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April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle? Winners Announced.

We all love to quilt, but is there a step in the quilting process that frustrates you? We want to know: What is your biggest quilting hurdle? Is it fabric selection, pattern selection, piecing, quilting, binding, or figuring out who to give it to? 

To participate in this month's contest, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. Winning responses are picked at random from all the entries we receive. We will give you until the end of the month to reply and will announce the winners here in May. 

You could win a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Winners will be contacted via email. If you do not respond within 7 days, your prize will be awarded to another participant. 

Congratulations to our lucky winners!

Michelle: My biggest hurdle is doing the actual quilting. Sometimes I know how I will quilt my project but other times I do not. The hardest part is to just start and to not worry about messing it up. 

swalker287: My greatest hurdle is making the quilt sandwich. It is never tight enough, even, or smooth enough once I get it under the needle for quilting. Drat! So frustrating!

Quilter Overwhelmed: T-I-M-E!


Comments

Barbara wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:28 AM

The hardest part for me is picking out a border,there are so many wonderful designs to use , and finding the right one is a challenge for me. Barbara

Ally wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 7:18 AM

Fabric selection is always the hardest for me, never sure what colors go together or look good together.

Dustyroads wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:16 AM

Knowing that when all the initial sewing is complete I will have to quilt my project.  Then I start getting hives!

Krystyna wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:20 AM

My biggest hurdle is finishing one project before starting another!

brianacala wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:33 AM

My biggest hurdle is deciding which project to do first there are so many to choose from and they all call pick me pick me!

Mimi wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:33 AM

My biggest hurdle is planning enough time to get the project done in time for the event it's made for.  I also struggle with getting all the tops quilted.  I'm scared that I will make a mess of something I've worked so long and hard to complete.  Hmmmm......Maybe I see a longarm in my future?

Kellie Winckler wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:35 AM

The hardest part for me is the binding. It is like saying all my hard work is coming to an end. With so much love and affection going into each quilt, it's hard to say it's done and turn my back to move on to the next project.

Mimismother wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:43 AM

The highest hurdle is finding time to do any part of creating a quilt.  If I have to chose one part of the process, it would be.....selecting the fabrics  (which is also the most fun).

roseann1 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:43 AM

My biggest challenge is exact cutting.  I measure, measure, and measure again but somehow I am still a little off.  Oh well, practice makes perfect!

Nancy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:55 AM

Starting too many projects at one time and becoming overwhelmed.

Bonnie Larson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:59 AM

Deciding what and how to finish quilting my project. Piecing the project is one thing, but the quilting is something else altogether. I find it difficult to decide what design to quilt and quite often end up just stippling .

LJ_Tulip wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:20 AM

I do struggle with choosing colors for my quilts; I like most colors but don't have a natural "feel" for color.

My biggest frustration is that there are so many quilts I want to make and I start too many projects and consequently have many unfinished quilts.

joycecloud@ymail.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:21 AM

my biggest hurdle is doing quilts with y-seams  and getting my points to match up

Rainbomtn wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:32 AM

April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?

My biggest hurdle is finishing the last 8" of the binding and getting it just the right length.  It takes me longer to figure that out then anything else in the whole quilt!

Heather Andrews wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:36 AM

My biggest hurtle is taking too many classes and not leaving enough time to finish one project before I start another.  All the UFO's.

beatrix wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:41 AM

The hardest part for me is to choose the quilting pattern or even design my own as well as to find the right colour for the quilting thread

pomlvr317 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:42 AM

My biggest hurdle is exact cutting and the binding. The final join is always a challenge for me as is the hand stitching.

darandsam wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:43 AM

I can't seem to master the "Y" seams, after that it is paper-piecing.

Liz wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:44 AM

My biggest hurdle is letting myself do a totally scrappy quilt...I have a really hard time with that...my scrappy ends up being all fabrics from the same fabric line!

tabdesign wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:53 AM

I have the sense that, when I finish piecing and the top is finished, that I am done.  Then I have to wrap my brain around the fact that I am only HALF done.  

Francie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:00 AM

Fabric selection. What goes together? Coming from a sewing background, I have trouble mixing patterns.

denisebe wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:03 AM

What pattern to quilt with, especially the borders

rita goshorn wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:07 AM

my biggest hurdle is the piecing ... i'm always a little off; points, corners, no wonder i much prefer applique!

Judi wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:09 AM

My biggest hurdle is free motion quilting. First of all I can't "see the forest for the trees" -example- my brain can't do a quilt design (say a feather pattern) on top of a floral pattern in the fabric. I also need lots of work on making my stitches even.

mousepuddin wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:25 AM

The worst part of quilting for me is loading the quilt on the frame. Everything else is a piece of cake.

julie.hedden@sbcglobal.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:30 AM

Time and space!

Kristen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:42 AM

My biggest hurdle is actually quilting the quilt.  I love pattern selection, fabric selection, cutting, piecing, and putting it all together.  I actually love doing bindings...but doing the quilting, I have such great ideas and would hate to mess it all up.

Bobbie Blake wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:46 AM

My biggest hurdle is to narrow the project down.  I have  so many ideas that I have to center my ideas.  TIME is also a hurdle for me.  With so many things to do, TIME is difficult.

piemaven wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:50 AM

My biggest hurdle is consistency when machine piecing, getting all the blocks to come out the same size, and getting the seams to line up.  But i love the process!

Deb Kienow wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 11:53 AM

My biggest hurdle is time management.  Once I am able quilt, I think the hardest part for me is the quilting of the project.  I really try to do precision cutting and sewing on the top and I am so afraid I will ruin the quilt with the quilting.  It is definitely something I really have to practice and overcome.  I just can't afford to take them to the long-arm quilter every time.    

Ann Roadarmel wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:05 PM

My biggest hurdle is picking fabric. What looks good together when finished is a problem and I can't vizualize the way it is going to look. Therefore, I have been making kits and quilts of the month. The problem I have with them is not enough fabric if mistakes are made and that they can't be shrunk (prewashed) because some pieces are so small. I did shrink one kit with larger pieces, and then cut it out and didn't have enough fabric. Today's fabric shrinks a lot. Also, some of the cutters do not heed straight of grain. Wow, is that difficult to cut out.

Linda wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:11 PM

Paper pieceing is a challenge for me.

ironqueen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:11 PM

My biggest hurdle is putting the quilt together. I love to choose the colors and sew the blocks, but when it comes to doing the layers, it seems so hard. Also the binding is a challenge, getting it so that it's even all the way around.

karencacousin wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:13 PM

Biggest hurdle? Where to begin.....I guess cutting the pieces out of the fabric efficiently. Even when getting a kit, I've cut the pieces where I think I'll get the best use, but sometimes have run out of the fabric. So frustrating and intimidating. One day....

Marilyn Snow wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:30 PM

My biggest hurdle is how to actually quilt the layers together.  So many designs to choose from!!!!

Maureen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:33 PM

I just love everything up until the actual "sandwiching" and quilting (which I hate) then again I love the binding.

Janet Crossman wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:45 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle would have to be getting the quilting done, I used to do all my quilting by hand but now my tops are getting away from me.I have a pile a mile high.

thanks

Katmandu wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 1:00 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is actually quilting a quilt on the small machine I have. I know it's possible, or so I've heard, but I have not mastered that as of yet!!

koasmom@gmail.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 1:05 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting the time to go sew.  Sometimes life takes over and finding the time to go into my sewing room, remembering where I left off and then actually getting something done is difficult.

sosewgirl wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 1:11 PM

My biggest hurdle is that I have so many ideas that I have to center my ideas.  TIME is also a hurdle for me.  Work and family responsibilities make it really difficult for me if the project is complex. Therefore I have a LOT of PHD's (projects half done)....and that frustrates me!

Elizabeth wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 1:47 PM

I spend countless hours deciding on the design and picking the perfect combination of fabrics, batting and threads, but the BIGGEST HURDLE?????? It's making that first cut.  At that point I have to totally commit focus and energy on that specific combination of fabrics, design, and methods.  Sometimes an insurmountable hurdle...

Aleeta wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 2:28 PM

The hardest part is trying to decide which quilt to do first.   Then putting the fabrics together.  

jlh wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 3:22 PM

FREE   MOTION   QUILTING! I freak out and totally stress out over free motion quilting. I cannot move smoothly to save my life...just jerk, jerk, jerk...not even by any means!

PBD wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 3:22 PM

My biggest hurdle is fabric selection.  I audition fabrics for weeks deciding on the final choices; I back up and squint, I take a digital photo and still wind up changing some of the colors as I complete blocks, etc.  I even have all my friends and fellow quilters give me their opinion.  I keep trying to overcome this hurdle but so far it is still a lengthy process for me.  

Sheila wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 3:36 PM

I'd have to say my biggest hurdle at present is time. I work full time, have a part time business & am the treasurer for a statewide non-profit. In my spare time (LOL), I take quilting & embroidery classes. Sleep?? What is that?

Judy Robinson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 3:52 PM

I don't like layering the quilt (finding a backing fabric is always a challenge, too) but my biggest hurdle is machine quilting. I'm still learning to do the free motion quilting and I tend to fall back on the same quilt pattern time and time again because I'm afraid to try something new. I see a lot of practice quilt sandwiches in my future.

bettyoverocker wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:04 PM

Quilting and then getting around to binding the quilt when it's back from the quilters.

Nana wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:08 PM

My biggest hurdle is sandwiching the quilt.  If I could get someone else to do that part I wouldn't have near as many UFOs.

Sue Steelman wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:26 PM

My biggest hurdle is laying out my design. I'll lay it one way and then change my mind several different times before I settle on which one to go with. Usually have to get several opinions, too.

LAURELZ wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:33 PM

My biggest problem is making sure that all of the seams are going the correct way and making sure they  stay that way, and that they get stitched facing  the right direction, and the pressing of the quilt top after it is all complete.

Patricia S wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:34 PM

Space.  With adult children and grandchildren living with us it is difficult to find an unused space or time to quilt.  

Sandy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:49 PM

Time. I just can't seem to find enough time to get everything that's in my head (designs) cut, sewn and quilted! Fabric is NO problem, I have it hidden all over the house. lol. Hoping my mind will take a little vacation so I can get caught up.

