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Thread: How much quilting should I do on this?

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    Junior Member trugger's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,

    I've been secretly working on a signature quilt for my husband's birthday.
    I have it pieced and I hope it looks like a brick wall to everyone else.

    I'm going to thread-baste this on a friend's hinterberg, then quilt it with my walking foot.

    I think I should do horizontal passes on both sides of the long "mortar" pieces, but can't decide if I should do the same on the vertical mortar pieces (smaller ones between the bricks)

    I'd appreciate any advice!
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    That's really cool! It does look like a brick wall to me. Depending on the batting you are using, you will want to do something vertically, or maybe just outline the "bricks". IMO just quilting horizontally will not keep the batting from shifting or bunching.

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    What a great idea!!! It looks exactly like a brick wall, DH will love it!!! :D :D :D
    I would have to agree, that is an awfully long area without any quilting to help stabilize the batting.

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    So pretty!! :D I love the brick
    work look of your quilt. I don't
    have an answer about the quilting
    of it. Whatever you chose will
    be nice.
    :D :D :D :D

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    What a neat idea! Love your brick wall!!! If I were quilting it, I'd outline each "brick" so it really stands out :D

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    you could do diagonal stitching across the siggy blocks themselves. just a thought. some one direction, then the rest the other direction.

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    That is gorgeous. I'd do both horizontal & vertical that way you're sure it stays put. I can see you've put a lot of time into it. DH will adore it.

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    I have to agree with others I think quilting around each brick in the ditch or just a hair away from the ditch would really make those bricks pop and add to the illusion of a brick wall look.

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    It is amazing. Great job. For quilting I would go:

    Moving from left to right on each row, over the first brick, straight down, under the second, straight up, over the thrid, down, under the fourth, up, until you get to the end. This will minimize stopping and re-starting too many times, and going over areas alerady stitched. Most battings only need to be quilted at least every 10 inches, and that will cover it.

    Whatever you decide to do, it will be wonderful.

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    You did a great job, it looks like a brick wall. Your husband will love it. I can't help you with your problem though, but I'm sure that whatever you do with the quilting, it will be great.

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    Thanks everyone.
    I was secretly hoping that the expert concensus would be that "just the horizontal lines are enough!"
    I know I was dreaming!!!

    I think it'll be a bunch of stop-start, backstitch, stop start, etc!

    Ah! what wouldn't I do for this project now, anyway, right!?!

    While it might be a little bit cumbersome under the machine, it will be an easier task than sneaking around and meeting with my husband's friends.

    He has more than I had imagined!!!!

    Thank you, everyone, for confirming that I do need to do vertical lines.

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    Just for appearance sake, I would add the vertical quilt lines even if the batting didn't need them. I think it will give it a more finished look. That's the best looking signature quilt I've ever seen and I just adore your dog's siggy block!! :D Your DH is very much loved, that's for sure!

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    Junior Member trugger's Avatar
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    Thanks again, everyone.
    Everyone's comments were very helpful.
    I ended up quilting by machine only in the "mortar" areas, and did all the horizontal rows and between each brick.
    I think it looks sharp!
    It's done done done!
    The birthday's on 10-10... so I'm 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
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    It's awesome!!! Great job!! :D

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    Beautiful quilt I think it turned out absolutely wonderfully....AND beautiful dog. Hopefully he/she will give it up for your DH. My beagle LOVES my quilts lol. I am making him one of his own LOL :)

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