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Finished with my very first quilt top!

Old 01-24-2017, 05:29 AM
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I think you did a great job on this quilt top. Since you are doing the straight quilting around the blocks, I might just do an X across the blocks as well.
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Old 01-24-2017, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by sewannie View Post
Hi Barb, yes my machine has many decorative stitches. I never thought about using those and I like the idea of maybe a stitch in the ditch, then 1/2" on the inside of each block. Thanks again
Whatever design you choose to quilt, do something where you will NOT turn the quilt all the time. Doing straight line quilting, all in one direction, will spare your shoulders from a lot of pain, later after quilting. You can roll the quilt sandwich to fit in the machine better and then just sew. BUT start in the center of the quilt and work to the outer edges.
Your husband gave you the right answer about your concerns, he is a keeper for sure**
A lovely top and come back to show us when you are finished.
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:28 AM
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Beautiful job - I was also afraid to post my first quilt on this board. I am also reading the feedback and getting a lot of ideas and assistance in making a quilt. Thank you everybody! I am still learning the quilting process as well. Be proud of your first quilt - great job!
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:28 AM
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Congrats! Be proud of your work.....I still have and use my first...over20 yrs ago-with 1/2" seams!
As suggested do simple quilting, but don't allow the max emptiness suggested on batting info....that will over time cause the batting to get lumpy with washings...."old" rule of thumb was hand width size (across fingers) largest amount not secured with quilt stitch. And when using walking foot, lower your foot pressure to about 2-3 and stitch length to about 3... This will allow easier movement of sandwich. Since you've never done this before, I recommend you make a small sandwich about the size of an old fashioned cloth diaper, and get the feel of machine quilting...you can even get bold, lower your feed dogs, but on the correct foot and try some free motion - just for kicks and grins!
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:35 AM
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Pretty colors!
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:35 AM
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You could quilt it on the diagonal--from corner to corner and cover the top that way with diagonal lines also.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:48 AM
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I agree, some batting requires quilting closer than the size of her blocks, so that is something to think about. I do love the quilt....and it is a very good job. Getting sashing to line up properly is not easy.

"I don't know what type of quilting you should do. First I would wonder what batting are you using? the batting will dictate how close you will have to quilt."
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:51 AM
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Congratulations on your first - many more to come, I hope. Love the colors.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:55 AM
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Great first quilt! I would do some large scale stippling in the blocks. You are smart to pin. I never spray baste any more, Just remember to start your pinning in center and work your way out. I never have any wrinkles on back side doing it that way.
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:45 AM
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Hello sewannie.
I think the quilt top looks great for a first quilt. If I may offer some quilting tips...I notice that the extra fullness seems to be in the borders.

When you measure your fabric for the borders, don't just cut the size that is written in the pattern (I call that suggested size). :-)

Measure the quilted top 3 places.(top, middle, bottom) and average those measurements. That is the size you need to cut for your borders (for two sides). You may have to ease or tug (not stretching) a little bit because one side may be a little shorter, but not much. Then follow the same process for the other sides. You will measure the quilt top that now includes the first borders. Measure in 3 places, and average them. That is the new length of the remaining borders. This is very easy to do and you will be surprised how square your quilt will be.

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