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February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?

We want to know: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?

What have been some of the challenges you've faced when learning how to quilt? We want to hear about them!

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below.  If your comment is chosen for our Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com.


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Arlene wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Friday, 27 December 2013, 11:16 AM

Cutting the fabric.  Can't seem to cut the fabric the correct size.  My pieces seem to be a little bit off!  Very frustrating.  Also, get confused on how to place the fabric (direction of selvage) and where to start cutting.

adirector49 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 28 December 2013, 6:29 PM

Getting all my seams at 1/4 inch. I hand stitch most of my quilts as it was how I was taught many years ago by mu grandmother.

klcino wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Sunday, 29 December 2013, 8:34 PM

My biggest challenge is picking out color schemes for my quilts.  Fortunantly I have a husband who embraces my passions, and will go into a fabric store with me, and helps me make my decisions.  He has a very good eye for color, so all I have to do is show him a quilt pattern I like, and he helps me choose the color scheme.

rtuzo wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 7:57 AM

my biggest challenge is when quilt is completed to doing the machine quilting.  Not very good at free motion quilting and find this very frustrating.  Any suggestions.

hoosier1998 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 9:36 AM

I would have to say getting the fabric cut to be the same size, especially when cutting multiples....but I am getting there! Also, I have very limited space to work, and it bugs me, but I think that will change this year!

Lisa wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 3:40 PM

Machine quilting is definitely my biggest challenge. I have been learning to make more interesting straight line quilting patterns, but I would love to be able to free-motion quilt on my machine.

Aurora Dickson wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 1:03 PM

I have to agree, that picking out colors is my biggest hang-up when creating a quilt or anything else.

Luckily my quilt fabric shop has a lot of help for me there and they are very patient.

DonaBBaby wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 1:22 PM

Machine quilting is a challenge.  choosing colors.

Quilted Drummer wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 4 January 2014, 7:21 PM

Probably the biggest challenge for me would be figuring out how I want to quilt the latest quilt I've just finished. I love the cutting out and piecing even when it is somewhat of a difficult pattern.

greenmonstr wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 4 January 2014, 8:58 PM

My biggest challenge is the binding - specifically, sewing the two ends of the binding together and then motivating myself to handsew the binding to the back.  Recently I made a 98 x 98 quilt and if it wasn't for the Christmas deadline it might still be sitting there waiting for that handsewing to be done!  

For me I think the easiest thing about quilting is sewing the top.  I enjoy seeing the top come together and the occasional surprises that brings.  

Josephine21 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 5:18 AM

Hello.  Hardest part for is choosing colours.  A tip I have for cutting the fabric is that I use masking tape on my ruler. I use the tape to shape off the square, triangle etc on the ruler then this way all my patches are the same size.

Diane wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 9 January 2014, 4:44 PM

Starting!  I spend hours lost in books, magazines and the internet finding the perfect pattern.  Then I visit my favorite quilt shops hunting for an equally perfect combination of fabrics.  The easiest – watching that wonderful smile I see when they open their gift.

Joy wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 8:37 PM

Most difficult part of quilting is the free motion quilting - I'm terrible. But the easiest for me is piecing - I love it and it shows in my quilts - well so say the recipients of my gifts. Am so happy I am able to gift this way - I love the smiles when my quilts are received.

MIMI SEWS wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 10:03 AM

I seem to always have puckering after I sew the top, batting and back together.  I know I must be pushing/pulling the material, but can't seem to keep from doing it.  I love to piece and have gotten pretty good at it.  Seems and corners match when I am sewing them together.  Just doesn't get as boring as quilting.  Really want to do good. I took up quilting after my dear sweet great grandmother.  I sewed some with her when I was just a 9 & 10 year old.

MaryC wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 7:52 PM

I find it incredibly difficult to make a quilt without a good pattern.  If the pattern instructions aren't clear and/or are inaccurate - I struggle with 'fixing' it so I can continue and finish the piece.  The piecing is the easiest part for me - I enjoy that part the most.  Very satisfying to finish the piecing/sewing so I can get on with the hand quilting.

quilt3311 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 7:06 AM

The hardest thing for me is choosing what to make next.    I design my own patterns and have numerous graph notebooks from which to choose a design.    The easiest is just doing the project after I choose what to do.

