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Hello everyone, I'm organizing everything. I got to the office and discovered I had forgotten my phone, so I'm preparing myself not to go too crazy. Well, we have a lot of people here. I'm very happy. that you've shown up, I think this is for my mental health, I'm just talking to everyone, I'm glad to talk to other people, meet other people from other places and I'm going to start with the first ones, uh, people have been asking me about the quilts that were in my last video so there were two um one is the new hexagon so the new hexagon is based on this book by Katya Mark she has a quilt shop in Ken Loops she is a wonderful lady if you can ever loops in british columbia has a big store and he started making english paper pieces that he had been making for um taylor says i'm a little loud i guess i shouldn't shout so much so he made this book and there's all kinds of paper scrap patterns here for different hexagons and on the back there are all kinds of patterns but to go with this as a complement she started with a milly fiore now a millie is just one of those kaleidoscope type quilts and this one is on her website just google new milli fiore hexagon.
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I have it in the notes of my last video and it's free. You have to have this so you know what blocks you're using in the shape of the blocks, but this. It's all free, so she made a line out of scraps of paper and they have a block of the month, but now you can, the block of the month has passed, so you can buy the whole kit at once and you don't have to make your own pieces of paper, so it's great, it's my five year project and I'm in year four, but it's pretty exciting now that everything is coming out and I'm learning a lot about fabric placement and how it impacts.
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The value and how the patterns work together in that kaleidoscope shape, it's not exactly the same as the other milly fiores out there because they are just one piece that repeats. This is a kaleidoscope within a kaleidoscope, so it's great, now the other one is. My 4th of July and this is what it's supposed to look like. It's much easier to make than the way I'm doing it, but unfortunately it's out of stock now. I was talking to my cousin this morning. about this because I started doing it, I joined this chat and stitch group when I hadn't even completed a quilt and this was my fifth quilt, uh, that I had started and I didn't just say yes, I would do it, which one and this is an intermediate type quilt I said I'll do the queen size I'll do the queen size and then I alternately altered it uh I made it even harder.
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I remember showing her this picture that I had made, so this is the way I'm doing it and she just looked at me and said good for you and this was done uh quilt works, it's Judy Niemeyer, she has other patterns, sorry,, but I think it said a print, so you'll have to do it. Check with several quilt stores that have the patterns and go from there, you may even be able to get one second hand. Another quilt that people keep asking me about is the orange and brown one on my website that is the farmer's quilt.
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Wife quilt uh the


version and with most of my books I put a spiral binding on it, but I will warn you that there are almost zero instructions on how to do this and you get kind of a picture of what the block is. it looks like and then it comes with a CD and each of the pieces has its own sheet, so if it's a one inch square that's on an eight and a half by 11 sheet and it's all done, I don't do it. I know, but the instructions weren't that good, so I had to do math.
I actually took a class on how to make this and yes, it is a beautiful quilt, but the instructions aren't the best. Oh, we have someone from Australia, another Karen, hello, you should be able to do it. Well, that's not me. They all sound great, so let me address a couple more questions. What useful habits do you have that a beginner should adopt? I am a newbie and I want to acquire them. I'm off to a good start, learning to save scrap squares on the machine to use when I start sewing and my little mountain of those squares were just ironed last night.
Well, that's a good one. I think the other good one is just trying to stay small. As you learn and make your basic quilts, I think we all get frustrated after the first couple and want to jump a little further and in doing so we have a tendency to overbuy, go out and buy tools. We go out and buy new sewing machines, we go out and buy patterns and fabrics, and that's the one thing you have to keep in check, buy when you need things and not try to anticipate what you need, change the needle frequently, that's very A good habit to change your rotary cutter frequently and clean your machine.
I clean my machine pretty well every day, every day I've been sewing anyway, and I try to change my needle once a week. I also change my needle when I'm transitioning from piecing to quilting. I always start quilting with a new needle and my quilting needle is one size larger than my piecing needle, so if I have been piecing with an 80, I am now quilting with a 90 if I had been piecing with a 70 70 i p i a quilt with an 80. Okay, let's do the next one. What encouraging tips do you have for quilters who don't have space for a sewing room right now?
