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Thread: To quilt or not to quilt?

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    Senior Member mrsj82's Avatar
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    So here's the quilt top I've been working on. I wanted to do vertical sashing (as in the pic) with a border of red, and then blue. However the red is coming out of the backing fabric and I just don't think I can spare anymore for more borders. I need top and bottom on this one, so my question is, does the blue border look too out of place with the red sashing?

    Also...lol I am playing around with the idea of hand quilting this. This scares me because 1. I have NEVER hand quilted ANYTHING and 2. I have no idea what pattern to do if I decide to hand quilt it...I'm just not sure if I should quilt it or do my usual and just tie it.

    Any thoughts?

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    the blue looks fine!! Have you ever thought of machine quilting? Even on a small machine it's quicker than hand stitching, my hands are too old for hand stitching.

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    Yeah I've tried machine quilting and I just can't seem to get the hang of it. I have spoiled many a quilt top trying to quilt it...

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    If you want to try hand quilting, just do something simple for your first one. Do an outline (1/4" in from seam) as this is easy to do. Your quilt top is beautiful! I am 70 and still hand quilt.

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    Since the blue is the same size as the red, I think it looks great. It's a beautiful quilt.

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    I like the blue at the sides. Looks great to me !! :-D

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    Like the sashing and borders just the way they are. I don't have the patience to hand quilt so I'd do a stitch in the ditch. Have fun with whatever you decide

    Susan

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    would you have enough red for binding? blue borders will look fine.

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    I really like the blue borders. I like to hand quilt but absolutely limit myself to small projects. I get impatient to be done so on a quilt this size, I would definitely machine quilt. Have you ever done SID with your walking foot?

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    I really like the blue. It sets off the blue in the piecing beautifully.

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    Pinning the layers together is the tricky part, which you have to do for any of the above options. I recommend stitching in the ditch on your vertical lines. Then use blue masking tape (doesn't leave any tackiness), to mark diagonal lines between your vertical lines. To make a "diamond pattern" sew all lines one direction first, remove the tape, then put your lines on to sew the other direction. When machine stitching, you want to start towards the center of the quilt and work towards the edges to ease any fullness out to the edges. Good luck!

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    Blue looks fine. I would try machine quilting.

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    I would love to do machine quilting but just don't have enough room, however, I have discovered I personally LOVE hand quilting. I find it super relaxing. I have done one in a hoop but that was just too cumbersome for me so I bought one of those PVC quilt units and I LOVE it. I just put it in front of TV, pop in a movie and I'm happy! You can adjust the height on them, tilt the back up or leave it flat and two people can quilt across from each other. I agree with others in that you should just try something very simple like quilting 1/4" from each seam or the tape method described by another.

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    I would use the red for the border, not the blue. Then you could use that strip of blue as an accent for the back (I always put a strip of something interesting on the back instead of just plain.) As for machine vs. hand quilting, I'd say it's how fast you want it done.

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    It is beautiful. It will be tremendous no matter how you finish it

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    I really like the blue. It sets off the blue in the piecing beautifully.
    Ditto!

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    I knew this was the place to post for advice! In response, yes I'll have enough red for binding, but I just don't have any more fabric for red borders...this was all I could spare lol.

    As far as quilting goes, I have a "Scroll" quilting frame that I HATE. It always is a pain in the butt to get things on and off of it...so I was just thinking of hand quilting in a hoop or something to see how I liked it. However I think I might just cave and tie it to be done with it...lol

    Thanks for the advice.

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    I love this quilt - love the pattern and the colors - I agree it will look good no matter what you do.

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    I love this quilt - love the pattern and the colors - I agree it will look good no matter what you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ
    Like the sashing and borders just the way they are. I don't have the patience to hand quilt so I'd do a stitch in the ditch. Have fun with whatever you decide

    Susan
    This is what I would do, also. It goes faster. Or just stitch 1/4 inch from your pattern, to help that pop. And the quilt is beautiful with the red sashing and blue borders.

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