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Thread: Loose seams: help!

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    A job well done....happy quilting.

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    It's been months since I posted so since I have finally got all my triangles pieced, sewn, and sewn into rows, with 8 rows of 18 sewn together I thought I would post some photos. As you can see, accuracy has suffered somewhat due to the inaccurate cutting and piecing I did.......thought I was doing okay but, well, one too many reds after dinner and my not really paying proper attention to everything I had read about cutting and piecing. However, never mind....a good learning experience. Now, due to my inaccuracies I'm not going to be able to do simple straight line quilting.....it'll show up all my not-straight lines too much. So what do you suggest? Stitch in the ditch around the triangles?, or maybe just some fm meandering? And what colour thread should I use...grey?, multi-colored?, white? I'm planning on straightening the edges and putting a 3 " border of undecided colour... Solid colour or maybe a marble?
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    Ruby2shoes that is a beautiful quilt top!

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    Thanks......another 11 rows to be sewn onto it...hopefully done by the end of the week and then it's border selection.......any advice on my quilting pattern?

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    How pretty is that! Worth all your hard work.

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    What a gorgeous quilt!! Mind blowing!!

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    Ditching around the triangles may highlight inaccuracies....a meander would probably be quicker and more effective. As for colour, depends on what colour the backing will be. Anyway....its very pretty and once it is quilted and washed, you won't notice any little "slips".

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    that looks great!!! But do worry about loose seams. They will give you more trouble later. I had the problem one time. I called my dealer and got to speak to the actual repair guy!!!!!! He said there was almost certainly lint or a smidgen of thread caught somewhere. He said to notice where the thread tensioner was, for reference, then open it all the way up and clean in there. Yup, 1/2" of shredded thread. there was also a bit of lint under the bobbin case's tension spring. I ended by doing a massive cleaning finding tiny bits in several places. The combination gave the sort of off and on tension problem you are describing.

    I agree about using Stitch in the ditch to control wobbles.

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    When I'm cutting tiny pieces, I start with a damp fabric, iron it to death, starch it and if the pieces are going to be cut with bias edges I fuse light weight interfacing that dissolves in water or super thin to leave in (Misty Fuse)to the back. I do all this before cutting the pieces. They all fit and match up perfectly. The smaller pieces the more I want the pieces to be like stiff paper.
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    Thanks everyone; I've certainly learnt a lot doing this quilt and have a whole new healthy respect for the art! I dare say that any future quilts I embark on will benefit hugely from the mistakes I have made with this one! I'm leaning more towards a meandering quilting now.....have bought some old sheets from the local op shop to practice my fmq on first as I've only had a bit of a dabble into fmq up to now.

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