I could quilt more now but constant packing gets old fasting or lack of kitchen tape okay that's how it is um I would say find a closet and get a rack with wheels so you can put your stuff on the rack with wheels and just roll them into the closet you can still hang things on top, but at least then the equipment you have can be removed and taken out again so you can hide it under the table. It can be hidden in a closet. It can be hidden in the bathroom. but I have found that having things on rollers is very important when space is small.
Do I make my own quilting machine or rent one? At first, I think I've made three quilts professionally. I definitely have my first two and then I took a long arm class and I rent a long arm and I have a couple of friends that have long arms. I have a very generous friend who invites me over and we have a nice weekend and she lets me use her machine and I make my little I tried to make my little quilts on my sewing machine, just one to keep some, keep learning some sewing skills. free motion quilting, that's just a skill you have to keep using otherwise you'll lose it, it's a type of muscle memory, so and just being able to sandwich that quilt correctly is a technique I'm always working on. to try to perfect and I'm going to do a video later this year, hopefully sooner rather than later, just on some beginner quilting patterns, so stay tuned.
For that one, the best quilting pattern for beginners, I don't have it with me, it's just a loop loop, right? It's not the meandering one. The serpentine is where it does not cross. The easiest one, it just works great. spirals and you just twist and just beautiful big spirals if you're if you're walking if you're just doing straight line quilting just doing straight line quilting it's very easy um I wouldn't sew in the ditch it's harder than sewing right next to the ditch and I would recommend sewing right next to the ditch because as a beginner your seams are not necessarily as straight as they should be and yet even when they are straight it is quite difficult to keep the needle in the right place and they also have different colors , it might be suitable for one fabric, but it doesn't blend with another, so, yes, it sews close to the ditch but not in the ditch, what is the difference between 100 cotton and quilters cotton?
Well, quilter's cotton is a 100 cotton, but I think I looked into it not too long ago and there are so many different varieties of cotton fabrics, so when they talk about quilter's cotton, they talk about it being medium weight, there's a certain density to it. of the threads. and the pattern is printed on top, so if you look at the back of the quilter's cotton and the front of the quilter's cotton it will look different. I'm sure I have a piece here somewhere. Here's a piece, so this is the front. and this is the back and that's one way you can easily distinguish the quilters' cotton that you put into shirts and things like that and the threads are actually different colors do you think it's better to bind or cover a quilt?
I have only faced a couple of quilts. I prefer binding alone because it's a slightly easier process for me, but there are certain times when facing is more appropriate. Personally, I like thicker. I'm going through a phase where I like the thicker one inch binding and I'll be doing a video on that soon, so I found it. I don't need to use a border. I don't need to use a border. It just provides the framing and binding all in one go. It is more complicated and is used at least twice as much. amount of fabric but it works, I like it, that brings me to another question, so let me find my color tool.
People always ask me what color, what color binding, what color borders I should use and a lot of people say black. I always use black and I'm not a black person who wears a lot of black but I understand the concept, what you're looking for is a frame that keeps your eye in the center of the quilt so for me I would find the dominant color in the quilt and then take your color wheel and choose that color which is right down here so you know I make a lot of orange quilts so I use a lot of brown but if the dominant color was blue I would use one of the darker navy blue , I would limit it or a dark if it was purple, then there's that dark ultramarine blue, etc., you also want whatever you want, you don't necessarily want the dark, but you don't want the color because if you're closer, the further you get to the tone, the more it will compete. with the colors of your quilt and you don't want to focus, you want your eyes to go to that center, the exception is when the center of your quilt is really nice and busy and is strong enough to hold your attention, like if there was a panel or sometimes on baby quilts the panels are really nice and bright and in that case I would choose a slightly lighter color but still very desaturated on the edge, okay?
