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    The post that got lost..

    Yesterday I started a thread (attempted to) and it got lost in cyber space. I wanted to ask for suggestions how I should try to quilt my 'trip around the world' that is one inch postage stamp blocks. I got the tops (a King and a Full) at an estate sale. They are entirely pieced by hand, by a lady who was quite elderly at the time they were made. I know that the stripe blocks are wonky, but I love them both just the same, and as I pd only $15 ea, I felt they were worth finishing for my own beds. The king is ready to go--all sandwiched---but I want advice on the quilting. I'm a hand quilter primarily, but have never done a postage stamp before, and want to do FMQ instead. Some sort of pattern that would lock the tiny blocks in place. I do not know how old her thread was, nor how stable the piecing will remain. Are there any suggestions to a pattern for the FMQ that might do what I want, yet not be over quilted? I will upload pix again and hope this post is successful. I've been holding off hoping for some idea input. Thanks all for reading.Name:  RTW-1.JPG
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    I apologize for the poor pix quality--should have redone it...the first one is my immediate project.

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    I don't have any suggestions for the quilting part. I'm still amazed at the "handiwork".

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    This is going to sound crazy but......I have a postage stamp quilt made by my great aunt. She hand quilted inside of each square. So much work!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjgallent View Post
    This is going to sound crazy but......I have a postage stamp quilt made by my great aunt. She hand quilted inside of each square. So much work!!!!!!
    NOT me!! Life is too short and it would prob show up in my estate as unfinished. I was thinking FMQ and meander across each and every block--if that won't be too much quilting to make it stiff feeling.

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    I always like the look of the loops and spirals. That might be subtle enough not to detract from the awesome quilting!

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    I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'll give you some Food for Thought on this ......... IMHO when you have such an antique (for real? or recently made, looking as such?) hand worked piece, I would honour it with the handquilting.
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    an amazing quilt... sorry, no suggestions
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    Meander sounds good. Do you have some experience with FMQ? If not, definitely create practice swatches before tackling a quilt like this.

    To keep the quilting soft, use a finer thread. I once close-stippled a doll quilt with regular thread; it came out stiff as a board! On my domestic machine, I now like Aurifil 50wt 2-ply cottong for quilting. It is a fine thread and does not create much lint. On my midarm frame, I use Glide 60wt polyester thread.

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    I was thinking stitch in the ditch according to colors. My word that is beautiful! I cannot imagine all the work it took to do that!

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    [QUOTE=QuiltE;5962890]I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'll give you some Food for Thought on this ......... IMHO when you have such an antique (for real? or recently made, looking as such?) hand worked piece, I would honour it with the handquilting.[/QUOTE
    I would def agree with you QuiltE--but this is a huge king size,; I think it's going to hang 'way over' my K bed, and I don't think I could endure that many 1" blocks in hand quilting--tho I do love to quilt by hand and am fairly good after yrs of practice. I don't know if the value is enhanced by costing a mere $15.00, tho I don't suppose you could replace it for a fraction of that. I'm just not "lovey dovey" about hand quilting this one. Maybe if I were to 'hand it down', or to sell it....?
    ELLIEGIRL...that is a unique suggestion--the thread color changes. I've put a backing of off white domestic (in keeping with the age of the top) and that would mean colored lines on the back. Oh why am I even concerned since I've already admitted I am keeping it for myself as a coverlet.!!
    And Prism99--yes I have done a number of lap quilts and couch size quilts with FMQ, tho I am not good enough to do the fancy feathers yet. Wish I could do them on this top.
    Thanks all you guys for your suggestions. I'll bring it back SOMEDAY! ha when I've finished.

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    Great quilt tops! I think that FMQ in an all over pattern would help stabilize the hand stitching. Bonnie Hunter was talking about a Bow Tie top someone had bought this week on Quilt Cam. She said since it's a common quilt and never going to be a museum piece, slap it on the machine and quilt it fairly closely. A finished quilt is better than it hanging around in a drawer for the next 20 years.

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    No wonder you purchased it. I can't imagine the work that went into that quilt. It is wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I was thinking stitch in the ditch according to colors. My word that is beautiful! I cannot imagine all the work it took to do that!
    That was my thought too. That is absolutely beautiful!!!
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    If it is hand pieced I would definitely not stitch in the ditch, you need something that will add stability. Can you do a baptist fan or orange peel? Something regular but with curved lines would enhance the pattern IMO.

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    Those quilts are beautiful! I can't be of much help with quilting options, but I just had to say "wow"!

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    Well...the decision was made. QuiltE suggested I hand quilt it because of it's heirloom quality. I began to FMQ this afternoon--it is such a large heavy quilt for moving around, even tho I have a large throat opening and a large table--I found it very difficult to work with. I have never machine quilted a big King size before. So the 1st time my thread broke (Oh yeah it did) that was that. I put it in a hoop and away I go--as soon as I rip the machine stitches out! I plan to do straight lines across the little blocks from one corner to the other. Then the same in across direction--making a grid pattern of quilting on the backside. I truly appreciate all the input, and this was what I needed to push me in the right direction (I think). Any rate, it will still be used by me. The other top--the full size, I might attempt that one with machine (or LAQ'r. Thx again everyone.

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    The first one I would just stitch in the dark color between the two strips that change colors, making the "squares" go out around the quilt. (Hope that makes sense.)

    The second one I see an eight point compass star in it, with lots of lines inside the star to hold the squares together(?) (You can see the center going out to the mitered right and left hand corners of the quilt.) Maybe not all the way to the corner, but on most of the top part showing on the bed. Don't know how to finish the rest of it.

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    i might go around some of them ...say the first red and white block then skip some rows and do the inside and outside zigzag of of the next red and white then skip to the green row and out to the end

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    What about cross hatch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I was thinking stitch in the ditch according to colors. My word that is beautiful! I cannot imagine all the work it took to do that!
    I would not change color of thread...do all in natural/off white....and keep it simple....just maybe diagonal line thru squares in two directions...that will keep with the age of it...and back it w/natural muslin...

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    "crosshatch" is what I'm doing...backing IS natural, and I will put a label on the back identifying the maker of the top.

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    That looks like a whole bunch of work. Just fantastic. I think meandering sounds like it would look good on this project. I am just learning this and am happy to get the thread info from Prism. My practice swatches have been a little stiff. Good luck!

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    The work you put into this quilt is amazing. I hope you get good suggestions from our wonderful LAQ's on the board. They have such imagination when it comes to quilting ideas.

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    I was given a TATW hand-pieced by my great-grandmother, or possibly great aunt, worked up to be about 70 inches square and I actually hand-quilted 1/4" inside each 2 1/2" square. I was younger then!!! Anyway, the hand quilting got better and it actually was what started me quilting nearly 30 years ago. It's got "1906" appliqued on the center square and I finished it in 1986.

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