My biggest challenge was finding someone who shared my interest in quilting.    When I started there was just one elderly lady who spent the winters with her son and spent the time quilting.   She would do only postage stamp quilts, and it was not what I wanted to do.    She finally showed me how to cut a pattern and how to assemble a block.  After quilting for a couple years I finally asked a fabric shop if I could teach a beginning class and they said they would try it.   The class filled and within a year a friend and I started a quilt club.   The rest is history.   Now there are two guilds in our town and also two quilt shops.

frostman wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 8:38 AM

Choosing colors and machine quilting are my challenges.  My favorite part of quilting is hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt!

Laura Keinath wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 8:56 AM

I find starting and finishing a quilt the hardest.  Starting because so many beautiful fabric and patterns its hard to choose.  Finishing cuz I have to start thinking of the next one and I'm afraid to be without a project.

Laura Keinath wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 8:56 AM

I find starting and finishing a quilt the hardest.  Starting because so many beautiful fabric and patterns its hard to choose.  Finishing cuz I have to start thinking of the next one and I'm afraid to be without a project.

Liz Juby wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 9:45 AM

I always tweak a pattern to make my own design and it's figuring out the MATH that gets me every time. The other aspect of numbers in quilting is the tension on the sewing machine. Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle with that dial! But I simply love choosing the fabric, the design and seeing it all come together when all the numbers are finally worked out successfully. And when the last stitch on the binding is complete, you know you have a quilt. Then it's on to the next one....

Pam Z wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 9:54 AM

Right now my most difficult aspect of quilting is sandwiching a king-sized quilt I'm making for my oldest daughter. I don't have a big enough space for that many inches. I just don't look forward to that job.

What is the easiest? I think all the other aspects of making quilts are very easy and natural for me. I look forward to all of the processes, because I know I can do them and they will look beautiful (and yes, once in a while I have trouble with something, but it does not bother me to do things over).

Bobbie Blake wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 10:10 AM

The most difficult part of quilting is narrowing down the color scheme for my quilt.  Getting it just right to express what I want in my quilt.  The easiest part of quilting is the cutting and sewing.  That is very enjoyable and rewarding.

Aleeta wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 11:29 AM

Picking out the fabric.    Even if I go in with one idea I am apt come out with another.  

rita goshorn wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 11:56 AM

quarter-inch seams are so difficult to achieve, no matter what helps, aids and gadgets I use.  applique is easiest, all methods; no wonder I love it so.

Jessica wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 1:08 PM

Deciding what design to use when quilting the quilt.

bpsmed@hotmail.com wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 1:44 PM

My challenge is picking colors but I am getting better, also practicing free motion quilting, there are easier ways than the professional stuff in the magazines.  My favorite part is cutting and sewing and watching a beautiful piece of creativity come to life where there was nothing.  And the pleasure in ownership

pat.joho wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 2:07 PM

Making that first cut is the most difficult for me. The easiest is the binding!

lindawwww wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 2:09 PM

The hardest aspect is just getting started.  Procrastination is a real problem for me.  The easiest aspect is piecing the top together.  I love to see the pattern start to take shape.

Fiber Thyme wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 2:17 PM

After paper piecing, tearing off the paper.  I guess it is not difficult, just boring.

Roxanne wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 2:31 PM

Free motion is still my biggest challenge.

bdubord wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 4:00 PM

The most difficult thing for me is finishing a quilt.  The easiest thing is starting a new quilt which may be why it's so hard for me to finish

Linny wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 5:27 PM

The hardest part is figuring what to quilt on the quilt. I've taken to asking the quilt and sometimes the answers just come flooding in. Scary, huh? The easiest is picking the fabric.

