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Thread: 4th of July offering......a week late!

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    4th of July offering......a week late!

    Inspired by QB members who showed beautiful red white and blue blocks in this great pattern, I began this before the 4th but set it aside and didn't get it finished until the weekend. I liked it until I began quilting it yesterday on my Singer using a walking foot. The quilting (not shown here) is awful! It's straight line in each little triangle and square and long sections, in the color of each area, i.e., red, white, blue. Part of the problem is the inconsistency of the stitches. Some are miniscule...caused by the machine balking, I suppose, some are the right length. Also, I think the batting is too lofty, a mistake I realized too late. I used spray basting for the first time; what a sticky mess that was. All problems of a novice quilter, of course. I've quilted smallish wall hangings and mug rugs before without problems, not sure why I had so many issues with this piece. I went to bed last night determined to rip all the quilting out and start over. Lots of work but the perfectionist in me won't let me leave it as is. Anyone ever done that? Ripped out lots of quilting lines? Name:  Quilting photos 019.jpg
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    Well, it's beautiful! Good luck with getting it qulted to you expectations!

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    I find that done is good. Perfection is highly overrated. I have removed lots of miss stitches. I go be the rule "if you can live with it.....leave it alone. If not redo until you are happy".

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    that is really great. nice job.
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
    Stay strong and keep looking up.

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    Oh yes, I'm quilty of that many time over; and am currently comtemplating doing that to a King size quilt I started to long arm and have arrangements to finish in August.

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    I have taken the quilting out of some things. I try not to if it is on light coloured fabrics because the previous holes show more(they usually close up after washing). I think with that pattern, I would SITD along the seam lines being careful to get it right in the ditch. I usually put on the open toe walking foot and attach my sewing machine magnifying glass and proceed at a slow rate. After that was done, I would see if I wanted to do any more quilting in the areas.

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    I love it!!

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    Very pretty!

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    Very nice...

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    Yes, I'm getting ready to go upstairs right now and take a piece of border loose and re-do it. I don't like how it looks By the way, that is a very, very pretty quilt.

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    I also meant to say I love the black fabric with the red, white and blue stars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmc8 View Post
    Oh yes, I'm quilty of that many time over; and am currently comtemplating doing that to a King size quilt I started to long arm and have arrangements to finish in August.
    Somehow this makes me feel better, though I'm sorry about yours! This is just a table topper so not that big, thank goodness. I've spent much of today ripping out quilting and am happy I decided to do it. I may handquilt it since I'm now machine-quilting shy!

    Thanks, all, for your comments.

    Marilyn

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    Thanks so much! The dark starry print is actually navy blue; I knew the photo was too dark but couldn't seem to get a better one. Funny thing ....or not so funny. I finished the block, before adding borders, and was standing back, admiring my work ;-). Then I took a photo. And that's when I realized I had a blue and white hst where a red and blue hst was supposed to go! I never noticed it until I took the photo. So I had to rip that row loose and replace the square. This thing has been the cause of lots more ripping than I usually do! Or want to!

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    This is beautiful! I love the red/white/blue star fabric! It truly looks like the heavens on a starry night. I've never ripped out quilting stitches, so far, and hope I never have to. When I sew something I make sure it will never fall apart! LOL I'm thinking this could be a dangerous way to think when it comes to quilting. =D
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    Thanks! That's a good suggestion. In my first attempt I quilted about a quarter inch from each seam and when it went wrong it really showed. If I decide to re-do it on the machine, a true STID will show less. If I handquilt it, I will also do true STID but might do some cross hatch or something in the red and starry blue borders.

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    It is so bright and beautiful!

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    I love it...just gorgeous...what pattern is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21 View Post
    I love it...just gorgeous...what pattern is it?
    Thanks!

    The pattern is Labyrinth; I don't know who created it. I like it, too, for it's visual "trick". I may someday make an actual quilt of this pattern using 5 1/2 inch squares and adding borders to get to the size I want.

    By the way, I machine quilted this again tonight, after ripping stitches all day. This time I stitched in the ditch, as suggested by a poster here, everything outside the center star, matching thread to each section. The quilting went much better this time and I'm happy with it. Still not quite finished but very little more to do. Then binding. Whew! I'll be glad to be done with this one.

    Thanks to everyone here for their comments, compliments and suggestions!
    Last edited by Friday1961; 07-10-2012 at 07:47 PM.

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    It is very pretty. I can't see the quilting. Love the design and the colors!

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    it's pretty as is. good job.

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    It's a beautiful top. I have ripped out stitches also, if you are not happy that is the way to go. I am sure the second time around will be the charm
    Helen T.

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    Just a wonderful quilt top, great job and thank you for sharing. Sorry you had so many problems. I am an old Navy gal married to an old Navy guy so I love the red, white and blue.
    Have a Blessed day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinkokr View Post
    Just a wonderful quilt top, great job and thank you for sharing. Sorry you had so many problems. I am an old Navy gal married to an old Navy guy so I love the red, white and blue.
    Have a Blessed day
    Ellen
    Interesting you should say that, Ellen! I intend to send this little quilt, which is only a table topper or a wall hanging, if they prefer, to my friend, Emily, whose husband is a retired Navy officer. She's been very supportive of my quilt "therapy" and has sent me many quilt magazines. I'm hoping she and Frank will like my 4th of July offering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacoMama View Post
    It is very pretty. I can't see the quilting. Love the design and the colors!
    I can't see the quilting either so in my book, that makes it just fine as is. I think this little quilt is just darling! I love, love, love that border fabric! I have a bunch of 2.5" strips that I want to make a Jelly Roll Race out of (for a QOV) & need a good border fabric. Where did you find that (or what brand is it?)? It's great!
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    Guilty. I have ripped out and redone and was then satisfied. How crazy is that? Hours and hours spent picking out stitches - hmmmm

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