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Thread: I am about 2 seconds from going back to sewing doll clothes

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    If you sewed doll clothes, quilting should be a cinch. I cannot sew those little things.

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    I just finished my first quilt but I haven't done the 'quilting' yet. My next project is a doll quilt. That will allow me to quilt and play with dolls!!!!
    I had to grow older--I refuse to grow up!!!!

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    It will get better so keep going and then you will love it.

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    Just quilt the smaller ones and send out the bigger ones to a longarm quilter. That is what I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMB
    THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH !!!! I feel better. I wondered how in the world a woman could possibly do a quilt if it was so hard... if nothing else it gave me a deep respect for my 85 year old grandmother that made quilts for everyone in the family... LORD I HAD NO CLUE how hard it was. I WILL look into making smaller pieces and quilt as you go, and not doing the next one with stitch in the ditch. And yes, because of you, when this one is done, there will be another. You are all so great! Thank you
    Not to disrespect your grandmother, but she probably did not do her quilting by machine.
    I agree that FMQ or SID is hard. When I started quilting I said that I would do the WHOLE thing by myself....well, now I have revised that idea - some quilts I will do the whole thing and some will go to a LAQ.

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    Nope!! It doesn't any get better when you try this on a regular sewing machine. That's why there are mid-arm and long-arm machines and that's why I got one after 3 or 4 of these quilting sessions with my regular machine. Decided that 'life's too short' to be so frustrated.
    I really like your quilt pattern tho.
    Carole

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan b
    I just finished my first quilt but I haven't done the 'quilting' yet. My next project is a doll quilt. That will allow me to quilt and play with dolls!!!!
    I had to grow older--I refuse to grow up!!!!
    HAHAHAHA I like that a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana2boys
    Nope!! It doesn't any get better when you try this on a regular sewing machine. That's why there are mid-arm and long-arm machines and that's why I got one after 3 or 4 of these quilting sessions with my regular machine. Decided that 'life's too short' to be so frustrated.
    I really like your quilt pattern tho.
    Carole
    Thank you. I got the pattern from a link given to me here. I saw a couple of quilts like that and fell in love with the pattern. The piecing went really well... much better than I thought it would... but the danged quilting was ... really awful!

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    It will get better! Hang in there. :lol:

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    When I do diagonal lines on a quilt, I use blue painter's tape and follow that to get straight lines. Tonight I started to SID on a baby quilt and I decided to use the blue tape as a guide along the seam. I also reduced the speed on my machine and it turned out much better than it usually does. I realize that using the tape might not work on a twin-size quilt but thought I'd mention it anyway. My SID looks better than it ever did before. So hang in there...it will get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    When I do diagonal lines on a quilt, I use blue painter's tape and follow that to get straight lines. Tonight I started to SID on a baby quilt and I decided to use the blue tape as a guide along the seam. I also reduced the speed on my machine and it turned out much better than it usually does. I realize that using the tape might not work on a twin-size quilt but thought I'd mention it anyway. My SID looks better than it ever did before. So hang in there...it will get better.
    Well here's a stupid question. Where do you put the tape? On the quilt? Doesnt it get all sticky? I use painters tape on my machine to do like one inch or something then rip it off when I am done... but how do you use it to do what you said?

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    You may want to reconsider those doll clothes. I made Barbie clothes for my daughters when they were young. Recently I started making Barbie clothes for my grand daughters. Somehow in the passing years the clothes got really small. I can hardly see the seems any more.

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    Well here's a stupid question. Where do you put the tape? On the quilt? Doesnt it get all sticky? I use painters tape on my machine to do like one inch or something then rip it off when I am done... but how do you use it to do what you said?[/quote]

    Blue painter tape does not leave residue. It comes up realy nice and can be used over again. Also it comes in several widths so it can be used as quide for lines that you want a distance apart.

