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    Quilting Ideas for a scrap quilt

    I have a baby quilt (45x60), yes, I make them big to fit in the cribs and then on toddler beds. Anyway, it is just squares sewn together. I think they are 4" squares. I need to have it quilted by Thursday, and probably won't get started on quilting it until tomorrow. I have it sandwiched all together. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Can you trace and enlarge one of the motifs in the fabric for a quilt design? If not, how about quilting yellow ducky outlines in the squares? Stars or hearts are a cute quilt patterns for baby quilts too.

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    You could definately do cross hatch quilting. I have done this on my last 2 baby quilts which were mainly just squares sewn together. I really like the look and it goes pretty quickly!
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    Have you ever thought of using a double needle and then crosshatching? Another idea would be to lengthen the 3 point zigzag stitch so that you get a narrow serpentine stitch and crosshatch with that.
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    A double needle and cross hatching will leave the back of the quilt looking kinda sloppy, I'd think.

    Maybe do a large meander or other overall design for the quilting. I find I don't like doing SID that much.

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    I think it all depends on my how time you want to devote to it and how experienced you are and what you want to do. I stitched by the ditch on several of these which are 4" scrappy squares. I really liked how they turned out.Name:  smaller green blue scrappy.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    You could definately do cross hatch quilting. I have done this on my last 2 baby quilts which were mainly just squares sewn together. I really like the look and it goes pretty quickly!
    Can u pls post a pic of that. I am still learning how to use my rulers with the long arm and that is something I want to try on some scrappy quilt. Thanks
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    justflyingin, I really like your quilt. What kind of batting did you use? I haven't decided what I am doing yet, but this may be an idea.

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    the twin needle idea may be a good idea. Will have to play with it and see if I like it.

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    justflyingin...I like the "stitch by the ditch" idea. Your quilt looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charming View Post
    Can u pls post a pic of that. I am still learning how to use my rulers with the long arm and that is something I want to try on some scrappy quilt. Thanks

    All over cross hatching is easier to do on a domestic machine than a LA. I do ruler work for SID and some background fill cross hatching but it is a chore to do it all over on a quilt and unless you mark in advance it is really easy for your lines to stray of the straight and narrow, even with a ruler.

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    I like using the serpentine stitch for scrap quilts and do large scale cross hatching.

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    If you want to do it a little fancier than just stitch in the dtich or cross-hatch, try:
    1. using the walking foot, quilt 1/4" from each seam line (both sides)
    2. if your machine have a serpentine stitch (a wavy line) stitch in the ditch with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I think it all depends on my how time you want to devote to it and how experienced you are and what you want to do. I stitched by the ditch on several of these which are 4" scrappy squares. I really liked how they turned out.Name:  smaller green blue scrappy.JPG
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    This isn't what I call stitch in the ditch, looks like what I call echo quilting 1/4" from the stitch line...I like that look!

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    Ideas for quilting scrap quilt

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddybear Lady View Post
    justflyingin...I like the "stitch by the ditch" idea. Your quilt looks great.
    Would someone please clue me in on quilting the duck, ect, mentioned in the ideas for this quilt? I am interested for the next baby quilt, which I am sure I will be making!
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    I recently did two scrap quilts by machine knotting them and then meandering on the borders. Fast and looks good.

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    I have made dozens of baby quilts that size, and larger and I use either a straight stitch or a slightly elongated zig-zag stitch sewing across the squares diagonally. I haven't mastered FMQ, but on even simple 9-patch blocks I quilt across the squares and I like to use a pretty rayon thread, sometimes variegated, simple quilting, but the rayon thread gives it a little jazz.

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    To do a large meandering or stippling stitch is very quick. The next quickest thing in my opinion would be cross hatching.

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    I love the look of cross hatching and do it whenever I can. It is easy. You can mark with a ruler and chalk, or use masking tape.

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