SoPark wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 4:51 PM

My biggest hurdle is finishing at least a few projects before starting so many others.

tarda wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 5:37 PM

I find machine quilting is a challenge, but hand-quilting is much too slow.

Nancy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 5:47 PM

Oh let me see, first choosing the pattern! then choosing the colors! then choosing the fabrics! I seem to agonize about everything, but quilting is the medium that feel most like me.

Marcia W. wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:02 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is putting together the quilt sandwich and then getting it quilted. I need to learn to machine quilt, as hand-quilting takes me forever.

dgthoel@ncn.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:04 PM

Time.  Well, that would fit anyone.  Next is choosing the colors and fabrics to use in a quilt.  After that I feel the quilt is almost finished.

dardar wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:08 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is finding the time. Next is figuring the math when I want to deviate from a pattern or making up my own design.

Elizabeth P. wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:15 PM

Right now my biggest challenge is organization.  We are doing a complete some home remodeling and it seems to be taking forever.  My fabric, sewing supplies, etc are scattered wherever I can find a place for them;  sewing machine in the bedroom, Ironing board and cutting station in the dining room.   After we started the remodeling, we found we are going to be grandparents for the first time; so I want to get some baby quilts made.  I've got two almost ready to machine quilt, so I'm doing OK.  And when the remodeling is finaly done, I will have a very nice room exclusively for quilting and sewing.  And ofcourse We will have a new Grandbaby to spoil!

Glenda wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:18 PM

I love quilting.  I am new to this, but catching on fast.  My biggest hurdle is that I initially bought my machine for sewing clothes and scrapbooking.  That means I only have a tad over four inches to the right of my needle...LOL.  You should see me shoving and poking to get my quilts in there.  It would be funny if it weren't so sad!!  :P

Elizabeth wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:31 PM

Depending on the complexity of the project, my biggest hurdle could be any number of things.  I suppose in general, the thing I would like to overcome most would be the lack of space available for pursuing this hobby.  One of these days I'm going to have a dedicated sewing studio and not have to drag my supplies all over the house with me .. lol

Diana Lawson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:42 PM

My biggest problem was the quilt layering process. It was hard to get the backing pucker free!

Melissa Halpain wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 6:46 PM

My biggest hurdle is the seams.  I measure and measure and measure then cut and sew.  I seem to just drift when I am sewing my seams. I spend more time take seams out and re-sewing than measuring and cutting.  So basically my measurements are always off.

Judy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 7:29 PM

my biggest hurdle is finding enough time to enjoy my hobby.  I always have lots of inspiration and seem to create lots of designs and get tops completed but always get slowed down when it comes time to decide how to quilt the quilt.  That's probably the reason I am so far behind in getting my tops quilted.

ChickMistress wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 7:31 PM

I do fine with the fabric and piecing, my hurdle is the actual quilting design. Then I prefer hand quilting, but I'm trying to learn machine because I have a lot of quilts I want to get done and it is giving me fits.

Susan wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 7:57 PM

Finding time to work on a quilt. Then deciding on fabrics--so many to choose from.

MåMå wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 8:53 PM

Every time I receive a new magazine (I take several) I see all the projects I want to make - and all the fabric I have to make them - what I don't have enough of is TIME.

Roberta wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:15 PM

The time to make all the quilts I have bought fabric for as well quilting the quilt. I can do straight stitching ok but free motion quilting and keeping my stitches even and smooth lines is something I need to work on, but again I need the time to practice to get better.

Marilyn wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 9:24 PM

Preparing a large quilt sandwich for quilting.  My kitchen table isn't big enough and I can't get down on the floor like I used to!

wicwas3@msn.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:10 PM

It has to be the actual final quilting of the sandwich. I've done about 6 quilts, and I always dread the actual quilting. I can let the quilt sitting for weeks rather than tackle the quilting. I've taken several classes, but still don't feel very confident. I know I'm not alone in this, but I'm hoping I'll start enjoying the process a little more.

Norma Anderson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:18 PM

I LOVE to peiceor appliqué my quilts, but...I am stuck whe it comes to the perfect quilt pattern. I love the patterns that include ideas for quilting.

Nan wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:55 PM

My biggest hurdle is finding time to quilt for me while helping run 7 yo granddaughter's "Quilted Hugs from Maddie" charity. I help her pick each pattern that suits her abilities as a new quilter, she picks the fabric. She has received so many donated boxes of fabrics sometimes she has trouble deciding what to make first.

Candi Gordon wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 1:43 AM

The biggest hurdle for me is time management.  Why can't I let the house go?  Why do I have to stop and fix meals?  Why do I have to take the time to do laundry?  Why does grocery shopping take so long?  Hate to shop except quilt shops!!!  I could get a lot more quilting done, if I could skip these things!!!!  Did I forget the flower gardens?  No, there is more valuable time away from the sewing room.  Have several projects done but not enough time left in my life to do all that I want to do...and then I see more things I want to make!!!  It's never ending the beautiful fabrics and patterns that draws me into wanting to make more.  I think it's a conspiracy...but one that I love!!

pioneerwoman120537 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 2:45 AM

The biggest hurdle for me would have to be that I want to skip the beginner stage (practicing) and jump to just being able to do it right the first time.  This can lead to lots of frustration and time spent unsewing which leads to not wanting to continue.

Barb Colvin wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 3:02 AM

I spend entirely too much time reading blogs to see what everyone else is doing!  If I cut back on that I'm sure I'd get a lot more quilt making accomplished :)  Other than that, I find making the quilt sandwich the most frustrating.  I live in a small apartment, so finding enough room to lay it all out is challenging.  Then there's the getting down on hands and knees--ow! ow! ow! lol

cousinpenny wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 5:21 AM

Other than deciding which pattern I would like to use...I think of the quilt as a whole and immediately doubt if I have enough time to do one.  I have learned quicly to think of it as the blocks and strips.  I set aside time based on the task.  Cutting fabric, pinning pieces, sewing blocks or strips, sewing strips and blocks together...etc.  It has made the projects more manageable.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel before I select the fabric.

Rachel Kitchen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 6:00 AM

My biggest hurdle in quilt comes from having to relearn how to applique. I was in a car accident 6 years ago and for some reason the process of appliqueing was lost to me. For over 2 years I was poking myself and leaving droplets of blood all over my fabric. Finally I broke down and admitted that I was having issues and went to see my friend who owns the local quilt shop. She was great and acted like what I was asking was no big deal. I was trying to applique backwards on the machine. I shake too much to do needle turn (due to meds). I haven't given up yet though. In fact the quilt I am entering for my first time showing a quilt will have a great deal of applique.

quilting58 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:17 AM

My biggest quilting hurdle is the quilting process - should I had quilt it, have it professionally quilted, or try to machine quilt it myself (something that I have not yet attemped!)

cclick@otelco.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:44 AM

Time!

toniaward wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:48 AM

Learning to say "No."  I love to quilt and manage to make several quilts every year.  I am constantly asked to make quilts for people, and I hate to tell them no, so I am constantly trying to complete quilts for a lot of people.  Can be stressful at times, but it is also kind of flattering that they like my work so much.

barbe wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 10:13 AM

My biggest hurdle is getting points to come out right and finishing.

dcamp44 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 10:27 AM

I am new at quilting and am learning from my many mistakes. My greatest hurdle is trying to quilt on my home sewing machine ,since I am unable to quilt by hand.

Carey wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 10:49 AM

Mine is putting my thoughts and visions down onto paper fabric or software mode. It would be the transition from my minds design and how to complete it. I am not a good artist when it comes to drawing so many of my designs also have that hurdle and never get past my imagination lol.

TxGal wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 10:55 AM

My biggest quilting hurdle is the fact that I love to BEGIN projects but I lose steam before I FINISH !

I usually have too many projects going at once, and it's hard to decide WHAT to work on, with limited time !  I guess love the planning and the process as much as I do getting end results.  I'm trying to stay focused on just a couple of quilts, but it is SO hard !

sandy.engelman@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 11:40 AM

I have many hurdles:  picking the fabrics, piecing so everything is in the right position, and that darn binding....have just a terrible time midering the corners.  I just finished a quilt with an extension on it to fit under the mattress on our old bed and it created inner corners?  Gosh, what a challenge...and I thought I was just figuring out how to do the outer ones...

Liz wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 11:56 AM

my biggest quilting hurdle is trying to quilt a queen or larger quilt on a short arm quilting machine.  I have a Huskvarna quilting machine but the arm is still not long enough to work comfortably.  I cannot afford a long arm though I dream of having one.  I am creating different ways of getting my quilts done with my Lily.  Since I never took quilting classes (all self-taught) I don't know the rules so I can't break them I can only come up with new ways of doing quilting.

Anita Spicer wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 1:10 PM

MY biggest hurdle is finishing the project that I'm working on at the moment.  I see a new patttern and have to make it, therefore I have several projects going at any given time.

betty drake wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 1:16 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is free motion quilting.  The piecing and stitching in the ditch is basicly the same as dress making and heirloom sewing that I've been doing for 60 year.  I have no fear in cutting up my wedding dress for a Christening Gown for a grandchild, but it does scare me just to say free motion quilting.  I guess I need to start small and just practice, practice, practice.  How many mismatched placemats does one need.  

Verna Kay wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 1:47 PM

The hardest thing for me is to make that first cut, espceically if it is a piece of fabric that is larger than a fat quarter.   I fear that I will mess it up by cutting the wrong way causing the yardage to not be enough for the whole project.    Also, some fabrics are just too pretty to start making them into smaller pieces!

hlbartel wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 2:27 PM

The most difficult part of making a quilt for me would be colour choices, as I have a difficult time envisioning which colour combos would go well together.  And then to find the time, besides all my other interests such as counted thread embroideries, gardening, cooking, etc.

chimes wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 3:12 PM

Location, location, location!  I lost my dedicated sewing space when my father came to live with us and it's a struggle to stay motivated to finish projects when I have to put away supplies, blocks, machine, etc. after each piecing session.  

