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    Eye Spy Quilt - need help deciding how to quilt

    I just finished this Eye Spy Quilt top for my grandson's first birthday (it's not until October) and I have purchased the Minkee backing, but am not sure how to quilt it, what thread to use, etc. Do I FMQ each individual octagon? Do I have it LAQ'd? Do I do SID around the octagons? What colours of thread should I use? HELP!! BTW, the dots on the backing are 1 1/4" across.
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    I dont know the answers but I love your quilt! I am just getting ready to start an I spy myself, so just loving this. I have been collecting prints- looks like you found some gooders! In fact I think I have a few matches LOL
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    I'm a boring stitch in the ditch- er, so I can't help with the quilting. I Love I-Spy's and Love your quilt!

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    I think with busy quilts, especially one like this (SO CUTE by the way!), I tend to do a meander or something that won't take center stage. You want the fabrics to SHINE! I think I would use a tan or grey thread. You will be surprised at how it kind of 'disappears' and you get to see a nice texture. VERY cute! (my fav tip for machine quilting? practice on a white board till you like what you see. You should have SEEN my 1st feathers ACK! What you don't like, you get to ERASE! Don't put your elbow down, you are teaching your shoulder and arm the motion.) don't forget to post finished pictures too!
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    I have 2 grandsons who would LOVE the quilt. it isn't going to matter, except to you, how you quilt it, this one will be well loved.
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    Ok, I think that being a newbie and not knowing what the heck I am doing, I too am doing an I spy quilt. I didn't realize that it was more organized then it should be. I just pieced what ever pictures I had together in very odd shapes so it is very hodge podge. I got almost done and realized that I wasn't sure how to straighten it up. So I went and bought material 1 1/2 yard and I sewed my hodge podge on it. I am now going to piece it together and get it done so I can take it with me to Australia on mid-March. I will post a picture when I am finished.
    I love what you did on yours and if I ever do another one I am going to be more organized and make blocks instead.
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    i would do a large meandering across it- remember with minkee to lengthen your stitch length- and baste very very well- it is stretchy- you need to smooth-without stretching.
    an all over edge to edge meandering would work well- as for color----the thread will pretty much disappear in the minkee (sink in) i would use a medium gray or cream which tends to blend in well with most fabrics instead of standing out.
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    I would sandwhich a sample and see whats easier. I recently worked with minky for stockings and found that no matter how much I pinned it still took some time because it liked to slip. I would think the small your quilting is the more difficult it may be cause minky doesn't stay still. That being said I'm interested how your doing the binding? I also just did a quilt with minky and I had to do almost 1/2 seams because again it liked to slip no matter how many pins. Turned out great in the end. Please dont think I'm trying to discourge you at all just curious if your handing it different and I can learn from it. My daughter loves minky and so I'm not done dealing with it lol!! Thanks!
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    LOVE your quilt - I am no help on how to do it - I usually take mine to a quilter here and she decides lol Just looking at it though I think I would just go around enach shape-otherwise I think you may lose some of the definition of the pictures-Also if you do too much quilting in the word section you wont be able to read that either. Just my opinion - I have never worked with minky before though - let us know what you decide - I am very curious - thanks for sharing
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    if it's for a young child who will love it love it, to death, like the Velveteen Rabbit, simply do an allover pattern to hold it together well. That way it can handle all that love.

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    I agree that you should not distract from your wonderful octagons. This is myidea of a perfect kid quilt, lively with lots to talk about. I think you might consider making it easy on yourself in the quilting. The center section could be done easily by treating each octagon into a square, that is, doing a simple gridwork in black, then doing the same with a grey for the border. I'd probably meander the written area. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a fine quilt for the purpose, and certain to be precious to your DGS. He will be lucky to have it.

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    i love the layout you chose. sorry don't have quilting suggestions
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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi View Post
    I think with busy quilts, especially one like this (SO CUTE by the way!), I tend to do a meander or something that won't take center stage. You want the fabrics to SHINE! I think I would use a tan or grey thread. You will be surprised at how it kind of 'disappears' and you get to see a nice texture. VERY cute! (my fav tip for machine quilting? practice on a white board till you like what you see. You should have SEEN my 1st feathers ACK! What you don't like, you get to ERASE! Don't put your elbow down, you are teaching your shoulder and arm the motion.) don't forget to post finished pictures too!


