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Thread: How to quilt my first donation quilt?

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    Junior Member Laura F's Avatar
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    I am ready to pin and quilt but I am not sure how I should quilt this kids quilt. The directions for the donation is to machine quilt tightly because it will go through lots of washings. When finished I will be sending it to Oregon. This is one of the kits that I picked up at the quilt show in Sisters Oregon. I have only done sid and stipple. I do not have a long arm, I am using my Juki. Thank you for any help given.

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    I don't know but the quilt is really cute.

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    What a cute quilt! I am going to tell you how I would quilt it, though I am
    not an expert at this, having only been quilting 2 years, and mainly using SID.

    First, I would SID. Then I would stitch from one side to the other....half way through your large focus fabric. Then I would do the same thing lengthwise.
    Then I would stitch in the middle of your border, dividing it in half, like another frame. I'd use blue painter's tape as a guide line.

    I have never done stipple, and barely know what that is. Maybe that is the way to go...but I can do straight lines. I will be reading what others suggest, hoping to learn more, as I always do from this site.

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    What Dina said would work fine.

    You can also cross hatch - draw a diagonal line from corner to corner both directions then using those lines as a guide sew parallel lines about 3" away from the first ones. That makes diamond shapes in the quilting which looks cool.

    I've made a few quilts for Quilts for Kids and I've done some as Dina said and some using the cross hatch.

    Really cute quilt. I know some child will love it.

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    Thank you for the help. I'll sleep on it and keep looking at it. I might try the cross hatch and do something different in the boarder. Thank you again.

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    Great idea! Wonder if there's skinny blue tape to cross hatch??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    What Dina said would work fine.

    You can also cross hatch - draw a diagonal line from corner to corner both directions then using those lines as a guide sew parallel lines about 3" away from the first ones. That makes diamond shapes in the quilting which looks cool.

    I've made a few quilts for Quilts for Kids and I've done some as Dina said and some using the cross hatch.

    Really cute quilt. I know some child will love it.
    After I draw my first line... is there something you use to guide your sewing of parallel lines? Blue painters tape would work (I think) if I wanted 1 inch lines and wanted to take it off after every two lines sewn.

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    I have a little gadget called a "quilting guide". It fits through a hole in the back of the thingy that holds the foot and is good up to 3". Got it at Amazon.com - it showed up as a "you might also like this" selection. But ... I'm wondering if you could tape on anything - a craft stick or anything that gave you the right size. I have a friend that marks all the lines with chalk - using 3 yd sticks taped together. Another holds a small clear ruler next to her foot as she sews.

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    I have done stipple on my donation quilts, SID is good too. Do what. Is easier and fun for you. The kids will love it. If you Sid just across all rows one direction it will be plenty of quilting and hold up in washing cause your sashing appears thin, smaller than 3inches.

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    I would do as trif says or maybe a small zigzag across the seams. Do whatever is fun for you. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs
    Great idea! Wonder if there's skinny blue tape to cross hatch??
    I use the painter's blue tape for cross hatch too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    What Dina said would work fine.

    You can also cross hatch - draw a diagonal line from corner to corner both directions then using those lines as a guide sew parallel lines about 3" away from the first ones. That makes diamond shapes in the quilting which looks cool.

    I've made a few quilts for Quilts for Kids and I've done some as Dina said and some using the cross hatch.

    Really cute quilt. I know some child will love it.
    This is what I do for Quilts for Kids as well. They feel that is 'heavily' quilted and are very happy with them. And I use my regular machine; no walking foot and don't have any issues.

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    I tried cross hatch with 1 inch blue tape on a sample piece and it was fun to do. I think that is what I will do. Thank you for all of your help.

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    Hello and what a nice donation. I think If it were me, I would stipple. You can run with it and have fun.
    Our guild made baby quilt donations to a local center for parents in need. It is a really cool concept. They register with the center and earn points. for every class, video, and lecture they attend, they go to they earn points and have the oppurtunity to shop in the store. They earn points for attending church, volunteering in the store and more. They can purchase diapers, food, quilts etc.We made over 35 for the center and it was really gratifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura F
    I tried cross hatch with 1 inch blue tape on a sample piece and it was fun to do. I think that is what I will do. Thank you for all of your help.
    With the cross hatch, you may want to try a wobble stitch. Use the zig zag with a very small width and the length you would use for your cross hatch. It gives an interesting finish and you won't notice any wobble that you may make. I learned about this from Sewing with Nancy.

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