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Thread: Help! How do I quilt this?

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    Super Member Shirlrh's Avatar
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    I like your quilt. It's very pretty and I like the colors. Maybe you have just looked at it too long. That happens to me sometimes. Love the pattern also !

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    If you really don't like the white, as too white, why not tea dye it after you have finished quilting it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterpat View Post
    If you really don't like the white, as too white, why not tea dye it after you have finished quilting it?
    I agree, exactly what I was going to say....a tea dye will calm all the colors and help them blend, all the more reason to use invisible thread....
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    Your quilt is beautiful. I'd use a star pattern if I were you.

    I"ve got the fabric to do a Nancy's Fancy for my step GD. I've given her almost every FANCY NANCY book that's out and have Fancy Nancy and butterfly fabric for her quilt.
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    I think it is very pretty and well done. As how to quilt it I don't know.

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    Isn't it the pitts when you don't like something and everyone loves it??? But truly It is a Fab quilt. Maybe you are tired of looking at it. You will have a long list of addresses to send it to if you don't like it.. Good Luck..

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    What? That quilt is beautiful! You can send it to me if you don't want it.

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    Thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. I've considered every one.
    Here's what I have so far.
    (And I hope I can sew straighter than I can Paint!)
    Stars outlined 1/4" in with blue.
    Intersecting star borders outlined in and out as one unit , 1/4 " in with invisible thread. (I tried the "quilt right through" suggestion on the upper right block, it's kind of neat, but a little confusing to look at.)
    Triangle type shapes spanning blocks outlined in natural (or maybe the blue as well, as someone suggested).
    I'll just have to turn the quilt a whole bunch of times, I couldn't work out an all over diagonal that follows the angles in the quilt, is fairly evenly spaced and stays within the quilt spacing required. (I ordered the Hobbs 80/20 online. The site said 4", but the package says 3.5". Maybe they're just overly cautious?) In the future I'll stick with a batt that allows larger spacing.
    And for those of you who use invisible thread:
    Is there any problem mixing this with regular thread in other parts of the quilt?
    Is Sulky premium invisible a good one?
    How do you start and stop lines of stitching? (I usually do 1/4" or less of microstitching and cut tails off at the fabric.) This stuff is pretty slick, I'm afraid it's going to come undone.
    Also:
    How do I keep the raw edges of the outer blue border from fraying while I do all these turns? The zigzag on my old Kenmore doesn't work, just forward and back.
    Thank you all for your suggestions and comments, I really appreciate it.
    And I don't hate the quilt, it's just very different from what I envisioned when I started the project.
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    And tea dye sounds interesting, but I wouldn't DARE!

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    You could meander with red thru the red ribbons;meander with blue thru the blue ribbons;stitch the ditch outline of stars;maybe asmaller stipple in white areas? If you set it aside andlet it"ripen" a few days you will get your creative juices going..It's a great quilt

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