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Old 05-04-2012, 04:54 PM
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I LOVE piecing the top of a quilt but when it comes to the actual act of quilting, it terrifies me!! I am so afraid of messing it up or afraid of it not looking good! Anyone else feel this way??? I just can't visualize what it will look like done.

I have made lots of blankets in the past but this will only be my second quilt and I really wanted to try free motion quiliting and do a meanderring (sp?) pattern but I have an old machine and I am having a hard time finding a FM foot that will fit my machine and I am running out of time to keep searching for one because the quilt is for my neighbor who is due to have her baby any day! So I need some ideas of how I can quilt on this pattern. My first quilt I SID but I wasn't sure that would look good on the backing fabric of this quilt. Any ideas would be appreciated!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:57 PM
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It is beautiful!! I have only hand quilted, and usually ouitine or SID..Recently I bought stencils that work nicely. Perhaps you can SID the outline of the block and find a simple pattern to put in the block..Love the owl fabric too..what are you going to use that for?? Also, for babies I usuually use a flannel for the backing.
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That's a beautiful top! So colorful!
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Very pretty and I love your owls. Not sure what to do to finish. Good luck. I'm sure someone will have an idea. Sue
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:25 PM
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The owl fabric is going to be my backing. So if I SID it will leave blocks on the owl fabric, will that look ok? Also, I forgot to ask what color I should stitch with, I was thinking a shade of pink.
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This pattern would really lend itself well to be SITD with a walking foot. Thats what I would do
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You could do an "X" across the squares, then go across in the middle, then up and down the middle like the stars we made when we were kids.

Or, use a squiggle instead of straight SID between two squares, up and down and across
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Don't use a foot at all. If your feed dogs will drop just go open needle. Oh, and don't sew one of your fingers in there.
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When you do find your foot, do NOT practice FMQ on a quilt top! Especially if you are pressed for time. You need to get some practice time in on scrap sandwiches. There are lots of videos out there to get you started. Do a search on FMQ on this board and there are lots of tips out there. For many people, it takes a bit of time to get the hang of it.
For this beauty, I would do straight line stitching, an "X" across the squares is a great suggestion!
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
When you do find your foot, do NOT practice FMQ on a quilt top! Especially if you are pressed for time. You need to get some practice time in on scrap sandwiches. There are lots of videos out there to get you started. Do a search on FMQ on this board and there are lots of tips out there. For many people, it takes a bit of time to get the hang of it...
I totally agree! Please do not start out FMQing on a beautiful little quilt top like this. It took me months of practice before I did anything I wanted to keep.

Here's a quilt I did awhile back using a quilting design with a walking foot that might look nice on your quilt. Take a look at the second picture (of the back) to see how it was quilted: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t154385.html

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