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Thread: quilting to camoflauge piecing flaws, any ideas?

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    Senior Member KellyK's Avatar
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    I finished piecing my first Quilt for Kids. There are a few points that don't match up. I'd like to blame it on the blocks in the kit being poorly cut but the reality is I'm just not that great yet. Not to mention that I can't bear to resew a seam, lol.

    I bought the batting for it today, but before I start quilting it, I thought I'd ask for suggestions on quilting to detract attention from the errors.

    It is a four patch, next to a "focus fabric" then four patch type of quilt, the patches are bright yellow and blue and the focus fabric is green.

    Any suggestions for quilting thread color are appreciated as well!

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    I do hand quilting and you can do some nifty 'cheats' with that, but I haven't ventured into quilting by machine yet.

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    Do a quilting thread that blends in. I believe I read a article(and this is what I do) is I do wavy quilting, I don't do straight. When you do straight quilting, it flaunts the flaws, instead of hides them. I'd suggest a overall stipple.

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    They like a lot of quilting on these quilts. I just use a variegated thread and do a large meander or loop de loop around the whole quilt.

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    The kids don't care if the points don't match and all over stipple would be great for this.

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    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how quilting will "make" your quilt.

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    I would meander or stipple it. I don't think those kids will care if everything is perfect. They are going to love that quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    The kids don't care if the points don't match and all over stipple would be great for this.
    I agree. When I mess up my points for a donation quilt I try and remember that the person getting it is usually in need of being warm and they really don't care if it is perfect. I know if I was in that type of situation I would be thankful someone was willing to think of me and spend the time making it.

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    Yup, I agree. Right on.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingbee12
    Do a quilting thread that blends in. I believe I read a article(and this is what I do) is I do wavy quilting, I don't do straight. When you do straight quilting, it flaunts the flaws, instead of hides them. I'd suggest a overall stipple.

    Emily

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    only us quilters notice points not matching...anyone (non-quilty) is going to admire the quilt and not know it is not exactly how you meant it to be...so although we strive for perfection it is just us...being critical. no one else knows when we mess up except us...unless of course we have a (moment) and point out our errors, or tell on ourselves.

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    Don't be so hard on yourself. I bet they want even notice. However you do have some good options that was stated above.

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    A cotton batting that shrinks a bit will hide both piecing and quilting irregularities after it's washed. Puckering is your friend.

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    Thank you all for the tips and the reassurance! I feel less apprehensive now.

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    Ha ha...puckering is your friend! I like that and it's so true. My Quilts for Kids was also a little off, but I sent it anyway. I didn't even take a picture of it. The child will still love it!!!

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    Once it's washed, you probably won't even notice. If it's that far off, maybe applique something over that spot. It can look intended, not like a coverup.

    Unroll a few different color threads and see what looks good to you. I love variegated thread. I have a pretty yellow variegated that I've used on a few different quilts. If you are uncomfortable with FMQ, blending the thread to the fabric will help hide mistakes too. I often use a serpentine stitch instead of stitch in the ditch. It's much more forgiving when I can't stay in the ditch. :)

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    I've used a decorative stitch over some "unmatched points". Maybe that will help.

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