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    Senior Member mermaid's Avatar
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    The post that got lost..

    Yesterday I started a thread (attempted to) and it got lost in cyber space. I wanted to ask for suggestions how I should try to quilt my 'trip around the world' that is one inch postage stamp blocks. I got the tops (a King and a Full) at an estate sale. They are entirely pieced by hand, by a lady who was quite elderly at the time they were made. I know that the stripe blocks are wonky, but I love them both just the same, and as I pd only $15 ea, I felt they were worth finishing for my own beds. The king is ready to go--all sandwiched---but I want advice on the quilting. I'm a hand quilter primarily, but have never done a postage stamp before, and want to do FMQ instead. Some sort of pattern that would lock the tiny blocks in place. I do not know how old her thread was, nor how stable the piecing will remain. Are there any suggestions to a pattern for the FMQ that might do what I want, yet not be over quilted? I will upload pix again and hope this post is successful. I've been holding off hoping for some idea input. Thanks all for reading.Name:  RTW-1.JPG
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    I apologize for the poor pix quality--should have redone it...the first one is my immediate project.

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    I don't have any suggestions for the quilting part. I'm still amazed at the "handiwork".

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    This is going to sound crazy but......I have a postage stamp quilt made by my great aunt. She hand quilted inside of each square. So much work!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjgallent View Post
    This is going to sound crazy but......I have a postage stamp quilt made by my great aunt. She hand quilted inside of each square. So much work!!!!!!
    NOT me!! Life is too short and it would prob show up in my estate as unfinished. I was thinking FMQ and meander across each and every block--if that won't be too much quilting to make it stiff feeling.

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    I always like the look of the loops and spirals. That might be subtle enough not to detract from the awesome quilting!

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    I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'll give you some Food for Thought on this ......... IMHO when you have such an antique (for real? or recently made, looking as such?) hand worked piece, I would honour it with the handquilting.
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    an amazing quilt... sorry, no suggestions
    Nancy in western NY

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    Meander sounds good. Do you have some experience with FMQ? If not, definitely create practice swatches before tackling a quilt like this.

    To keep the quilting soft, use a finer thread. I once close-stippled a doll quilt with regular thread; it came out stiff as a board! On my domestic machine, I now like Aurifil 50wt 2-ply cottong for quilting. It is a fine thread and does not create much lint. On my midarm frame, I use Glide 60wt polyester thread.

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    I was thinking stitch in the ditch according to colors. My word that is beautiful! I cannot imagine all the work it took to do that!

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