JANA-5 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 4:18 PM

My biggest hurdle is being confident using my longarm.  I only use it for myself and my closest friends but have not taken the time to go beyond meandering.  The possibilities are endless and I feel inept.

grannybear1942@aol.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 4:29 PM

My biggest hurdle is "letting go".  I am still upt tight when it comes to picking fabrics.  I tend to be stuck in the vintage days.  Crazy quilting has helped with this, and  the next one ready to sew is a charm quilt.  Hope this cures me completely.

iairisbelle@iowatelecom.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 4:52 PM

My biggest challenge is the colors.  I generally have an idea of what I want but when I begin to look for fabric I feel lost in the fog of colors.  

Rebecca Zimmerman wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 5:40 PM

My biggest hurdle is the mid-project blahs.  Mid-project I start to see things in my quilt that I would do differently or I start getting a little bored, wanting to jump ahead to a new challenge. When I recognize the "dreaded blahs" I take a few minutes to remotivate myself with chocalate!

Gina wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 5:50 PM

My biggest hurdle in quilting is the actual quilting of the quilts I make.  I have to outsource bigger quilts at quite an expense, if I want them long-arm quilted.  My sewing machine can't handle the bulk of quilting unless it's just a baby or lap quilt.  

vwlady54 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 6:39 PM

My biggest hurdle is not wanting to stop when I'm working on a quilt!!!  I really want to stay at it until the top is done....and can sometimes stay busy at it from morning 'til late at night!  I need MORE time....so many quilts to make...so little time!

Betty wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:06 PM

My biggest hurrdle is deciding how to quilt the areas of my quilt, i do it by machine and want it to look nice but sometimes the quilting i choose isn't always the best idea. I have had some success with most of my quilts but some are really hard for me to decide how to do them.

Mrs.PhilipMason wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:34 PM

Triangles!

Carol OConnor wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:49 PM

Getting started, taking that first step on a new project that will be a challenge for me...but every once in a while everyone should take on a project that will be a challenge..the only way to grow your skills as a quilter.

Ramona wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 7:51 PM

I have to say my biggest hurdle is chosing the backing fabric. Do I strip piece the backing or use wide fabric? Do I use a print or a solid? Do I use matching fabric from the front or a different fabric that just works? Do I make it reversible or use up the scraps in the backing? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Kathy M. Boice wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 11:36 PM

My biggest hurdle is time! Too many family demands. But as far as actual quilt making, it would be a toss up between color arrangements and how to quilt it.

Lori H wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 2 April 2012, 11:54 PM

My biggest hurdle is too many projects going at same time...I cant say no to a block of the month or a mystery quilt...No exaggeration I have about 21 projects going at same time..they all get done eventually because I cant let a quilt go to waste , but I wish I could do one at a time!  I envy quilters who are patient enough to do just one..

Linda wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 4:05 AM

Sandwiching the quilt especially the pinning!! I think I have all the wrinkles out of the bottom layer and when I'm all done, I usually find 1 or 2 in the middle and I have to take it all apart and start over. Having short arms doesn't help.

Stephanie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 6:58 AM

My biggest hurdle is definitely the sandwiching. I tend to make large quilts and have to sandwich them on the driveway padin front of the garage. Not too bad if the wind isn't blowing and the temperatures are good. But it's all on hand and knees.

sinnock wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 7:14 AM

My biggest hurdle is my machine!  It's a little dated  and I struggle with tension, stitch length, puckering, etc.  I'm a beginner quilter so every quilt I make I learn a little more about what I should have done! All a learning curve! Happy quilting everyone!

KATHY wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 7:29 AM

I would have to say that my biggest hurdle is space to be able to sandwich my quilt....so I have been doing alot of strip quilting all done by hand of course!

Joi wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 9:18 AM

My biggest hurdle is free motion quilting.  I need to take time to practice-practice-practice!  I usually give up and either straight (curvy) line stitch through my quilt or hand quilt overall.  I need to also take time to practice even stitching!  I am still happy with my results.  Those uneven stitches give it a warm made-from-the-heart feel.

QUILTER OVERWHELMED wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 8:36 PM

T-I-M-E ! ! !

Kris wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 11:54 PM

My biggest hurdle is stopping myself from starting ANOTHER project while others are still in progress.

endresmissy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 10:17 AM

My biggest hurdle is having too many projects going on at the same time and not focusing my time on finishing one at a time.

Eileen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 10:27 AM

My biggest hurdle is time - there's just not enough of it in a day or a workweek! I can't wait to retire & spend more time quilting.  In the quilting process itself, picking out borders is a challenge - I want to do more than just a strip of fabric but can never decide what would work well with the body of the quilt.

Dawn Peterson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 11:44 AM

Getting started.  That has to be my biggest hurdle.  I have to figure out the time I am going to need each day to work on it, and then see where I am going to shorten time on something else so I can devote it to sewing.  I am thinking about moving my machine in the bedroom and work while everyone else sleeps.  I would only have to deal with the dog then.

mindless wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 1:10 PM

It's SO difficult for me to focus on only one thing at a time. I always have several projects going at the same time....but, then, maybe it's organization. That's always a problem for me to...or I could say space...but if I got organized, there would be more space...hmmm...see what I mean about focusing?

nennierules wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 2:39 PM

my biggest hurdle is completing the quilt top.  I cant seem to do anything but yet start one more project.  I would like to finish the many quilts i have begun but I somehow know that some things just arent meant to be

kittyma wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 6:18 PM

My biggest hurdle seems to be deciding what project to start for who.   Do I make a throw for this person, a tote for this person or some kitchen pot holders/table linens for this person, or the other way around?  It is positively maddening!!  I have too many wonderful patterns and fabrics for all that I cannot decide.  Most of the time I just grab the pattern selection and toss them up in the air.  Which ever pattern is on top/closest to me, that's the one I start.  So far this has worked.  The recipient has always been very happy with the gift.  I'm constantly buying new fabrics and patterns/kits so I've never made the same project twice.  

Suzanne Cam wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 11:59 PM

My biggest hurdle is finishing a quilt.  I will frequently start on a quilt with gusto and then the next thing I know, I am starting on something else or another quilt and the other one isn't finished yet.  That would probably be why I have so many UFO's.  My goal this year is to finish as many UFO's as possible.  If I don't want to finish one, then I need to let it go for someone else to work on.  I look forward to seeing how many I can complete.

Patty wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 5 April 2012, 3:46 AM

My biggest hurdle is finding backing fabric that I can afford, especially for the large quilts that can take up to 9 yards.  ugh

wallace.julie1977@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 5 April 2012, 1:02 PM

My biggest hurdle is quilting. I love to make the tops but I struggle with quilting them.

Sandy G. wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 6 April 2012, 8:59 AM

I actually have two hurdles, one is picking out colors and the other is marking the quilt for hand quilting... It takes me a while to decide on the colors, but eventually I do make up my mind. I really do not like marking the quilt...It seems to never turn out exactly right no matter how I do it.

Michele Dawson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 6 April 2012, 5:45 PM

I love the process of choosing fabric, cutting it out, sewing it all together to complete the top ... then, how to quilt it?? That always stumps me, so I have a--ahem--few tops just waiting for that final step. Then, of course, I can bind it--my very favorite step!!

mylittlebus wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 7 April 2012, 9:37 AM

Because of money issue I am gonna try to do my own Quilting and am terrified at how to do it and make it pop like the big guys do.

sktr2000 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 7 April 2012, 11:05 AM

One of my biggest hurdles is my health. I have severe fibromylgia and some days I can't do anything. My biggest hurdle in making a quilt is the fabric selection. I am not good at picking fabrics that go well together but I am fortunate that my local quilt shop will help with whatever I need.

Marcia W. wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 7 April 2012, 8:54 PM

Actually I have several challenges. One is putting the blocks together as frequently stall out. Second is the quilt sandwich. I was surprised that a comment right above me is from a quilter who also has fibromyalgia. It does impact daily life activities including my quilting.

Frances wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 8 April 2012, 6:19 AM

For me definately sandwiching the quilt together i have no space to stretch it out, i have just unpicked three quarters of a quilt because i have just found 2 ripples of fabric underneath, there were a few words that sprang to mind, oh my was one.

lots of love

Francesxx

Jennm1 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 8 April 2012, 8:48 PM

The hardest part for me is finding enough room.  My quilting space is also my bedroom which is only about 10x12.  I usually end of basting in my basement, pressing and cutting on the dinning room table, and sewing in my room.  I live for the day I have a fully dedicated studio space.

Sheila L. wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 9 April 2012, 8:37 PM

At age 60, I find it difficult to sandwich my quilt on the floor, which is the biggest surface I have. My sister and I often quilt together and share this process and giggle, moan, laugh, moan, snicker,  'ouch', and laugh some more.  When we are finished, we have to help each other up, often using the furniture to help us.

Sheila L

Leiann wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 4:50 AM

I have 2 hurdles.  The first is selecting fabrics.  I am always afraid the colors will not "flow" the way they should and it will look awful once you put the quilt together.  That is why I mainly purchase pre-cut kits.  The second is quilting it on my machine.  It never fails when I try there is always puckers and creases in the backing

jlekl wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 9:09 AM

My hurdle is getting started. Once I start, I am in it completely. I have been through a lot this past year.  I lost my twin sister to M.S. and have been diagnosed with a debilitating desease. The only thing that brings me joy is to quilt. I am having a problem getting started. I have patterns and fabric,  I just need motivation. I think doing small quilts to take to the skilled nursing home my sister was in will help me get going.

lindawwww wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 7:02 PM

Even though I love quilting my hurdle right now is "allowing" myself time to sew.  I keep saying I'm going to sew for one hour each day but so often end up not sewing at all.  And I don't really know why.