Judi wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 5:54 PM

Since I have just started to learn how to use a longarm rather than quilt by checkbook, this is the most difficult part of my work.  I just don't know what designs will enhance my quilt and then I need to actually do it!  The easiest is picking a project to make and choosing my fabrics.  I truly enjoy the sight, feel and smell of new fabric.

eseagraves59 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 8:55 PM

Finding room to put to put quilt together mad machine quilting it

Susan wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 1 February 2014, 9:45 PM

The easiest part is choosing the pattern and fabrics.  The hardest part is sticking to it all the way thru the binding.  

mtngurl wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Sunday, 2 February 2014, 2:41 PM

The hardest part for me is aligning the points in a 4-patch or so, also nesting those seams, I just cannot get the hang of it, oh and that crazy pressing them flat in the center of a 4-patch, how do you get those seams to swirl??

Jodi

mtnfamily2013@yahoo.com

Liz wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Sunday, 2 February 2014, 7:01 PM

I am a procrastinator, so getting started is hard for me. I also have not mastered free motion quilting. Once I get started, I can't stop. I love piecing and watching the blocks come together. I also enjoy hand quilting, but hate the basting. I love picking the fabrics. Easiest thing for me is the binding, it is also the most satisfying.

MaggieNae wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Monday, 3 February 2014, 12:14 PM

Moving from quilt top to quilted top is the hardest for me.  I've been practicing my FMQ and getting my stitching out of the ditch, but it can be really difficult with larger quilts on smaller machines.  Find space for sandwiching and basting is also trying.

Teresa Hatten wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 12:29 PM

The most difficult part of quilting for me is the actual quilting. The easiest (or at least the most fun) is putting scrappy pieces of colors together and coming out with a unique finished quilt top.

Pattie wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 2:50 PM

I find choosing the colors the hardest,and finding time to sit and concentrate. The easiest is the piecing, love it.

BETC21 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 3:11 PM

I LOVE quilt magazines, and always picked out patterns to make, but was intimidated when reading/reviewing the instructions. I even bought a kit and promptly put it back in the bag.

I finally sat down and made a quilt straight from the magazine. I made it and it was wonderful!!!!!

redknitter wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 3:42 PM

Cutting the fabric & choosing colors different from the pattern.

jerrica wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 11:49 AM

I have a hard time binding quilts

Pat wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 7:54 PM

I think choosing a quilting pattern(s) and the marking of it onto the top. I've tried different marking methods, but I usually end up just using chalk kind of as I go along (small sections at a time). I wish there was a class on just that!  As for the easiest, I think that would be hand sewing the binding onto the back of the quilt.

memoose wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 6 February 2014, 11:11 AM

half square triangles to come out the same size. I hate them! They are so useful, but such a pain, they never come out the same, no matter which method I use to make them! aargh!

franya wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Friday, 7 February 2014, 4:53 PM

The bardest thing is not rushing thru.  I need to take the time to mark the quilt top before basting and quilting.  Another difficult thing is get all blocks the same size.  I think this is the same problem -patience.

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 1:29 PM

It is so easy to start a project and soooooooo hard to make myself finish it once it is pieced.  I think I am the queen of UFO's!

Charlene Carmeans wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 13 February 2014, 4:29 PM

I would say finding someone in my area to quilt with, or share quilting ideals and other related items. I love to design my own bags, and quilts. I love the quilting process, but making the sandwich is my problem, getting everything straight and laid correct.

Charlene Carmeans wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 13 February 2014, 4:30 PM

I would say finding someone in my area to quilt with, or share quilting ideals and other related items. I love to design my own bags, and quilts. I love the quilting process, but making the sandwich is my problem, getting everything straight and laid correct. The easiest for me is picking my fabric, I love bright bold fabrics, and I love getting them all out and coordinating the colors.

JoanneLH wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 7:51 AM

I have the most difficulty making my quilt sandwich because I don't have enough space to lay out large quilts (and I have three little dogs who think it's their new bed if I lay it out on the floor).  I use painter's tape to tape the backing (wrong side up) to my floor, then I can put down the batting and the quilt top.  It makes it easier but it's my least favorite part of quilting.

The easiest aspect of quilting is buying fabric and cutting patterns out of quilting magazines that catch my eye.  I put patterns in a plastic sleeve in a 3 ring binder, and I have my binders sorted (scrap quilts, holiday quilts, etc.).  I look through these for inspiration, and can grab a pattern to bring with me to shop (and it's protected in the sleeve).  

