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Subject: Quilting week 9 Date: 4/15/12 10:37 PM

This was our final class. Since our last class 2 weeks ago, we had our quilt tops quilted on the long arm. They look so nice. I had chosen green thread and a clematis pattern for my quilt top. It sure is pretty.

Today’s class was all about finishing the quilted top. We will learn trimming, cutting the binding strips, joining into one long strip, sewing on the binding, turning, and hand sewing.

I am much slower than most of the class, as I like to go at my own pace. Less stress this way for me. Trying to keep up with the faster students just drove me crazy. So today I decided not to. I was so much happier this way. I also got a lot less accomplished than the rest of the class! Still, I am happy with what I learned to do today. I had watched an episode of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting last week. It just happened to be on binding. I saved it and will watch it over and over. What the teacher showed us, I had seen on the program, so I knew most of it. I would have been lost if I had not seen the program.

We learned to trim off the excess batting and backing fabrics by lining up our rulers with the border edge. We gently tugged the fabric “this way and that way” to make it straight with the lines on the ruler. For our trimming lesson, the teacher used Leslies quilt to show us how to do it. I laughed when Leslie tried to convince the teacher to just keep going and finish it for her. Good try, Leslie. Her quilt is easy to see the colors, as Leslie put on a small inner border next to a light colored background. She put on 3 borders and the inner blue one really makes her quilt stand out. It is also much larger than the rest of the class.

Those of us who had our quilt top quilted on the long arm were taking our time learning to trim accurately. Some of my classmates are much faster and have better eyesight than me. I was slowly cutting. The teacher again told me to “cut and not saw” the fabric. I told her I had changed the blade on my cutter. It’s a new cutter and this was the first time I had changed a blade on it. She wanted to see the cutter. Did I have 2 blades in the cutter and not one? I did not know, but wanted to find out. She took it apart, and had trouble getting it back together. I might have put it back together wrong when I changed the blade the other day. She found another one just like it and we saw how it was supposed to go back together. After she took the second blade off, the cutter worked wonderfully. It was much faster too. I felt dumb, but I learned to change a blade correctly. I finished the trimming so much faster from that point on. I have used rotary cutters for a couple of years now, and this one is a new design for me. Actually much easier to change blades—if you know how, that is. Now I do.

Leslie and Julie were finished by this time. Donna was nearly done as well. Kathy had been on vacation, so she had this neat batting square she had made to work with. It looked much easier to work on than a full sized quilt. The teacher used Julie’s quilt for stitching purposes today. Julie had trimmed the batting off, sewed and joined her long bindings together, and was waiting to learn the next step. (I was just finishing my trimming)

The teacher placed the binding to be sewn onto the quilt. She does not line up the edges exactly, but keeps the binding away 1/8th inch from the edge. I believe this is so when the binding goes on, the batting will fill in the empty space nicely and just look better. Julie’s machine had the walking foot on for sewing, so she did the sewing. I stopped trimming so I could watch the teacher. I had hoped she would do things the way I had seen them done on Fons and Porter. She did it the same way. There are other ways, but she likes this one best. (I never realized until yesterday that I can get so focused on what I am working on that I do not hear the teacher say to come and watch this or that. I wanted to see her teach this part, so I was listening for it.)

The teacher showed us how and where to add the strip to the quilt top and why. To me “why we do things this way or that” is a big deal. She showed us how to fold the fabric at a corner for a neat mitered look. She also said to never have a joint at the corner. I wanted to know what she meant by “joint”. She explained what she meant was when we have 2 strips of fabric sewn together into a long strip, never have that seam at a corner. Always have them away from the corner by a few inches. It makes a much neater look to the binding. She showed us how to turn and sew the binding by hand. Lastly she showed us how to finish the last few inches, sew the 2 ends together at an angle, and how to make it look neat. This last part is harder to get right, so we might have a bit of trouble doing it. This is why she wanted us to get a good quilting book. I will certainly need to buy a good reference book especially for this part. Our class was now over.

The teacher asked us if we thought the class was too hard for beginners. I was the only one who said yes. The others said it was challenging and they got their moneys worth. I will email her suggestions on how to change a few things. She needs to see it from a beginner’s eye and not from someone who has quilted for 20 years.

One thing that still amazes me is how color affects me. Julie’s quilt is much softer in colors and tones. She chose a pale blue-grey color scheme with lots of warm chocolate, soft peach and off white. It is very easy on the eyes to look at, and makes me feel mellow. Leslie’s quilt is in orange, blue and off white and makes me feel happy. Donnas’ quilt is in peach, pink and silver. Hers makes me feel feminine. Kathy’s quilt is in the darker colors of browns and has a medium blue color for accent. It is bold and dark at the same time. I think it is a great choice of colors for a man’s quilt. Any man would love her colors. Jennifer’s choice of hot pink, light purple and white is going to be a major hit for her young daughter. She was not in class today, so I did not get to see it quilted. Lastly, our other Kathy was not in class today, either. I know her quilt went on the long arm, as I saw she had dropped it off before me. Her colors of black, red and hot pink are very bold and bright. Her quilt will demand attention anywhere she puts it. Isn’t it amazing how color affects us?

I'll post pictures as I take them.
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-- Edited on 4/15/12 10:37 PM --

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Date: 4/16/12 3:13 AM

picture, Picture, PICTURE! Ok, I'll try to be patient.

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Date: 4/16/12 8:12 AM

Learn - yes, you are so right in how color affects us. What an astute observation you have made, so early in your quilting career!

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Date: 4/16/12 9:03 AM

I am looking forward to seeing your pictures!

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Date: 4/16/12 11:39 AM

quilted top

quilted back

my sewing room

cuttting table

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Date: 4/16/12 11:44 AM

I really like the quilting. Good choice for the green backing. Can't wait to see it when you have the binding on and hung on the wall. You've done an excellent job for your first quilt!

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Date: 4/16/12 12:03 PM

You did an incredible job! It's beautiful.

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Date: 4/16/12 12:13 PM

Lovely quilt and I like your sewing set up - thanks for the pictures!

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Date: 4/16/12 12:20 PM

SO beautiful! LOVE the backing, and the quilting looks awesome.

Thanks for sharing pictures of your sewing room!

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Date: 4/16/12 4:57 PM

I love the quilting design; it is perfect for the quilt. It is beautiful!

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