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Thread: Quilting...can it be overdone?

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    You wouldn't put the effort or money on elaborate LA quilting if you had a quilt made with an average pattern and material. IMHO But when you have spent weeks and weeks of very special labor on a very special quilt you usually don't want average quilting or average batting. When you are trying to make an OMG! quilt then everything is carefully considered including pattern, colors, thread, batting, and quilting. Then your choice of quilting is as personal as your choice of all the other factors. And lots of quilters won't like the quilt you are so proud of! LOL!
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    I agree that a quilt can be over quilted. I've seen some quilts that were stiff with quilting...when there is that much quilting, it detracts from the quilt top itself.
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    sometimes the quilt top gives me ideas of how to quilt and how dense. I usually save the really dense for wall hangings and table runners.
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    A long arm quilter told me recently that heavy, over quilting is the same thing as cutting your quilt all over, and that it will wear it out faster. I had never thought of it that way, but is that true? I have noticed that a lot of quilts are now quilted heavier, and I would hate to think some of those beautiful quilts are short lived!

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    personally I like minimum quilting on mine whether I had quilt or have someone do it for me. I prefer the quilt to shine not the quilting, but I have seen some really beautifully quilted pieces on here. AS has been said, it is all a matter of choice.

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    that shold be "hand" quilt, smile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShabbyTabby View Post
    I personally don't care for dense quilting as it does make the quilt stiff. If it's just for show it's okay but to use to cuddle in, I want it soft and easy to drape. I very much admire the beautiful quilting some of the LA's do and I know I would never be able to accomplish anything close to it. It's to each his own. It's your quilt so make it to suit YOU.
    Oh, this says it exactly for me = love to look at the dense quilting but personally prefer the softer quilts!

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    oh boy can it be over done..and lately it is all you seem to see. Like the quilter had nothing better to do but try to use every last inch of that 12,000 yard cone of thread....I do not like it and often find it is terribly distracting of the lovely piecing/design of the quilt!

    I once asked a LAQer if dense was all she did, and she simply replied that perhaps she was not the quilter for me...right....if you can't do what the customer wants, then perhaps you are not the quilter you think you are!

    Then there are then ones that really make me giggle...dense quilting in the open areas and for some reason on SND the pieced sections..causing "bubbles" or "boobs" in the less quilted areas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    A long arm quilter told me recently that heavy, over quilting is the same thing as cutting your quilt all over, and that it will wear it out faster. I had never thought of it that way, but is that true? I have noticed that a lot of quilts are now quilted heavier, and I would hate to think some of those beautiful quilts are short lived!
    yes, especially if the quilter used poly thread!

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    I agree with your thoughts golytwo. Some are really overdone. Just doesn't seem like its a homemade quilt.

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