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Thread: My third top ready to be quilted - cc please

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    Junior Member malfromcessnock's Avatar
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    My third top ready to be quilted - cc please

    My third top. This one I call my "Window Garden".

    I hope quilting will even out the "sags" (don't know the correct term) in the fabric. When I piece everything seems (no pun intended) nice and flat and I try to feed the fabric evenly under the foot - but I can't avoid the unevenness that results. Any tips ladies?
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    Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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    It looks, to me, that the problem may be your borders. Measure the CENTER of the quilt and then cut the border that size. Then fold the border and top in half, pin the center of the border to the top at the marked fold, then pin the ends, then evenly fit the fabric in between. The same technique would work for fitting long sashing strips to the quilt sections, in case that is part of the problem. I hope that helps.

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    it looks great. yes, the quilting will help with the 'sags'. you just have to baste well so you don't get pleats when quilting.
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    very nice.........

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    very nice and nice fabrics!!!
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    Beautiful, it should all work out. I wash and dry my quilts when I finish the binding, puffs up and hides many things. Great job.
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    WOW. that is awesome. Do you have a walking foot?
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
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    Looks beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Do you have a walking foot?
    I guess I do. I have a Janome 6600P which has one built in and have just ordered a Janome 1600P with a 3.0M quilting frame.

    I should be good to go when I have practiced the art of "free motion".

    Thanks to all for your encouraging comments.
    Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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    Looks like you have a lot of bias edges which certainly contribute to the stretching of some edges. Even a miniscule 1/32 of an inch carried over 8 blocks adds up to a 1/2 inch difference. Careful spray-basting will help, but what I'm currently doing to correct the same problem is to pick apart small sections of seam and push the edges either further apart or closer together and then re-sew. Love your design and your fabrics!
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    Great job quilt is a beauty . joyce j

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    Your quilt looks great, Very pretty

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    Your quilt is beautiful. Are you starching your fabric and squaring each block as you finish it before sewing them all together?

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    came out great, maybe it will quilt out

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    irishrose (how pretty) - Squaring each block and starching? Should I?

    Will the starch leave a residue on my ironing board? I've used "fabulon" from an atomiser. It delivers blotches, so I iron them in. Is this the right method?

    I just wish I could get this making of the top of my quilt right


    Maybe that's the problem - (?) I just did a cotton test on the floral fabric and found it's poly cotton. Material bought many years ago to make "cafe curtains" from. I thought it was so appropriate for my design, I just went ahead and created my first project. Maybe I should stick to cottons.

    Thanks irishrose and the rest of the girls for your appraisal of my "top".
    Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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    Thanks lynnie - I hope so
    Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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    I think your top is great. I really love the borders of flowers.
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    I usually size up my blocks each step of the way. I agree with ArtsyOne, that being off just 1/32 eventually accumulates enough of a difference that it can throw your entire quilt off. That extra time spent in the beginning saves a lot of grief in the end. Love your fabric choice and layout. Thanks for sharing.
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    Try using a stilleto; I use a cut off bamboo kebob stick that is sharp on one end, its a long one so I cut it in half and it helps me hold the end of the fabric better to get a 1/4" seam. Foound that as I approched the end of the stitch line the fabric would pull over and leave the end uneven.

    Good Luck, delma

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    Lots of good reasons for problem already stated. Just wanted to compliment you on your beautiful quilt!
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    I think if will work out in the quilting. Like what you've made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb View Post
    It looks, to me, that the problem may be your borders. Measure the CENTER of the quilt and then cut the border that size. Then fold the border and top in half, pin the center of the border to the top at the marked fold, then pin the ends, then evenly fit the fabric in between. The same technique would work for fitting long sashing strips to the quilt sections, in case that is part of the problem. I hope that helps.
    That is great advice for me too. Thank you. Yolanda Wood River

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    It looks fantastic! I'm sure it will quilt out wonderfully!

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