Jeanne wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 10:40 AM

Biggest hurdle?  There seems to be so many right now.  I would have to say keeping up with my commitments is the biggest hurdle I am experiencing at this time. I may have over-extended myself just a bit.  Imagine that, a quilter over-extending themselves, who would have thunk it?  LOL

Rev. Diane Mettam wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 11:32 PM

Getting Started!!  I'm out on disability leave, and energy is my biggest demon.  Add to that the general state of disarray of my sewing room, and I am frustrated.  I'm torn between needing to get the room sorted out so I can work in peace (and find things instead of buying new ones), and the creative need to be working on something, and I find myself at a standstill.  Then stir in the other things crying to be finished - mending, clothes I promised to sew (and want to sew), finding room for my power chair amid the clutter (instead of wobbling in on my unsteady legs - luckily if I fall, it's usually on something soft!), and it's so difficult to get time to really enjoy what I'm doing.  I have lots of UFOs and TBSs (to be starteds).  How I wish I could open the door to my room one day and see a neat, clean room just calling me to come work in peace!

memoose wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 12 April 2012, 8:04 PM

free motion quilting!!! More specifically, getting the tension right, I think. I am having problems with the thread breaking, the top thread is too tight, the bottom thread makes big loops, I am having so much trouble trying to figure this out! It is a hurdle I have been trying to climb for 3 years now. Cannot afford to take a class, have been reading up all over the place, and trying everything I can find, but cant fix this!!! Sure wish I could have a quilting genie make this hurdle vanish! I really want to free motion quilt!

Susan K wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 13 April 2012, 11:10 AM

The biggest hurdle - picking a quilt motif - I can do the piecing and love to pick fabrics and designs, just not sure which quilt design to finish it off with.  I usually just stitch in the ditch or outline quilt. Getting bored with that but unable to step off into the unknown!

jennifer@beulahsbc.org wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 13 April 2012, 3:51 PM

Time. I'm full of ideas and have started many a project to give away, but am often frantically sewing at the last minute.

Caryl Anne wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 14 April 2012, 2:21 AM

My color sense gets in the way when I work on a scrappy design. I did fashion for way too many years to let myself go to create and use scraps. I am getting better, but that is my struggle. Fashion sewing also taught me to be a perfectionist and holy smoke that has taken me to unsewing rows when one piece is off, however I have mostly solved that problem by using several tapes and tools along with my 'little foot' to keep my scant 1/4" sa in check. I do not quilt my tops for I am physically unable to hold and guide heavy fabrics, I use the same two long-armers and therefore I have several bins with completed tops, binding and  backing fabrics ready to go when my piece is in line.

Vivian Bergeron wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 14 April 2012, 3:36 PM

i love to quilt as i go and i have more ideas than time.

lostfamilies wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 9:12 AM

The hardest part for me is actually quilting it when i done it & have all 3 layers together i don't have a longarm & certainly can't afford to send my quilts out & i am still trying to master free motion so i can do it

robin6412 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 9:29 AM

My biggest quilting hurdle is finding time to enjoy quilting.  With a full-time job and family responsibilities, I find "spare time" harder to find.  So when I do find time to quilt, I want everything to be perfect.  I'm finding more and more that this impacts my creativity and the "freeness" I used to associate with my quilting.

Jude wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:17 AM

I love picking out patterns, selecting fabrics, piecing, and all the steps.  but my BIGGEST hurdle is cuttiing the fabric.  Once I am done with the cutting, the rest just seems to flow.  Maybe a "cutting bee" as suggested on Fons and Porter Love of Quilting would help me!

Michelle wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:26 AM

My biggest hurdle to doing the actual quilting. Sometimes I know how I will quilt my project but other times I do not. The hardest part to to just start and to not worry about messing it up.

rawind wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:36 AM

My biggest  hurdle is cutting the fabric.  Once it is cut, I'll sew it but I do hate all the cutting.

Lucinda wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:39 AM

I have so many projects started, it's hard to decide which one to work on!  And more are calling my name to start!

quiltngranny wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:41 AM

My biggest problem (or hurdle) is sticking to one project until it is completed.  I have toooooo many tops in progress, TIP for short.  I have stacks of them.  Also, stacks of tops to be quilted.  I thought that when I retired, I would start getting more completed projects done.  That was 5 years ago, and all I have done is added to the piles of UFO's.  Will have to live to be a hundred plus years to finish what I have got started now.  Oh, but what a legacy I will leave for my daughters.

Violet wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:45 AM

My biggest hurdle is finishing a project before starting another.  This year I swore all partial projects are to be finished before a new one is started.  So far I have finished 8 quilts with several more calling my name.  

dolls4liz@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:53 AM

I have two major hurdles but they are closely related.  First is finding space to spread out and make the quilt sandwich.  I've been turning to my local quilt shop for help on that.  Then I get bogged down on deciding how the quilt should be quilted - what patterns to use, how densely to quilt, and how to wrestle the quilt around on my home machine.  Plus, I seem to lose interest and momentum once the quilt reaches this stage.  After all, piecing the top is the most fun!

blrobinson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:04 AM

My biggest quilting hurdle is being able to give quilts away when they are done.  I really want to make quilts for all of my family, which I have done but they can always use more, but when I get a really neat one done I hate to give it away.  I usually break down, take a picture of the quilt, and give it anyway.  I sure hope they are appreciated as much as I want them to be.

J. McGill Around the World wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:06 AM

The most troublesome hurdle is which project to begin (or finish as the UFOs stack up).  I have collected so many beautiful patterns (and have even bought several kits--they were on sale!) then picking out the fabric--if it isn't included in an already purchased kit.

Pat wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:09 AM

Washing and ironing the fabric before I start. Once I make myself  do that, it is smooth sailing usually. And I will not make a quilt without washing the fabric first. I have had too many run, especially batiks, and one very good name wide back shrink 8 inches in the width.

SvelteCelt wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:18 AM

The ladies have pretty much covered it all, but it's my brain that's my biggest hurdle. When I'm ready to start a new project, I assume the design I really want to do most of all will present itself. Buying fabric is a flurry blur. Grab this color and grab that color, and usually too much of each. Preparation? Measure once, cut twice. Right? Right! The piecing takes a while to get the seams a consistent 1/4"...but there are usually workarounds. Quilting? Thank heavens for books and videos and Craftsy's online classes or there would be no quiliting - just a lot of duvets or UFO's. And then it's over. A year later I marvel that the project turned out well despite the frenzied ADD approach to quiltmaking or maybe because of it.

wordygirl wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:37 AM

My biggest hurdle is trying something new.  When I reach the point in the process where I have to tackle a new skill, I start researching, reading, doing mental "walk-through"s.  I delay, delay, delay.  Then I get going and am on my way.  Every time, I say to myself, "Next time don't wait so long!".

Michele wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:42 AM

My biggest hurdle is choosing fabrics.  I'm never sure if what I'm choosing is really going to work; I think that's why I like scrap quilts and block exchanges!

Louise King wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:52 AM

Y seams are difficult for me. I have been practicing though and have watched the F&P videos and I think I'm getting better!!

Louise King wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:52 AM

Y seams are difficult for me. I have been practicing though and have watched the F&P videos and I think I'm getting better!!

Louise King wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:52 AM

Y seams are difficult for me. I have been practicing though and have watched the F&P videos and I think I'm getting better!!

Dawn Paoletti wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:54 AM

Taking time to quilt.  I need to realize that my quilting is important to my well being and take time for myself and my quilting.

Carole wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 12:18 PM

My biggest hurdle is learning to do a better job of free motion quilting.  I am determined to quilt all of my own quilts, and I would love to be able to do free motion evenly.  I find it very relaxing to do it, but my technique leaves much to be desired.

Sally G wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 12:40 PM

Just getting started. I so many UFOs that I don't know where to start. I need to straighten my sewing room so I know what  I have and make a list of things to do, so I can find a starting place.

talb9999 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 1:09 PM

My biggest hurdle is the actual quilting.

grannyj@fidnet.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 1:28 PM

I love to hand quilt but I have a really hard time deciding which quilting motifs will work the best on my quilt top.

Pam wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 1:32 PM

The hurdle that stops me usually is layering and pinning the quilt(s). I usually get my two buddies and we do several at a time and help each other out!

Susan N wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 1:43 PM

My biggest hurdle is my self-confidence (or lack thereof). Picking out fabric is also a challenge, but I rely on my favorite quilt shops to help me with that. I keep putting off actually starting, because my lack of confidence makes me a great procrastinator.

kbiciocchi wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:14 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is maching quilting pieces that are larger than lap-size.  I want to complete my entire project myself, so it's hard for me to send my quilts out to be quilted.  

Ethel Peris wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:18 PM

My biggest problem is getting my points to stay on the border without the tips being cut off.  I do okay on about half of the ones I am using.

Nancy in IN wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:30 PM

My biggest problem is how to quilt it. I hate 'quilt as desired'. I'd like an idea.

Carol Bell wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:36 PM

Choosing fabric. I have a hard time with bright colors. Also, in choosing dark, medium and light. I tend to end up with all dark or all med.,  no contrast.

Scrapperdeb wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:47 PM

It's definitely the sandwiching and getting everything straight and even and lined up. I usually have my daughter help me. Once that part is done I breathe a sign of relief!

KrisTJ wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:56 PM

I find it is the quilting that gets me every time. It is hard to get things lined up front and back. also to straight stitch or to freemotion that is the question?

jobart@q.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 2:59 PM

My biggest hurdle is finding the time to start a quilt and then to finish it in the same year.  I love to put the pieces together and getting all the squares together but never following thru to the finish of the quilt.  i have so many started even my friend said she would help me but she has so many started herself.

quiltgran wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 3:14 PM

My biggest hurdle is the actual quilting.  I want to do something to showcase the piecing but never seem to know what so I end up doing an edge to edge so I have it finished.

MARYB-31 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 3:57 PM

My biggest hurdle is selecting the fabric. I'm still not confident about which fabrics go together and how they will look in a particular pattern.

Sue Case wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 4:02 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting the tension right when I start  to quilt.  I like to use two different threads at times and it is a challenge to keep them from showing on either side.

Sage wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 4:23 PM

Trying to figure out quilting designs for the quilt.  After getting it all put together, I worry that I'll mess up the quilting.

