Thursday, January 21, 2010

my only complaint about being a self-taught quilter...

why didn't anyone tell me how great half square triangles could look if you just took the time to square them up, and how much easier they are to work with when perfectly square?!

any other tips/tricks I should know about?

when I get my camera back (lost at my parents house) I will show you what I am making (by then made) with them!

6 comments:

---"Love" said...

I'm self-taught too! I've found that every time I fail to square up ANY part of a block, I have to pay the devil! I must admit I fail to square up all too often! ---"Love"

Beth said...

Well, you see... I took some classes and did some on my own. I know lots of quilters who oversize their half square triangles and then trim them down. Like Love, I all too often skip the squaring off and then regret it.
Things come up all the time that I go "what"? ard to know all the tips. Kee stitchin. Beth

seventhsister26 said...

It's always fun to finally figure out how to fix something that has given such grief until this point. Being self taught allows us to improve through trial and error, finally developing our own personal style;)
Happy Quilting!!!

Katie said...

Being self-taught allows more room for innovation. My mom took classes and, though my helping her, taught me the basics. My mom is extremely particular about little things (how wide you should cut binding strips, which way to press seams, when pins should be removed, etc.) and I think it ruins some of the fun. I try not to be quite so picky and I've taught myself a lot beyond the basics and learned a lot along the way. Sometimes the hard way, sometimes a better way to do things, but you can bet I'll NEVER forget!

bcquilter said...

The wonderful thing I have found about quilting - self-taught, or taught by another, is that there are so many methods, and finding your own way is usually what works best!

Sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet!

I too, have learned the hard way, that squaring up from the very first seam, is much better then trying to figure out why a block that should be 7" is 6 1/8" or 7 3/4" (or something in between).

-Alice

Christine said...

I did two classes to get the basics of quilting but I had ZERO sewing know how before so it was pretty critical. (I mean I don't think I could have operated a sewing machine without the classes!) But I have learned a lot on my own from my own trials and errors (lots of errors), magazines, the internet and from the blogs. I know what you mean about learning a new trick- you wonder what else you're missing out on! Happy quilting :) ~Christine