"Jenifer, next time you're outlining, try putting a rice bag or something similar right next to the back roller. (l learned this from watching Sharon Schambers video, )it holds the quilt right down on the machine bed, giving you more control…"
"Carla, that is so funny! I'm going to remember that the next time I'm sewing and it's not quite perfect! Thanks! And it's so true, you are always your worst critic.
Riana, I looked at the Bailey's when I was shopping,…"
"my cousin went to classes for quilting. her teacher told her to abide by" the galloping horse rule''. which means if you can't see a mistake while galloping past it on a horse.....don't worry about it. lol I like…"
"Jenifer, I'm using a Bailey 15 pro quilter, and a frame that my dad & I built yrs. ago. I had used it with a heavy old Singer Industrial to do simple wave stitching on bedspreads for innkeepers.I've had to practically rebuild the frame…"
"Riana, I'm in the same place as you. I got my mid arm and frame in January. After MUCH practice and adjustments, I've completed four quilts, each one a little better than the last. I'm really starting to enjoy it.…"
"It's been a l-o-n-g time since I was a beginner, (one tends to forget those painful experiences in life-),but recently I've put my new mid-arm machine in a frame. I was under the assumption that I could pick up where FMQ left off'…"
"I am lucky not to be a perfectionist so I can just jump in and try anything. That being said I do own some really ugly quilts. But those are old ones and I still use them...the colors are great..just not in front of anyone :) But now I own some…"
"All quilters make mistakes. I've watched many professional quilters speaking at guilds talk about the challenges they have experienced when they have made mistakes. They often come up with creative ways to resolved the problem, and…"
"Awesome, Diana! You have a great attitude. It's also amazing to look back at some of your first quilts as time goes by to see how much you have learned and improved. Quilting just keeps getting better the more you practice.…"
"I am very much a newbie - I've made 3 table runners so far. I was afraid of making a mistake, but then I realized if I don't just do it, I'll sit here staring at fabric and a sewing machine for years! For the quilt itself,…"
"One thing I love about these boards is there is always so many wonderful suggestions from everyone there are a lot of fabulous quilters on here. I am new to quilting I've only been doing this for a couple of years and one of the things that I…"
"I come from the same school of thought. If you unsew more than two times the block becomes distorted and the fabric may tear. I just throw that block away and start over. Little mistakes dissapear when quilted such as a chopped off…"
"You have received some great advice. My rule of thumb is 'unsew no more than 2 times'. If it still is not perfect, LIVE with it. lol Vicki's analogy to the galloping horse is a good one to keep in mind. Another quilter friend also…"
"I second this advice from Jennifer S. Mistakes can almost always be un-done one way or another, so it is ok to make them. Worst case, you might have to completely remake a block or so. One time I decided a paricular fabric just…"