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    It does get easier. Your quilt is really lovely. Maybe try some lap size quilts and practice up a bit - the smaller size is easier to handle. Don't give up. You do lovely work. :thumbup:

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    I machine quilted an oversize King Size quilt as a wedding present for my daughter on my little old circa 1955 straight stich Singer Sewing Machine summer before last. I cut the batting into three sections, spray glued one section, meander-quilted that one section (it was the left hand side of the quilt so that all that was under the arm of the sewing machine was two layers of fabric and at times, some of the batting. Once I had one section quilted, I sewed together and glued in the middle section, quilted that, and then the last section. It worked like a charm. The top and backing were all one full size piece, but without the batting, it fit under the head of my machine. It was not "easy", but it was do-able and going forward, I will do the same for any other large quilt. This may not help with this particular quilt, but try it with other quilts. It makes a difference.
    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    Well here's a stupid question. Where do you put the tape? On the quilt? Doesnt it get all sticky? I use painters tape on my machine to do like one inch or something then rip it off when I am done... but how do you use it to do what you said?
    Blue painter tape does not leave residue. It comes up realy nice and can be used over again. Also it comes in several widths so it can be used as quide for lines that you want a distance apart.[/quote]

    I put the tape as close as I could to the seam where I wanted to SID. Then you sew as close to the tape as you can, so at least you end up with a straight line. When I use it for diagonal lines I just match it with the sewn line and so it keeps straight, evenly spaced lines. I like it much better than marking lines with some type of marking pencil.

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    I don't like wresting with quilts either so I understand your duress!

    For that reason, I only FMQ smaller quilts, like those for kids or lap quilts. The large quilts I will do SITD (recently discovered I like using decorative stitches so I don't have to concentrate so hard in making sure the stitching doesn't veer off the seam) or other easy techniques but I'll still do FMQ on the borders cuz it is easier than doing the center of the quilt.

    Yes, practice practice makes it easier. Don't despair, just go with it and have fun

    Your cat quilt is purrfectly adorable!

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    Oh just saw the reference to quilting in sections ... I've been meaning to try that but keep forgetting about it.

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    I love your quilt. Do you know the name of the pattern and where I can get one? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    Well here's a stupid question. Where do you put the tape? On the quilt? Doesnt it get all sticky? I use painters tape on my machine to do like one inch or something then rip it off when I am done... but how do you use it to do what you said?
    Blue painter tape does not leave residue. It comes up realy nice and can be used over again. Also it comes in several widths so it can be used as quide for lines that you want a distance apart.
    I put the tape as close as I could to the seam where I wanted to SID. Then you sew as close to the tape as you can, so at least you end up with a straight line. When I use it for diagonal lines I just match it with the sewn line and so it keeps straight, evenly spaced lines. I like it much better than marking lines with some type of marking pencil.[/quote]

    Thank you. I was afraid to try it on the material... but now I know I can try that. I always make better lines if I have something to go by... not a real good eye for a straight line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doridori
    I machine quilted an oversize King Size quilt as a wedding present for my daughter on my little old circa 1955 straight stich Singer Sewing Machine summer before last. I cut the batting into three sections, spray glued one section, meander-quilted that one section (it was the left hand side of the quilt so that all that was under the arm of the sewing machine was two layers of fabric and at times, some of the batting. Once I had one section quilted, I sewed together and glued in the middle section, quilted that, and then the last section. It worked like a charm. The top and backing were all one full size piece, but without the batting, it fit under the head of my machine. It was not "easy", but it was do-able and going forward, I will do the same for any other large quilt. This may not help with this particular quilt, but try it with other quilts. It makes a difference.
    Good Luck!
    Thank you. Not only was that a great idea but I actually understood what you ment. Sometimes I dont always get the concept because I havent been at this long enough. Next big quilt I do I will try it your way.

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    I think its a nice quilt. I too have the quilt over my shoulder on the floor and everywhere. It doesn't help that I am short to begin with with short arms and short legs and "Lord, if there is another life after this one, please please give me long legs and long arms. Thank you in advanced." And I always need a "boob" guard. You know for those times your quilt is thrown over your shoulder while it has pins in it and you lean forward or adjust the quilt and your "boob" gets poked. So If I remember which really isnt very often, I have a little 4 x4 inch cutting mat that I will insert into my bra to prevent those moments of Unpleasantness. LOL My biggest fear about this is that I will have to go to the store or something and it will still be in there. LOL

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    I know how you feel. I can't wrestle a large quilt either. I do the quilt as you go and it works wonderful. It breaks it down into managable sections.
    I also send out my large quilts to a long arm quilter. It is not worth the struggle.

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    It will get better Smikles. Keep on quilting.

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