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Thread: My first Quilt ...now what ???

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    I'm not sure how to put this together now...I have it all pinned and ready but dont know what to do lol....any info would be greatly appreciated friends !!! It's just a lap quilt not 50x50. Wanted to practice before I do my nice stuff lol

    it is a 50x50. didnt mean to put not lol...HOW DO I SEW THE EDGES??
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    Great job. Love your colors.

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    Very nice quilt! You could do a simple stitch in the ditch on all the seams or tie it, if you aren't comfortable with quilting it. I really like the two accent blocks with the funky fabric...they add some whimsy. Be sure and let us see the finished product!

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    Can you do diagonal lines?Go threw all the points of the diamonds and it will turn into cross hatching. Will your machine let you do something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Very nice quilt! You could do a simple stitch in the ditch on all the seams or tie it, if you aren't comfortable with quilting it. I really like the two accent blocks with the funky fabric...they add some whimsy. Be sure and let us see the finished product!
    Is that where I just fold the edges together and sew and the out line of my quilt still shows?? Or are you saying it will have the lil roll like seam around the edges?

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    First, check your batting to see how far apart you need to quilt. That will determine if you can SID or if you need to do more quilting than that :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    Can you do diagonal lines?Go threw all the points of the diamonds and it will turn into cross hatching. Will your machine let you do something like that?
    Good idea !! yeah my machine will do it .. I love to sew I've just never put a quilt together so I'm not sure how to do the edges. thank you :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    First, check your batting to see how far apart you need to quilt. That will determine if you can SID or if you need to do more quilting than that :D:D:D
    ok now I'm new to this quilting so I'm not sure what in the world you mean lol I am using a good polyester batting thats not to thick...uh whats SID ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Very nice quilt! You could do a simple stitch in the ditch on all the seams or tie it, if you aren't comfortable with quilting it. I really like the two accent blocks with the funky fabric...they add some whimsy. Be sure and let us see the finished product!
    me to now I wish I had put it in all the corners ...just wasn't thinking I guess !! thank you :idea:

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    SID=stitch in ditch

    Great first quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by just_the_scraps_m'am
    SID=stitch in ditch

    Great first quilt!
    thought that be what that meant but wasn't sure ..thank you :D

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    Once you get it quilted, trim the batting off , I leave about 1/4 inch beyond the top. Then trim the backing straight, I leave about 1 1/4 inches beyond the top. turn the backing over to the front to make the binding. and stitch down on the edge.

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    If you go on line here on our board to the word "Search" then type in key words like "binding" or "crosshatching" then articles will come up to help you. Also you can do the same thing on "Utube" and see a short movie or clip of how to do somethings.

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    Sounds like she's talking about how to bind it, not quilt it. Use the search function above and you'll find the topic discussed in length. That said, I think most people quilt before binding (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene's
    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Very nice quilt! You could do a simple stitch in the ditch on all the seams or tie it, if you aren't comfortable with quilting it. I really like the two accent blocks with the funky fabric...they add some whimsy. Be sure and let us see the finished product!
    Is that where I just fold the edges together and sew and the out line of my quilt still shows?? Or are you saying it will have the lil roll like seam around the edges?
    How about binding this in that funky print fabric. here is a tutorial on how to make and attach bindings: http://valeriecustomquilting.com/tut...achBinding.pdf Good luck

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    nice work. I like the colors!

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    The first step is to quilt, and it sounds as if you want to do that by machine. I personally find stitch-in-the-ditch nerve-wracking; it's very difficult to do that perfectly. Free-motion quilting usually takes a *lot* of practice to become comfortable. Easiest way to quilt for me is to use a walking foot.

    You can mark a straight line with blue painter's tape (removes easily without leaving adhesive on the fabric) and use that to guide you while using a walking foot. You could do diagonal lines in one direction only, or add diagonal lines in the opposite direction as well to form cross-hatching. You could even do a chevron, with a straight line from a corner to the center, a turn, and then straight line from center to the next corner.

    Easiest is to not mark lines and just make gently curving lines while sewing with the walking foot. These can be cross-hatched also. This is a much more free-form style of quilting.

    Once you have finished quilting, you need to bind the edges of the quilt. Here is a good Youtube tutorial on how to bind completely by machine (although many people sew the binding on one side by machine, then finish the final side by hand):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfA...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee
    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene's
    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Very nice quilt! You could do a simple stitch in the ditch on all the seams or tie it, if you aren't comfortable with quilting it. I really like the two accent blocks with the funky fabric...they add some whimsy. Be sure and let us see the finished product!
    Is that where I just fold the edges together and sew and the out line of my quilt still shows?? Or are you saying it will have the lil roll like seam around the edges?
    How about binding this in that funky print fabric. here is a tutorial on how to make and attach bindings: http://valeriecustomquilting.com/tut...achBinding.pdf Good luck
    Hey good idea girl thank you so much !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The first step is to quilt, and it sounds as if you want to do that by machine. I personally find stitch-in-the-ditch nerve-wracking; it's very difficult to do that perfectly. Free-motion quilting usually takes a *lot* of practice to become comfortable. Easiest way to quilt for me is to use a walking foot.

