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Old 12-15-2008, 07:44 PM
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I know everyone here LOVES to make quilt tops, as do I. However, I do not like trying to get them together. :(
I've tried tying one (came out, but I prefer the quilted look), I've tried quilt-as-you-go, (easy, BUT time consuming).
I really would like to machine or hand quilt something larger than about 45", which is the biggest I've attempted. :oops:
I called my local quilt shop, and they want $65 to quilt a 50 x 60" quilt.
Is this about right? She also said that she could "baste" my quilt about every 3" so I could machine quilt it. Has anyone had this done? Did the basting hold up long enough to get all the machine quilting done?
Sorry this is so long...
:roll: Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:50 PM
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Hi Grace,
You can spray your quilt sandwich with basing spray, there are several kinds available, and the quilt in the ditch, or even across the diagonal. I have a couple of patterns that I have used that I quilted across the diagonal with first a regular straight stitch, using a walking foot, and after I got my new machine I used a fancy stitch without the walking foot. There have been a couple of good threads on here lately about spray-basting, everyone's preference and how to best do it. After I baste mine, if I am quilting on the diag, I frequently will use cheap narrow masking tape and mark the quilting lines on one direction, then roll the quilt from either side leaving a tape line in the approximate middle to start the quilting, just unroll from one side and reroll on the other until you go across the first half of the quilt. I then will put in on the floor and reroll the quilted side nice and tight and start over with the other side. I have made about a dozen queen size quilts and have quilted them on my regular sewing machines.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
Hi Grace,
You can spray your quilt sandwich with basing spray, there are several kinds available, and the quilt in the ditch, or even across the diagonal. I have a couple of patterns that I have used that I quilted across the diagonal with first a regular straight stitch, using a walking foot, and after I got my new machine I used a fancy stitch without the walking foot. There have been a couple of good threads on here lately about spray-basting, everyone's preference and how to best do it. After I baste mine, if I am quilting on the diag, I frequently will use cheap narrow masking tape and mark the quilting lines on one direction, then roll the quilt from either side leaving a tape line in the approximate middle to start the quilting, just unroll from one side and reroll on the other until you go across the first half of the quilt. I then will put in on the floor and reroll the quilted side nice and tight and start over with the other side. I have made about a dozen queen size quilts and have quilted them on my regular sewing machines.
Thanks for the info! I never thought of just quilting on the diagonal. :oops: Do you mean just quilting corner to corner?
About how far apart do you make each row? I have some basting spray that I tried on a small wall hanging. It did work really well for that, but I was afraid that the backing fabric might pucker on the back of something larger. :?:
Thanks again!
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I have quilted in the diagonal, mine are spaced 1-1/2" apart.

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:20 PM
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On a couple of quilts that had 9" blocks, I just came down each block from corner to corner so the stitching was 4.5 in apart. It depends on your batting, I always use warm and natural and you can quilt up to 10 in or so apart. You could also then go from corner to corner the opposite direction so you end up with like a cross-hatching.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:52 AM
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I am trying to bulid up the courage to machine quilt, I think the idea of diagonal lines would be a good starting point.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:53 AM
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I did mean to ask did you start from the edge or the middle and work out?
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:14 AM
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I found a gal in Fresno that was VERY reasonable. She did a full size for me, the charge was $35. Her quilting was pretty good. That was a little more than a year ago, so her prices may have gone up some. If you would like, I can give her a call and PM you. At the time I brought in the full, I asked her how much for a king and she said $55.
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:41 AM
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Jean

I finished a 50 x 60 Christmas Wreath Log Cabin quilt this year and wanted it done in time for Christmas to give to my mother. No one locally had time. SO I used the internet, found Ginny at Sew Kountry Fabrics in Clarksville, AR. I took a chance and sent her that quilt and a lap size trip around the world. She is extremely reasonable!

I never thought I'd send off a quilt but hey the people here are way high compared to her and their skills are actually the same.

I have 3 quilt tops that I really like and want them professionally quilted, I'll be sending to her after the first of the year.

Even with shipping/handling, etc it's still a better price.

My machine quilting skills are coming along but that's not what I enjoy.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:44 AM
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My lqs suggested having a longarmer baste one I am working on. I just may do that.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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