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Thread: Name this quilt AND need tips for quilting as this will be made without batting

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    I have tentatively named this quilt "A flower for Mary, Around the World with Love"...but that seems so long! What do you think? Here's the story:

    Mary is 18 y/o and lives in a small remote village in Kisoro, Uganda in extreme poverty. I have been her educational sponsor for 5 years and she just finished her senior studies and is hopeful of getting a government scholarship so she can attend the University in Kampala in the fall. Mary sleeps on a straw mat at home. If she goes to the University she'll sleep in a REAL bed for the first time. I thought it would be neat if she had a lightweight cover for her bed. The climate is tropical so that's the reason for no batting. I chose this pattern because I care for her dearly even though she is around the world from me. For the TATW...I modified it a bit to give the impression that this is a flower. Then on the back...I'm going to use flannel but incorporate the flower basket in the design. It's my way of sending her flowers for her wonderful accomplishments.

    So my questions:

    1) Is the name okay? How would you shorten it?
    2) How to quilt this considering there's no batting? I want it to be nice and soft. (I've only done SID on my first quilt so quilting seems a bit scary. But I'm ready to jump in and learn!) ;-)
    3) I'm concerned that the seams on the front will show through the flower basket since it's background is tone on tone white. Should I put some kind of fusible fabric on the back of the block? (I will be machine quilting this)
    4)Lastly, what's your favorite way of making a label. The 2 labels I've made so far haven't been great so I want to improve on this one and make it really nice!

    Thanks so much for all your help! blessings, Karen
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    Your quilt is so pretty and I think the name is just perfect. I have done labels a couple of ways. I have hand embroidered them, my machine has basic block letters and I have used those and I also have written them with a pigma pen.

    I am not getting how you are going to use the basket block. Is your intention to applique it to the front of the quilt? If so then do you currently see through the background fab when you place it on the quilt? If this bothers you then I would suggest putting a foundation on the back. This will make it easy to applique as well because you can stitch the backing on the block inside out and leave an open space to turn it right side out and when you applique it on your seam allowance will already be turned under from sewing on the backing. For quilting, you may wish to put flannel inside for a lightweight batting. I've never done a quilt with no batting so can't say for sure. For quilting, your top is so pretty and I am sure Mary will love it so no need to get too fancy but I would put enough quilting in to make sure it is enforced. You could do a simple diaganal grid or do SID. Or if you are feeling brave FMQ an all over meander or stylized flowers on it. I am sure she will love and cherish it no matter what you do.

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    I have no idea for the name - but the quilt top is FABULOUS.

    I'm still really loving the checkerboard, and it all looks flat to me from here. I'm glad you didn't re-think that part of the design. ;-)

    I'm glad I reread your post. I see you're using flannel for the back.
    The top will stick a bit to that when quilting, but I'd still spray or hand baste the two together so you don't end up with tucks/pleats/puckers on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Your quilt is so pretty and I think the name is just perfect. I have done labels a couple of ways. I have hand embroidered them, my machine has basic block letters and I have used those and I also have written them with a pigma pen.

    I am not getting how you are going to use the basket block. Is your intention to applique it to the front of the quilt? If so then do you currently see through the background fab when you place it on the quilt? If this bothers you then I would suggest putting a foundation on the back. This will make it easy to applique as well because you can stitch the backing on the block inside out and leave an open space to turn it right side out and when you applique it on your seam allowance will already be turned under from sewing on the backing. For quilting, you may wish to put flannel inside for a lightweight batting. I've never done a quilt with no batting so can't say for sure. For quilting, your top is so pretty and I am sure Mary will love it so no need to get too fancy but I would put enough quilting in to make sure it is enforced. You could do a simple diaganal grid or do SID. Or if you are feeling brave FMQ an all over meander or stylized flowers on it. I am sure she will love and cherish it no matter what you do.
    The flower basket block is going on the back with the flannel. I wasn't planning on doing it with applique but just making it a square block and then sewing that square next to a strip of the flannel. Does that make sense? I thought I'd offset the block...possibly put it in the lower right hand corner of the back of the quilt and so I'd attach the label to the corner of the block. How does that sound? (Oh, BTW, I did fix the few twisted seams that I had. Much easier to fix than anticipated and everything is nice and smooth and flat.)