    You can mark a straight line with blue painter's tape (removes easily without leaving adhesive on the fabric) and use that to guide you while using a walking foot. You could do diagonal lines in one direction only, or add diagonal lines in the opposite direction as well to form cross-hatching. You could even do a chevron, with a straight line from a corner to the center, a turn, and then straight line from center to the next corner.

    Easiest is to not mark lines and just make gently curving lines while sewing with the walking foot. These can be cross-hatched also. This is a much more free-form style of quilting.

    Once you have finished quilting, you need to bind the edges of the quilt. Here is a good Youtube tutorial on how to bind completely by machine (although many people sew the binding on one side by machine, then finish the final side by hand):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfA...eature=related
    thank you so much !!! just the help I needed :lol:

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    So pretty and cheerful. I will let someone else tell you how to put it together....I have only made one, and not sure if I did it right....Blessings

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    I agree with using that white fabric with those circles for the binding. It would add the perfect touch.

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    Since you pinned, be sure to remove pins as you come to them when you machine quilt.

    One of your biggest problems with straight lines is to make sure you don't get puckers and tucks, both on the underside and on the top. This is especially the case with cross-hatching, since you will be crossing lines. Fabric tends to bunch up so you get a little pucker right before the line cross. The temptation is to stretch the fabric to avoid the pucker, but this is not good either.

    It is easier to prevent puckers if you heavily starch the backing (and spray starch the top) before layering. Since you have already pinned, you may not want to do that. In that case, you can simply lay out your sandwich on a large sheet and spray starch both the top and bottom several times (misting, then letting starch dry before misting another layer on). This will stabilize the fabric so it is less likely to pucker when you cross a line while machine quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Since you pinned, be sure to remove pins as you come to them when you machine quilt.

    One of your biggest problems with straight lines is to make sure you don't get puckers and tucks, both on the underside and on the top. This is especially the case with cross-hatching, since you will be crossing lines. Fabric tends to bunch up so you get a little pucker right before the line cross. The temptation is to stretch the fabric to avoid the pucker, but this is not good either.

    It is easier to prevent puckers if you heavily starch the backing (and spray starch the top) before layering. Since you have already pinned, you may not want to do that. In that case, you can simply lay out your sandwich on a large sheet and spray starch both the top and bottom several times (misting, then letting starch dry before misting another layer on). This will stabilize the fabric so it is less likely to pucker when you cross a line while machine quilting.
    I will do that thank you for the info!!! Now since I have to sew across the front , what color of thread do I use?? I'm not going to change thread for that many colors so could I just use a blue that matches the out line rows or just a off white neutral color ? And can I stop sewing and ship the blue outer rows ?

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    People don't normally change thread color. You are free to choose whatever you think will look good to use throughout. Nowadays there are nice variegated threads (multi-color) that can look very nice too.

    The only problem with not sewing across the outer blue sashing strip is that then you will be faced with burying the thread ends of your quilting lines or knotting in place. The simplest thing to do is to continue your quilting lines across the sashing so that the ends will be buried in the binding.

    Knotting thread ends means sewing in place for 3 or 4 stitches with your machine, which can make a bump that you may or may not find acceptable.

    Burying thread ends means doing this by hand. Using a specialized needle that has a hole in the side makes this much faster and easier. Leah Day on her website has a demo video that shows how to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    People don't normally change thread color. You are free to choose whatever you think will look good to use throughout. Nowadays there are nice variegated threads (multi-color) that can look very nice too.

    The only problem with not sewing across the outer blue sashing strip is that then you will be faced with burying the thread ends of your quilting lines or knotting in place. The simplest thing to do is to continue your quilting lines across the sashing so that the ends will be buried in the binding.

    Knotting thread ends means sewing in place for 3 or 4 stitches with your machine, which can make a bump that you may or may not find acceptable.

    Burying thread ends means doing this by hand. Using a specialized needle that has a hole in the side makes this much faster and easier. Leah Day on her website has a demo video that shows how to do this.
    thank you so much for your help cause I really wasnt sure at all about that step but tks for explaining in detail for me that helps ALOT !!! I think I will just go with blue thread and hope for the best lol wish me luck !!! I will learn from my mistakes like in everything else we do right?? lol

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