Debra Skinner wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 4:45 PM

Hmmmmmmmmm, my biggest struggle prior to reading everyone else's comments I was thinking about cutting is always tough no matter how many times I measure I always manage to be a little off, (templates work the best!) then I thought about having time to work on my pile of projects is always a struggle as well.  Then of course there is paper piecing I still have difficulty wrapping my head around the concept so this could be a struggle as I avoid it as much as possible! Then there is the peicing as no matter how I lay out my quilt it never ends up that way-my quilts tend to have a mind of their own!  Another struggle is quilting and binding-I tend to use decorative stitches in the ditch but I am trying to get myself out of this box and try something new-a struggle in deed!  Getting the corners just right when binding is a struggle for me but I think I'm getting better.  Okay so I have to choose the biggest struggle-I think I've got it........knowing when to shut off my creativity and stop getting myself involved in more projects!!! Retirement might be the answer as work definitely puts a crimp in quilting!!!

Terri wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 4:45 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting my points to match up correctly.

JK-2 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 4:49 PM

My biggest hurdle is finding the time to do all the projects I have purchased supplies for.  I'm exhausted at night after a long day at work, and I spend Saturdays cleaning, doing laundry and grocery shopping.  Most of Sunday is spent at church.  Being 45 miles from a major metropolitan area with stores and quilt shops does not help my cause.  I think it is time to retire!

13grandkids wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 5:34 PM

Saying no to a request for donation quilts, etc. I can never get my quilt finished or for that matter started for my own bed!

Linda Pyke wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 6:33 PM

My biggest hurdle? Finishing a project......... maybe. Trying to decide which project rolling around in my brain to do next......well yes. My biggest frustration....pressing of course. I still want to "Iron".

Debi T wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 6:58 PM

My most difficult part of quilting is picking out patterns and designs to quilt   the top.  There are bazillions of ideas floating through my head but which one will be the best for my quilt top.  Yipes!!

Debi T wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 6:58 PM

My most difficult part of quilting is picking out patterns and designs to quilt   the top.  There are bazillions of ideas floating through my head but which one will be the best for my quilt top.  Yipes!!

Qwlt Ldy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 6:59 PM

My biggest hurdle is how to quilt me quilt. I have a half a dozen quilts waiting for me to figure out what quilting patterns to put on my quilts.

hskooler wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 7:26 PM

Planning, cutting, piecing the quilt are easy.  Deciding on a quilting pattern is the toughest thing for me.  Some people can just feel the fabric telling them what to do.  I don't have that level of communication, yet.

Mary wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 7:29 PM

The QUILTING is the hardest part!  My work isn't the best since I'm new at it, and my machine is too small to fit more than a baby sized quilt. I love picking the fabric, cutting and piecing, but then I want to pull my head into my shell and hide.

lindadm wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 8:42 PM

My biggest hurdle is finding/making the time to sew! I have so many more projects than time to sew....but in getting to those projects I struggle with fabric selection! I usually pick a pattern because I like the way it looks and then don't dare stray from the pattern!

mmdak@comcast.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 8:46 PM

The biggest hurdle? - Time to make all that I see and want to make,

Patty Ann wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 8:59 PM

Free motion quilting is my biggest hurdle.  I just can't get the rythm going to sew even stitches.

kimberlee316 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 9:41 PM

THe first cut. I can have everything around me ready to go but that first cut keeps me for days. Once I cut the first fabric we are off and running.

kimberlee316 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 9:41 PM

THe first cut. I can have everything around me ready to go but that first cut keeps me for days. Once I cut the first fabric we are off and running.

kimberlee316 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 9:41 PM

THe first cut. I can have everything around me ready to go but that first cut keeps me for days. Once I cut the first fabric we are off and running.

Goldenthread wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 10:27 PM

MY BIGGEST HURDLE,  FINDING THE TIME TO DO QUILT PROJECTS.

I HAVE QUILTS STARTED, WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE DONE.

Carol Barringer wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:08 PM

I don't follow directions well. Sometimes I choose to do things differently without realizing why the pattern specified a certain approach -- but often I just screw up and then have to find a way out of the mess I've made. Sometimes that's the biggest creative challenge -- often I learn a lot -- but it would sure be nice to just DO IT RIGHT!

bram wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:14 PM

I have so many quilt tops pieced but not surface quilted.  If I want something other than stitch in the ditch or straight line designs, I send out my quilt tops to the professionals!  I need to practice stippling but hesitate to do it on a finished quilt top!

Judi wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11:26 PM

My hurdle is that I need to learn to use a long arm. I have had no luck free motion but I have tried the long arm. I guess I just need to practice more.

Rachell wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 12:44 AM

I struggle with wanting to applique. I'd rather cross-stitch, even though I've got a mean hand-blind-slipstitch, and once I get going, hemming clothing and binding quilts goes fast!

I also struggle with quilting---I have a little machine that's a workhorse and I love it, but it's not big enough to quilt with, and I'm scared of free-motion quilting. I need a stitch-regulator because my stitching is awful, and I can't just pick something up and free-hand anything (pens, pencils, or thread) without some guide/follow the lines/pictures/etc. I need and love stencils! I need to practice, because I just don't want to mess up my beautiful quilts that I've spent so much time on, whether it's for my family or for gifts. And yet I so desperately want to do everything on my own quilts!

Sandy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 2:07 AM

My hurdle is time! I'm always busy quilting for others, it's hard to have time to quilt and sew for myself.

Sheila wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 6:46 AM

One of my biggest hurdle is squaring up my quilttop and then making the quilt sandwich, and too many UFO's.  

sawilder wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 7:03 AM

With homeschooling 4 children and chasing 2 more that are too small, my biggest hurdle is time. ;-)  After that, free-motion quilting has been my challenge lately.  

Marty Askins wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 7:55 AM

My biggest hurdle is finding the right design for the quilt to do free-motion quilting.  I don't have the confidence to do much yet on this matter.

Cindy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 8:05 AM

My two biggest problems are the time and finishing one project before I start another.  I am always so excited to start a new project and want to keep up with everything the guild is doing and then I end up with not enough TIME to finish anything!!! (But I still love everything about quilting)

Chrisbrie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 8:26 AM

My biggest hurdle is trying to make a large quilt.

QuiltDiva wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 8:34 AM

My biggest hurdle is finding the time to complete a  project without going out and buying supplies for yet another project before finishing the ones I have. I love to plan quilts, select the fabrics and patterns, but never the cutting sewing and quilting parts. Though, when I do finish a project, it makes it all the more special.

Diane wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 8:54 AM

I have the Bernina 830 which has the largest sewing area around.  However, this still doesn't help much when I have to fight with the weight of a large quilt when I am doing the quilting.

Cyndeetrek wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 9:32 AM

I just had elbow surgery and am not supposed to use that arm for 2 months.

bobsie311 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 9:58 AM

My biggest hurdle is getting the quilting done.  I love to make the tops, but I don't like to quilt them and cannot afford to have someone else do it.  Consequently, I have many tops.  This is my year to got some of them quilted.  It's already April; I guess I'd better get started!

Laurie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 10:18 AM

My biggest hurdle is getting the colors ready. I always find colors that I like but some of them just don't go together as well as I would like.

Lola M wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 10:30 AM

The biggest hurdle I have is basting the quilt sandwich together.  I so this with pins afler stretching it out in the floor, taping, then pinning.   It takes me hours to do.  This is the most difficult, and least liked part of quilting for me.

CAROLTRACYH wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 11:01 AM

The biggest hurdle I have is finishing the quilting on the frame.  It has become a problem for me over the past winter.  In talking with other quilters, it doesn't seem to be an entirely unique problem to me.

Gail wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 11:26 AM

Enough time to quilt is my biggest hurdle. There needs to be at least another 12 hours added to the 24 hours that make up the present day. We quilters have so many things going on ...like classes, quild, shopping, organizing fabric, organizing sewing space and husband needing time or food. How can we possibly get it all done? I'd really rather quilt than eat but get too weak after a few hours so have to stop. There just isn't any solution. I even quilted in my sleep last night. (Not very restful, but I got alot more done than if I'd been awake.) Hope someone figures out a workable solution someday. If someone can come up with rotary cutters, accucut machines, long arm machines, etc., surely they can solve this dilemma.

Susan Larson wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 12:10 PM

All of my hurdles have already been addressed. Choosing the fabric (I buy lots just in case!); Moving my husbands paperwork off of my cutting table (AKA/our dining room table); choosing the binding (too expensive to buy so I always say that I will make my own and never get around to it.); Once I get the binding on the real monster comes out.......connecting the binding...... this has to be the monster under the bed for me.  I have watched a lot of vidoes, bought lots of books, done it hundreds of times, but I get to that point and the binding starts to wave at me and say, "you can't do this...you will mess it up.....you will come up short....you will ruin your quilt....etc... and the torcher goes on!  I always seem to get them done, but someday I would really like to cage my monster!  

Krackers wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 2:28 PM

I make quilts for kids ages 8-18 who are battling cancer.  I make a LOT of them, and ship them all over the world.  Each quilt is different, and the minimum size is 48x60.  Once in a while, I will have a little break time and can start on something for myself.  But then another request comes in, and I am back to the "Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers" routine marathon.  This leaves a whole LOT of "my" quilts left in various baskets and states of finish.

lindyloohoo wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 4:07 PM

I love to do the actual sewing and quilting, but I dont like to cut out the pieces.  Pre-cut quilt kits would probably be the best for me, but I have such a huge fabrice stash that I would like to get down to a more manageable size.

Becki Leavitt wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 4:28 PM

The hardest part for me is to keep my nose to the grind stone in the final lap... actually finishing the quilt. I have to rigorously guard myself from the next inspiration carrying my off.

Pamillia wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 6:02 PM

Well, I always have at least least six projects going at one time. All at different stages. Sooo, if I get tired of one I can move on to another. That way, each time I finish one I still love it just as much as when I started on that wonderful journey. I finish one every couple to three months. So my BIGGEST QUILTING HURDLE is TIME. THEY DON'T SEEM TO BE MAKING MUCH OF THAT ANYMORE.  :-)

Carol wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 6:09 PM

My biggest hurdle is how to quilt my project. I do not have a lot of confidence when it comes to free motion quilting, but I am working on it!  

ckelley1@stx.rr.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 6:56 PM

My biggest hurdle is finding time to quilt and learn a new technique (like paper piecing) without my family interrupting.  My work hours are horrible,  I have no time to take a class, and sometimes self teaching is not adequate.

