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Thread: Abbigail's Quilt Need Help Please!

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    Super Member Lori Peercy's Avatar
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    I have the top done for my latest grand daughter, my problem is that I have never done any quilting before. I have always tied the quilts I have made and don't know what to do now. Do I need to baste all layers together? What quilting is easy to do for a first timer?

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    That is precious!!! Why not tie it???

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    how pretty

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    I could always tie it but thought I might like to go to the next step and quilt it.

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    Ya be careful with those 3 -D things and quilting. It looks like a quilt that would look nice tied.

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    I say tie it this time. It would go very nice with this pattern. Then make up a small item like a table runner or wall hanging and parctice on that. you will be surprised what you will learn. Then you wont be upset if something goes wrong on one that is meant to give. :)

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    i machine quilted mine it turned out really good

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    If you want to try quilting it, basting is not hard as long as you have the room. Pin the back upside down to the carpet; make it taut. spread the batting on, then the front right-side up. Make sure it's fairly tight, but don't pull it. Pin it with quilter's safety pins about every 4-6 inches apart. Then you can unpin it from the floor. You can also spray baste, but make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area; the spray is not safe to be breathed in.

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    Pin your layers together making sure everything is flat and smooth. I often use masking tape to tape down the backing on my large table so it won't pucker. Smooth out the batting and then set the top on top of the batting. Once all three layers are pinned together, use your walking foot and machine quilt (lengthen stitch) right down those seams using the stitch in the ditch technique. Start in the middle and work out. This is a perfect quilt to start machine quilting as it isn't too large and your blocks aren't too big either. Happy machine quilting. You can do it!

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    If you want to quilt it, here are my recommendations for making it easy.

    Heavily starch the backing fabric before layering. (I use a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water painted on with a large wallpainting brush. Toss fabric in dryer and iron with steam.) Starching will prevent puckers. Also spray starch the top before layering.

    Spray baste the layers together using 505.

    Easiest way to machine quilt is with a walking foot. My sister is doing this for the first time, and we choose a decorative stitch that she is using to go over all of the seams (it's a tumbler quilt). You can also do straight lines with a walking foot, or gently curving lines. These can be just lines, or you can turn them into cross-hatching.

    Spray baste a sandwich to practice on.

    Thread makes a difference too. At the moment my preference is 50 wt Aurifil variegated.

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    Beautiful quilt for your granddaughter. I love the fabrics!

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    You could tie it, but stitching in the ditch would be nice as well. The starching of the backing is a great idea!

    Beautiful quilt as well :)

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    She is a lucky girl to get such a lovely quilt.

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    I think you should quilt it, but practice on a small piece first. I think SID would work, but it is not easy. I did wavy lines over seams on my first quilt and that worked well, or use a decorative stitch. Just remember if you use walking foot that the design can't have any backward motion.

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    It is a beautiful quilt.

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    I don't baste with thread, but spray baste with 505. Then I take it to the machine and just ... well, remember when we were kids and we'd do the scribble drawings and then color them in with different colors? That's basically how I start and then I get going into a real (hahaha) quilting mojo.. turn on some good music (some have said drink a glass of wine) and relax..and before you know it you'll be done with it in no time.

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    If its the first time you will be quilting something, try a few practice pieces first. I just used the decorative stitch on my machine and quilted along all the lines. (Stitched in the Ditch, its called.)For practice pieces I used a 6 inch square with batting and backing from junk fabric. Go around the edges, make a few squares in the middle, or corner to corner, just to see what the stitch looks like and to get the feel of it. You will find what you like and then quilt that precious baby's quilt. I love it.

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    You could pin it together and stitch in the ditch between the squares. That way you'd retain the 3D effect. It's also a good way to start out quilting.

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    I did a 3/4" x over the joins and then large stich with double embroidery thread to the next join and the the x and sew on. Looked great and a little different than just tying.
    X - - - - - X - - - - -X The X actually catches all four squares.

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    I chickened out with the machine quilting! Such a coward I guess. lol but I like the idea of the Xs and I do hand embroidery. I have batting cut to the right size and backing will be flannel. Will have to think on it.....

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    I completely agree with Shelby - that's how I do mine. Just start in the middle and work your way out to one corner then the next...

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    I would quilt 1/8 inch around the pinwheels & then stitch in the ditch around the borders.

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    Lovely.
    What ever you decide I am sure it will be be perfect.
    Good luck !!

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