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Thread: BIL Lap Quilt - In Progress

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    I had started this lap quilt 2 years ago, which just goes to show how things can go in life and also waiting for the 'right time' to finish something. I am not very good at machine quilting, I love piecing tops though. I don't do hand quilting well either. So...I ended up dragging this out as his birthday is next week. I figured I'll tie it.

    My first problem was finding a spot to lay the thing. It's not huge, but it is bigger than the oval table with the middle insert and I wanted something square. I headed downstairs and found a quarter inch plywood piece and brought it back up and laid it on one of those fold up card tables.

    I tossed the wool tartan fabric across it first and smoothed it out. Then I put down the quilt batting (which is the iron on kind, btw) -- then the quilt top. After smoothing it all out, I discovered I had these plastic clamps, which work PERFECT. So I pulled it tight, smoothed it out and began clamping the edges. I ironed it across the middle close to the edges, added a few safety pins for back up and sat down and started tying with yarn. My fingers a little sore from that needle pushing, but it is coming along really well so far. I hope others can pick up some tips from all my working to figure this out! :)

    My can o' clamps
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    Clamps in place
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    More clamps in place
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    Tying areas
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    Starting to look like a real quilt
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    :)

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    Looks great, keeping going

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    Heís going to love this quilt! Itís very handsome. :-D :thumbup:

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    Great quilt and idea!

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    Very nice looking!

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    very nice

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    Have you tried a curved needle? It looks like you are using a straight one.

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    are you using regular size yarn,? try using a baby weight, something thinner to let the needle easier to push and pull.

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    Looking good

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    Nice. Like the quilt too.

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    Yes it does look great
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    Looks great, keeping going

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmw
    are you using regular size yarn,? try using a baby weight, something thinner to let the needle easier to push and pull.
    Yep, I am. I realize how hard it is to thread the needle which is straight. Someone asked about a curved, I do have one, but the eye is much smaller.

    I didn't have any other yarn and needed to get this done -- Next time I'll try the baby, should be easier.

    Thanks for the tips!

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    2 years or not-You did a wonderful job on it. I have never tried a lighter weight yarn-Thanks TMW!

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