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

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    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
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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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    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.


    Good luck

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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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    You did a beautiful job!!! WTG, Lisa!! :wink: :lol: :lol:

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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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    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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    Love bow ties. Looks great. Really like your colors.

    Your hanging job is ingenious. :0)

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    It looks great!

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    I just have to smile when I look at this! I love your scrappy borders-they were worth the effort! Can't wait to see it all quilted!

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    In answer to the question how am I going to quilt it........I suppose QID. That sounds safest. I have visions (maybe hallucinations?) of doing something cool in the yellow squares. Maybe I can come back to that after I QID.

    What's the consensus on best basting style? Spray? Pins? Thread?

    How messy is the spray stuff? Will I end up basting everything in the room if I try it?

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    Your quilt is just to cute!! :D
    I love all of the colors you
    have used in making it.
    Great Work!!
    :D :D :D

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    I like the border you used. You did a great job. Good luck with the quilting.


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    Lisa ... awesome job, love the colors and that piano border is wow!!. Love to see again after it's quilted.
    I usually spray baste and if a large quilt also pin. Just my preferance. If spraying dont spray the batting or you will have lots of wigglies that are almost impossable to get out. Ask me how I know :oops:

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    Lisa, I have learned through experience to spray outside. The first time I did it in the house I sprayed my area rug.... :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    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
    just curious, ninnie. why not?

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    Great Bow Tie quilt! Good luck with your quilting.

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    It turned out really nice. Like the colors and the scrappy look. :D

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    Lisa ~ What size are the blocks and quilt top? What type of batting do plan on using? Different battings have a suggested stitch distance. Hobbs is 4" and Warm and Natural is 10" Depending upon the size of your bow ties you might not be able to stitch in the ditch.

    IMHO ~ I think it would look cool to X thru all the yellow plain blocks with a variegated thread and IMHO doing X'ing on the quilt is easier than SID. You would be able to go from one corner straight to the opposite corner all the way across the quilt. Where as, SID you are following the ditch and your eyes cross, you jump out of the ditch and swear, then your shoulders get tense and your back hurts . . . but you are bound to get it done.... then you jump out the ditch AGAIN :evil: and do some more swearing ... and turn the music up louder so no one hears you swearing OMG the back is really getting tight. UH-OH I think I am having a flash back. Would that be Post traumatic 'SID' syndrome?

    Thread basting is mostly used for hand quilting.

    Pinning is time consuming (and sometimes back breaking), but IMHO a great learning method and it gives you 'room' for errors. Remember use your fist as your measurer. Pins should be 3" - 4" apart.

    Spray basting has lots of benefits . . . I like 505 ... but if you spray to heavy it is a dickens to 'adjust' the fabrics. Sprays are best if you go lightly, not the motto 'more is better'. But looking (I'm guessing) your quilt is a large lap to a small twin. For learning on using sprays IMHO I would start smaller (crib, table topper etc)

    Sorry about all the IMHO . . . but we all have to learn what works for us. For me I spray smaller quilts, pins the mediums and the LARGE/HUGE ones goes to the quilter.

    I sure hope I'm not scaring people about quilting their own quilts :roll:

    good luck

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    That is a pretty quilt. I love the colors and that border is wonderful. Where I start quilting depends what I am going to do. ( Stitch in the Ditch or stipple. )

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    The blocks are 4 inches and I'm using Warm and Natural (pricey stuff, isn't it?). The quilt is about 55 x 70. I call it "nap size". Truthfully, I'm not entirely sure how it got that big. It started as a crib pattern and I pretty much doubled it and added borders. It's bigger than I thought it would be.

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to pin baste it. The spray sounds like something I could make a mess with.

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    Looking good. :D

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    I use the 505 spray and spray lightly and it works great for me on a quilt of this size. I do spray in sections getting one settled before moving to the next. I then pin. You could try on a small piece to get the hang of it.
    Good luck!

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