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Thread: Question for experienced FMQ or long arm quilters

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    Question for experienced FMQ or long arm quilters

    I have a chevron quilt that is made from rectangles and set on the diagonal, which resulted in bias edges. I've got it sandwiched/basted already, but it has a little fullness at the edges due to the bias, in spite of all the spray starch. It isn't terrible, but I am trying to avoid it pleating in the fuller areas. Am I better off with a looser quilting design or would something tighter be better? I am quilting this myself on my Viking Sapphire. My original plan was to do feathers or alternate patterns on the white and the printed fabrics. Now I am wondering if stippling would be better to ease in the fullness.

    Anyone have a similar experience and have recommendations?

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    a (stay stitch) all the way around the top before quilting (just a straight stitch- in a little less than 1/4" all the way around a top with bias edges) will help stablize- keep the top from stretching- while quilting/handling. dense quilting will (stretch) the bias edges more- a more open quilting design will allow (some) easing in-
    stablizing first will help the most-
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    just wanted to say that your quilt is very pretty
    Nancy in western NY

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    I like your quilt!!

    I too would stay stitch it as ckcowl described.
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    I will try that, thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    a (stay stitch) all the way around the top before quilting (just a straight stitch- in a little less than 1/4" all the way around a top with bias edges) will help stablize- keep the top from stretching- while quilting/handling. dense quilting will (stretch) the bias edges more- a more open quilting design will allow (some) easing in-
    stablizing first will help the most-
    good luck-

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    Someone here quilted one of these doing ruler work following the chevrons and it looked great and I think that would stabilize all the blocks without stretching.
    Lori - MamaBear

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    You already have an answer to your question but just wanted to say "lovely quilt, beautiful colors!"

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    Love your quilt and your colors are very nice together.
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    Very pretty! Please show us a photo when you're finished? I'd love to see it when it's done!


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    Extra fullness can be controlled with stay stitching (preferably before you get this far) or extra quilting. You can also "ease" it into the border, then press with steam or more starch.

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