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Thread: Keeping fabric tight when quilting

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    The instructions I found on-line talk about sewing the blocks together then tying them when you baste the layers. I'd rather machine quilt the layers. My question is did you put sashing around the blocks or just sew the blocks together and then how did you quilt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanhcc
    My question is did you put sashing around the blocks or just sew the blocks together and then how did you quilt it?
    I did not put sashing between the shirts, but I did put some between the rows.. just for the look. The innerfacing makes the shirts stiff and keeps them from stretching.

    I had mine quilted on a long arm machine... a very loose meandering stitch. The top thread was monofilament and the bottom was black (the back was black).

    I made this for my SIL to give her dd and hubby as a wedding gift.

    I will be making one or more for my son who collects t-shirts. I am not sure if I will do it the same or add sashing completely around the shirts. I will probably quilt it here and if I do it will be something simple like in the ditch. The main thing is to not clutter up front so that you cannot see the t-shirt designs.

    Barb C

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    When I had a problem with puckering I read Harriet Hargraves book "Heirloom Machine Quilting". It really helped me get the basting part correct and once I had done that my quilting went well. If using polyester batting pinning closer is needed as it slips more, every 2-3 inches. I now use mainly wool batting as it has a little more grip and is warmer. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carla P
    Quote Originally Posted by susanhcc
    Gotta have a walking foot if you're machine quilting no doubt about it for the straight stiching of course like stitch in the ditch. I even used my walking foot for some decorative stitching while machine quilting. I did that on my son's pine needles block borders. Guess I'm a little unconventional.
    Hmmm... Well, I'm always being described as non-traditional by my friends & family, Tim is self admitted "weird", Patrice is a computer designing Guru Goddess, Kathy has a pet croc, Tricia is still dealing with snow, and the list goes on and on. But, we all love it here & each other, and everyone here has their perfect place in our family. I am sure "unconventional" is perfectly acceptable, and there is always room for one more at the dinner table!! :D (Wipe your feet, wash your hands, & have a seat!! :D It's Tim's turn to cook.)
    Iffum I cook, everyone has to taste. Unless you are allergic to chile peppers.

    I have a chicken rellinos recipe to knock yer socks off with. I will warn you though, it's not low calorie.

    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter

    Iffum I cook, everyone has to taste. Unless you are allergic to chile peppers.

    I have a chicken rellinos recipe to knock yer socks off with. I will warn you though, it's not low calorie.

    tim in san jose
    :shock: Us afraid to eat?? C'mon... We're quilters!!! Eating comes second in our lives... Right after fabric!!! :D

    Patrice, I think I need to add a cooking page to that website for Chef Tim & his "knock your socks off" recipe. Tim, cook up a batch, send me a picture of it and the recipe... and the cooked batch, of course. :D (someone will have to write up a testimonial... :lol: )

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    Has anyone used the walking foot when sewing the blocks to the long strips of sashing? If I don't then they never match up right and I end up having to redo and use the walking foot on the next try like I should have to begin with.

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    No, but that's a good idea. I just pin & ease, pin & ease... & pray...

    Do you put the sashing on top or the blocks?

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    This is when I have the short pieces of sashing already attached to the blocks, and am attaching the sashing to the long rows of blocks and sashing. If I don't use the walking foot, the the short pieces of sashing don't fall in line with the other side and it looks terrible. So I use the walking foot. Getting my 1/4 in seam is a challenge cause its hard to judge using the walking foot. But it beats having my sashing falling in the wrong spot.

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    JoAnns does carry the basting spray, I have also seen it at Walmart, but not sure about that now at mine, since the craft department is down to a bare minimum

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    I had a lot of trouble just like you until I bought a large fold down table at Joanns. I have trouble getting up off the floor once Im down so could not do it that way.
    I use those big black paper clips that you fold shut to hold the backing tight to the edge of the table. It works every time.
    The table goes on sale for $50 so watch for it or use a 50% off coupon.
    It is well worth the investment.
    I have used the spray and the iron on batting but this works much better.
    I also use cotton batting now. I use the bent safety pins that are easy to use and the quick pin device that you can buy at Quilt In A Day web site.

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    where do you but the 505 spray at? i use the june tailors. it works great for me. but am willing to try something different.

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    I have never used the Sulky but tried Sullivans and whatever WM sells. I like Sullivans best to the ones that I tried.

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    other than basting spray and pinning is there something else that you can
    bast with? someone told me awhile back that there was something. i don't remember what it is. or if there really is something. but since you ladies and guys are more experienced than i am i thought i would ask you. i use the sprays, but was just wondering.

    jeanette

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    I use sray all the time for everything and it works great. I use June Tailor brand, available at our Walmart for 6.00 or at Hobby Lobby for 9.00--exactly the same can, so it pays to look around price-wise.
    I, too, think the walking foot is a MUST. It takes so much of the frustration out of machine quilting.

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