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    I don't know your FMQ ability, but SITD would work just fine for this quilt. Except not in the ditches.

    The lines I've drawn on the photo show the paths you could take.

    It shouldn't take long at all, and it would make it really secure - which given the unknown washing (machine) situation would be a good thing.

    I'm sure you can find some nice variegated thread - Joann's has had a display recently of some nice threads. There's a pastel one - and even though it's supposed to be "baby" colors, it would blend in very well across your quilt. And it would give a little sparkle as it would be visible.
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    Since it has a flower basket theme maybe you could quilt some flowers on it, maybe daisies or something simple. What a wonderful relationship you have developed with this girl. I like the name you picked also. You have done a delightful thing and she will love it.

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    Name is wonderful.
    I would line the basket block with a piece of the white fabric used in the block so you won't see through it.
    I would do a grid for the quilting. Use a ruler and draw through the corners of the quilt going from corner to corner in a X design. I use the grid on some lap quilts I make. They are soft, easy to quilt and great design to go with the type of design on your top....
    I use embroidery lettering on my machine to sew out my labels. Then I put a binding around the label like it was a little quilt. I hand stitch the label on the back, then make the sandwich and do the quilting so the label will not be coming off.

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    MTS, Thank you so very, very much for this design idea! I have no idea how you drew that on my picture but so glad you did...makes it very clear to understand! :thumbup: I was thinking of a grid type pattern but it didn't occur to me to do it in the direction that you suggested. I live an hour away from a LQS. I was planning on using white thread. I could wait until next week when I go that way to get the thread...but do you think white would still work? Again, thanks for the extra time you spent doing this! :)

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    I LOVE the name!! Please keep it! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuppi duke
    Since it has a flower basket theme maybe you could quilt some flowers on it, maybe daisies or something simple. What a wonderful relationship you have developed with this girl. I like the name you picked also. You have done a delightful thing and she will love it.
    Besides doing a grid, I have also thought about using a simple flower design. I have not done FMQ as yet, but I thought I could practice on scrap and if it works, great! If not...I'll do a grid! I do think I'll at least hand quilt flowers in the corners of the quilt. They seem to be calling for something special there!

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    Beautiful !! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenm36
    I could wait until next week when I go that way to get the thread...but do you think white would still work? Again, thanks for the extra time you spent doing this! :)
    Yeah. White will work.

    Can you sense my ambivalence about the white? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Also, do you have a wavy stitch on your machine? I have a Bernina and it's the #4 stitch (longer and wider)? That also brings a lot of life to a simple quilt design, plus it's still done with the walking foot following the same path as the pciture.

    My FMQ skills are non-existant, so if I'm doing it myself, it's my only option.

    I've got half a spool right here - and looking at your quilt it seems that it would work well with your quilt. The colors are so subtle that it doesn't have to be an exact match. They'll just blend/meld in.
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    Wow, that is pretty! No, I don't have a wavy stitch for my machine...it's just a very basic machine...just does button holes and zig zag stitches. I did get a darning foot though and I think this may be the time to get some scraps together and practice FMQ. Mary doesn't start school for a while so I have time to practice my quilting skills. But I can't delay too long...DGBaby #2 is on the way and I need to save time to make one for her/him.
    ;-)

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    MTS, how do you draw the lines over the photo? Love the layout you did!!! This would be better than FMQ on this particular top in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    MTS, how do you draw the lines over the photo? Love the layout you did!!! This would be better than FMQ on this particular top in my opinion.
    So you know the application PAINT that comes on every Windows computer? For, like, over a decade? That I, thinking myself quite the guru, never, ever looked at? :roll: :roll:

    Well, that one. ;-)

    And thanks to the board member (apologies that I can't remember the ID) who mentioned it in passing on a post a few weeks ago. :thumbup:

    Yet another "Duh" moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    Name is wonderful.
    I would line the basket block with a piece of the white fabric used in the block so you won't see through it.
    I would do a grid for the quilting. Use a ruler and draw through the corners of the quilt going from corner to corner in a X design. I use the grid on some lap quilts I make. They are soft, easy to quilt and great design to go with the type of design on your top....
    I use embroidery lettering on my machine to sew out my labels. Then I put a binding around the label like it was a little quilt. I hand stitch the label on the back, then make the sandwich and do the quilting so the label will not be coming off.
    Thank you for your suggestions. I was thinking about lining the block as well...so would you use a lt. wt. fusible to make the fabric stay on the block...like Seam2Seam? The grid quilting would look good for this...maybe I'll save FMQ for another day! I keep putting that off...I wonder why...lol! ;-) And I do want to make sure the label doesn't come off...so thanks for the help on that as well.

