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Thread: Chicken Quilt

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    Junior Member GiddyUpGo's Avatar
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    Chicken Quilt

    Hi all, I'm making this quilt for a friend of mine. Now that I've finished the top I'm pretty sure I should wait another 10 or 15 years before attempting triangles again. This was really challenging and I obviously haven't perfected my seams enough for triangles and/or so many small pieces, because I had a lot of issues with pieces being too small or too big because I hadn't got the quarter inch seam exactly right. So anyway I think it came out OK considering ...

    Now I'm looking for some ideas on how to quilt the thing, so I've posted a picture. I still have tension issues when FMQing so I don't really want to do that with this quilt since it is a gift. I also really dislike burying a lot of threads so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas how to quilt this with a walking foot, preferably using only a few lines? Maybe that's an unrealistic plan?

    Anyway would love any suggestions or ideas. Thanks!

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    it looks great so far. how far apart does your batting say the quilting needs to be? if not too close, then just X's in the blocks?
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    I would use my walking foot to quilt all the straight lines. I would then quilt straight lines inside the blocks like the tick tack toe pattern.

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    I agree with Tartan.Corner to corner.
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    I agree with our friends that corner to corner would be easiest.......
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    Looks great! Don't be so hard on yourself.
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    Great quilt. I agree with Tartan she had a great plan!!!!

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    I love your quilt.
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    This is so cute! You should be proud of yourself!!
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    I was reading on this blog the other day about doing this stretched zig zag with a walking foot. I want to try it.
    http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.c...-quilting.html

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    how big are your blocks and if you use warm and natural you can quilt 10" APART if so you can quilt std along the sashings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would use my walking foot to quilt all the straight lines. I would then quilt straight lines inside the blocks like the tick tack toe pattern.
    Thanks! Can I just make sure I understand what you meant by that? Do you mean just horizontal/vertical lines down each third of the blocks, and then down the center of the sashing? Sorry! I'm still new enough at this that I need the dumbed-down version, haha. :-)

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    I love it!
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    very nice first quilt...you did a great job!

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    You've done a fantastic job! I also recommend using a walking foot and quilting with straight line. A diagonal grid works great.
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    Off your topic but have you tried using the triangle papers???? They have been a lifesaver for me. Your quilt is delightful! Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagetouch View Post
    I was reading on this blog the other day about doing this stretched zig zag with a walking foot. I want to try it.
    http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.c...-quilting.html
    Love your chicken quilt. I am still a newbie to FMQ, but I like the stretched zig zag.

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    That looks pretty good! Nice warm colours.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Chicken quilt

    Quote Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo View Post
    Hi all, I'm making this quilt for a friend of mine. Now that I've finished the top I'm pretty sure I should wait another 10 or 15 years before attempting triangles again. This was really challenging and I obviously haven't perfected my seams enough for triangles and/or so many small pieces, because I had a lot of issues with pieces being too small or too big because I hadn't got the quarter inch seam exactly right. So anyway I think it came out OK considering ...

    Now I'm looking for some ideas on how to quilt the thing, so I've posted a picture. I still have tension issues when FMQing so I don't really want to do that with this quilt since it is a gift. I also really dislike burying a lot of threads so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas how to quilt this with a walking foot, preferably using only a few lines? Maybe that's an unrealistic plan?

    Anyway would love any suggestions or ideas. Thanks!

    Becki
    What a great quilt. My sister would have loved this quilt as she loved collecting chickens. Your quilt looks great. I'm not sure if I can explain this easily, but I would SID with your walking foot, start at the inside top of the top triangle, go straight down, then turn the quilt to quilt up the triangle, then turn again and go across, and reverse to go down t he side of that triangle,then up, etc. This means you have a continuous line of SID without having to start and stop, leaving many threads. If machine quilting when you start, hold the quilt in one place for a few stitches, or start with smaller stitches, then go to normal stitches, that way you won't have to bury threads, just pull the bobbin thread up at t he beginning, then cut off whenyou finish that area. Cross-hatching would also work, making "X's" across each block. Look forward to seeing your completed quilt.

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    Rather than trying to quilt by following your piecing lines, I agree a corner to corner grid would work perfectly. I have had good luck using 2" blue painters tape and then using my walking foot, quilting along both sides of the tape. I started with the longest area (like the top right corner and then down and left at a 45 degree angle). Once that was done I took off the tape and reusing it, positioned one edge along the previous sewing edge, and quilted that line and so on. Repeat in the opposite direction so you end up with a grid on point.Name:  J & C's baby quilt front.JPG
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Size:  1.24 MBIf you use two lengths of tape it will go faster. Use the first one butted up against your previous line of stitching, then place the second line of tape butted against the first tape. If you remove the first "spacer" tape before you sew, you can sew along both sides of the second tape before repositioning again. Hope that makes sense. I don't know if you can see the quilting on the baby quilt, but it was done using this method. Very quick and accurate. Good luck. What ever you do, your quilt is amazing. Great job!

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    It is darling!!

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    This is sooo neat!

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    Wow! For someone who claims to have issues with triangles, you made a darling - shall I say delightful? - quilt! I love the chickens! If the batting says you can quilt 10 inches apart, go with Tartan's Xes.

    Stitch in Ditch is way too much trouble and frustrating. Xes are fast and and easy. Marking them with tape is a great idea.

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    Just don't be chicken about it. (sorry--couldn't resist)
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    looks good to me
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