.

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