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    So right click and copy the pic posted on QB, paste to paint, edit then copy & paste back onto the QB?

    I have a MAC so will check hubby's window pc. I remember paint from many years ago.

    Well, you do a fantastic job with it. I love learning something new daily on this QB!!!

    Thank you,

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    1) Of course it is ... it's personal!!!
    My only thought would be, should it be "A Flower" or "Flowers"? (you mentioned your top variation is to make it look like flowers, and hte basket looks like it has several flowers in it)

    2) The flannelette will act as your batting. Remember you're not going to have a puffy quilt! Spray or hand baste the back to the front and do your quilting. MTS's suggested pattern flows nicely with your pattern.

    3) Spray baste the flower block to white cotton and then stitch it together as one, as you make your quilt back. Once your quilting is done, nothing will move. And the extra piece of cotton won't add any thickness to worry about.

    4) You might consider whether you want it hand stitched onto the quilt or sewn into the backing as you are doing your flower block. If you have someone that could machine embroider your message, I'd consider going that route ... it'll be long lasting and durable. And under the conditions, you never know how it will be washed.

    How special that you have cared for this young lady and want to give her something special to acknowledge her achievements! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    1) Of course it is ... it's personal!!!
    My only thought would be, should it be "A Flower" or "Flowers"? (you mentioned your top variation is to make it look like flowers, and hte basket looks like it has several flowers in it)

    2) The flannelette will act as your batting. Remember you're not going to have a puffy quilt! Spray or hand baste the back to the front and do your quilting. MTS's suggested pattern flows nicely with your pattern.

    3) Spray baste the flower block to white cotton and then stitch it together as one, as you make your quilt back. Once your quilting is done, nothing will move. And the extra piece of cotton won't add any thickness to worry about.

    4) You might consider whether you want it hand stitched onto the quilt or sewn into the backing as you are doing your flower block. If you have someone that could machine embroider your message, I'd consider going that route ... it'll be long lasting and durable. And under the conditions, you never know how it will be washed.

    How special that you have cared for this young lady and want to give her something special to acknowledge her achievements! :)
    Thanks for clarifying everything so nicely! Being new to quilting I lack a bit of confidence but I'm learning daily and really enjoying it! I hadn't thought about the idea of machine embroidering a label...I like that! I'll have to see what my options are for getting that done here but that's a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenm36[/quote

    Thanks for clarifying everything so nicely! Being new to quilting I lack a bit of confidence but I'm learning daily and really enjoying it! I hadn't thought about the idea of machine embroidering a label...I like that! I'll have to see what my options are for getting that done here but that's a great idea.
    Not sure who ... there is someone on this Board who will do this for you as a business. Maybe someone can remember whom?

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    My thoughts are:
    1. The name is perfect
    2. Don't worry about the seams showing through. Interfacing will only add to the heaviness of the quilt. If the seams show, it will be OK
    3. You might want to think about a very light quilting, or even tying the quilt.
    4. Write the lable from what is in your heart for this girl. That's what counts.
    Blessings to you for doing this important thing for this girl. You have made a huge difference in her life, and you may have made a difference in this world that you can't see quite yet.

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    duh ..... just dawned upon me ... I suggested you layer the flower block onto a piece of cotton. You really should layer it onto a piece of flannel or you are not going to have any "batting" in that section.

    Re the PPs comment .... I thought you were still quilting this in some form? Otherwise, it'll be a nightmare for your Mary!

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    Pretty.

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    Pretty and so good of you to make this for Mary, she sounds like a remarkable Young Lady.

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    Ditto MTS. I think her idea for the variegated thread and the quilting is a good one.

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