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Thread: GFG practice piece - Advice?

  1. #26
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    May 2013
    Gorgeous job! I love the purples!

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    Senior Member humbird's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    I am trying out a GFG block that will be appliqued in a BOM project I'm working on right now. I'm running into the same problem as the original poster. I think I know the the ladder stitch is and that's how I apply my binding by hand, so I know that stitch. I think the running stitch is what I use when I hand quilt. What is an overcast stitch?

    I found I didn't really care for the glue stick to adhere the paper to the fabric, but I did like using basting stitch to attach the paper to the fabric. I whip stitched a couple together and that wasn't bad. I too am trying to keep my stitch length short and that shortened some of those puckers too and I've been starching the daylights out of everything and I noticed right away the difference. Is a whip stitch like an overcast stitch?
    I do believe the whip stitch and overcast are one and the same. I should have said whip stitch to begin with! One of my DUH moments!!

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    Junior Member Suziuki's Avatar
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    Sep 2010
    Happy Valley, South Australia
    GFG is a very good project for people on the go, I have one on the ten year plan as I call it, which means it happens when it happens. A small bag of papers, material, thread and needle goes just about everywhere with me and when I have to wait somewhere I do a little bit. I have even been known to sew hexagons together while waiting in line to get into a Quilting and Craft Fair. I am a soft toy maker from way back and when I started doing a GFG, it just seemed natural for me to use the glove stitch that I used on my soft toys. It is a very firm stitch and done small enough it does not show on the front, but it does use a little more thread. Glove stitch is easy enough to do, the first part is just a whip or overcast stich and then you simply do another stitch in the same spot as the whip stitch, then another whip stitch, then another stitch in the same spot and so on and so on. I hope this makes sense.
    My quilt was not going to be anything spectacular, but lately I have seen so many different layouts of GFG that are stunning that I don't know which one I am going to do.

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    Super Member nstitches4u's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    Independence, MO
    I can't advise you because I have never made one, but yours looks great to me!

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    As I posted earlier, I am making a GFG quilt with 1" hexies. I baste the fabric on the papers, but cut the fabric into one inch squares, then trim the corners. I use paper clips to hold the fabric to the paper, which makes no marks or holes. I then use a whip stitch for securing the hexies together. I use a little paper binder clip to hold them together as I stitch them. I started mine in March of this year, and have around 40 "flowers" done, with another 12 with white borders. I am intending to attach them with green as a path between the flowers. EPP is portable and I take t with me easily. I did see on Fons and Porter a method of cutting the fabric with the seam allowance, folding it over the plastic hexie and pressing each side for a minute each. Then, they sewed the hexies together with a zig zag stitch. Seemed to take a lot of time and not very portable. I will be posting my progress shortly, watch for it

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