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Thread: Help I have several Quilting dellima's!!!!

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    I was just on the live chat and it goes way to fast for me. I got lost in the shuffle. I am making a quilt for my boyfriends daughter. The quilt was going to be a twin but we ended up getting her a queen size bed. She is going to be very tall {she's 5'4" and only 12 she's taking after her dad, he's is 6'4"}. Anyway, I had to just add to it to turn it into a queen. I have pretty much been making this thing up as I go along. I have made things too short and had to be creative and figure out a way to fix it. That was my first dellima. The way I fixed it was adding the backing color to the front. My second dellima: I had planned on using the backing color as the last border but, if I did then it would be to big for the queen size batting that I was going to use. So I didn't add it on. My third dellima: I got to the point to where I glued the top to the batting then added the backing. Well, I cut the backing too short. The fourth dellima: I used four different colors on the front of the quilt. On each row I kept adding colors. On the last row I had all four colors (not including the backing color to repair my previous mistake) sewn together on each side. I was going to do the binding in all 4 colors. One on each side but, I didn't have enough of every color. So I stitched them all together in random lengths. The fifth dellima: Well since I didn't use the back color on the front, the last row and the binding were pretty much the same, all four colors sewn together, and it just didn't look right. I thought about adding the backing color to break up the colors and then add the binding on. Which is where my LAST DELLIMA is now. How do I add extra batting on? They tried to tell me on the live chat but I can't type fast and read at the same time. They all know each other or so it seems. So I felt like I was interrupting their conversations. They said to sew on more batting, unglue everything and add on to the backing. I understood the unglueing part and adding on to the backing but I have absolutely no idea how to add to the batting. Can someone please help me, that is if you can even understand what I wrote?

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    When there are a lot of people in chat, it can go very fast. Sorry that happened to you tonight.

    The best way for people to understand what you need is to post a picture of it so we can see what you are talking about. You should get lots of help from the friendly people here.

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    yup, a picture would help see where you added the colors. As far as adding extra batting, usually you can piece the batting together using a zig zag stitch but I'm not sure I understand whether you have your quilt sandwich together or not. We'd all be happy to give you the benefit of our collective expertise! :)

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    It takes time to get used to chat. I have tried a few times but prefer the board to be able to read at my own pace. I am sure you were not breaking into any conversation. Is just that the only way to keep up when there are many people is to concentrate on one thread. Try again when there are few people to learn the system.

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    I join my batting by using a big zig zag stitch. Butt two pieced of batting together and hold them together with the zig zag stitch. Than quilt as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I join my batting by using a big zig zag stitch. Butt two pieced of batting together and hold them together with the zig zag stitch. Than quilt as usual.
    That's how I do mine. Sometimes I have a piece of batting extra from the previous quilt & add it to a smaller size batting to make it the size I need. I hate to buy more batting than I need if I have larger extra piece to use. I can't wait to see your quilt for your boyfriend's daughter.

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    Not sure what you mean by gluing it all together .

    But the batting can just be sewn together. Butt the edges up against each other , use a wide stitch( that will catch both edges) and you should be fine .

    As for the binding matching the final border , I like mine to match so they don't stand out so much. It is a personal decision on what you like.

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    Backings can be pieced together also, they don't have to be one big piece or even all the same color. You can take different colors that match sew them together and use for the backing. So if you need the backing to be wider sew on " sashes" to make wider :thumbup:

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    What I would do, once you have the layers apart sufficiently, is lay a new strip of batting underneath the existing batting, overlapping about 6 inches. (Make *sure* the backing fabric is pinned out of the way!!!). Cut through both layers with a rotary cutter, making curves. Discard the narrow strips. The remaining batting will "nestle" together.

    You can machine zigzag these two pieces of batting together using a very wide zigzag that is fairly far apart -- just enough to hold the two pieces snug against each other. Using this method, the batting pieces do not overlap each other; the zigzag stitch holds the join.

    The curves make sure that the join doesn't show later on.

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