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Thread: Quilting in Sections

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    I have to do a king sized quilt soon and have bee dreading it becuase it will be so hard to quilt. I also plan to purchase John Flynn's machine quilting frame but quilting in sections, evn using his frame sounds like the way to go. One reason I was hesitating to do it in sections was because, before today, I thought the back had to be slipstitched together and I don't like to do hand stitching. But next time I go to the library, I will see if they have any of those books.
    I like the idea of a fancy machine stitch where the pieces come together. that seems to be a great idea! :D

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    becky would you please send me the directions on the cotton method my e-mail is [email protected] thanks dorothy from tenn

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    Vicki, I am quilting in the mountains. That's my house, except the hills are farther away. And my house is an older mobile home. And my yard is a MESS. Well, I do have the snow and the trees.....and a good imagination. :roll:

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    I have a john Fry quild frame I dont have a place big enofe to use it you need at least 9 foot Neva

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    That is a picture of our retirement house to be. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we hav the important things like a TV and a porch swing :!: :D The closest town is about 15 miles away is the county seat and has not one but @ quilt shops :!: So it was meant to be :D Now I am not against going to Wal Mart either, but my sister lives in a town of 10-15,000 and they have none! So I think God had a hand in helping us find this house in the country. :D

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    2, 3, or ten, what ever works for you. I did one in thirds, and now I want to do one by about 24 inch blocks, I'm new to machine quilting so it is difficult for me, just need to practice, let us know how it goes

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    :wink: Wonderful idea in fact I did think of it years ago, Oh well,Soooo easy to do and smaller is easier on the longarm as well, Live and learn.

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    I've been doing it this way for years...in fact, I've never done a bed-quilt entire. I design all my quilts, so it's easy to plan the quilt to facilitate this type of construction.

    Just draw your design so that you can construct in quarters; they don't even have to be equal in size; a quilt that is 5 by 6 squares can be constructed in 2 sections of 9 squares and 2 section of 6 squares. It's all the same in the end. Quilt each section....so much easier to handle (I do all my quilting on a little table).

    You can even plan your inner and outer borders accordingly to work out in each section. When all sections are done, I pin back backing and batting and sew sections together so the top is matched and stitched to make the divisions invisable. then trim batting up to the seam line in back and fold backing over the opposing section of backing and batting and tack down in small, even stitches. It works! And it holds up ;

    my favorite old quilt on my bed is good as new even after several years of use. Hope this helps!....Mary

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    RE: Quilting as you go
    Greetings,
    I've been browsing the net trying to find info on RE: topic when I came across you comment. Can you please provide a book title (or 2) for Marti Mitchell that you think has the best info on this topic. I would greatly appreaciate your input and a lead on checking out her books.
    Thanks again. :roll:

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    Hi all,

    Recently on a rerun of Simply Quilts I saw a procedure called Devide and Conquer. Since I only have a six foot table and not enough floor space for a large quilt it worked well for me.
    1. Prepare backing and batting for your quilt top
    2. Lay them out, but mentally devide the quilt into thirds and only pin the middle third. (On the show they used basting spray, but I don't have the space for that.)
    3. Mark the top left and top right of quilt top and batting
    4. Using a large zigzag cut, cut away batting on both sides.
    5. Quilt the middle section. Since the side batting is gone, there isn't much bulk and everything fits under a regular sewing machine.
    6. Using a large whip stitch, attach batting on one side. Pin or baste and quilt
    7. Do the same with the other side.
    I randomly quilted a king size quilt using this method and it was fairly easy.
    Marylou

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    i have done quite a few "quilt as you go." it's common for the log pattern design. however, i've also done the center of the quilt in the regular way- it's easier to quilt by machine if it's small - then added the borders in the quilt as you go method. this is alot easier to manage. the borders i also quilt on the machine after adding them but since you don't have to get to the center of the quilt, it's easier.

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    Hello Norma,

    I have never tried this method, but I watched a show on television about it this morning on "Sewing with Nancy". It looks like something I would like to try when I start my next quilt. You can purchase the instructional DVD on her website: sewingwithnancy.com.

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    Hi Marylou,

    I recently finished a quilt that measures 115 x 115 (I'm using it as a bedspread on my king size bed). I also used this method for quilting (didn't see the program you watched, just figured it out on my own) and it worked out well. Will send pics if you wish !! I just joined this forum today. I think I'm going to like it :lol: I too was doing a search on reversible quilts. Think I will try the cotton method of "one way" and "highway" stitching for assembly on my next project.

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    Hi Joyful, I would love to see a picture of your quilt. I am glad it worked for you, I am trying to decide what to do next, but will definately use this process for all my large quilts. Marylou :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyful_noise
    Hi Marylou,

    I recently finished a quilt that measures 115 x 115 (I'm using it as a bedspread on my king size bed). I also used this method for quilting (didn't see the program you watched, just figured it out on my own) and it worked out well. Will send pics if you wish !! I just joined this forum today. I think I'm going to like it :lol: I too was doing a search on reversible quilts. Think I will try the cotton method of "one way" and "highway" stitching for assembly on my next project.
    Hi Joyful, welcome to the forum. I think it's a great place to hear from others who love to sew and you get lots of ideas and tips as well as applause! :D

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    Hi Stay at home ! Thank you so much for the welcome. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. I am sure I am going to like it here and I sure can use the help and suggestions I can get from all the more experienced quilters :D .

    BTW, I love your signature !!

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    Will Do !! as soon as someone explains how to send pics on this website !!! :wink:

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    Oooo this is a good thing,never heard of it.

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    I tried the Cotton Theory of Quilting with Highways and one way streets but when I got to the intersection, I had a 10-car pile up - a big lump. I do not believe this type of quilting in sections was meant for 4 blocks coming together at one spot as you are trying to connect too many layers. If you had a quilt where perhaps the layout was like a brick layout and you did not have 4 corners coming together, it might work okay. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dicey
    I tried the Cotton Theory of Quilting with Highways and one way streets but when I got to the intersection, I had a 10-car pile up - a big lump. I do not believe this type of quilting in sections was meant for 4 blocks coming together at one spot as you are trying to connect too many layers. If you had a quilt where perhaps the layout was like a brick layout and you did not have 4 corners coming together, it might work okay. Good luck!
    if you have given up on it - try this idea: how about joining the blocks with extra wide bias tape. that way they don't have to be overlapped.

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