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Thread: Heavy quilting without stiffness

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    Senior Member TrenbeathRanch's Avatar
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    Hey all,

    Karen was on the verge of throwing this top away because it was soooo wonky...many of the points don't match and the outer border wasn't measured before applying. To sum it up, nothing about this top is square...it wouldn't lay flat no matter how much she tried to smooth it out. I regret that I didn't take "before" pictures because the problem was pretty extreme.

    In any case, the issues were overcome during the quilting process. Sometimes, heavy quilting is an expression of art...other times, it's necessary to stabilize a wonky quilt. This quilt is an example of the latter. Stacked feather medallions were used to stabilize interior portions of quilt, while ribbon candy stitching fixed the border.

    However, the quilting isn't so tight that the quilt is stiff...instead, it feels soft and pliable. Batting used is 80/20, so any residual "wonk" will completely disappear after it's been washed and gets that crinkly heirloom look. Thankfully, this quilt didn't have any interior borders or sashing...that would have been a game changer. So, what do you think?
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    Great job, masterfully done!
    Blessings,
    MaryAnna

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    well since feathers are my favorite anyway, I thing its wonderful.. What a pretty quilt. If she doesn't like it still, tell her i'll take it off her hands..

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    Looks great. I like the colors, pattern and quilting.

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    Beautifully done. The colors are fabulous.

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    Beautiful quilting, great looking quilt.

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    WOW, awesome job, stunning quilt.

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    Now that is the perfect way to tame a quilt!! Well done!! Looks beautiful!

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    WOW! I love that! The quilting is very beautiful!

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    Beautifully done! Stunning quilt....a great save!

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    Absolutly beautiful!

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    I say, amazing! That is a great save on a wonky quilt! That old refrain, "you can quilt that out, right?" and you did!

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    Stunning!

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    Issues? I don't see any issues except it's not in MY house

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    It is gorgeous. To avoid the stiffness with lots of quilting, wool is great. I love to quilt heavily so all of my quilts use wool.

    On a bed laying flat, who would even worry about stiffness.

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    looks great

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    great job!

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    God job

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    love love the quilting on it. If you hadn't said about the wonkyness I would not know now.

    Great Job !

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    Very, very nice :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    What do I think??????? :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Outstanding!!!! Love the quilt and can't see her "wonkiness" and LOVE the feathers!

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    There's nothing wonkey about the quilt now. It looks spectacular.

    Lowell ;)

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    It is too bad you don't have a before photo, that would have been great to compare. I think the finished product is lovely and I wish I could feel it myself. I think the feathers are a great choice, there is enough width to the feather that I fully believe the quilt maintained its softness. Great job!

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    Oh my goodness! What a work of art,....betcha' Karen is really happy!

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    It is the end result that counts, and it is very nice.

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