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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Hi everybody,

    I received my whole cloth quilt from the Stencil Company today in the mail, and I am SO excited! They were really nice to deal with, and actually gave me a break on shipping when I asked them because I live in PA, too. I just can't WAIT to start this project. I absolutely fell in love with the feathered pattern. Also really anxious to try out my new wool batting. SEW cool.

    I didn't realize that the wholecloth is actually made out of 50% Bamboo/50% Cotton. I'm GUESSING that it's fine to piece with 100% cotton fabric, am I right? Also I'm happy I read the directions as the blue pre-printed lines are removed in cool water and soap will set the lines.

    My question is, what type of thread should I plan on using, and if I'm doing a queen-size how much do you think I should buy? I am thinking of just staying with a neutral color since my extra blocks in this quilt will probably be just creams and tans. I just can't wait to figure out a unique design and start piecing. I do, however, have 2-3 other projects currently 'on deck'. There just isn't enough time in the day!

    Trina :)

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    are you hand quilting it

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    I am confused with Whole cloth and piecing... I was thinking whole cloth meant "whole" and quilted onto it. Could you explain what you mean by piecing to it? or using it in piecing? Just want to clear that in my head :) Thanks!

    Sharon

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    I usually plan on two spools (1100 yds each) for a queen or King if I am FMQ.If you are piecing you'll need more.

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Sorry, should have been more clear. The "wholecloth panel" I got is about 44" square, and I'm planning on piecing some intricate star blocks (paper pieced) with solid muslin blocks where I plan to do my quilting to make it a queen-size quilt with a center medallion (the wholecloth piece I just received). I am looking forward to hand-quilting the whole thing, and can't wait to see how the wool needles. Clear as mud, eh? ha ha

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    Are you using the cloth as the backing and piecing the front? I also am confused.

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    This was my inspiration to give you a better idea of what I'm planning on doing: http://www.christianlanequilters.com...756/107363.htm

    I'm planning on doing it creams and neutrals, though. At least I think!

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    I can't wait to see it! So get going............... lol :D

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    That's going to be pretty. Have fun, can't wait to see the results.

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    i've been thinking about trying this myself. please keep us posted with your work. i'm very curious about whole cloth.
    thanks for the link. very nice patterns.

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    Hi Trina,

    I can't help you with the sewing thread but for the handquilting I would plan with a spool of 1200 yards (YLI offer theses big spools, that's my favourite handquilting thread). Probably you won't need the complete spool.
    Of course it depends of how densely you are going to quilt.

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    I would use a neutral color and something that I can get locally so I could get more if I run out. Most of my quilting is done with a neutral color and I also use it for piecing blocks. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
    Sue

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    Those are wonderful!!! You better get started now with hand quilting. :) You'll have to show us as soon as you get some of it done!!!

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    Thanks for the info, everyone. This is the center medallion wholecloth I received: http://quiltingstencils.com/33feathe...medallion.aspx I just love the pattern, and can't wait to start. I attached a picture of the paper-pieced star I'm considering incorporating into the quilt, except they won't be teals but creams and tans. I like this pattern because there's only 3 colors and when pieced would probably have a nice 'empty' area for quilting. OR I could do them in nice, rich tones such as maroons and golds and deep greens, adding some nice, rich borders. What 'cha all think??? This could get obsessive. This will be an 'on-going' project with no time limits, so those of you who would like to see it should plan to be here for the long run. ha ha

    I'm wondering if I can't press this whole cloth or do much with it because of the pre-printing, how do I get all the wrinkles out of it?? Any ideas? I typically pre-wash, but won't be (obviously) with this quilt.

    Hope you're all staying warm. It has now reached to 1 degree this morning here in Pennsylvania. Burrrr!!! I sure wish I didn't have to run out later.

    Trina :mrgreen:

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