I'm an experienced sewer, but Vacari is just a quilter and I want to know what to start with. I was good at sewing, I sewed my clothes earlier in my life and it's quite interesting moving on to quilting how different it is to quilt well. at least I do, I press my seams to one side, you use a different one, you use a different needle, you use a quilter's kneader, not a universal, you use a quarter inch seam, so getting used to it, I couldn't believe how hard it was. was getting used to a The seam was a quarter inch and accuracy becomes a big issue, so that's where I would start.
I always start with a beginner quilt. Beginner quilts are just squares that you put together, they can be recycled, they can be new, they can be leftovers and you learn a lot. on your first quilts and then you can start applying all your other wonderful skills. The other thing is that in quilting you use a rotary cutter. I don't know if they are using rotary cutters in dress making now, but I still use a lot of them. of my long scissors, so yeah, try them, you'll be interested, it's quite fascinating, how many differences are there between sewing and quilting, um, what's in front of a quilt, I've never heard of that, instead of putting this binding on a quilt, you would basically like to sew the fabric and then roll it under so that you don't actually have any binding.
That's what it means to face a quilt. I think it's much more common in wall hangings and when you do other things like mug mats and table runners and things like that, I find that quilts are something that someone is going to hold and that a binding is a much better way to do it. Am I going to


on YouTube? no um my personal preference here is to go


on Facebook because I personally find that a lot of questions and answers are filled with a lot of dead space uh there's a full five minutes at the beginning when everyone comes in and then there's a lot of. of breaks, so I like to take this, I record it and then I cut out all the dead space and then I like to add anything that we've talked about, so if I'm referencing a video, I like to put that in. link there or an image when necessary.
I also like to mark questions that have been asked, so if you go to one of my questions on youtube you will find some timestamps. That's a new feature that YouTube has. It's just my preference, maybe one day I'll start doing it live when I'm not alone doing them, so that's why I do it on Facebook. Do I always sew my bindings by hand? Many questions about binding. today I certainly put the first side with a machine and then rolled it down if it's for someone, if it's going to a particular person, or it's a quilt that I put a little more effort into like this, yeah, always I sew it.
I have a lot of down time at night when I'm sitting with my family watching TV, that's when I sew by hand, whenI make them for charity, no, I machine stitch them, um, I machine sew them. um just because there's not enough time um often my friends and I will do, you know, 11 in a weekend and my fingers just can't handle it, it's too intensive and we're trying to give them away pretty quickly, so Uh yeah, like that I sew the charity ones by machine and give them to my friends. I always sew by hand, what padding I use.
I think you're talking about what batting I use. I'm using right now an 80 20 blend. I was using 100 cotton. I bought this roll because it was available and I know it. a few people had used it and I'm going back to cotton as soon as this, my roll is ready, I just found that the polyester blend creates too much dust, there's just this lint in the air all the time. I don't care about that, so, yeah, that's what I'm going to do. What does it mean to sew in the ditch? two seams join together trench stitch means sewing on this side is a term that comes from hand sewing so when you're doing all that with the needle and you push all the fabric to one side this was the side that only had one layer of I had fabric to make it easier to sew and that was called sewing in the ditch when we machine quilted, we just tried to get that stitch right in the middle and it's also one of the reasons why I don't, um, I don't split My seams open up, uh, because that can be very weak that way, and the worst thing you don't want is your batting to be exposed, so that's what I always press to the side, how do I label or cut the pieces of my pattern? um I will do stacks um sometimes I will I have pins with a head like a flat head and I often just take a marker and write on that one, two, three, four, five or a b c d and hold them together sometimes.
I just use a piece of paper and have a paper clip and cut them all out together. It depends on what you are doing. It really depends on what you're doing. When I'm laying out paper pieces, I take a copy of the pattern and I cut out the shapes and that's what I use to cut out my fabric as a guide and I'll lay them on top of the pieces so I know exactly which ones I am. I'm dealing with edges, how big it is too. large, you want to take a look at the rest of your quilt and it depends on the shape of your blocks.
