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Thread: Do I need to take a few stitches for 15" block of quilt?

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    Hello! How's that for clear as mud! I'm new, and newer still to quilting, but have sewn all my life. I just finished a 35 1/2 X 49 1/2" quilt/wall hanging. It's a panel with 6 wildlife scenes that are about 15" square. It has 2 layers of lite poly batting, and 1 flannel layer between the top and back.

    I quilted between the frames and then the backing wrapped around and stitched to the front. Does this have enough to hold the batting in place, or do I need to make a few discreet stitches in each square?

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    Poly batting usually has to be quilted atleast every 4 sq inches... the best way to know how close the quilting needs to be, is to check the label on the packaging :D:D:D

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    Amma, you were right, every 4 inches right there on the package...so that will be first thing in the morning, I don't trust myself at the moment! :oops:

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    If it's a wall hanging, never to be washed, does it really need more quilting?

    I would personally want to quilt it more, just because I think quilting enhances the look of almost anything. But I don't think there would be any movement of the batting as long as it isn't washed.

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    If you don't quilt atleast every 6", you're batting will eventually SAG, down to the quilting. This I know...found out the hard way. Made a wall hanging for my sister a few years ago, and seven - eight months later, she calls me and says something happened to the wall hanging. She never washed it or anything...it just started to sag. A few extra stitches saves time and embarrassment!!!

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    Picture! Picture!!! :-)

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    If it is a wall hanging, seldom if ever to be washed, I'd say you're done. If there is any chance of it ever going into the washer you need more quilting. Check the batting package for a recommendation of how closely it needs to be quilted.
    In addition your quilt will look better if the quilting is relatively even in density across the entire top. You don't want to have some areas with lots of closely spaced quilting and some with hardly any. (Exceptions to this rule of course).

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    Didn't think to post the picture, probably due to being 'computer challenged', let's see if this works...

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    Let's see if this does it...

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    I was afraid of that....I am glad that you are going to add more quilting. Be sure that you pin it well first, so that it doesn't shift or pucker on the backside.
    I like my wall hangings to be as washable as my quilts. I live in a dusty area, some people's heating causes dust or a film to occur on everything....or even hands touching and admiring the wall hangings :wink:

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    Ooops :oops: I forgot to say how pretty your quilt is!!! I love the panels and you did a wonderful job on it!!! :D:D:D

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    Cute wallhanging. Even if it won't be "used" it may still sag and you probably don't want the critters to look like they developed a big butt. lol

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    Yeah, I was afraid that would be the answer, ignorance is not always bliss. I think it's better to be washable too. I think I'd better check into my LQS to see what classes I can take. I think I've just been lucky in the past!

    I'm not even sure if the feed dogs need to be up or down for free motion quilting, never tried it, but there are alot of 'thread painting' ideas that I want to try.

    Thanks for the compliment and encouragement!!

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    Have to work on picture sizing, or maybe the 'big butts' already settled in! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoMoreTwist
    I'm not even sure if the feed dogs need to be up or down for free motion quilting, never tried it, but there are alot of 'thread painting' ideas that I want to try.
    Down for FMQ or I read that someone here uses some sheet to cover the feed dogs. Some older machines have a cover plate that is used for darning (or quilting).

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    This would be awesome to try some thread painting on :D:D:D

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    That is beautiful. You have done a wonderful job, so maybe a little more quilting will help it hold up longer. You want to keep that one a long time.

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