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Thread: Please - Help me on how to quilt my 9 patch on my DSM.

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    Please - Help me on how to quilt my 9 patch on my DSM.

    OK, I finished piecing a 9 patch - one row is 8" sq nine patch blocks, next row is the same but every other block is a solid. It is Halloween fabrics.

    This will be my first attempt at quilting and I am not sure what to do. Do I do diagonals on the 9-patch blocks, then what on the solids? Or just do diagonals all blocks?

    If I could I would love to do a sort of spider web patter on the solids.

    Please tell me what you suggest, I am lost. NO idea what looks best on a 9 patch - busy fabric.

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    No idea, I do a large stipple on all my quilts. I love doing it and I love the looks of it. I also quilt on a DSM.
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    Jingle, I have never attempted stipple- or anything for that matter, I want to learn but think I need something real basic for the first attempt. Thanks! Hoping someone will be able to help and give me confidence I can do it!

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    There's a lot of possibilities!
    While you have told us your patchwork design, the fabrics may speak differently as to how to quilt
    ... please post a photo!!
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    if you are very new to the quilting, doing diagonals on all of the blocks would be a good way to get the feel of putting the quilt under the machine's harp. using a walking foot would help with this straight line design. if you want to try some free motion for the spider webs, i would suggest that you practice on a smaller quilt sandwich. please let us know how it came out.
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    If this is your first attempt at machine quilting you might want to view some videos on getting the sandwich ready. I am going to assume you basted the sandwich with spray basting, pin basting or thread basting? This keeps the layers from shifting as you move the sandwich around. Are you using a walking foot for quilting straight lines? It helps prevent puckers on the back. You could stitch diagonal lines from corner to corner of each block through the whole quilt. This will stabilized the quilt and will set you up to do spiderwebs in the plain blocks. The plain blocks will now have the two lines in it like a large X. Add the horizontal and verticul lines to the plain block and you have the frame for the spiderweb ready. Quilt in the web lines using the spiderweb frame.

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    Tartan, great advice, and yes I am getting the sandwich ready to go, so anxious. I think I am going to do just what you suggest ... stay tuned I will let you know how it goes. May take until next Halloween.......

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    I have a spider web template that I have used on more than one quilt. Love it and it sounds like the perfect quilting design for your quilt.

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    Just be very carefull with your directional sewing that it does not make your quilt go wonky....This happens when your feeders do not keep up with your top foot, so they are not being sewn together. To some degree your very good sandwiching should protect you here. I do not see any reference as to how big your quilt is... For your first one the smaller the better......I would strongly suggest that you make up a sample to play on first. take a piece of backing, batting and a random piece for top....sandwich as you are playing on doing. then play on your machine. I would make up a 36" square to play on, this will give you a decent idea of how you are going to have to push and pull....I have found that quilting gloves really help me, if you don't have a pair. A new pair of gardening gloves will work.
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    I started with stitch in the ditch but missed the ditch frequently. When I decided to make the jump to meandering I made a doll quilt and priacticed on that and then gave it to the granddaughter (I hate to waste anything) What about just outlining on the inside each square? Good luck, with some time you will be a champion of quilting your own things.
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    I can't add much to the great advice given by the others, just take it slow and don't stress yourself out. It doesn't take long to get the feel of it then away you go. Good luck with it, it sure sounds like a cute quilt. Show us when it is done.

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    If you have not yet basted the layers together, I highly recommend heavily starching the backing fabric. I do this by painting on a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water (using a large wall painting brush, so it is fast), tossing in dryer, then ironing with steam. I also spray starch the top before layering. Starch stabilizes the layers so there is less stretching and distortion while machine quilting.

    If you have already basted the layers together, you can still stabilize with layers of spray starch. Spray starch, let dry (a fan can speed this up), spray again, let dry. Do this on both sides of the quilt sandwich.

    If you are not doing to do free-motion quilting, then it helps a lot to use a walking foot.

    I do not recommend starting by sewing all the diagonals, because these are on the bias. One of the problems with lines that cross each other is that these are the places where any stretching of the fabric will show up as a pucker or tuck. All of the diagonals in your quilt are on the bias, and the longer a sewn line on the bias the more likely there will be some stretching of the fabric -- which will show up when you start quilting lines on the opposite diagonals. Starch and a walking foot will help prevent stretching, but a first-time quilter may not realize that you still need to handle the sandwich carefully.

    Ideally you would want to stitch on every block line across and up-down to stabilize the sandwich before sewing diagonals. However, stitching in the ditch (SID) is not that easy. What I recently did that I think would work on a Halloween quilt too is to SID with a fairly narrow zig-zag stitch instead of a straight-line stitch (using a colorful thread). This is a much more forgiving way to SID and is easy to do with a walking foot. Once all the block lines are stabilized, you could do all the diagonals. Once the diagonals are done, you could add lines in the plain blocks to the spider web veins, and then stitch lines to connect the veins. Because these would all be "wonky" zigzag lines, the spider webs would have wonky zigzag lines instead of straight lines.

    Create a practice sandwich out of muslin. If you like, you can even draw several blocks on it with a ruler and permanent marker. Then experiment with the above to see if you like it before using it on your quilt.

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    doing straight diagonal lines across the blocks would be the easiest and looks great. use a walking foot /quilting foot if you have one. have fun!!!

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    Since you've never quilted before, I would suggest a simple stitch in the ditch (or in my case stitch close to the ditch). If you still want to put the spider webs in, the STID stitching will help to hold your solid blocks in place for the free motion work. I would definitely practice on some quilt sandwiches first. Leah Day's website has many, many free motion design ideas and she also has some very instrutional videos on there. Good luck and I know you will do fine!

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