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CindyA posted on Sun, Jul 21 2013 10:07 AM

I'd better start this by saying that I don't have a clue about finishing a quilt...either quilted or tied would be a learning experience for me.

At this point, all I've done so far is make 2 tops and have started on the third. Workspace is rather limited, but I'd like to make a few lap quilts for holiday gifts.

I understand that a tied quilt would be the easiest way to go, but that's not always the best way. I'm totally at a loss and feel like I might be getting in way over my head.

Are there classes for finishing quilts?

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CindyA:
Are there classes for finishing quilts?

 

Try www.craftsy.com .  They have so many online classes. There are also books, try your local quilt store for classes. Or even just ask them for help during a time when they aren't busy. Some are very helpful and others not so much. Many have beginner classes.

My first quilts 40 years ago were all tied as I didn't even know any other way. Now I'm hooked on machine quilting. Or,you may find you'd enjoy hand quilting. Again, ask at your local quilt store if you have one. 

A tied quilt can be very sweet so, if you're brand new to quilting, that might be a way to get started.


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Judy T-Bellingham:

...  Now I'm hooked on machine quilting.

Judy, do you do FMQ with your sewing machine or a long arm on a quilting frame?

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I tied my first three quilts.  It took me a while to work up to machine quilting and I started out small (table runners) .  I think getting one finished makes you feel so good and machine quilting does take time to learn. 

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Judy T-Bellingham:

CindyA:
Are there classes for finishing quilts?

 

Try www.craftsy.com .  They have so many online classes. There are also books, try your local quilt store for classes. Or even just ask them for help during a time when they aren't busy. Some are very helpful and others not so much. Many have beginner classes.

My first quilts 40 years ago were all tied as I didn't even know any other way. Now I'm hooked on machine quilting. Or,you may find you'd enjoy hand quilting. Again, ask at your local quilt store if you have one. 

A tied quilt can be very sweet so, if you're brand new to quilting, that might be a way to get started.

Cindy,

When I started out a long time ago...I tied mine. It was the easiest and they looked pretty. In fact if I am short on time, I will still tie one off instead of machine quilt. But there are lots of classes like Judy said, and you can also try You Tube. 

 

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Valerie replied on Mon, Jul 22 2013 10:48 AM

Hi Cindy,

Don't worry. I have only been quilting for a couple years now. The thing i realized it that doing practice runs help alot.

My grandmother tied all of her quilts. She used a simple frame made from lumber to help secure the quilts.

I do more of the machine quilting. although i do struggle with the decision of what pattern to use, once i get going i quite enjoy it. 

You will find your method. If you wish you could also check with your local quilt stores to see if they offer classes. I did at mine and it was so helpful.

Good luck

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Valerie:

Hi Cindy,

Don't worry. I have only been quilting for a couple years now. The thing i realized it that doing practice runs help alot.

My grandmother tied all of her quilts. She used a simple frame made from lumber to help secure the quilts.

I do more of the machine quilting. although i do struggle with the decision of what pattern to use, once i get going i quite enjoy it. 

You will find your method. If you wish you could also check with your local quilt stores to see if they offer classes. I did at mine and it was so helpful.

Good luck

I agree with Cindy. I watched youtube but then I also took a class at my quilt shop. The class was so helpful because it was hands on and teacher was right there to answer any questions. I also only use my domestic sewing machine.

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