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Thread: Store bought binding...good or bad?

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    f v g i'm happy for you . now calm down , and know that you can do the rest............tia sarah

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    I know. I know. But I've never worked on anything this big before. I'm just worried that I'll *bleep!* up after doing all that hard work getting the quilt top finished.

    Still looking for an answer to the thing about just stitching X's through the dark square and if that'll be enough to secure the quilt.

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    Looking at your picture of the quilt, I will say the X quilting MIGHT just be enough if you are talking about only omiting quilting in the very lightest blocks. This is a difficult answer to give without actually seeing the quilt (for me anyway) and without knowing the specific blocks you plan to skip. If it were my top, I would do all of the squares, or at least every other one on each row to maintain a "quilting" balance. (This will distribute the stregnth of your quilting evenly over the entire quilt as well as visually balanced.) Your quilt is done in a multitude of shades of blue, so having the dark blue thread on your light squares will not look out of place. To the contrary, it will most likely blend right in with the scheme of the quilt and not noticed as an individual component of the quilt. This is just my opinion. It is your quilt top so you do it the way you think will look best. Quilting is to hold the 3 layers together. As long as this is accomplished, all the rest is based on your own preferences.

    Congrats on finishing the top!

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    Yeah, I was thinking about only ommiting the very light blocks. So...every other square in each row will be stitched. If I did my measuring right the stitching should create a "grid" of 5.25" squares. Depending on how things go (good or bad) I might do the light colored sqaures, too.

    Oy. I had to go buy a different fabric for the back of the quilt because the other stuff got all...can't think of a single word to describe it...without swearing, anyways. After I took it out of the wash there were holes and runs and loose threads and...ugh, it wasn't pretty. Wasn't too happy about spending more money on fabric, but they marked it wrong (to my advantage) so I saved $2. Yay!

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    If you are machine quilting, then it will be jsut as easy to do diagonal lines all across the quilt in bothe directions. I use masking tape to mark stitching lines instead of a pencil. Just take care not to let your stitches drift onto the tape, makes it harder to get off afterwards. Going diagonal through all the blocks won't be as much trouble as stopping and startin to only do certain ones, if you are machine quilting, that is. Low loft batting should work just fine , that way you can still move under it instead of being weighted down with a thicker batting. Good Luck!

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    Yes, I am machine quilting it. I can't sew an even hand stitch to begin with. And holy buckets...hand sewing through denim would wear my fingers to the bone.

    But if I'm doing every other square...I shouldn't have to stop... :? :?: Maybe it'd be better if I showed you what I had in mind.



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    Okay, I can picture that. That would look really good! Now that i see what you had in mind, it all makes sense! GReat job on getting the top done!

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    I think that would be perfect not only easy strigt lines but it will also give you a diamon pattern when done

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    f v g this is great. the diamond pattern and all

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    Plus, I don't have to sew quite as much. :D

    Now all I need to do is sandwich everything together (was going to do that yesterday, but got caught up with something else...). I'm going to get some of that basting spray tomorrow because it'll probably take me too long to hand baste the quilt and then do the quilting and the binding.

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