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I have been away for quite some time now. A lot of personal issues. I have decided to come back to My Quilt Place and see what's up. I don't even remember which groups I'm on! Plus, there are a lot more to check out!

Hello to anyone new! I'm wondering if Julie Beard is ago I here! Lots to catch up on!

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Surely there are some newbies/oldies that need some help out there? How can we help?

Started by Julie Beard. Last reply by Juliana Noble Giles Dec 22, 2017. 2 Replies

Well I've been back for just a few weeks and have made a decision to try and make this site more active. So I am writing to all members asking how can we get more involved. With the aim to help out…Continue

Your first quilt

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Patricia Edkins Apr 17, 2017. 189 Replies

What did you make for your very first quilt?  Or if you are making your first one now, what is it?  For my very first quilt I made a lap size Log Cabin.  I used the book, "Log Cabin in a Day" by…Continue

What are you working on?

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Pat Mathison Apr 9, 2016. 4 Replies

I haven't been on this site in a really long time!  Welcome to anyone new!  I was in a long dry spell. So now I'm back (again!) and I'm overwhelmed with all of the projects I stopped in the middle…Continue


Started by Denise Stark. Last reply by Rose Guthrie Apr 8, 2016. 14 Replies

I so want to quilt, however everytime I try, the trash gets something new. I can't seem to keep straight or square and get frustrated and start over and over and over. Have tried many patterns, but…Continue

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Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 17, 2014 at 2:08pm

Thanks patbruck and Beth, I have been taking notes on everything you guys have told me and hung it above my ironing board so next time i'm ready to iron it will remind me. patbruck, I started working on my weathervane block after I made the last comment and already I have 2 bandaids on. My biggest issue is that I bleed through them. Luckily a lot of the fabrics i'm using are darks and reds so it hopefully will hide anything coming through. I think I just need to take more time and slow down a little, or at least figure out where my fingers are lol

Comment by Beth A. North on September 17, 2014 at 1:58pm

As Patbruck stated, don't leave your iron on for a long time, then it will burn.  It is a set a press for five seconds at most.  Patbruck has it down right.

Comment by patbruck on September 17, 2014 at 1:08pm

Andrea,when you press on the outside you're pushing your seam outward so it's nice and flat,That is the purpose of pressing.It's just a quick movement,don't let your iron on too long.When I said on the 9 patch block when you press your light to dark your seams will go in the right direction when you sew your rows together.You don't want the seams going in same direction,makes too much bulk.I"ve noticed in other patterns where it doesn't tell you how to press this is a good thing to remember light to dark. As far as sticking yourself with pin,do you think a band-aid might help?

Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 17, 2014 at 12:55pm

Thanks Beth, I've been ironing then so will make sure I stop that. Dumb question but won't the fabric burn if i'm constantly pressing on the same spots?

Comment by Beth A. North on September 17, 2014 at 12:54pm

You are doing well Andrea.

Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 17, 2014 at 12:53pm

Like press with an iron? I was only pressing the backs but will press the fronts too. I also never paid any attention what colors or order I was doing it so will start doing it the way you suggest. Thanks! Oh do you have any tips on how to stop poking myself with the needle? I have a bleeding disorder so when I make a small puncture in my skin it takes hours for it to stop bleeding.

Comment by Beth A. North on September 17, 2014 at 12:53pm

And when Pat says press, she means press not iron.  There is a difference.  Press is where you lift the iron and set down.  Iron is what we do with clothes where we run the iron back and forth of the fabric.  It is important to just press so you do not distort your fabric.

Comment by patbruck on September 17, 2014 at 12:47pm

Andrea,just one suggestion I learned from Eleanor Burns,always press,I press from the front like she does then turn and press again.One other tip is if you're doing 9 patch always iron from light to dark.

Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 17, 2014 at 12:34pm

Aww thanks! The underside isn't so pretty but I'm learning. The block pattern I'm currently working on is the hardest I've done so far and I get so frustrated that I have to put it down for an hour and then go back to it. I figure as long as I keep going back then I'm still making progress :)

Comment by patbruck on September 17, 2014 at 12:29pm

Andrea,for a newbie your blocks look amazing,good job.


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