    What a great tip, soccertxi! I am trying to begin to some FMQ to save the cost of going to a LAQ. I usually end up with some sort of straight stitching.

    In this I Spy Quilt with all its great fabrics, I agree that you do not want them to get lost in the quilting. I am not sure how big your hexagons are, but since it is for a child and will get multiple washing, what about a spiral swirl in each. I tried that on one lap quilt I made. I was able to use the quilt guide like I do on straight line. I did have to rip it out a few times to get it right. I bet "soccertxi"'s tip would help get that motion down better.....just a thought from a new quilter....
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    On the ones I made, I stitched around each novelty hexagon with Bottom Line light green (BL is so thin that it doesn't matter what colour you use as it disappears into the fabric)
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    I think I would just SID around the octagons to make them stand out using a thread that matches the background of the backing (I couldn't tell if it was black or dark blue). I love this I Spy pattern. I've been looking for one and this is my favorite so far.

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    How big are your octagons? Are you going to put batting in it? You will need to follow the suggested quilting requirements as stated on the batting package. It should say some where "recommended quilting no farther than ____ apart" I would think the closer the better for quilt that will probable be washed often. Depending on the size of the blocks maybe just stitch between them to anchor. Also you could try spray adhesive to sandwich since it may keep minkee from stretching so much. Good luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingCrazie View Post
    I would sandwhich a sample and see whats easier. I recently worked with minky for stockings and found that no matter how much I pinned it still took some time because it liked to slip. I would think the small your quilting is the more difficult it may be cause minky doesn't stay still. That being said I'm interested how your doing the binding? I also just did a quilt with minky and I had to do almost 1/2 seams because again it liked to slip no matter how many pins. Turned out great in the end. Please dont think I'm trying to discourge you at all just curious if your handing it different and I can learn from it. My daughter loves minky and so I'm not done dealing with it lol!! Thanks!
    I have actually used Minky on a few different quilts, and find that using the basting spray (505) is the answer. I also use a teflon mat designed for FMQ and find that works well too. That part doesn't scare me.

    I really appreciate all of your suggestions about large meandering, and the medium gray thread. It makes so much sense. I use gray all the time for piecing, but I keep thinking I need something that "matches" to do the quilting. Thanks so much everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I agree that you should not distract from your wonderful octagons. This is myidea of a perfect kid quilt, lively with lots to talk about. I think you might consider making it easy on yourself in the quilting. The center section could be done easily by treating each octagon into a square, that is, doing a simple gridwork in black, then doing the same with a grey for the border. I'd probably meander the written area. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a fine quilt for the purpose, and certain to be precious to your DGS. He will be lucky to have it.
    Hmmm good idea about treating each octagon separately. In thinking about it, I would kind of like to leave the little black squares in the middle part and the little white areas in the border just stitched around, so they look as if they are little squares on point, rather than 4 separate triangles sewn together (do you know what I mean?)

    Any ideas for binding? I thought about doing a faux piping binding since it's so easy and effective, but I don't want it to end up too busy. I could do the words as a binding, since I've got lots of it, but it might take away from the border, and it might be too light a colour. I thought of a colourful stripe on the bias, with a red faux piping, but that might be too busy. I could do plain black - maybe with a touch of red as the faux piping. Any input?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycquilter View Post
    if it's for a young child who will love it love it, to death, like the Velveteen Rabbit, simply do an allover pattern to hold it together well. That way it can handle all that love.
    That is really good advice. That supports the large meandering FMQ suggestion, doesn't it?
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    It's a super quilt top! I love your sashing fabric also. I agree with a large meander over the surface because it's going to be LOVED to death!

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    If you can FM yourself, try what I call cinnamon roll....go into circle, round and round to center, gently swirl out and into next and continue thru row......hex border, same thing......smaller sash maybe just loops one up, one down or even write his name, alphabet, numbers, whatever...If you decide to have it LAd, and you like these ideas, I am sure the LAer can do it.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    If you can FM yourself, try what I call cinnamon roll....go into circle, round and round to center, gently swirl out and into next and continue thru row......hex border, same thing......smaller sash maybe just loops one up, one down or even write his name, alphabet, numbers, whatever...If you decide to have it LAd, and you like these ideas, I am sure the LAer can do it.........
    Great suggestion!! I'm going to practice on some scraps and see how it looks! Thanks!
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