A good rule of thumb to follow is if so, I think it's 16 inches, but you have a piece here, so I would probably make a border that was the width of this block to go with it, but it really depends on how you have it if you're using it, if If you are making frames, I would use about half to a third of the block next to it, but again it depends on what you need, the borders are often used to get the size of quilt you want and it is also the part that is visible when lying on a bed, so if you want attention to yourself on your quilt you don't want to have a huge border because otherwise it's all about the border.
Yeah, there's no easy answer on size, but I would work with half or a third of the block next to it, um and From there, when putting together a hexagonal quilt, do you hand sew them or machine stitch them? One of my other videos is about making a soccer ball out of hexagons and I did it all by machine except my new hexagon quilt I'm working on. That's all hand sewn, every stitch is hand sewn. I will machine sew the edge, I should say the binding at the top and then hand sew it, but other than that it will be completely hand sewn.
I haven't decided on the quilting part yet, it will probably be a mix from machine to hand. I feel like making a quilt. I love how it turns out, but then when I turn on the machine and quilt it, I feel like it doesn't. I'm not up to it when someone else looks at it, they tell me how pretty it is and they think it's okay. I am new at this. Well, that's just one of the problems we face as beginners. Quilts are very forgiving once they have bindings. and you have to forgive yourself for all your little imperfections, you know where they are but a lot of other people can't see them and just be kind to yourself, those are just part of the learning curve and practice, and you will get better, I think that's All of us, as beginners, cannot compare yourself on a normal day to someone on their best day, or worse, on one of your bad days, to someone on their best days.
So often we compare ourselves to the person who won the Olympic gold medal in our houston case and showing quilts and things like that, that's not where you should be um and I would focus a lot more on the love that you're putting into it and people will appreciate that. . I think there is a charming and charming story. it's on my instagram um, but if you watch my last video you'll know that I asked everyone on instagram, youtube and


a question to tell me why they started quilting and this woman talks about taking all this horrible, ugly fabric and making one quilt and she was actually giving it to her sister to be a dog quilt and she found out that her sister had it like 20 years later and was going to throw it away and make a new one for her and her sister didn't want to part with it because of what she had been through . so many problems, um, she had been through illnesses, she had been through hard times and whatever, and she had that quilt on her bed for the last 20 years and she wasn't partying with it, so don't underestimate your work, they are very appreciated and I know it myself, I made that ugly quilt and I threw it at my son in the hospital thinking he's a guy he's not going to appreciate and I found him every day curled up next to that thing, so, love comes in a rectangular square size, so be careful, what can you do when you can't muster up the enthusiasm to sew or maybe that won't happen to you?
Well, if you watched my last video, you know what's been happening to me. I went sewing and just We've been distracted by so many little things, we're living in a tough time, we need to be kind to ourselves and there are other things you can do when it comes to quilting that aren't necessarily sewing, so you can organize your fabrics and simply enjoy them. they're things that you bought, you can organize them by color, you can organize them by size, you can take care of that or you can just be creative, you know, you could have been reading books that encourage you or books that inspire you.
I subscribe to a magazine called capitals and there isn't a lot of quilting, but there is a lot of surface design and a lot of other crafts and I find it very inspiring. There are videos you can watch that can inspire you, but take notes and remember. I know this will pass, this is a sign that our brain is telling us we need to rejuvenate ourselves, so give yourself permission not to sew, but if you really want to sew, get out the stopwatch, this is how I do it all the time. I don't want to do this, but I can do anything for 15 minutes or I can do anything for 30.
So it's amazing how much you can work in those 30 minutes and that can inspire you to keep going or you can just give yourself permission to stop and continue. with something else, but with 30 minutes you will see progress in any project you are working on. Will I make another video on what to do with missing and misfit blocks? Yes, I have seven planned, because there are all kinds. of different answers to those questions, sometimes they match, sometimes they are the same size, sometimes there is a theme and just all combinations, so yes, I will do more.
