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Angellight 11-30-2018 07:49 AM

Internal battle
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I am trying to finish this quilt for my best friend for her Halloween birthday/Christmas. The first is an almost photo of the whole quilt. The second is an individual square. The last is experimental stitching from my machine to use in the borders.
I was given an opinion to do pebbling in the borders. I do not have the time or technical ability to do pebbling or feathers or (insert curvy stitching here) which is why I did the straight line to "echo' the design in the squares, and I do not want to spend my time ripping out stitching that I do not like, which I will do. I already have a couple issues with the vertical sashing not lining up, but it is too late to rip it out and I know "riding a horse at 50 feet" and my friend is not a quilter, so she would not know...
The design that I like is the zigzag with triangles. I want to use it in the 2 inner borders and twice in the outer border. Also, should I quilt the horizontal and vertical sashing, even though the vertical does not exactly line up?
My other option is just doing a straight line in the borders, but I do not believe that it will compliment the quilt but am also questioning whether the zigzag will compliment after all of the straight line & SID quilting . I know that the quilters on this board have great ideas, and there are some who use the bonus stitches on their machines, and those who do not. I'm kind of pressed for time, but it can be late, but would like to get it done and sent. Help???

Tartan 11-30-2018 08:54 AM

The trouble with using decorative stitches on quilts is, you need a fairly open design or the design loses definition with the thickness of the sandwich. The one with the little triangles looks fairly open so if you use a big stitch length it should work. Try it on a sample sandwich to see if you like it first.

thimblebug6000 11-30-2018 09:21 AM

Your quilt is beautiful, and I like the idea of using straight lines in the borders/sashings. I place tape along the seams and use it as my marker.
I like that decorative stitch, but do try it out first on a quilt sandwich if you decide to use it, because my machine does not do most decorative stitches nicely when using the walking foot.

QuiltnNan 11-30-2018 09:27 AM

The other consideration is what will the back look like?

Angellight 11-30-2018 10:25 AM

Thank you for the replies.
Nan, the back is the solid misty green. It pretty much mimics the front with SID and the straight line quilting. I'm not sure the decorative stitch would detract or enhance it either way.
Tumblebug and Tartan, I have used the decorative stitches on other quilts, usually a kid quilt, and yes I have had distortion usually caused by weight drag. I am quilting on my diningroom table in the hopes of eliminating most of that. If I do the straight line, how many rows do you think would be good? I had planned & marked for a center row. I think straight line will require more.? At least 2 rows in the inner border and 3 or 4 in the outer.
Thanks again,

Onebyone 11-30-2018 06:36 PM

Use the S (serpentine) stitch. It looks great and easy to do. I use it on most of my machine quilted quilts.

zozee 11-30-2018 06:53 PM

I also have had success with the serpentine and other wavy stitches when I want to jazz up a quilt without fancy quilting.

I'd probably do 3 lines per block and 1 down the center of each sashing strip.

Keep an eye on your bobbin thread. I'm always surprised how fast quilting uses it up!

Once you wash the quilt, you probably won't notice the vertical misalignments. (I don't see them even though you pointed them out.) There's always a magical transformation when that beauty comes out of the dryer all crinkly and soft.

Maggie_Sue 11-30-2018 07:00 PM

Your quilt is beautiful!!! Sounds to me like you have been given great advice!!!

quiltingshorttimer 11-30-2018 07:16 PM

I would worry about the decorative stitches causing bunching to occur. What about doing piano keys--that would work with your other straight line quilting but dress up the border at the same time.

sewbizgirl 11-30-2018 07:56 PM

Picking out stitching you don't like on a quilt is tedious. Try this instead: Make a few placemat sized sandwiches with some ugly fabric and scrap batting pieces and keep them by your machine. Try out stitches on your practice sandwiches and don't put them on your quilt until you are sure you like them on the sandwich. This will save you a lot of time with your seam ripper.

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