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Quilting paper pieced quilts

Old 09-28-2011, 07:54 PM
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Hi all,
I have recently been playing around with some paper piecing and have not quite mastered the art yet! I am starting with some of the easier star patterns and am then going to move onto the more difficult patterns later. I have a question though. The more advanced starr patterns seem to be quite intricate and I was wondering....do you have them quilted after you have pieced them or are the patterns enough. I suppose you could choose for yourself, but I was wondering what others did.
Thanks for all your help once again fellow quilters ;-)
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:58 PM
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I always quilt them after I've assembled them into a top. You want to quilt them so the batting doesn't shift around, and the method you use to piece them really doesn't matter unless you are doing "quilt as you go".
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:28 AM
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since the quilting is to hold the batting/backing to the top- yes you quilt after constructing your quilt - even if the quilt top is intricate...an option would be to tie the quilt- but the 3 layers have to be held together somehow
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:40 AM
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On those tricky stars with all the points coming together in the center; you would avoid quilting in that specific area. Also, when you are assembling blocks that all come together in the center area like some stars--you don't sew all the way to the end. You sew up to the 1/4" from that intersecting point and back stitch. On the final seam when assembling the 2 halves, you sew all the way across/down. When you press out your blocks before assembling into rows--you may even have to press some seams open and I've even had to hammer some of them flatter like you do for rolled seams in denim.
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