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

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    It looks great FGV!! :thumbup: I think you'll be fine with the "x's" in every other block. I would use the longest stitch length on your machine, and can you lessen the tension on your presser foot so it doesn't push down so hard? That might also make it easier for the 3 layers to feed evenly.

    Good luck kiddo!!

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    The longest stitch setting is a 5. Not sure how many stitches per inch that is exactly, but it seems like the stitches would be too long and wouldn't hold the quilt too well.

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    Your quilt looks great! What did you decide to do for binding? Did you find a web site for doing your own binding? I would have probaby bought what I needed in that poly/cotton poplin, I think it is called...not a cheap version, as it is bound to wear out fast.

    Once again, you did a wonderful job, and lining up those squares looks so nice.

    HJ :)

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    When I make denum quilts I sew the backing to front, wrong sides together, turn right side out, slip stitch opening closed, then tie with embroidery floss at the intersections of the blocks. Then you don't have to mess with binding. I have made several denum quilts this way. You can match the floss with the backing. Let me know if I can help you more. If I was near you I would come help you. Hope you are using Oklahoma State Cowboy's material for the backing.

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    :( Its not looking so great. The top looks okay since the thread blends in real well with the fabric so you can't see any "mistakes" unless you really look. But you turn it over and in some places the fabric has pinched underneath the seam and there's a significant amount of puckering (not all over but quite a bit). I guess it isn't so bad...at least the quilt lies flat and Nick's certainly not going to care if its not perfect, but I just feel like I've failed.

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    Don't be discouraged. I have learned that a common fault of all quilters is to want perfection and since we are only human, we can't be perfect. Nick will love it because you spent so much time and effort on it. Not everyone is lucky enough to receive a gift as special as a quilt, and that speaks a whole lot louder than any imperfections you see. I generally like my projects until I start quilting, but looking at a project up close for so long, I tend to spot the least little flaw. Then I tell myself that it isn't worth enough to be given as a gift , where as the receipient never even notices those things. They are usually just so touched that you think enough of them to do something so nice for them. So don't beat yourself up. This was a very big undertaking and you should be very proud that you got this far. And Nick will be thrilled just wait and see.

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    You have no idea...wait, scratch that...you most likely do have an idea of how big an undertaking this was. Being this is the second quilt I've made and working with about 9 pairs of jeans worth of denim (not exactly the lightest fabric to work with).

    What makes it even more special is that it'll be the first birthday present Nick has gotten in six years.

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    f v g, that use to happen to me all the time.and yes i've given quilts away like that to .but the lucky person to receive my quilts this way still loved them.the fact that you put so much effort and time into it means so much more.trust me on that one. i'm sure your friend will love it regardless. .......tia sarah

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    He BETTER like it because I've now gotten to the point where I'm throwing it across the room in frustration and screaming at it in Japanese (I screamed "BAKA YARO OMAE O KOROS!!"--which means "I'll kill you *^&$#!" in Japanese--after I threw it and stomped out of the room to go bawl in my bedroom)

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    :P I have been there, done that flying goddess.

    My niece speaks Japanese. Took 4 years of Japanese in high school and 4 years in college. Spent a year in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship after college grad. 5/05. Going to law school this fall. Translates for people here also. She is such a busy girl. Plays in you symphony (viola), youngest person to have auditioned for them, when she was out of 8th grade, and be accepted. Gives music lessons, helps at a middle school in music dept. and taking piano lessons. Play for a symphony or 2 in Wy., as there are not many viola players.

    Earler this year she applied to the New York Symphony and they wanted her to fly to New York, so they could interview her. They sent $500, for expenses, she declined and returned the money.

    Don't know how much you have done of this quilt, but I would no doubt sew all the side seams together and then serge, or go country prmitive look, and use pinking shears with plyers. :) Now the front loos really nice, so don't beat yourself up!!!!

    Are your a pilot? I am going to take flying lesson this summer and I am 64...don't look it, I am told. If those people are figging to me, well I'll get 'em. Ha

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