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Bow Tie Top Pieced----Now the Hard Part

Old 10-27-2009, 07:37 AM
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Here is the finished top. Overall I'mpretty pleased with it. Those scrappy borders were harder than anticipated but I perserverd.

So now I have to quilt this. I've read everything I can find and think I pretty much know what to do, but a couple of things needs clarification. Where is the middle of the quilt? Some sites say start in the actual middle of the quilt. Some say start on the middle row. What do you do?

The second thing is the bobbin thread. Most sites say to pull the bobbin thread up through the quilt when you start. Huh? I'm not sure how to do that.

Be sure to ignore my classy hanging job! Plastic hangers on the drapes was the best idea I had at the time.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:22 AM
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Lisa ~ You did a wonderful job on your bow tie. Just love your scrappy piano key boarder!!

You didn't mention how you are quilting it . . stitch in the ditch, cross hatch (x ing the whole quilt), shadow/echo (1/4 or so away from the bows), meandering (which does take some practice and then some).

Starting in the middle?? Okay that's like to wash or not to wash fabric. The BIGGEST key is to baste you quilt sandwich GOOD. If pins are used, you can use your fist as your measurer (is that a word). That puts them 3 - 4" apart. Spraying? IMHO if it is sandwich properly I start where I want.

Bringing the bobbin thread up. Take one stitch (and only one), pull your top (needle) thread towards you. Your bobbin thread will be looped over the needle thread. Pull them both to the back of you machine. Take a few small stitches in place, this will lock the threads. Start quilting, snip off thread later.


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Old 10-27-2009, 08:26 AM
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What a rich colored quilt! I love all the colors! Can't help you with the quilting, don't machine quilt. Goodluck with it though
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. Great job.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:50 AM
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You did a beautiful job!!! WTG, Lisa!! :wink: :lol: :lol:
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:58 AM
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I love it. I just love scrappy quilts. I think I have some of those fabrics from a charm pack. LOL :lol: :lol: :lol: Whatever you decide to do, it's a great quilt. :D :D :D
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:00 AM
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That turned out great, Lisa! You've got to be proud of it!!! Just how are you going to quilt it?
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What a great quilt! Love those borders! Good luck quilting! You can do it!
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I love that scrappy piano key border. It was worth your effort.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:19 AM
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Love bow ties. Looks great. Really like your colors.

Your hanging job is ingenious. :0)
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