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Thread: Charity quilt -- tried to mimic Charisma's quilt design

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    I had completed the piecing of a charity quilt in a rail fence pattern (or similar) -- really pretty colors. Most of the fabric is donated to our quilt guild so the source/quality is unknown. Anyway, it's a good time to practice FMQing (you know how everybody always says the secret is practice practice practice!). So I tried to mimic Charisma's design in a batik quilt she posted recently...I sure don't have her talent or skill...but was enjoying the process and experimentation. UNTIL I started having problems with my machine. Couldn't figure out why everything worked fine about half way and then suddenly didn't work at all (shredding thread, skipping stitches). Cleaned the machine, changed to a new (topstitch) needle, rethreaded multiple times, changed to single-hole needleplate. Someone suggested that I might have developed a burr on some part -- and I think that might have been part of the problem -- the part being the bobbin, so I changed that. Improvement! At some point I realized the thread would break almost every time I "entered" the light purple fabric! Hmmmmm. Wonder if it's a poly blend or something. Has anyone ever encountered that problem?

    This is no heirloom but I'm pretty pleased.

    One more thing -- I used the quick method of machine binding where you cut the backing 1-1/2" wider than the top/batting all around and then fold it over and stitch. Wow, was that quick, and it looks pretty good! Even got the corner mitering figured out.

    Thanks for looking :-)

    Turq/purple charity quilt
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    Wow, that sure is a beautiful quilt.

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    Very nice.

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    You did an awesome job on the quilting, makes me want to go upstairs and practice too.

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    Beautiful work!!

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    Love your quilting. I like to do the binding the same way on my quilts.

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    Very pretty! I am working on a rail fence for charity too!! Have my strips sewed together.... going to cut the blocks tonight and 'hopefully' get the rows sewed together.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful quilt, lovely colors.

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    you did a great job very nice quilt

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    Awesome job :)

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    Very nice...even with your problems with your machine you quilted it beautifully!! Love the color combination too!

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    wow, very pretty quilt and quilting

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    Now thats some practice !!

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    Looks great!!!

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    Very nice!

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    How do you miter your corners this way?

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    I love that design you did a great job!!

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    Very pretty and you did great on the quilting!

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    you did beautiful! very good mimic-ing, I know about that thread thing too, used some C&C 100% cotton thread in a bobbin the other day, and used Mettlers variagated on top to quilt, the two did not mesh! had to use the mettlers on both...for some reason it isn't cohesive with the cotton?

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    Really pretty and the quilting looks fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by intoquilting
    How do you miter your corners this way?
    The instructions for the easy binding are at the bottom of this page:
    http://how-to-quilt.com/articles/750...ugomachine.php

    I first sewed the opposite sides of the quilt bindings, then prepared (folding and pinning) the bindings on the other two sides, pinning the mitered corners. Play with it a couple of minutes and it comes out fine. It is amazing how good it looks and how fast!

    Thank you, everyone, for your compliments!

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    Great looking quilt

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    Love it, love it.

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    It came out lovely! Sorry about all your troubles - maybe it was funky material. Don't know. But all your work paid off!!!!

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    Beautiful and your quilting is also, love the colors you chose.

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