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Thread: OK....tell me I can do it!

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    Super Member almostfree's Avatar
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    I just finished pinning a quilt that I am making for my daughter's birthday....no problem. But now I have to QUILT it! OMG....I am so nervous to even try FMQ! I have practiced and practiced. I look at my practice pieces and think it's not good enough, but if I don't get started on it, I'll never get it done in time for her b-day. All the other quilts I've made, with the exception of a QFK quilt, I sent out to be quilted, but I'm trying to save a buck and do it myself. I suppose I could do SITD, but the pieces are too large for that. (It's a Turning Twenty lap quilt...so it's actually a Turning 12.) I'm getting myself all worked up, I can just feel it. Perhaps you have some easier ideas for quilting patterns. Help!!!!!! :shock:

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    You can do it! If you have done all the practicing, just go for it! You can do a nice meandering stitch and it will look great.

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    Breathe!! Wiggle your shoulders and relax. Get a good night's sleep and start tomorrow. You'll do great!

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    If the pieces are not really really tiny, you could outline quilt it... about 1/4 " from the seams. that is a very nice way to quilt, and it really shows off your quilt in a nice way.. complements the pattern nicely.

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    I have an idea - instead of doing stitch in the ditch, draw a diagonal line and do a wavy design on one side and the other side of the line. You won't have to drop your feed dogs, you can use a regular stitch. I've done it and it comes out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I have an idea - instead of doing stitch in the ditch, draw a diagonal line and do a wavy design on one side and the other side of the design. You won't have to drop your feed dogs, you can use a regular stitch. I've done it and it comes out great!
    Can I see a picture? It sounds like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Bohannon
    If the pieces are not really really tiny, you could outline quilt it... about 1/4 " from the seams. that is a very nice way to quilt, and it really shows off your quilt in a nice way.. complements the pattern nicely.
    I had thought about that, too. Actually just doing diagonals criss-crossing was another thought. Thanks for your idea! I knew I could count on the wonderful people on this QB for encouragement.

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    Go for it!!! And actually I find SITD to be harder than FMQ. At least with FMQ if you slip a little and get a wonky line, it blends in with the rest of the quilting, if you get a wonky line in the wrong direction with SITD, it can be very obvious. Your daughter will love it no matter what, so don't be afraid!!

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

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    Almost...why not mark it with a motif in the big squares and quilt the design? Might make it go faster..maybe a heart shape? then do the FMQ on the rest of it...
    looking forward to seeing the finished quilt..crafty_linda_b

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