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Thread: Quilting your Quilts For Kids Quilts

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    I know it says to do a lot of quilting, but I have no idea how much that is. Do I have to quilt in the larger squares?

    I was hoping to just stitch in the ditch around them.

    I am planning to use Warm & White batting if that makes a difference.

    Thanks :)

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    sorry wished I could help. Penny

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    I am pretty sure they want it very close together because the quilts get washed all the time, so I would say yes, you need to quilt in the large squares.

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    I plan to quilt mine every 1-2 inches. Maybe a small-med stipple, not sure yet. You surely will need to quilt inside the blocks.

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    I do quilts for kids too and what I find works well, especially with simple blocks, is to stitch in the ditch and also on the diagonal so it looks like an X through each block

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    An X through the plain and pieced blocks, or a + through them should be fine...along with checking the minimum quilting requirements on the package of batting :D:D:D I also quilt the borders and sashing every 3 inches...
    These quilts may get daily washings :D:D:D

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    Here's the one I did using their fabric. I think I quilted at the most 1 1/2" to 2" apart, I used Warm & Natural also.

    SITD plus lots of diagonal too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pam1966
    Here's the one I did using their fabric. I think I quilted at the most 1 1/2" to 2" apart, I used Warm & Natural also.
    Thanks! I just didn't know what to do with mine! Now I have a plan. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your quilt is so pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BethD
    I do quilts for kids too and what I find works well, especially with simple blocks, is to stitch in the ditch and also on the diagonal so it looks like an X through each block
    that's how I'm going to do mine.

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    Thanks all. I am going to do an X through the large squares.
    Happy quilting!

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    What color thread do you use? I'm using the color of the back, but what are you using for the tops. There are the dark colored parts and I hesitate using the same color through the dark colors especially. PLEASE, I need an answer before I finish the 2nd quilt. For my own quilts I use a lot of monofilament on top so the thread doesn't show but the quilting does. I'd appreciate knowin how you do it. These are my 1st ones for Q4K.

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    Of course they don't want you to use the mono...but I just used a white Isacord. I did diagonal quilting on mine both directions about 1-1 1/2" apart

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    I did a large meander all over the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L.
    What color thread do you use? I'm using the color of the back, but what are you using for the tops. There are the dark colored parts and I hesitate using the same color through the dark colors especially. PLEASE, I need an answer before I finish the 2nd quilt. For my own quilts I use a lot of monofilament on top so the thread doesn't show but the quilting does. I'd appreciate knowin how you do it. These are my 1st ones for Q4K.
    I used green in the quilt in my picture; I just chose a predominant color from the quilt. I tried to remember that this is for kids and they like things a bit mixed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by pam1966
    Here's the one I did using their fabric. I think I quilted at the most 1 1/2" to 2" apart, I used Warm & Natural also.
    Thanks! I just didn't know what to do with mine! Now I have a plan. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your quilt is so pretty!
    Thanks!

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    This is the method I use. Since they are for kids I try to keep in mind the bright colors. The most recent one I did I used green thread on front and back. The back was green and the front had green in it. The quilting stood out really well. I used a meander to resemble water as it also had blue in it (for water) and fish all over it. You can do a search and find pics of my QFK quilts if you'd like to see how I did them.
    Quote Originally Posted by pam1966
    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L.
    What color thread do you use? I'm using the color of the back, but what are you using for the tops. There are the dark colored parts and I hesitate using the same color through the dark colors especially. PLEASE, I need an answer before I finish the 2nd quilt. For my own quilts I use a lot of monofilament on top so the thread doesn't show but the quilting does. I'd appreciate knowin how you do it. These are my 1st ones for Q4K.
    I used green in the quilt in my picture; I just chose a predominant color from the quilt. I tried to remember that this is for kids and they like things a bit mixed up.

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    It seems to me they want heavy quilting. Every two inches or so.

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    Oh, yes! They do want heavy quilting. I'm sure I overdue it, but what can I say. I enjoy it and want it to be unusual. No two are quilted alike. I try to pick a motif from the quilt and use that as a guide. They want them quilted so much because they get washed every day! They have to be able to hold up. That's also why they want them machine quilted instead of by hand. basically, one to two inches should be plenty.
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    It seems to me they want heavy quilting. Every two inches or so.

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