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Thread: How Do I Quilt my First Quilt? (Photo attached, too!)

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    How Do I Quilt my First Quilt? (Photo attached, too!)

    I just pieced my first project, a simple 9 patch wall hanging, and I don't know what pattern to use to quilt it. I've attached a photo here and I sure would appreciate some suggestions.

    I really am looking for something simple and traditional. I do have a machine with some really snazzy quilting stitches, but I haven't practiced with any of them yet.

    Thanks so much!
    Deb
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    I would probably do a stitch in the ditch on the nine patches and continue those lines down and across so that the solid yellow blocks look like 9 patches also.

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    What a beautiful quilt!! I love the colors. I like the previous suggestion, or you could do diagonal lines.

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    What thread should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    I would probably do a stitch in the ditch on the nine patches and continue those lines down and across so that the solid yellow blocks look like 9 patches also.
    I've seen everything on Youtube from clear polyester to cotton. What would you suggest? If a color, would you go with the dark green that I used to piece it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    What a beautiful quilt!! I love the colors. I like the previous suggestion, or you could do diagonal lines.
    Thanks you, sewplease. I do love the colors, too!

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    I'm a big fan of diagonal quilting. For me it is easier than stitch in the ditch. It's a good beginner pattern. As for thread, it all depends on how much you want the quilting to show. I tend to pick a color that blends as much as possible to hide my goofs. One good way to decide is to just lay different colored threads on the quilt. Pick the one that you like best.

    Great first project. Happy quilting.

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    I would most likely stitch in the ditch and a simple heart or something similar in the lighter fabric. The fabrics you chose are beautiful!

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    love the colors... i'd do a single design in the light squares and SID in the patches
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    What a lovely first quilt! I also think the simple geometrics with straight lines are a good quilting choice - SITD or diagonal would both do very well. I think I would choose a yellow thread that blends with the yellow squares. The glorious thing about quilting batiks is how forgiving they are so even if your straight lines (or whatever motif you choose) are not perfect the batiks will camouflage them. Post more pictures when you are finished!

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    Agree with stitch in the ditch. You did a great job!

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    What a marvelous first quilt! You did good! I like the idea of the diagonal lines, too.

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    I did diagonal lines on my first quilts. I think they look great! I will still do diagonal for a quick quilt job on a smaller quilt.

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    Really like your colors, great job.

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    I would love to see it quilted in a variegated thread that has both green and gold in it. If you are brave, you could try a design in the gold blocks and stitch in the ditch in your 9 patch blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    I'm a big fan of diagonal quilting. For me it is easier than stitch in the ditch. It's a good beginner pattern. As for thread, it all depends on how much you want the quilting to show. I tend to pick a color that blends as much as possible to hide my goofs. One good way to decide is to just lay different colored threads on the quilt. Pick the one that you like best.

    Great first project. Happy quilting.
    I like Patti's idea as well as this idea. With doing SITD along the 9-patch seams extending them through the solid blocks, I would use a varigated thread with similar colors.

    I like to do diagonal stitching as well. I think the varigated thread would also do well for it.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Can't add any new ideas here... just wanted to say great job!

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    You did a great job for your first quilt. The colors are great too. I would go with gold and diagonal stitching. That is pretty simple and looks great. If you don't want to go with gold, the dark green would look nice too. Show us the finished product. Your corners are perfect.
    Sue

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    Agree. Cross-hatch is one of my favorites.

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    What a great quilt! I would do a meander fmq with a variegated yellow thread.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I think diagonal would look nice but I also think stitching 1/4" in from each seam would look nice too. I think SID is more difficult sometimes. You did a beautiful job with colors and piecing.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    Really beautiful quilt. Love the colors.
    Love to quilt

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    Nice quilt! What color thread are you going to use and what do you want to show up. Do you want your quilting to be the main focus point or is it just the quilt? I would do spirals in your squares block, do a flower motif (for me it would be sunflowers) in your open block, then I would quilt leaf vines all around your boarder. I would hold up different color threads to the quilt to see which thread gives you the desired effect you want. Looks like it will be a fun quilt to quilt.

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    I really think diagonal across going from corner to corner on small blocks continueing across the solid blocks. Going this way you material has some give and doesn't bunch up in front of you needle so bad.
    Good luck on a beautiful quilt

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    I love your choice of fabrics!

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    Your quilt is lovely! The swirls on the beige blocks speak to me and they're saying simple "straight lines please". Anything else would detract from the beautiful red swirls of color. Maybe a diagonal cross hatch of sorts on those blocks? or you could stitch lines to immitate the 9 patch blocks in your quilt?

    Whatever you decide, you can use clear plastic/dry erase marker to try out a pattern. Lay it on your quilt block to see if you like it. I save the stiff clear plastic from toy boxes for this use.


    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Gal View Post
    I just pieced my first project, a simple 9 patch wall hanging, and I don't know what pattern to use to quilt it. I've attached a photo here and I sure would appreciate some suggestions.

    I really am looking for something simple and traditional. I do have a machine with some really snazzy quilting stitches, but I haven't practiced with any of them yet.

    Thanks so much!
    Deb
    Last edited by Christine-; 09-27-2012 at 05:11 AM.

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