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daisey aka Cheryl Posted: Fri, Sep 9 2011 3:06 PM

Hi , everyone I really appreciate all the responses from my question about the (quilt as you go method), I am very excited to start a quilt useing this method, I am from West Texas and  it is so dry this year we are in a drought and looks like no relief in sight, I need to keep my mind on something else, I have been on vacation from my job this week and have so enjoyed the distraction quilting has given me,  I also read all of the advise about buying a (accuquilt cutter), I have been thinking of purchaseing one,  but just have not gotten around to it,  I have lots of problems with my hands doing some things and I hate cutting out anything, I am trying to do my quilts right now makeing the blocks then embroidering them, I love the embroidery aspect of the quilt.   I did buy the Simplicity strip cutter, that cuts up to 6 /1/2  inches wide, this is a great machine and time saver.  I would love to make friends with everyone.  I am just an old country girl at heart in a stressful job.  So I need all the distraction I can get.  Everyone has been so friendly.  

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gini replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 3:14 PM

hi daisey, what job do you do, that is stressful?

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Pat replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 3:41 PM

Hi Daisey, you will love the quilting  Pat

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 3:45 PM

Daisey

What do you do?  Quilting is a great stress reliever.

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     Well Gini I work for one of the largest telecommunications co.'s in the U.S.  Verizon.  I used to love my job but the company no longer seems to care about anything but profits so they can pay out the billions yearly to the Corporate Fat Cats.   My husband retired from Verizon 3 years ago, I am hopeing to retire next year about this time.   God willing and the creek don't rise.   I just hope I can hang onto my health,all the stress the past few years has taken its toll, that is why I have taken up quilting I need to be able to totally not think about that place when I am home, some days its hard, but I have found this week that I get so involved in what I am doing with the quilting that I don't think about anything else, and I have lost some weight also because I don't want to stop to eat.  I don't think about food.   This is good for me because I have gained 80 lbs since starting my job with Verizon.  Tell me something about your self. 

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gini replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 3:59 PM

daisey ,i'm sorry your job is stressing you.   i worked as a dental hygienist for years and retired 8 years ago.   i  moved home home to be a full time stay-at-home gramma.    both the kids are in school now. so i have more time to quilt.  sam thinks i should go back to work and help out, but i'm pretending not to hear him.    besides i let my license lapse, and i don't want to go through all the hassel to get another one, and my hands hurt when i work and .... mostly it is too much fun being retired.   and i don't want to discuss weight gain.  i hurt my leg last year skiing and couldn't get outof bed for a month, was on crutches for ever.   now that i am up and attem, i haven't seemed to take it off.    oh well, i'll pick thin for my next life.

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Marie replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 5:36 PM

Not sure if I welcomed you Daisy so WELCOME to our wonderful family, good to have you with us.

I just received my AQGo today and am excited to begin to use it so I can't tell you anything about it yet.  I purchased mine on Amazon but Fabric Hut filled the order.  It was $199 plus shipping so don't pay more for it than that if you purchase it.  Amazon also has great prices on their dies and if you spend at least $25 dollars it's free shipping as well.

Happy quilting, have fun and enjoy your journey with your new family.

Marie

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  Hi Daisy I loved your message, I to am still working and with out health insurance hoping/praying I stay healthy till I retire, in 4 years!

  I work part time and tak care of my grandchildren in the afternoon several days a week,so ime is precious for me also, Ialso have problems with my hands,can still hand quilt some and cut fabric, am enjoying learning differant methods of quilt as you go and also have an embroidery machine!

  Im so happy I joined and get to talk to other quilters

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Sounds like you have your days full,  I still haven't been able to find anything on quilting as you go , I guess I will have to break down and order the books I have seen on this subject.   I know there are several techniques,  just need to find instructions for the one I think will be easiest and look the best.  How did you get started with this technique? Did you buy a book?  I can't believe this is not covered somewhere on this website.  I did have a reply to go to fons and porter series 1600 I did but it was not about quilting as you go.   I give up, I have spent hours looking at different videos on the website with no luck.   I hate ordering things I am one of these persons like I want it now.  I hate waiting.   Hope we can converse, maybe you can give me some tips.

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Daisy, try Nancy's Notions for info on quilt as you go. There is also the Cotton method a sort of quilt as you go. Nancy's Notions has books on both of these.

 

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 10:57 PM

Daisey

I sometimes do a modified quilt as you go when I am making king size quilts.  I do my backing to full size.  Then I do my quilt top in thirds.  I start my quilting with the center third of the quilt and just enough batting to do that section.  Then I sew the next third to the top and add the next section of batting and quilt that section.  The backing will roll up really snug and not take up much room under the machine.  The quilt looks like it was quilted the regular way.

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Carey replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 11:08 PM

Your welcome and welcome again to the group. I'm a home health aide and have been a social worker in the past so I know what you are going through with the stressor of a job.  Quilting is a good method of relaxation and forgetting. I enjoy the aspect of it totally taking my mind off of my clients and my past jobs nowadays. It will help with just about anything else bad in your life I once used it to quit smoking along with the patches several years ago. Unfortunately I have since started smoking again oh well.  They say never give up quitting and eventually you will fully quit for life.

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Daisey - Have you looked at the public library?  Might want to try there and see if they have some material or could borrow from another library before you purchase anything.

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Karla replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 9:14 AM

Carey:

 It will help with just about anything else bad in your life I once used it to quit smoking along with the patches several years ago. Unfortunately I have since started smoking again oh well.  They say never give up quitting and eventually you will fully quit for life.

  I keep quitting and starting again, too!   One of these it might stick.  Quilting helps me quit and going to the casino starts me up again.  I guess I should give up gambling, but besides my quilting, gambling is about the only other thing to do in this small Nevada town.  LOL

 

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safrmaz replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 1:02 PM

Hi Daisey, 

Welcome to the group.  Hope to hear more about the Accuquilt cutter from you and the others.  I'm thinking about getting one but need to learn more about it.  I'm working on a jelly roll quilt and would love to be able to cut fabrics from my stash more quickly than with a ruler and rotary cutter.  I might also be tempted to get more into applique if I could cut the shapes from the die.

Have you checked into any of Georgia Bonesteel's books on quilting as you go?  I have several but never tried the method.  Her books were popular in the 80's or 90's.  Try her website.  I know she has one because she sent me a pattern that was missing from one of my looseleaf books.  Also, try searching ebay and amazon for books & patterns on the subject.

Good luck with your retirement plans.  I'm glad you found quilting to be a stress reliever in the meantime.

 

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