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Thread: Finishing My Hand Stitched Hexagon Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top.

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    I just today finished my GFG quilt top. NOW, my delimma. What to do next. How do I finished the edges? Do I cut off the little tabs that are sticking out or do I try to make my binding fit around all of those little tabs??? Oh My! ! And it's 106" X 86". How do I get it basted with a batting and back. I still have all of the papers in the back, I left them in for stability while I've been working on it for the past 2 1/2 years and do I need to spray starch it and press it before starting the basting process. Soooo many questions??? I desperately need a quilting buddy, one with lots of experience....lol. It could take me a few days to remove the paper pieces, iron, add the batting & back and baste it. Wow, I thought the hard part was over, just getting the hexs sewn together. Little did I know, lol....Oh well, maybe it's time to take up ceramics or something. Just kidding! ! !
    Where do I go from here? Someone please help! ! !

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    I am impressed, my GFG quilt ended up taking me 10 years from start to finish. It was 100% hand sewn, I didn't do the paper piecing, just cut out each hexagon and drew the 1/4 inch sewing line on each one. (They are 3 inch hexagons.) The quilt was supposed to be for my queen bed, but grew large enough for a king. (Not sure how that happened. But making the flowers was fun. Some I really liked and I didn't like some others, so they are still waiting to be put into another quilt.) Anyway, I wanted to do the traditional quilting, so did that on a Hinterberg quilting loop. By the time I got to the binding, I gave up on the idea of doing the hexagon edge. I just made more 1/2 hexagons put them on instead of cutting the others off.

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    If it were me, I would take all the paper off the back
    and starch and iron the top, then cut the backing and
    batting out just a few inches bigger than the top.
    Then I would starch and iron the backing material and
    lay it down on my carpet and using those T-pins, pin it
    down and get all the wrinkle out. Then spray baste it and
    put the batting down carefully and spray baste the batting and put the quilt top on top of the batting and smooth all the winkle out and then take out the T-pins and you are ready to quilt it any way you want without any pins to stick you. This is how I do mine. Easy peasy. It does help to
    have a friend to help you but not necessary.

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    Wow! You girls are my heroines!!

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    When I made my first hex quilt I appliqued it on a bigger piece of fabric. Cut out the extra fabric and then added my border, then quilted on long arm machine. I had my top for 8 years and it was the first quilt I quilted on my new HQ. I love the way it turned out.

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    Patti: Good luck with that! You are way ahead of me. :)

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