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Thread: Help I have several Quilting dellima's!!!!

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    I was just on the live chat and it goes way to fast for me. I got lost in the shuffle. I am making a quilt for my boyfriends daughter. The quilt was going to be a twin but we ended up getting her a queen size bed. She is going to be very tall {she's 5'4" and only 12 she's taking after her dad, he's is 6'4"}. Anyway, I had to just add to it to turn it into a queen. I have pretty much been making this thing up as I go along. I have made things too short and had to be creative and figure out a way to fix it. That was my first dellima. The way I fixed it was adding the backing color to the front. My second dellima: I had planned on using the backing color as the last border but, if I did then it would be to big for the queen size batting that I was going to use. So I didn't add it on. My third dellima: I got to the point to where I glued the top to the batting then added the backing. Well, I cut the backing too short. The fourth dellima: I used four different colors on the front of the quilt. On each row I kept adding colors. On the last row I had all four colors (not including the backing color to repair my previous mistake) sewn together on each side. I was going to do the binding in all 4 colors. One on each side but, I didn't have enough of every color. So I stitched them all together in random lengths. The fifth dellima: Well since I didn't use the back color on the front, the last row and the binding were pretty much the same, all four colors sewn together, and it just didn't look right. I thought about adding the backing color to break up the colors and then add the binding on. Which is where my LAST DELLIMA is now. How do I add extra batting on? They tried to tell me on the live chat but I can't type fast and read at the same time. They all know each other or so it seems. So I felt like I was interrupting their conversations. They said to sew on more batting, unglue everything and add on to the backing. I understood the unglueing part and adding on to the backing but I have absolutely no idea how to add to the batting. Can someone please help me, that is if you can even understand what I wrote?

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    When there are a lot of people in chat, it can go very fast. Sorry that happened to you tonight.

    The best way for people to understand what you need is to post a picture of it so we can see what you are talking about. You should get lots of help from the friendly people here.

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    yup, a picture would help see where you added the colors. As far as adding extra batting, usually you can piece the batting together using a zig zag stitch but I'm not sure I understand whether you have your quilt sandwich together or not. We'd all be happy to give you the benefit of our collective expertise! :)

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    It takes time to get used to chat. I have tried a few times but prefer the board to be able to read at my own pace. I am sure you were not breaking into any conversation. Is just that the only way to keep up when there are many people is to concentrate on one thread. Try again when there are few people to learn the system.

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    I join my batting by using a big zig zag stitch. Butt two pieced of batting together and hold them together with the zig zag stitch. Than quilt as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I join my batting by using a big zig zag stitch. Butt two pieced of batting together and hold them together with the zig zag stitch. Than quilt as usual.
    That's how I do mine. Sometimes I have a piece of batting extra from the previous quilt & add it to a smaller size batting to make it the size I need. I hate to buy more batting than I need if I have larger extra piece to use. I can't wait to see your quilt for your boyfriend's daughter.

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    Not sure what you mean by gluing it all together .

    But the batting can just be sewn together. Butt the edges up against each other , use a wide stitch( that will catch both edges) and you should be fine .

    As for the binding matching the final border , I like mine to match so they don't stand out so much. It is a personal decision on what you like.

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    Backings can be pieced together also, they don't have to be one big piece or even all the same color. You can take different colors that match sew them together and use for the backing. So if you need the backing to be wider sew on " sashes" to make wider :thumbup:

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    What I would do, once you have the layers apart sufficiently, is lay a new strip of batting underneath the existing batting, overlapping about 6 inches. (Make *sure* the backing fabric is pinned out of the way!!!). Cut through both layers with a rotary cutter, making curves. Discard the narrow strips. The remaining batting will "nestle" together.

    You can machine zigzag these two pieces of batting together using a very wide zigzag that is fairly far apart -- just enough to hold the two pieces snug against each other. Using this method, the batting pieces do not overlap each other; the zigzag stitch holds the join.

    The curves make sure that the join doesn't show later on.

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    Thank you so very much for all of the helpful suggestions. I will post my picture of the quilt soon. The idea for this quilt came from a curtain that I bought for Kirsten (my boyfriends daughter). The curtain was to long for her window so I cut the bottom off and hemmed it. Then the idea hit me to use it to make a quilt to tie every thing together. This is only my second quilt and I don't mean to seem like I'm bragging but, I am pretty proud of it :). I know that it is no where near as good a job as so many of you other quilters would do. I am self taught, I guess that is what you would call it. When I was little, 6 or 7 at the earliest, to stay out of my mom, my aunt and my grandma's hair so they could visit they gave my cousins and I newspapers, needles and thread and told us to go sew the newspaper into anything we wanted. We sewed purses and wallets and all sorts of things. Then, my best friend and I sewed barbie clothes and we used cardboard as our patterns. Later, in the 8th grade, I took home economics. That was in 1980, I don't remember if I took it in the 7th or 9th grade or not. I know I did one other year though. I have watched some videos, recently, too. I wish that I knew where to find more. I would love to learn how to applique. Do any of you know where to find videos on appliqueing? I need to be shown, it is so much easier for me. Oh yeah, I don't remember who it was that said that they didn't know what I meant by gluing my sandwich together. I use spray glue to hold my quilt together until I can sew it. I don't have it with me now but if you want the name of it I can give it to you later. Just let me know. :thumbup: Thanks again I appreciate ya'll very much. Ya'll are the very best. I received so many answers. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I join my batting by using a big zig zag stitch. Butt two pieced of batting together and hold them together with the zig zag stitch. Than quilt as usual.

    thats how i do mine also. i use a SID foot (stitch in the ditch) and butt (never overlapped) the batting on both sides of the black thingy. and use a zig zag. i admit to never having to add after a quilt is done..
    i do it for baby quilts and small items. i hate to waste batting!

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    Sounds as if you are handleing your problems very well!!

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    Cant wait to see your picture, bet its really nice!

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    There's lots of videos at http://www.youtube.com. Just search applique or whatever technique you're interested in.

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    you could always just take the batting out and get the king size batting and cut it down. that is what I would do. but that is just me. less hassle. can't wait to see the quilt.

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    Sounds like you have a plan now :D You should be proud of every quilt you do and don't start trying to compare...ALL quilts are beautiful!

    Youtube is a great place to learn just about any technique..just search for it. Of course I'd have to recommend this board for learning anything you want. There are tutorials (with pics) under the Tutorial section and of course, tons of people here to answer any question you can dream up. Just dive in! :D

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    Sorry, you felt that way on chat. Most of us only know each other because we get on chat. Please come back. It is fast. I even get lost sometimes. And I am on almost every day. You just have to jump in. Although if you are looking for a lot of info. This is probably the best place to post it. On chat we talk about everything. LOL

    Come and chat anytime. It is so much fun.

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    Yes, a picture says it all. I am sure you will get it sorted out. There are many here that can help out.

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