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Thread: Float or not to float?

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    East TN
    I float my top and batting, but I don't stitch anything down. If I try to stitch I end up distorting the shape of the quilt. I pin the top about 6" apart and go to town.


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    Junior Member simplyme's Avatar
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    Aug 2011
    Porter, TX
    I stitch the top and batting across the top only. On the video that came with my machine they said to stitch across top and on left side as you quilt. I no longer stitch on the left side I find I like it better when I don't.

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    Senior Member gypsyquilter's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    North Texas
    i do a partial float for the top and batting. I straight stitch the top 1/8 of an inch to anchor it. Then I straight stitch down the left side, and baste on the right side. when I get to the very end I baste along the bottom.

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    Super Member quilttiludrop's Avatar
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    May 2009
    Lebanon, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by khquilter
    I float top and batting. I stitch across top and down the
    sides as I roll.
    For a large quilt, I like to roll it. I recently purchased Leadergrips. When I get within a few inches of the last edge, I take them off so I can quilt all the way to the edge.

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    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    West central Illinois
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I stitch the top, and then I stitch the sides as I go(with each roll). It is really just a matter of preference. I tried several different methods before I decided what worked best for me. If you google Youtube-Loading a quilt there are several different videos available.

    I don't have leadergrips, but this guy is kind of fun to watch and gives some really good information.
    Same here, but I also measure each side edge from the frme with each advance so I know I'm keeping it straight. Sometimes I baste the sides, sometimes I don't. Just depends how things are going.

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    Super Member quilterella's Avatar
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    Jul 2009
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    I do not float my top or batting on my Tin Lizzie, I like everything secure. I was helping my DGF with her setup, and she floats her top and batting. I don't particularily like this method due to the fact you are always adjusting the top and double checking everything to line it up. Now that being said, that was her setup and she seems fine with it. Maybe it is just what you get use to.

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