Victory on the Long Arm!

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by , 01-14-2014 at 05:32 PM (1128 Views)
I had a charity quilt for one of the guilds I belong to and was dreading the quilting. It was just not square. A fellow LA quilter told me it would be ok--only off a little when we did the "fold into quarters" test. So got it on the frame and found that all 3 of the borders where "off"--little pulls/tucks where they attached to each other even before I did anything! and the blocks were all wonky,too. Lots of potential for puckers and one even had about a 2" place that was not stitched down and I had to use fusible to get it together. So I decided that I'd do some SID and then use the WorkStation on the Gammill to put some circles around a star in the blocks. It looked awful!

So I took it off the frame and "unsewed" for hours last night and started over this morning. Did a FMQ on one border, FMQ the main part of the quilt and then piano keys on the rest of the border. Think it came out pretty well. Next post will be a picture!
So why a victory? Because I actually did a really wonky quilt that had lots of problems and it (mostly) worked!
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  1. spinner52's Avatar
    Where is the best place to start cross hatching as background on large quilt?
  2. quiltingshorttimer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinner52
    Where is the best place to start cross hatching as background on large quilt?
    I've only done one quilt that had large areas of cross hatching. I suggest you draw on paper what it is you want to look like and see how you can do it with as few of starts/stops. If you are cross hatching around some applique or other areas that you plan to do something else, drawing it on paper helps. I usually will start in the upper left side of the area on the frame and go from there. On a baby quilt recently that I had diagonal cross hatching with some floral interspersed about every 4 blocks, I started in the upper left and then before rolling the quilt, zigged back up and then down again--like a chevron pattern. That worked well--just have to be careful to keep lines straight and link up carefully when you roll the quilt.
    A friend did a beautiful job on a quilt that had applique in all the blocks, with cross hatching (pretty narrow,too) between all the appliqued irises--she said it took forever cause the owner wanted the cross hatch even in the narrow spaces and it meant just so many stops/starts. Good luck and post some pictures?

    PS--be sure that you stablize the quilt first before you start the cross hatching--especially if its on the diagonal cause otherwise it will shift on you.

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