Susan wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 16 April 2012, 11:39 PM

I've just rediscovered quilting after 20 years. So many new techniques! So many new cools tools! Such amazing fabric! And JoAnn's! My biggest hurdle is leaving my sewing room!!!

Beth wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 6:35 AM

Money.  You never seem to have enough left over sometime to really break down and get good fabrics to make a quilt.  It is hard to budget something that a luxury item (hobby) to do while raising 4 kids; 5 if you include my husband!  I would love to have an unlimited supply of quilting materials at my disposable...

di952diane wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 12:07 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting started and, once started, getting stopped.

Ray J wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 12:49 PM

I love all parts of quiltmaking.  The most difficult thing for me is finding time and staying focused.  I want to do everything and start every quilt at the smae time!

Jeri Lively wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 1:28 PM

Picking material and cutting are the hardest hurdles of quilting to me.  But the biggest hurdles is finding the time to quilt.

s1mps0n@aol.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 1:55 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is making quilts fast enough for cancer patients.  My two dear friends and I make at no charge, quilts for cancer patients at St.John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA.  We will also ship quilts all over the world family and friends have requested.  Please visit our little website at www.apatoflovequilts.org. We try to bring comfort and love to those battling with this illness.  Sometimes I wish I was and octopus and I could make 4 quilts at one time!

carolj wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 2:28 PM

Picking out the fabric is the biggest hurdle for me.  With so many interesting quilting projects on the go, it is also hard to say focused to finish one project at a time.

Sillydilly wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 3:43 PM

The part that frustrates me the most about quilting is the quilting of the thing.  When it comes to the actual quilting I sometimes just put the top off to the side and procrastinate about getting the quilting done.  I have watched shows, read books and just about everything but for some reason I always ALWAYS get a pucker in the back of the quilt.  I have several quilt tops that need quilting but I guess they will stay there a while longer till I get the nerve up or determination to get the quilting done.

DONNAP-9 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 4:06 PM

lack of enough TIME.

bec02 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 4:12 PM

Fabric selection is hard for me.  I have a difficult time visualizing what the fabrics will look like in the pattern and what fabrics will compliment each other well.  Precuts settles that problem, but I don't always want to use precuts.

JoAnne wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 7:47 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is choosing how to quilt something.  I have two very large size quilts basted and waiting for me to get to them.  One of them has been basted for about 18 months.  I've made and quilted dozens of throw size quilts since then but I just cannot decide how or what to do with the quilting on these.  I don't want to have someone else quilt them.

ebeckee wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 8:20 PM

Choosing colors and values give me the most trouble but I feel I am getting better at doing this.

tmjennings wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 9:27 PM

Choosing colors for fabrics is my hardest problem

tmjennings wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 9:27 PM

Choosing colors for fabrics is my hardest problem

iairisbelle@iowatelecom.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 11:10 PM

My biggest hurdle is expanding my quilting ability beyond the basic pieced quilts.  I see beautiful quilts that are not basic pieced quilts but each time I set down to make a quilt I can't seem to end up as basic piecing.

Aby wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 2:49 AM

Money and time.

pkb935 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 6:48 AM

TIME!!!!!!

shelbyjeanking@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:04 AM

To me it is the fabric.  I have so much and I dont know witch ones to use for the patern.  I love to quilt and I love fabric.

shelbyjeanking@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:04 AM

To me it is the fabric.  I have so much and I dont know witch ones to use for the patern.  I love to quilt and I love fabric.

shelbyjeanking@yahoo.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:07 AM

To me it is fabric.  I have so much and never seems to be the right ones for what I want to do.  I love quilting and I love fabric.

Rebecca Eichstadt wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:24 AM

Finishing it!!!!  And I'm a long arm quilter.  There is an old saying that "The plumbers faucet always leaks"  well a Longarm quilters quilts don't get finished....

Kristin wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:37 AM

My biggest hurdle is finding time to finish my own projects.  I have volunteered (or have been volunteered because people know I don't say NO often) to complete the quilting and binding of quilts.  I have finished several quilts over last couple of years for family friends, family, etc.  Alas, my own quilting projects are stacked neatly in a pile and patiently waiting for my undivided attention!  :)

mbrwfy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:39 AM

for me it has to be the scant 1/4 inch seam. If I mess that part up, i have to fight each block to get it to fit properly.

valerie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 12:11 PM

COST- I went on disability last year and have to watch the budget. TOO bad I now have lots of time and no money--before I had the money but no time

Joleen Graham wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 12:31 PM

My biggest hurdle is equipment.  I have just been making smaller quilts that I can quilt on my own sewing machine.  When I make a big quilt I have to rent a longarm machine at a local quilt shop.  It has now been over a year since I have used the longarm, so I have to retake the class and the cost has gone up.  I have trouble with carpal tunnel in my wrist so hand quilting is hard.

RITAR-5 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 2:03 PM

My biggest hurdle is free motion quilting and completing all my UFO's before beginning another project.   So many beautiful quilts to make and so little time set aside to create them.

manya wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 3:19 PM

My biggest hurdle is actually settling on a pattern.  I have yet to find a pattern that I work as is.  I change every pattern to fulfill my vision.  Since I am still a new "quilter" finishing the quilt is sometimes a challenge for me - but by far I spend more time choosing my patterns.

manya wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 3:19 PM

My biggest hurdle is actually settling on a pattern.  I have yet to find a pattern that I work as is.  I change every pattern to fulfill my vision.  Since I am still a new "quilter" finishing the quilt is sometimes a challenge for me - but by far I spend more time choosing my patterns.

Karen Boden wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 3:38 PM

My biggest huradle is getting my quilt tops quilted. It seems like I can't get that backgroud fabric pieced to get them to the quilters. Right now I have 6 tops that I need to get quilted.

PBD wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 4:42 PM

The biggest hurdle for me is fabric selection...including sashings, bindings and backings...I spend too much time on this process and I've tried several ways such as taking a picture of the fabrics together so I can get a better idea of how they'll look later.  

Susan wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 4:56 PM

I have two challenges that I am still working on: 1- Stippling: I can do it with a marker and then follow with the machine but not just freely; and 2 - Giving the quilts away is so hard.  I work with patterns and fabrics I like and become very fond of the finished projects.  How can you be know that they will be loved and respected in their new homes?

Betty wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 5:58 PM

I actually have two hurdles to overcome. One is Curves, and the other is making a compass piece, because of the curves. It scares me to pieces to do a compass piece But they are beautiful.

Paulie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 6:19 PM

I also have two hurdles - the first is choosing the fabrics to begin with and the second is how to quilt the finished article.  I have recently purchased the Machine Quilting Tutorial by Wendy Butler Berns on Crafsty which I an finding really helpful.

PKT wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 6:57 PM

My biggest hurdle is room!  I have to bring my sewing machine down to the dining room table and then stuff part of the quilt under the sewing machine to quilt it.  What is really funny is if I am too lazy to remove the table cloth before I start sewing, it sometimes gets incorporated into the quilt.  

It makes it is hard to move, but I love to quilt my own quilts and the efforts are worth it.

Barbara Orlando wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 9:38 PM

My biggest hurdle is time.  I have plenty of it but just don't know where it goes.......I have too many projects in the wind and need to control the urge to start a new one.  I sure could use a Fairy Godmother to help me finish my UFO's.  

MARYB-29 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 9:57 PM

finishing the one on the rack before cutting out & sewing the one I have on my mind. The one that I have in the drawer for the last ten years,I mean. No the one I promised my friend I'd give her last Christmas.(I wrapped her material in a box & put it under the tree with a promise!)

My biggest hurdele..the next quilt!

Anita wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:33 PM

I have never been satisfied with the 'value' of colors, and when it comes to patterned fabric I freak. I have taken to using solids, blenders, and batiks almost exclusively because I don't have to worry about the value. I do buy kits and see what others have put together, but if I was to try to do it myself, I would freeze. I hate that part of quilting.

Anita wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:33 PM

I have never been satisfied with the 'value' of colors, and when it comes to patterned fabric I freak. I have taken to using solids, blenders, and batiks almost exclusively because I don't have to worry about the value. I do buy kits and see what others have put together, but if I was to try to do it myself, I would freeze. I hate that part of quilting.

upchurs wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:35 PM

Free motion quilting is by far the hardest part of quilting for me right now.

Anita wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:36 PM

My biggest hurdle is putting this fabric with that fabric and making something that I think looks good. I work almost exclusively in solids, batiks, and blenders because I don't have to worry about a pattern to the fabric. I buy kits because then I don't have to worry about how the fabrics go together. It has been somebody elses headache, not mine.

Anita wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:36 PM

My biggest hurdle is putting this fabric with that fabric and making something that I think looks good. I work almost exclusively in solids, batiks, and blenders because I don't have to worry about a pattern to the fabric. I buy kits because then I don't have to worry about how the fabrics go together. It has been somebody elses headache, not mine.

csoehren wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:52 PM

My biggest hurdle is the final quilting! I can piece; I can put fabrics together; I can choose borders and backings; and then I freeze. My major quilts go to a pro. The smaller ones lie in wait for the quilting fairy to take over so I can finally add the binding.

SHARONF-6 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 19 April 2012, 3:12 PM

My biggest and worst hurdle is my sewing/craft room.  It is a disaster, and it's definitely time to get this room organized.  Time to weed out the craft, sewing and quilt supplies that I will never use.  When my mother gets back from her vacation we are really going on the attack.

cathern ayotte wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 19 April 2012, 7:28 PM

I hate having to have everything perfect. Being a perfectionist is hard enough but quilting pushes you to the max. Nothing leaves my room until I am totally ok with every stitch.

Gwen wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 19 April 2012, 9:48 PM

Deciding how to quilt it is my biggest hurdle... I just don't have that many ideas in this area. Luckily my sister owns a quilting business and is super creative! Yea for sisters!

Kristine Smith wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 19 April 2012, 10:14 PM

Time.  Definately time.  If I could quilt everytime I thought about it during the day I would be a happy lady.  

