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Thread: Whole Cloth Quilt ....

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    I have some fabric that I just can't bring myself to cut up for a baby quilt BUT I can use it to make a whole cloth quilt :-)

    My question is .... what would be the best way to machine quilt this??

    Should I put a border around the edge and then do my decorative stitching????

    Any advice would be GREAT and MUCH appreciated!!!

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    In my opinion whole cloth quilts show off the beautiful stitches and stitch designs and unless it's not the size you need it to be, a border is not necessary. Please post a pic when you are done, I just love whole cloth quilts!

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    I would not put a border unless you just like the look. Here is a good link on how to mark your quilt:

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/welsh-whol...deo/index.html

    We would love to see pictures.

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    I would lie to see the fabric first. Whole cloth quilts show great the decorative stitches, if the fabric is of a solid color or close to a solid. If the reason you don't want to cut it is because of the print, you may be able to follow the design printed to do the quilting, but need to add a border to give it the look of finished. Solid whole cloths don't need a border. Can we see the fabric first, Please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    I would not put a border unless you just like the look. Here is a good link on how to mark your quilt:

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/welsh-whol...deo/index.html

    We would love to see pictures.
    I can't get the video to work - is there a knack?

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    Is it like a panel? And you are wanting to stitch parts of the features? If so, add your borders and then do your stitching/quilting on it after you sandwich it. Then it will be quilted at the same time. :D:D:D

    If you are wanting to just thread paint it, then I would do the panel, and then square it up and add your borders and quilt it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I would lie to see the fabric first. Whole cloth quilts show great the decorative stitches, if the fabric is of a solid color or close to a solid. If the reason you don't want to cut it is because of the print, you may be able to follow the design printed to do the quilting, but need to add a border to give it the look of finished. Solid whole cloths don't need a border. Can we see the fabric first, Please?
    The fabric has ladybugs and swirls which appear to look almost snake like and those are two of our favorite animals :-)

    I am considering doing a swirling pattern in circles to compliment the fabric.

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    That would be very cute!

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    Swirls would be nice. Or outlinining those ladybugs then carry o with more swirls. Binding in tht gorgeous blue would finish it nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosyquilter
    Swirls would be nice. Or outlinining those ladybugs then carry o with more swirls. Binding in tht gorgeous blue would finish it nicely.
    My sisters tell me I am weird because I like things that are backed and bound in black lol :-)

    I thought about doing criss-cross straight stitches but I am not sure ....

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    I did a whole cloth Thomas the Train quilt for DS last year, mainly b/c he was being impatient (he was 2) so I knew he wouldn't care. I just quilted little clouds throughout the whole thing. It was my first (and only) attempt at FMQ and it turned out OK. It's held up through a few washes so that's a good sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckogirl
    Quote Originally Posted by cosyquilter
    Swirls would be nice. Or outlinining those ladybugs then carry o with more swirls. Binding in tht gorgeous blue would finish it nicely.
    My sisters tell me I am weird because I like things that are backed and bound in black lol :-)

    I thought about doing criss-cross straight stitches but I am not sure ....
    Great to know I am not alone. I don't mind the back, but I always want my bindings black. Sometimes have to resist and make me use another color, but always use a darker shade of whatever color I pick.

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    I think it would be great with a nice meander. Blue would be pretty for the binding.

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    UPDATE :::::: The machine quilting is going FANTATSIC!!! My DH is even being supportive and encouraging :-) My middle diamond is kinda wonky so I need to redo that but other than that, if my lines are not perfectly straight, I am very happy with it!!

    Once I get the binding on I will be sure to post pictures!!

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