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Old 05-01-2021, 08:05 AM
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I made a sashed Ispy 4 patch and can't figure out an easy way to quilt it since I don't free motion quilt. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:20 AM
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Straight line quilting is fine. The serpentine stitch can make a nice design too.
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Old 05-01-2021, 09:44 AM
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I just did a large I-spy quilt for my kids to have at the family cottage. I stitched in the ditch around all the squares. If your batting allows larger areas to go un-quilted, (some say up to a certain size) you could just go around the 4patch. Or tie the quilt with a tie at each corner of the 4-patch, or along the sashing. You could do different floss colors on the ties for additional I-spy fun.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:25 AM
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Diagonal stitching through the blocks will work. Consider using a double needle straight stitch for this. Or as Tartan suggested a serpentine stitch but on the diagonal. You'd be surprised how quick the diagonal stitching goes.
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:18 PM
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Diagonal stitch with your walking foot. Super easy and won't distract from the fun fabrics...which are the point of i-spy Quilts
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:31 PM
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Straight line quilting using the seamline, stitching either side of the seam.
No need for marking. Just use your foot as a guide against the seam.

Check your batting as to how far apart your quilting can be.
If the double lines don't give you enough, you could do a 2nd stitch line.
Or go diagonal.

Or if you want it heavily quilted, do continual lines the same width apart, or at random distances.
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:39 PM
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I'm another fan of a wide serpentine stitch if you have it as a built-in option. It goes well with everything and you can set it/choose threads so that it either disappears or becomes part of the grid/project. I think using the seams as a guideline (no marking!) and going over into both seam allowances stabilizes the quilt and holds up well to being machine washed.

I know -- some of you can do it free hand, that just makes me cranky! Not that you can, but that I can't. I can, however, let my modern machine do most of the work -- didn't have that option with my vintage.
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:40 PM
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I love the diagonal stitching on the I spy quilt. you will be happy with it.
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:57 AM
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I like making I Spy quilts and have done all the above. The diagonal is the easiest and there is minimal turning the quilt and you don't have to mark anything. I use "Gutermann invisable" thread from JoAnns in the top and a polyester thread that matches the back in the bobbin. I sew on a vintage machine, and I have to reduce the top tension a little bit to accommodate the thread. I've never had any problem with this brand, but have had problems with other brands.

The finished block is 6", so that's the widest space between the stitching. I use warm and natural batting, so that works with that batting. I'm not sure you can see the stitching in this photo, but is one I quilted on the diagonal.


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Old 05-03-2021, 03:43 PM
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Very pretty, bkay.
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