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Old 08-03-2017, 08:52 AM
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I am quilting this quilt the blocks are 15" and it is a star so it does not lay flat there is fullness like it puckers in places. You don't realize this stuff until you get into quilting it. I am quilting on a longarm. I would appreciate any suggestions and hope someone can help me.
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There are some tricks for taking in fullness as you are quilting on a LA. Some use starch. They spray the area while it is on the rack and as the starch dries it takes in some of the fullness.

There was a product out there called Glide 'n Go. It was a clear oval of plexiglass you placed around the hopping foot and it smoothed out fullness as you quilted. Unfortunately the website is no longer active so i don't know if they went out of business.

Personally I would try the starch.
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I posted about Lorena's quilting YouTube videos yesterday. She has some tips for working in fullness on the longarm on one of her videos. Go to YouTube and see how she uses starch and her iron to take up some fullness and quilts in pleats when necessary.
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here's a link to her videos
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did not see the link
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:46 AM
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When I first started quilting on my longarm and had a part-time business I had one customer give me a quilt that was one large star. The pucker was very evident once on the table. After researching on the internet and found a suggested answer, I added a small amount of batting in the center of the star. I also did a large, swirly pantograph which also helped to control star center. I thought it came out rather good. The customer had said this was her first quilt(it had other flaws also) and she didn't mind what I did to get it quilted. She was extremely pleased at how it came out.
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I place two small water bottles on either side of my longarm and it is usually enough to smooth out the fullness as you quilt. For a lot of fullness, you may need to go to vegetable cans. They are heavier.
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I use bags of dry beans. I usually start at one pound and can go up. When the fullness is in the borders, I roll extra batting just in the border. I don't quilt the extra batting it is just lay it down on top of the border as I roll the quilt. It takes the extra fullness out usually.
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