Peggy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 8:45 AM

My biggest hurdle is keeping my mind from wandering and starting too many quilts at one time.  I did 16 quilts of one design for Christmas.  Just finished them now and they are going out as birthday presents.  I also have alot of unfinished ideas.  Lots of fabrics and not enough time.

Jacy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 9:19 AM

The quilting. I'm an excellent topper, but I tend to put off quilting the tops because I'm not very confident in my quilting skills and it's my least favorite part of making a quilt.

Charlie Disante wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 10:19 AM

Currently, the most difficult is being confident about colors, there is always a question in the back of my mind giving me doubts.  But sometimes I can ignore them and just get on with it.

lydianev wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 10:48 AM

I just can't seem to wrap my brain around paper piecing.  I've done it a few times, but swear I do more ripping than sewing.  I always seem to get the pieces going the wrong direction, even though I've watched numerous tutorials.  I will master this...a challenge for myself : )

Quiltin4Fun wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 1:27 PM

For me there's not just one hurdle, it's like running the hurdles!! First is picking the fabric. I love it all! Next is deciding which project I want to do, and then  depending upon the project, it's the finishes.  What pattern to choose for quilting. Do I use free motion or stencil, decorative stitching,  stitch in the ditch or outline the design.. Decisions, decisions, but oh the joy of getting to that point!!

Sewlove2create wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 4:26 PM

My biggest hurdle is probably the quilting part. I keep putting it off because I feel I'm not that good at it and I don't want to mess up all the work I have done so far on the top. When it is a really big project the quilting just seems overwhelming.

marlou wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 7:00 PM

Cutting my pieces the right size and then the infamous "scant" quarter inch!!  I will celebrate the day my blocks measure what the patterns says!!

Sandra Adrianne Ham McCann wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 20 April 2012, 8:52 PM

So much fabric, and no place to work on it . . . when the first son leaves home, guess what his room becomes!!!!

blujean53 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 21 April 2012, 9:04 AM

I really stumble when it comes time to top stitch the entire quilt. I have 4 layered quilts ready right now that need to be completed, so I need to spend time figuring this step out on each one. I am trying to learn stippling, so I really just need to practice that first.

mary.lewis wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 21 April 2012, 11:29 AM

Actually I have 2 !!  #1 is that 4 letter word APPLIQUE...#2 Not enough lifetime to use up all my STASH !!

Shirleysonshine wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 21 April 2012, 3:05 PM

I dislike the basting of the quilt sandwich.  Sometime even though I try to be so careful, I still end of with puckers and fabric not laying flat.  I have tried the spray and I mostly thread baste.  I have pinned as well.

kwilter99 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 21 April 2012, 4:31 PM

I'd have to say finding enough time.  I also struggle with making fabric choices...once I get past that, the rest is enjoyable for me.  :)

Joy of Quilting wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 21 April 2012, 4:35 PM

My biggest hurdle is I don't have a sewing room. I f I had a dedicated room I'm sure I would get more done as everything would be set up, now I have to clear the table, get out the machine and the fabric etc, etc, etc,

quiltingbon@msn.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 22 April 2012, 3:08 AM

My biggest hurtle is free motion quilting.  If I could become proficient in that, I would be able to complete so many of my tops.  I actually have a fear of free motion quilting.

quiltingbon@msn.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 22 April 2012, 3:16 AM

My biggest hurtle is free motion quilting.  If I could become proficient in that, I would be able to complete so many of my tops.  I actually have a fear of free motion quilting.

vwelch wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 23 April 2012, 4:48 AM

my biggest hurdle is finding the time to do all the quilting i want to.  i sqeeze quilting into every spare moment between work and family.

jecarson123 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 5:51 AM

The biggest hurdle for me is the basting & quilting.  I've tried basting with pins and/or thread, but I still end up with puckers.  I'm taking my first quilting class in a few days on this very subject and I'm looking forward to learning the correct techniques.

Lisa L N wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 8:18 AM

Before answering, I thought about all the different steps in making a quilt.  I then decided whichever step I'm working on at the time seems to give me the biggest challenge.  I am a beginner (on my 4th quilt) and am still struggling.  But the good news - I'm learning new things and having a great time!

Mouselett wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:33 AM

I have a huge problem with the understanding of written instructions,so I usually have to have hands on help. I love to watch videos that stand behind the quilter so I can see how their hands work the fabric and the machine.  The next hang up is the fact that I grew up being told that red and pink don't mesh or the blue and green ......or the stripes and dots......

Judy13050 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:49 AM

My biggest hurdle has been accepting that because I immensely enjoy cutting the fabric into pieces and then sewing it all back together again doesn't mean that I have to be the one that actually quilts the quilt.  My stack of completed tops has dwindled since I found a local long arm quilter.

marydeb1 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:57 AM

Making the "sandwich" tight for machine quilting is sooooo hard for mae.

marydeb1 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:57 AM

Making the "sandwich" tight for machine quilting is sooooo hard for mae.

marilynn46 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 12:38 PM

My biggest hurdle is quilting the quilt. Choosing a design is the first hurdle but quilting the sandwich is by far the most challenging for me. Quilting by hand is very slow.  I'm not good at all at machine quilting. I need much more practice and lessons. Videos help me a great deal.

HHEELLEENN wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:09 PM

Just being in a wheelchair and having use of 1 arm/hand EVERYTHING is a challange. What's NOT a challange? Decieding to quilt.

HHEELLEENN wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:09 PM

Just being in a wheelchair and having use of 1 arm/hand EVERYTHING is a challange. What's NOT a challange? Decieding to quilt.

swalker287 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:38 PM

My greatest hurdle is making the quilt sandwich.  It is never tight enough, even, nor smooth enough once I get it under the needle for quilting.  Drat!  So frustrating.

bthompson246 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 1:56 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is taking the time to do it! I'm a stay at home grandma. I currently babysit two four-year-old grandchildren. I wouldn't give that job up for anything, but it does make it harder for me to find the time to quilt!

Christine Berrafato wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 2:18 PM

The actual quilting is the hardest part for me right now. I'm teaching myself and I'm a little afraid to mess things up.

Sheila wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 2:25 PM

A couple of quilting hurdles slow me down. The first is time. I have way too much on my plate right now to find time to even think about quilting. The second hurdle is my own mind. There's that little kernel of brain matter that says, "you aren't good enough yet" and works very hard at defeating me. Fortunately, my LQS stays in contact with me, entices me in for a special sale or class and twice a month it's to learn something new (to me) that my machine can do.

CAS48 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 2:31 PM

The actual quilting, since I don't have much throat space on my machine.  I'm sticking to small quilts from now on.  My back and neck do not like the big ones either!

tqr_lla@juno.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 3:03 PM

My biggest hurdle is knowing when to stop.  I love scrap quilting and there are so many fabrics that work into whatever I'm making , so the finished size of the quilt just keeps growing.  A good thing my family all have king sized beds.

ginie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 3:14 PM

My biggest hurdle is not going completely crazy making a two color quilt! I love color! The scrappier, the more, the merrier! If I have a wide variety of fabric in the two colors, I can manage, but really like to get those done quickly so I can get back to the fun stuff.

ginie wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 3:19 PM

My biggest hurdle is making a two color quilt. I add loads of fabrics in the two colors, but they are stll boring quilts to me. I love making scrappy, scrappy quilts with bright colors and bold designs. My most favorite quilt is one I made with 283 different polka dot fabrics. People love it or hate it. But as the label says, "Stripes are for sissies."

VikkiLee wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 3:40 PM

My biggest hurtle is thinking I know from the picture how to piece blocks together.  Then I find out I was wrong and have to rip it apart and read the directions for clearity.

Donna wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 4:15 PM

Binding is my biggest challenge - getting the front and back the same width, and doing a good job of finishing it off.  I seem to be getting worse instead of better!

VettekLisa wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 4:35 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is actually quilting it.  No matter how many pins, or whatever, I use, I always seem to end up with tucks in the back.  Plus I never know what would look the best in quilting design.  I only have my embroidery/sewing machine so anything larger than a small lap quilt is a major pain to get thru the machine.

Jan wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 4:48 PM

My biggest challenge is fabric selection.  I'm never sure if my choices go together. That's why a lot of the time I pick up a quilt kit. It's less frustrating when the fabrics are chosen for you

Bonnie Burrough wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 5:00 PM

My main problem is putting the back, batting and top together!  Just haven't got it yet!  I've only been quilting for a couple of years and have had not formal lessongs.  Just learned it on my own or what I've read on the computer.

Bonnie Burrough wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 5:02 PM

My problem is getting the back, batting and top all together good enough.  I've had no formal training, just taught myself and have had a lot of help from the computer.

firstquilt wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 5:04 PM

My biggest hurdle (among others) would be finding the time (between my full-time job & cooking and cleaning) to even begin the project I'm most anxious to start!

VickiCCC wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 5:34 PM

Where do I start! So much fabric, so much choice and never enough time not to mention the actual quilting which stumps me every time.

SHARONM-26 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 7:55 PM

My biggest hurdle to quilting is probably myself. I worry over everything from my fabric selection to how the quilt is coming together. Mostly i call my quilts shar pei puppies. They are so ugly they are cute. Then when the tops are done the real fun begins with the actual quilting of the quilt. My free hand quilting needs lots of work and practice. But even with all the worry i love to quilt and will continue to do so. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy quilting to all.

jblissenbach wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 8:04 PM

Quilting! I broke my last machine trying to FMQ and now I am skittish :) Plus, I am so overwhelmed by the decision on how to quilt...

Linda Garmon wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 8:16 PM

I love creating the tops. Picking out the colors I'm very good at.  Putting them all together is not problem.  But the actual quilting of them I tend to put off.  I have a bin of at least 15 tops (in all sizes from small to large) that need to get quilted.  When push comes to shove, I write my check to my local quilt shop who does long arm quilting, and finally get a completed top.

Dorothy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 8:52 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting the quilting done.  I am still slow at it.  I now have a new machine so hopefully this quilt will to quicker.

jacknlucy05 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 9:23 PM

being that I am new to quilting, my biggest difficulty lies in getting the seams the correct width.  I finally bought a 1/4 inch foot so hopefully that will help in my getting seams straight.  I can use all the helpful hints anyone can give me too.  Thank you!!