That was the first in a series. What is the smallest piece I have ever used? Um, I limit it to a one inch by one inch piece and use that in my crumb strips. Um, I don't really like placing such small pieces in a quilt because I find that my precision is not where I would like it to be right now. We're supposed to take a course this fall with um, is it Elizabeth Kinch or Mary Elizabeth Kinch, Elizabeth Mark? Anyway we were going to do some small scale quilting and I'm hoping she had some tips for me on how to stay straight so one inch by one inch and anything under that I throw out how do you find time to sew?
I thought when my kids were younger I was home but she is 21 and going back to college I would have more time no my full time job plus dinner cleaning clothes I just don't have the time I thought I would have right in my life At home my son cooks and my husband insists that I don't know how to load the dishwasher anymore so he cleans the kitchen at night I do the other cleaning are just priorities so if sewing is important to you you might have time . If you have all these other priorities in front of you, you may not have enough time.
I would go back to your stopwatch. See what you can delegate to other people, you have other adults in the house, they should share the load with you, especially if you are reaching this stage in your life, it is time to share the load, it is not the same as before. be when the kids are younger, so yeah, and give yourself permission that maybe this isn't the right time to be living in strange times and you may have other worries, so maybe you work with your fabric a little differently, I I ask which one is the best. marking pen, I'm yours, this is Carol Brown, she's making a bargello quilt and she needs to label each strip and I'm afraid of using something that might fade before she's done, usually people are more worried about it staying after of you.
I'm done, I use friction pens now I only use them on the seam allowances because they actually stay there, they go away when you apply heat to them, but they come back when it's cold, which is why a lot of people will say don't use them. And but I use them all the time and that's what I use for marking and you probably need to do the same thing with your edges, you just want to make sure, but there are other ways to do it, there's chalk, there's other pens. I'm sure other people will have comments in the notes about which ones they use but I personally use friction and use a lead pencil between the two, they usually work for me and I have a very fine chalk pencil to use on black, yes which ones They are my favorite precuts to work with for beginners and I love the tips on jelly roll patterns so when I was a beginner my first three quilts I started were giant quilts and out of frustration I went to my first guild meeting and saw people.
They had completed their quilts so I ran out and watched the Fat Quarter Shops jelly roll video and got so excited I went out and bought a jelly roll and made it. It was very exciting to do it so quickly that I was really ready. in an afternoon is still my favorite quilt. I make that pattern all the time, but personally fat quarters are my kryptonite. I don't think I've ever been through a fat room. I didn't love it. You know, there's only something that size. although as I'm maturing as a quilter I'm purchasing a different size but I think as a beginner fat quarters are probably a good place to start but the beginner mistake we all make is we buy the same color shade once and again.
Again, if you've seen one of my videos, wherever you fit in here, we have a tendency to hit the same spot all the time. Take a look at the shades you like and try to buy fabrics that are from all parts of that color chart. and that will help you be able to choose fabrics for your quilt, sorry, someone told me that this is out of stock, or that it's now a hundred and like 631 on Amazon or something, the prices go crazy on Amazon when you're out of stock, because so they're talking about you're buying it from some supplier on the other side of the world and that's how much money it's going to cost to get to you, so I'm sure it'll get there. will be back in print or available soon.
I looked it up online today. I think I found it in two or three different locations. You will probably find it at a local quilt store. You don't necessarily have to buy it on Amazon. I just provide it. that link is e so I can direct you somewhere that everyone has access to, but it's a good tool so I recommend it now. The other thing is on my website in color. I have those colorful wedges and in a pinch, they're good enough because what? These are good because it's not so much about color accuracy, so we're not trying to tell someone else on the other side of the world that this is the color you have to use, you're trying to get the general family. of the color, so someone said that someone said that these colors were not accurate, they are accurate enough, you don't need to worry about more precision than what you have here.