Pauline Elertson wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 8:08 AM

I find picking the right color combination that I will like when I am making the quilt.  I have a couple of quilts unfinished because of that.

Easiest is sewing a quarter inch seam.

LPB wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 8:38 AM

The two most difficult aspects of quilting for me are coordinating colors and quilting because I am so limited on space.  Assembling the quilt top is the easiest aspect for me since I have a great 1/4 inch foot guide.

Mary L Cohen wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:08 AM

The most difficult for me is paper piecing in the proper order, I can do it but I have a hard time with it.

The easiest is applique which I love to do.

Mary L Cohen wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:12 AM

The hardest for me is paper piecing, while I can do it, it presents the most challenges and so I kind of stay away from it.

The easiest is piecing and applique and finishing the quilt as I love to complete the project.

retired2pa wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:21 AM

I'd have to say the actual quilting part if it's a twin size quilt or larger. I don't enjoy this part of the process. That's why I've made most of my quilts as QAYG!! Love this method and so much more fun and sitting there trying to jam a large quilt through a 9" opening...haha.

The part I enjoy the most is the piecing and binding...YES, binding :)

Kathy wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:48 AM

My trouble is picking fabric.  My sewing room is like a quilt shop, so much fabric to choose from.  I always have had issues with picking color (too right brained) so when I first started I bought fabric all the time, not knowing what I was to do with it.

My favorite is showing my hubby what I finished.  He is so proud of me that it takes nothing to get a compliment from him.  I even point out my "character design inserts" (my flaws) and he laughs and says that if a man riding on a horse at 10mph can't see it from the road, what am I worried about?

fmdaley wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:57 AM

Accurate cutting.  If it isn't cut correctly it won't go together correctly and of course it won't quilt correctly.  

My favorite is quilting.  I'm fortunately enough to have a long arm and it is such fun.  Once I get started I also enjoy binding.  But sometimes it takes a while for me to get it started.

Oldnanny2 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 12:17 PM

The actual quilting is hard for me. I am good at meandering but that gets old and boring. Taking some time to learn some new designs. I guess it's practice practice practice. Easiest for me is piecing.

Bev wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 12:18 PM

Most difficult - finishing projects because I'm always doing more than one at a time.

Easiest - fabric and color come easily for me.  Too easy ... my projects stash outgrows my finished pile!

firequiltflowers wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 12:19 PM

The most difficult for me is coming up with a machine quilting plan/design.

My favorite is the piecing.  It's wonderful when you can see progress with creating completed blocks/sections.

swalker287 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 1:06 PM

I'm not sure which is harder: picking out the fabrics or quilting the sandwich.  They both cause me great anxiety.

The easiest part is the sewing. I love to watch those little pieces come together in either a simple or complex design.

ltrow36 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 2:36 PM

The hardest thing for me is getting the quilt sandwich made without any wrinkles or puckers. I do a lot of straight line quilting, but need to practice free motion--would love to free motion my quilt.

ronnie17 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 5:33 PM

the hardest part for me is sustaining my interests to finish the quilt.  i love designing and piecing, then once I have the top I drift off to another project.

Grannyto8boys wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 6:06 PM

The most difficult part is finding the time and space.  The easiest is piecing.  But like Ronnie17,  once the top is finished I have to force myself to quilt and finish.  Because I don't have a large space it is difficult to get the quilt basted in order to free motion.  I do so enjoy the FMQ part.   I learned that it really does look good (even though I am not perfectly pleased), the recipient always believes it is beautiful.  And that's good enough for me.

gingging10 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 8:53 PM

I spend a lot of time choosing a pattern not sure if I can do it. I also have a lot of trouble when cutting the fabric and getting it all the right size to fit together right and then don't know how to fix it. I haven't tried free motion since I'm not sure how or where to start. I just need help in several areas since I've been learning on my own except when getting help from some online classes and from F&P on my public broadcasting station. I appreciate the help I have received at times here on this board.