Elaine Phillips wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 9:32 PM

My biggest hurdle is how to quilt it. I am just learning free motion quilting and it takes me some time to jump in there and start quilting.

Shirley Couch wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:30 PM

Quilting is my main problem.  I love making the tops, but hand quilting takes such a long time and I am not very good.  I took some lessons on long arm quilting and that works some of the time but it is so hard standing up for any length of time. I have just about finished all the blocks for a dear Jane quilt and I am trying to quilt it in sections on my home machine.  we'll see how long it takes. I guess I just have to keep practicing.

JerryBeavers wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 1:29 AM

My biggest hurdle is "TIME".  I don't have enough of it. Working full time & trying to keep up with the house, laundry, cooking etc etc just doesn't give me much time for quilting. Maybe when I retire.

bettyoverocker wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 7:59 AM

The biggest I face is getting around to attaching the binding.  It's time consuming, boring and the quilt is heavy.

Rrose57 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 9:44 AM

SO many quilts, so little time!! :-)

stitchingchicken wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 5:33 PM

Putting the quilt top together takes me the longest - I'd rather be quilting it!

diane wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 6:24 PM

I am an "alone" quilter and a beginner.  Without help I find the most difficult thing to be picking the fabrics once I have chosen a pattern.  Both the color scheme and the prints take a long time to choose.

Karol wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 6:37 PM

Sandwiching and quilting.  Mostly because I always do such big King-sized quilts.  My long-arm quilter is my favorite part of the process.  I call, I take and I smile.  Even the cost doesn't hurt as much as trying to do it myself.

Karol wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 6:37 PM

Sandwiching and quilting.  Mostly because I always do such big King-sized quilts.  My long-arm quilter is my favorite part of the process.  I call, I take and I smile.  Even the cost doesn't hurt as much as trying to do it myself.

Janet Holland wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 8:17 PM

My largest quilting hurdle is restaining my addiction to buy every interesting pattern and the fabric required to complete it. (Always before I finish the previous projects)

goodkitty wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 11:24 PM

Stars Points) and fabric selections are my greatest hurdles.

Kathy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 12:14 AM

Silly as it is, it is color coordination.

Then, when I overcome that, it is free motion quilting.

When I figure it all out it works amazingly!

rosamama wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 5:24 AM

The actual quilting is my hold back.  I love fabric selection, cutting , piecing, and assembling.  Need to gain some confidence and just do it!

Eileen Keane wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 6:21 AM

My biggest hurdle is choosing colors/fabrics. I know in my mind what I want the quilt to look like; my fabric choices always seem to fall short of my vision.

bobsie311 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 8:25 AM

I made a quilt which I named, "There is no point to this quilt".  That's because all the points have been cut off.  My biggest hurdle is getting my points to point!  Sometimes I can and sometimes, no matter how hard I try, they don't match.

nancy chaddick wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 8:57 AM

The biggest hurdle for me is getting the seams pressed flat at all intersections. I will think I've got them done - and then when I roll it onto the quilting frame I'll find 3 or 4 that have bunched up again. Guess I'm going to have to start using spray starch or some such.

54Donna wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 9:15 AM

My biggest hurdle is the sandwiching - the backing, the batting and the quilt top.  For some reason, it turns into a day long process!  Ugh!

47lilpolock@live.com wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 10:02 AM

My biggest hurdle is trying to pick out and coordinate the colors for each new project.  I have taken a class in just this but it didn't help.  It just cost me the price of the book and the class.  It did nothing for help in matching the colors that would look the nicest.  Is there a solution?

cjobinquilter wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 10:33 AM

My biggest hurdle is knowing what to quilt in what spaces to make them look the best.  Right now I have so many UFO's from wall hangings to queen size tops that need to be quilted.  I am hesitant that after all the work of piecing them together I will ruin them with my quilting.   I guess my biggest hurdle is myself and my confidence level.

White Eagle wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 10:46 AM

My biggest hurdle is needing a longarm machine to quilt all my tops (26 at the moment) but can't afford one at this time.  I have rented time to use a longarm at our local quilt shop and have mastered the pantographs and limited free motion quilting but would like to use the computerized model for more intricate patterns rather than edge to edge.  My sewing machine is not conducive to free motion quilting and turns out rather messy results even when instructors try to demonstrate on it.  Spending $10,000 to $40,000 for something that has stitch regulation, computer capability, and can hold a king size quilt is just out of my means so I just deal with wanting and quilting with my checkbook or renting time.  My quilts at 99% donated to QOV and children's cancer projects.

tekiablue wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 11:48 AM

My biggest hurdle is trying to free motion quilt on my regular sewing machine. The only place close who has a long arm machine is way too expensive for me soooo.....I try my best and dream someday I'll be able to afford my own long arm.

sharonkofoed wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 1:06 PM

My biggest hurdle right now is learning how to use my new sewing machine.  I'm brand new to quilting and I've studied patterns and techniques.  I have my supplies.  Now I just need to learn how to use my biggest tool!

pjgood@sbcglobal.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 1:09 PM

I have plenty of time, material, patterns, a really good machine, all the "tools" any one could need.  Hurdle?  YES, IT IS ME. I love the fabric and hate to cut into it so solids are a good choice.  I need an incentive to get one started.  I've made all the usual items for the new babies and for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays galore, also home decor and for charity.  It is fun to see those items being used and appreciated.  I love color, fabric, design and the finished product makes me feel wonderful.  Nothing about it is boring.  It is fun to work on a new challenge so I'm pretty sure all I need is to get up from the computer, pull out some of that beautiful fabric, cut, cut, cut and I'll be on my way again.  Whoopeee!

mmdak@comcast.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 3:15 PM

I have too many ideas and projects so I tend to get bored staying on one project too long.  I have made 5 queen sized quilts and am now trying to work on smaller projects.

mmdak@comcast.net wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Thursday, 26 April 2012, 3:15 PM

I have too many ideas and projects so I tend to get bored staying on one project too long.  I have made 5 queen sized quilts and am now trying to work on smaller projects.

Ms MoomMist wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 27 April 2012, 8:08 AM

My biggest hurdle is basting the sandwich together. I have finally gotten a technique that works better for me and have realized that it is part of total process of quilting Amen

sewwhat41 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 27 April 2012, 1:21 PM

My biggest hurdle is getting a top quilted... I love picking out the fabrics, stitching the top, adding borders, but doing the quilting is a challenge!

dcamp44 wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 27 April 2012, 2:17 PM

My biggest hurdle ,my daughters tell me,is that I lack confidence in my abilbty to quilt.My daughters have encouraged me to do this,because they know I can.I have very much enjoyed reading everyones "hurdled",now I know that my problems are like  theirs.I will keep quilting.

Marge Campbell wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 27 April 2012, 7:38 PM

LOL, this past two weeks...moths!  Texas Panhandle has millions of moths.  I think I have the battle won...I sealed every single entry point I can find.

As a sewing hurdle...picking colors to fit the pattern.  I keep changing my mind.

Linda King wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Friday, 27 April 2012, 9:06 PM

My biggest hurdle is binding, I have not made a quilt yet that needed binding.  I am planning on making a quilt real soon, and it will need binding.  I do not know how as I am a beginner learning on my own.  

Ann Roadarmel wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Saturday, 28 April 2012, 2:19 PM

My biggest quilting hurdle is the BSR attachment on my Bernina Aurora 440 QE sewing machine. I just cannot control my hands enough to follow the pattern I have drawn. It is so frustrating to me.

quilt painter wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 29 April 2012, 9:51 AM

My biggest hurdle is that I am going to have to live to be 150 years old in order to get all of the project done that I have started or that I want to start. Just not enough time!

quilt painter wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 29 April 2012, 9:51 AM

My biggest hurdle is that I am going to have to live to be 150 years old in order to get all of the project done that I have started or that I want to start. Just not enough time!

quilt painter wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 29 April 2012, 9:53 AM

My biggest hurdle is that I am going to have to live to be 150 years old in order to finish all of the projects I have started or want to start. Just not enough time!

mariannet wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 29 April 2012, 7:20 PM

My biggest hurdle is finishing one project before starting another.  It seems I always have to get started on something else before I finish the previous project.

mariannet wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Sunday, 29 April 2012, 7:20 PM

My biggest hurdle is finishing one project before starting another.  It seems I always have to get started on something else before I finish the previous project.

MacThayer wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 30 April 2012, 1:13 AM

I'm still a relative newbie to all this new-fangled sewing, and struggle with the rotary cutter to get precise cuts.  I also still not clear on the "scant 1/4" seam" and when I should use it.  I used a scant 1/4" seam on one block, and the block turned out way too big.  Will have to do that one over.  I used the scant 1/4 " seam on the next block in the series, and it was too small!  I wish they would specify whether a regular 1/4" or a scant 1/4" seam should be used, but for the most part, I'm not seeing that.  Very frustrating!

pplane wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 30 April 2012, 4:39 PM

My biggest challenge is promising too many projects to people.  I hear of a situation and think of a great design to match it.  but, I get bogged down in actually sewing the design into reality.  Most of my fun is in the design process....

jmrb wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Monday, 30 April 2012, 5:28 PM

I actually have 2 big hurdles.  One is finding fabric I know is in my stash...somewhere.  The other is finishing started proects before I dive into new ones.

Kathy wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle?
on Tuesday, 1 May 2012, 9:56 AM

I'm still a little uncertain of my long arm quilting skills, so I tend to put off the quilting until I just have to.  I know practice make perfect, but I'm afraid I am going to mess it up.  I love piecing the quilt top.  It's my time to be creative.

Lynn Telke wrote re: April Member Survey Contest: What is your biggest quilting hurdle? Winners Announced.
on Thursday, 3 May 2012, 8:00 AM

My biggest quilting hang-up is quilting the sandwich.  I am trying to practise my machine quilting so I can

be more confident when I decide to quilt my own quilt.  I have had a quilt quilted by a professional  quilter and probably will do so again.  Since I don't have room for a long arm quilting machine and must use my home sewing machine I tend to try to machine quilt only small quilts or use my walking foot on larger quilts.

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