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Thread: FMQ question

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    FMQ question

    Do you use your walking foot to quilt the straight sashing lines before doing FMQ in a quilted project? I find if I don't stabilize the straight lines first, they tend to go wonky. Does any one else have this problem or have any hints? I hate getting a project all FMQed only to find it has stretched and I have a ripple edge.

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    I always stabilise before FMQ . I stabilise but if I don't want the line to stay when finished use that washable thread to remove quickly. Hope that makes sense.
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    Straight sashing lines yes ...

    I hope you don't mind me tagging yours, with a further related question .....

    When doing a stipple background, do you outline the focal work?
    eg. a star (or whatever!) on a plain background where you are FMQ the star and then stipple in the background
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    I do outline before stippling a background. I think Sharon Shcamber outlines twice?

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    I use fusible batting or basting spray. things stay put that way, so no I don't do straight stitching before FMQing unless I wanted it for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I do outline before stippling a background. I think Sharon Shcamber outlines twice?
    Thanks Tartan ..... though Twice?? ... how so?
    or maybe I should say ... where?
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    Yes, I do stitch in the ditch of all blocks before FMQ. Usually, I use the walking foot; but sometimes I FMQ those straight lines. I outline focal work. I think I do this because I enjoy outlining.

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    I believe I saw it on the free butterfly and heart motifs that she showed on The Quilt Show? I think she said it helps define the shape from the background fill.

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    If each block will have its own pattern of fmq, then each block gets SITD first over complete quilt.....BUT....if it is a panto-like pattern across all blocks, then no SITD.....I use glue for basting, so no worries of shifting or ripples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Yes, I do stitch in the ditch of all blocks before FMQ. Usually, I use the walking foot; but sometimes I FMQ those straight lines. I outline focal work. I think I do this because I enjoy outlining.
    Yes Tartan, I do stitch in the ditch in the sashing just to make sure nothing shifts. I have never been crazy about spraying or any glue substance to get into my sewing machine. With my Avatar, I stitched diagonally and worked my way out from the center. Good Luck !!
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