Kathy D wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 8:55 PM

The most difficult aspect of quilting is pulling myself away from my projects.  The hum of my sewing machine, the growing pile of cut pieces of fabric, the methodical measuring & cutting, the thrill of a newly mastered skill are so soothing.  My sewing corner becomes a protective cocoon when life brings too much stress.  It's a wonderful haven where I don't have to please anyone but myself.

The easiest part of quilting was once a difficult one for me.  I once thought every quilt had to be bed-size which is a very intimidating thought. I thought about why I want to give quilts as gifts and realized that what I really wanted to give was a hug.  Most of my quilts are what I call couch-quilts - just big enough for someone to wrap around themselves for a needed nap or when life become too demanding.  A quilt of that size is easily finished and has a reasonable cost - which allows me to experiment with various patterns and colors.  So for me the easiest aspect of quilt is giving them away.

Kathy D wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 8:56 PM

The most difficult aspect of quilting is pulling myself away from my projects.  The hum of my sewing machine, the growing pile of cut pieces of fabric, the methodical measuring & cutting, the thrill of a newly mastered skill are so soothing.  My sewing corner becomes a protective cocoon when life brings too much stress.  It's a wonderful haven where I don't have to please anyone but myself.

The easiest part of quilting was once a difficult one for me.  I once thought every quilt had to be bed-size which is a very intimidating thought. I thought about why I want to give quilts as gifts and realized that what I really wanted to give was a hug.  Most of my quilts are what I call couch-quilts - just big enough for someone to wrap around themselves for a needed nap or when life become too demanding.  A quilt of that size is easily finished and has a reasonable cost - which allows me to experiment with various patterns and colors.  So for me the easiest aspect of quilt is giving them away.

LizJK66 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 9:34 PM

The most difficult for me is an accurate 1/4 inch seem.  I'm still struggling with this but mostly it's due to poor eyesight.

nemcvey wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Saturday, 15 February 2014, 10:53 PM

I find the choosing of fabric the most difficult.  I keep seeing ones that I like and just can't decide.  The easiest thing to do is assemble the quilt top.  I usually do it by hand, at least the ones I want to give to others or to keep.

mswift8619 wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Sunday, 16 February 2014, 11:23 AM

Most difficult is free-motion stitching, easiest is the piecing

bowdenjk@myfairpoint.net wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Monday, 17 February 2014, 2:17 PM

The hardest part is the actual machine quilting.  I have many UFOs because the tops are done, but I find manipulating the quilt sandwich to stitich on my machine very difficult.  The easy part of quilt making is choosing the fabrics and colors.

Diane wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 6:13 PM

The hardest part for me is picking out the colors and fabrics.  The easiest and most fun is the sewing part.  Love to sew.

piersalla@aol.com wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 11:17 PM

I have to say the hardest part for me, and for many others here I see, is FMQ.  I'm pretty good at picking fabrics (I do tend to stick to collections or do scrappies, though), cutting and piecing.  Love, love, love to see the blocks and the quilt come together!  The quarter inch foot with a guide has really helped my be more consistent with 1/4" seams.

Then comes the quilting!  I did straight line and STID for quite a while, but really want to conquer free motion designs.  I was fairly successful with one onto which I traced around a couple of templates based on the fabric print.  Then I did one with stipples and another with loops.  Now I'm trying spirals.  And I do mean trying!  I call mine "folk art spirals" because they are pretty wonky!  I'm going to keep at it, though!

Anne P in Seattle

Leann wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Friday, 21 February 2014, 12:07 PM

The most difficult part for me is deciding how to quilt the quilt after it is all sewn together and getting my stitches 'somewhat' uniform.

The easiest part is sitting down to sew it all together after cutting everything.

patricia selby wrote re: February Member Survey: What is the most difficult aspect of quilting for you? What is the easiest?
on Thursday, 13 March 2014, 10:53 AM

The easiest part is picking out material and pattern, (have so many I want to do). The hardest is worrying about my 1/4 inch seams fraying.  Been searching on different sites and magazines, but haven't found anything about it.  If anyone has any tips, can you let me know as I am a beginner quilter and e-mail me at pat_selby63@hotmail.com   Getting better at stippling the finished product.

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