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Long arm quilting a GFG

Old 06-12-2018, 05:18 PM
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I'm very new to long arm quilting. I have my first completed GFG that I want to LA. I watched a video where Jamie Wallen added a layer of muslin behind the top to avoid bearding between the open, hand stitched seams. Would you do this, or I thought about using featherweight iron on interfacing? I don't want to add unnecessary weight with the muslin, or possibly adding stiffness with the interfacing, but it needs to be able to hold up to use and laundering in a regular washing machine.

I am not going to hand quilt it. I made it for the fun of having a traveling project. That does not require me to learn to hand quilt.

Thank you for any help or insights.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:58 PM
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think this depends on how tight your stitches are and whether the "flowers" are appliqued onto another fabric or joined together. But since you plan to have this a "user" quilt, I'd go with the light wt. muslin, it won't add much wt (no more than fusible) and won't be stiff--like foundation piecing.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:11 PM
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I would use a very inexpensive, lightweight muslin. Wash and dry it first to shrink it. It shouldn’t add enough weight to make a difference and it will last. Featherweight iron on interfacing is not woven and so will eventually disintegrate, losing its ability to prevent bearding. The muslin I am thinking about is very light in weight — not the same kind of muslin you would use as background fabric in a quilt (e.g., Kona muslin).
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:07 PM
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Thank you. Muslin it is.
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