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Thread: Rail fence

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    I have just finished sewing the top of my Rail Fence baby quilt. How should I quilt it?
    I have a (stupid?) question. Do I quilt before binding or is it the other way round?
    Thank you. :)

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    Quilt first, then bind. No question is stupid! :)

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    I would quilt it first (starting in the middle working outward) - then add binding. Other people here can tell you about ironing and checking to be sure the size is correct to measure for binding. Look forward to seeing a picture of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasjunebug
    I would quilt it first (starting in the middle working outward) - then add binding. Other people here can tell you about ironing and checking to be sure the size is correct to measure for binding. Look forward to seeing a picture of it!
    Thanks. Actually I would also like to know how to quilt it. Do I sew in the ditch around the blocks? I can't do FMQ. :(

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    I would have a better idea if I could see what you've done so far. Depends on the pattern and the fabric you use as to what quilting is best suited. I have to do hand quilting, and you have options for that - it does not have to be done on the machine. Can you post a picture? Hope so, I look forward to seeing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasjunebug
    I would have a better idea if I could see what you've done so far. Depends on the pattern and the fabric you use as to what quilting is best suited. I have to do hand quilting, and you have options for that - it does not have to be done on the machine. Can you post a picture? Hope so, I look forward to seeing it.
    Have tried many times to post some pictures but was unsuccessful. Don't know the reason but will keep trying.

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    I usually quilt diagonal lines. I can't stitch in the ditch worth a darn and haven't tried free motion so I do straight lines. If I do them across, sure enough they'll be off enough to tell since the blocks go across, so when I do it diagonally a little off isn't so noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juniemoon
    Quote Originally Posted by Texasjunebug
    I would quilt it first (starting in the middle working outward) - then add binding. Other people here can tell you about ironing and checking to be sure the size is correct to measure for binding. Look forward to seeing a picture of it!
    Thanks. Actually I would also like to know how to quilt it. Do I sew in the ditch around the blocks? I can't do FMQ. :(
    I have a hard time keeping straight lines when doing SITD so I sew approx 1/4" on each side of specific seams (ie the block or every other rail, I find it really makes everything POP!

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    I use painter's masking tape and draw a diagonal grid. It stays straight and mistakes aren't noticeable.

    When I hand quilt I use a stencil to mark the quilt, but it is much slower going. On the other hand, much more relaxing also.

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