Friday, April 30, 2010

The Quilt that we will start with is a 45"x 60" this is a good size to start with. It is about the size of a large Baby Quilt it can also be considered a Lap Quilt.
The amount of fabric is still pending as is how many different fabrics we will be using.

Friday, April 23, 2010

This Ruler is the one I use the most it is 6"x 24" Although the squares that are on display also make cutting easier. The squares range from 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" up to possibly 24 1/2" x 24 1/2

This one is the one most of the women in my Quilt Group use. Although when someones Mat is already set up we all may use it and usually do.
This one is a little bit smaller than mine and maybe easier to handle.

This one is mine the size I prefer although if you carry it very far I suggest another size one smaller and easier to handle.

As you can see there are lines and Numbers that you can use when you are cutting, not everyone does it this way but I do.

Here is a sample of the cutters there are many available.

Notice that the Blade is right up against the Ruler and how she is holding the Ruler with her hand in a spider pose. As you move the Blade you also move your hand.

As you can see she has moved her hand as she has moved the Blade.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I haven't forgotten the blog I just have ran into some snags in trying to put pictures of "Tools" on. Tools I have mentioned Rotary Cutters, there are a variety of them along with Rulers and Mats. I also have pictures of how to hold the Rotary Cutter against the rule to cut. As soon as I FIND the cord that will let me take the pictures off the Camera and onto my blog I will be able to move on Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Because I don't know how basic I need to go I am starting at a very basic level.

Tools Needed:
Sewing Machine without this there is no need for the rest, I'm not into hand sewing sorry.

Rotary Cutter: Scissors are a thing of the past although they are needed in parts of Quilting they are no longer used to cut out blocks.

Cutting Mat: this is to protect your surfaces and is used with the Rotary Cutter. Mats come in a variety of sizes; my perfered size is 23" or 24" square. They come as small as 4"x 4" square

Rulers: These come in a variety of sizes also. The one I started with is 6" wide & 24" long; I use this ruler for more than any other ruler I have.

Theses tools are used to cut out blocks that you then sew together to make a quilt.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First Blog

I set up this Blog for my friend in North Carolina that wants to learn how to make quilts. I'm by no means a professional but maybe I can get you started. I have made Quilts most of my married life although its only been the last few years that I have started piecing the Quilt Tops together myself. It was easier just to put two pieces together for the top and two pieces together for the bottom. I love to hand quilt rather than tie or have my quilts machine quilted but because of lack of room in my home I just quilt baby quilts for my family.