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Thread: Quilting in diagonal lines ??????????

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    I am trying to quilt a disappearing nine patch using diagonal lines through the corners of the blocks. My question is......I have always heard you start in the middle of your quilt and go out, but how would you do that with diagonal lines. Or should you just pin very well and start in one corner and alternate diagonals? Could really use your quilter advice.

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    Sheila

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    I'm still on the new side but if it were me I would ly out all of the lines and then starting from the middle I would quilt outward then spin it around and do the other half. Then lay out the other set of lines and since your fabric is already secured from the first round of quilting then I would just quilt it from one side to the other.

    Billy

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    I'm no expert. I'm barely even a quilter, but on advice from the board I did the diagonal quilting on my bow tie quilt exactly as Billy said.

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    i pin and then do the lines from corner to corner

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    I do corner to corner on my lap quilts, but I starch both top and bottom, use basting spray, and pin here and there for added security.

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    Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it!

    Sheila

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    Hi Sheila,

    When I quilt diagonal lines on my quilts, I first put a strip of painter's tape (the blue stuff), from one end, like top left, to the other, bottom right. Once I've quilted that line, I take up the painter's tape and reposition it along the opposite corner to corner diagonal line of the quilt. This makes an 'X' across the quilt.

    Once I've done that I just keep repositioning the tape from these center lines out the way out to the outer corners. Repeat for the opposite side. I learned this technique from Harriet Hargrave's "Heirloom Machine Quilting" book, a must have, I think for any aspiring quilter.

    NOTE: For a rectangular quilt, you can make two 'X's over the quilt top. Hope this makes sense.

    Have fun and keep us posted.

    Happy sewing,

    Karla in CO

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    I love blue painter's tape. So many uses for quilting.

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    I am glad to hear that the way I have been doing it is the popular consensus :D:D:D After I make the first big X I lay it down and check to make sure the basting spray is holding and that it is looking good...then I quilt on :D:D:D

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    I start in the middle and quilt on the diagnal from one end, then go back and finish from the middle to the other end. Once I have the main diagnals done, I don't worry about it and just start wherever it is most convenient. I haven't had any problems with my quilts not coming out square so I figure it works well and since it works, I'm afraid to mess with it.

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    I use the painters tape to mark a straight line and then go from corner to corner and move outward from there. I have not had any trouble going the full length of the quilt.
    Pretty much the same as Tiffany.

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    I start in a corner for diagonal lines and I use an old pizza cutter and a ruler to mark my lines. I am lazy and hate to remove the painters tape. I was using a Hera marker and it kind of drags on a long line I thought that it would be nice if it rolled like my chalk marker (which is more or less worn out)Then the lightbulb went on. My pizza cutter is so dull it would not even cut pizza anymore so I tried it. I did test it first to be sure.

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    Today I am quilting very long diagonal lines across the log cabin quilt that I'm making for DH, using blue painter's tape, and a walking foot on my Bernina (old model 830). On a rest break now because my shoulders hurt.

    I saw a picture of a "manly" quilt done completely in single direction, diagonal lines that I got my heart set on doing. Right now I'm questioning my sanity! Keeping that sucker pinned and rolled up on the bias is a challenge, as is stitching. There are no landmarks to keep the lines straight.

    I'm quilting every inch, so I found that if I use 1 inch painter's tape every other line, it is adequate. The alternate times I use the measuring guide on the walking foot set for one inch.

    Cross my fingers, no pleats on the back yet, but I do have some wobbles in my lines from shoving the bulk of the quilt around.

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    Dull pizza cuter!!! What a great idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    I start in the middle and quilt on the diagnal from one end, then go back and finish from the middle to the other end. Once I have the main diagnals done, I don't worry about it and just start wherever it is most convenient. I haven't had any problems with my quilts not coming out square so I figure it works well and since it works, I'm afraid to mess with it.
    Ditto here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigip
    I start in a corner for diagonal lines and I use an old pizza cutter and a ruler to mark my lines. I am lazy and hate to remove the painters tape. I was using a Hera marker and it kind of drags on a long line I thought that it would be nice if it rolled like my chalk marker (which is more or less worn out)Then the lightbulb went on. My pizza cutter is so dull it would not even cut pizza anymore so I tried it. I did test it first to be sure.
    You could submit that tip to Fons and Porter's and I bet that you would win a subscription to their magazine! What a great tip! Thanks for sharing your "light bulb" moment!

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    After I stitch from corner to corner, I start the next row from the opposite side of where I started the first row. I continue alternating rows. If this doesn't make sense, I'll try to explain in a different way.

    Connie - Indy

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