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Old 07-13-2011, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by KimS
When quilting by machine do you start in the middle and work your way out like you do when you hand quilt? I'm going to use 505 Adhesive Spray and depending on how comfortable I am with that will dictate whether I also pin it. This is my first time machine quilting.
For me, the answer is, "it depends." If the quilt is small-ish, i.e. baby quilt, and I have used 505 spray, I start quilting where ever the quilting pattern dictates. Often, I will stitch in the ditch along a border first to stabilize the whole thing and then proceed from there. If the quilt is larger, I find that 505 doesn't hold well enough to suit me. In that case I hand baste securely, and then quilt, usually starting near the middle.

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