Another motivation question, how do you get the motive? This is from Phyllis Woods, how? Are you motivated to work on a quilt when you don't like the fabric? This is a great challenge. A big challenge for all of us when we work on that. It happens that when we are beginners we choose the wrong fabric. the fabric that is available or their fabrics donated for you or um you want to make it for someone else and they are not your colors the colors can drag you into a different mood uh colors associated with different moods and I personally don't like them Sewing with black a lot also and I don't really like sewing with blue, but it seems like all my last quilts have been blue, but I have to be very careful, you have to manage your time, you can't. sit down and say I'm working on this all day because you just can't your brain your mood your emotions just doesn't happen um so again, speaking of taking out that timer, you can.
I have a link to where I can buy one yesYou don't have one in the notes and I swear I really do because it can help you get through those projects. I also visualize the person you are giving it to and how much they are earning. To appreciate it, it is very helpful to simply talk about the love you have for them, all the good times you have had with them. It seems to me that that's also true between managing your time and visualizing the person you give it to and I just set a realistic schedule so that everything is fine, but it's hard, it's hard, any suggestions for choosing fabrics for the backing of a quilt, I don't want the money I saved to make me finish. with a backing that doesn't complement the front, so again I like to make back quilts.
I think it's a fun exercise. If you don't know what a back quilt is, I'll leave a link to my videos on them. two videos, one where I explain what it is and how to make one and another where I actually show you one I made and the process. I usually take the dominant color again and just find similar backs that are like marble and uh or call them grunge, they have a texture, but I find that desaturated version of them, the darker version, that's me personally. In fact, I just bought the backrest, I bought a wide backrest for my Fourth of July. the very bright one and I just went out and chose a blue with a lot of under colors that complement the front.
I don't usually buy white backs, although I usually just choose a color that has something in common between the color on the back and the color on the front (you wouldn't think this would really match this, but there are enough common colors that I think they work so, and it's actually a beautiful fabric, I bought it in a discount bin and I thought I had three other bolts in hand at the time I was buying the full bolt for the boat and I decided I was just going to buy five yards of this and I should have bought the whole boat.
I really like it, it feels wonderful so it's got the orange it's got the yellow and that's enough to carry it off so keep an eye out for those bolts and keep them in your closet and use them when you need them and um yeah that's it what I would do I'm in a I don't know how to mark a quilt for quilting. I have heat erase pens, washable pens, but I don't know how to properly address the problem. It depends on how you are quilting. There is also the pedaling method that you can use with insoles. and it depends on your level of quilting, so if you're a beginner, I would probably choose just straight line quilting for your first few quilts and use what's called point to point and that's lining up your ruler and just marking points. the place where it crosses the seams or any other points you need to mark and again I just use a small dot from a lead pencil or a friction pen.
I don't use much, it's enough to draw attention to the road. and as you get more confident and more experienced you will find the technique that works for you so I can tell you what works for me but the most important thing is what works for you and how to quilt so if doing more free movement if you are doing more straight line quilting, you know you're going to use different tools, so don't be afraid to make a mistake. Experiment, I'm serious, the first three or four years of quilting are like that. full of experimentation and I hope you continue experimenting after that too, um, okay, they just told me we've been in 40 minutes, holy mackerel, 45 minutes, time has passed very, very quickly, uh, thank you all for appear, uh, please.
Watch the latest video. I'm working hard on a new stash buster quilt for next week. So keep an eye on that. You can find me on Facebook, you can find me on Instagram, and you can find me on Pinterest. just do it, quilts, you know, on my website, I have free stash patterns and those color code downloads, yeah, so thank you so much for showing up, it's done wonders for my soul, I really love hearing from you. I love knowing that you are from all over the world. I love being able to help you with some of your questions, people, the questions that I haven't been able to ask, I'll probably ask my coach, Karen, uh. series or I'll try to watch them later tonight, so take care, thanks for showing up and we'll see you next time, take care, bye.

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