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a tutorial
a tutorial
You might like to check out a tutorial I have posted on my blog - http://www.quiltingwithjanet.blogspot.com - in  it I will be describing how to make my Sea Creatures quilt.

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ADDING A REGULATION HANGING SLEEVE TO YOUR QUILT
Most Quilt shows and competitions require your quilt to have a hanging sleeve that is at least 4 inches in the clear, to fit the standard rods that are used. Here is an easy, neat and inconspicuous way to apply one to your quilt.

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Choosing a Pattern - #2 Serendipity

Sometimes a quilt pattern just happens and the results are striking! This happened to me a few years ago as a result of my "waste not, want not" habit of squirreling away little squares of leftover fabric. (I find that a whole new generation of "stashbusting" quilters have come online and blogging the praises of stash management and using every scrap - I am finally in fashion!)

Anyway, I wound up with a cookie tin of 3inch squares both print and solid colours at the same time as I was thinking over a concept to do with frugality and empowering women and girls of limited financial means and under stress (in other words alienated and at risk) to learn to quilt using minimal resources.



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Choosing a Quilt Pattern

Once you know how to get the intersecting point on a four patch block to align accurately, which I show you how to do in Project 1 and also in my tutorial at http://www.quiltingwithjanet.blogspot.com there are many quilt pattern choices out there for you and you are ready to make a four patch quilt, a nine patch, a trip around the world, a log cabin, a strippy quilt like chinese coins, a windmill blade, rail fence and on and on - the choices are virtually limitless,

You are by no means limited to a rag quilt, or a yellow brick road - you are ready to look at the many choices our sisters in the past gave themselves.



Choosing Colours
Choosing Colours

Choosing fabrics will soon become a happy exercise for you - not a scary challenge!

You have decided on a pattern and are ready to  choose the fabrics for your quilt. What colours to choose? How many? How do you know they will coordinate well? You ask yourself if you can do this - you want to know who you can ask for help?

Here I will give you some tips on developing your own colour sense - reflecting your tastes and preferences, and relying self-confidently on your own ideas!

 



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Choosing the size of your project

Many people who are new to quiltmaking make the mistake of starting out on a large project - such as a queen sized quilt. This can be a lengthy process and depending on the time you have to devote to your craft, can take upward of a year to complete. This sort of quilt  is a great second or third project, but you need to know that you can complete a project without feeling overwhelmed.



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Get Started

First, assemble all the notions you will need – check out my list in Getting Started. If you are already a quiltmaker, chances are you have much of what you need. If you intend to make lots of quilts, you will need to develop your notions stash – lots of gridded and plain template plastic, a couple of Omnigrid rulers 6x24 and 3x18 are handy as is a squaring up rule (mine is 12.5 square, but I am lusting after a 36.5 inch super model), several different varieties of marking tools – pencils, chalk dispensers etc, a very good pencil sharpener; and more and more thread, both piecing and quilting; 100% cotton, in neutral colours and darker. It is essential to replace all items as you use them.




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