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Date: 10/10/12 10:26 AM

I don't know if this is a gateway activity, a pleasant pastime, the thin edge of the wedge or what. I have all these pieces of cute flannelette that I can't quite bear to throw away so I am putting pieces together, sometimes with coordinating solids, to make adorable bibs.

It is fun to do, easy to take a few minutes out of my "real" sewing time and play with the machine and iron and it is environmentally friendly, right? Waste not, want not?

Or am I on a path toward qu*lting that I might regret? If I stop now, can I avoid the addiction? If it is just about using up scraps and not buying more fabric for the stash, is it safe? Do I need professional help? I look to the wise stitchers at PR for guidance. Or possibly an intervention...

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Date: 10/10/12 10:55 AM

Next you will be posting in quilter's corner. Yes you've been bitten by the bug. Might as well give in, it's going to get you anyway. Start cleaning out cabinets, cupboards to put away your quilting fabric stash. You will soon find yourself looking at unique patterns on floors walls, etc think that will make a nice block. You will relearn your fractions, if not a big of geometry. We over at the corner will be awaiting you. Come over to the quilting side....hehe

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Date: 10/10/12 12:37 PM

heh...hehehhe.....yes, you are addicted now....soon it will be large quilts....this is NOT a problem...no intervention needed....it happened to me...

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Date: 10/10/12 1:44 PM

Ha. If you start cutting perfectly good pieces of fabric up in order to sew them back together, you will know you've succumbed.

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Date: 10/10/12 1:48 PM

Can't really say unless I see pictures! Must see pictures of cute bibs!

But no, I don't think the need not too waste cool sewing supplies is necessarily a slippery slope to quilting. Just don't walk through any quilting fabric isles....quilters have the neatest fabrics!

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Date: 10/10/12 2:30 PM

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My dear Tourist, I would say No, not unless you use the re-pieced fabric for your dance costumes. Truly, I call what you are doing "mindless sewing", as it doesn't take a real pattern, doesn't require color combinations, doesn't require a lot of thought but more intuitive interaction. And it's this kind of quilting I love.

I like to do Mile A Minute quilts, where you just slap pieces together with reckless abandon; any size or shape, as long as two edges meet. And when you get something large enough for a square, you cut it out, but only on a slight slant. Then you sew sashing around the squares and assemble your quilt. Here's a picture of one: click here

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Date: 10/10/12 5:01 PM

Oh, that is so cute-I could maybe make a quilt like that.

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Date: 10/10/12 7:59 PM

Be afraid, be very afraid...that way there be monsters ...

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Date: 10/10/12 8:26 PM

Thanks everyone. My saving grace is that I have very little patience and let's just say accuracy is not my middle name. It is quite fun though, to just poke around in the sewing room and patch little bits together. I can't work on my gown at the moment as I am waiting by the mailbox for bits from 3 different vendors to add the finishing touches, at which point it will be full steam ahead and no time for fooling around with flannel.

I will try to get some photos of the bibs. I was gifted with a ton of stuff left over in friend's stashes, so I have been making bibs for school.

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Date: 10/10/12 9:08 PM

I think you're still safe from the "dreaded" quilting bug.

I often have to insert a simple project in between complicated ones just to kind of mindlessly enjoy the process of sewing and get something accomplished quickly. This keeps me happy and sane in between larger, more frustrating projects! :-)

I agree with another poster... if you find yourself cutting up perfectly good fabric just to sew it back together again, THEN you've prolly gone off the deep end!

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