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Thread: YBR quilt is done. Advice/critique?

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    YBR quilt is done. Advice/critique?

    This is only my second quilt. I learned a few things. I learned that I don't like the look of the quilt if I'm stitching in the ditch. I don't know if the puckering has to do with the fact that I didn't have a walking foot or if I just like the way free motion or long arm quilting looks. I also didn't like the looseness of the fabric, but I'm not sure if that has to do with my bed was the only place to piece it together.

    I want to try that 505 basting spray. I can't wait to try my newly ordered walking foot. And I can't wait to learn how to find a way that I can quilt that will give my quilt the look of a real good quilting. So if anyone wants to critique the quilt or give me some tips, I sure would love to learn some more. I have a couple more quilts in the works that I'd like to do something different with.





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    You did a great job on this and the fabric combination is beautiful. If you don't like the look of stitch in the ditch, it's not too late to free-motion quilt, e.g. the border of the bigger plainer squares to add texture. You can practice after you get your walking foot on scraps and fmq it later. Have fun!
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    I like your quilt--colors are great and overall it looks fine. However, I do encourage you to try to basting spray--I have used it since it first came out and love how it holds things together. (A word of caution--it doesn't take much spray to hold the fabrics together--I learned that the hard way.)
    I am sure you will like the walking foot--it makes such a difference in how the fabrics stay together.
    If you have a "joining" stitch on your sewing machine (It takes a stitch to the left and the next one to the right of the center) it really makes a nice finish and it is more forgiving if you get off the seam line a bit here and there. You are off to a great start. Keep up the good work. If you want to visit in more depth, feel free to send me a message.
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    You did a beautiful job! I like how you are embracing new techniques -- it makes it more fun learning each new one. The colors and rotation of blocks is great...can't wait to see what you do next....enjoy!

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    love your quilt colors. Did you pull everything tight before quilting and I do suggest a walking foot, really helps

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    Beige and blue... very nice

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    I think you did a good job. I love the fabrics and the way you used them.

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    you did a great job. i remember that my second quilt was no where near that nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nunnyJo View Post
    love your quilt colors. Did you pull everything tight before quilting and I do suggest a walking foot, really helps
    I laid it out on my queen size bed (only space for it) and smoothed it out best I could before layering each piece then pinning it. I did see while sewing that the fabric had shifted somewhat even though I pinned with what I thought was an excess of pins.

    Quote Originally Posted by moreland View Post
    I like your quilt--colors are great and overall it looks fine. However, I do encourage you to try to basting spray--I have used it since it first came out and love how it holds things together. (A word of caution--it doesn't take much spray to hold the fabrics together--I learned that the hard way.)
    I am sure you will like the walking foot--it makes such a difference in how the fabrics stay together.
    If you have a "joining" stitch on your sewing machine (It takes a stitch to the left and the next one to the right of the center) it really makes a nice finish and it is more forgiving if you get off the seam line a bit here and there. You are off to a great start. Keep up the good work. If you want to visit in more depth, feel free to send me a message.
    I'm excited to try the spray next time. I watched a tutorial on youtube regarding free motion quilting and the 505 basting spray. Its actually how I learned about both. I'd never heard of them before.

    I'm sure my sewing machine has a joining stitch...but I wouldn't know how to find it or at what part of the quilting (or where) I'd use it. I've never heard of it before.

    Thanks for the offer to msg you. I'll have to take you up on that.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruthrings View Post
    You did a great job on this and the fabric combination is beautiful. If you don't like the look of stitch in the ditch, it's not too late to free-motion quilt, e.g. the border of the bigger plainer squares to add texture. You can practice after you get your walking foot on scraps and fmq it later. Have fun!
    I have no idea how to free motion quilt. Just learned about it a few days ago while watching a youtube tutorial. I can free motion quilt with my walking foot? I have some scraps from this blanket that I could practice on. Dang..I even have extra fabric I could just whip an small baby's blanket size together to practice on.

    I learned about grid quilting too. Someone told me to use painter's tape. That's how I wanted to quilt this quilt but when I put down the tape, it was falling off before I could even get it over to the sewing machine. If I can figure out a way to grid quilt, that might be my option instead of free motion quilting since I have no idea how to do it.

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    Your walking foot should help a lot! I've been following 31 Days of Walking Foot Quilting at http://blog.petitdesignco.com/2012/1...-quilting.html. Great quilting design ideas to try out without FMQ!

    Quilting is easily the most challenging part of the whole process for me. Each quilt I do myself gets a little bit easier.

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    It's very pretty! I really like the colors and fabrics you used.

    I started quilting in February of this year and have learned SO much, from this group and online!

    I too use my bed for layout, since it's the only place I have to do so. I use the 505 spray often, but have had no problems with just pinning either. Once the sandwich is laid out, I set up a folding table at the foot of the bed, then pull one end of the sandwich up onto the table to smooth, stretch and pin it together. (or spray and smooth) I smooth out the backing fabric, then spray the batting, or smooth it if pinning, then spray the batting top and smooth the quilt top into place. If I'm just pinning, I reach under and place my first pin in the center, then work in a "circle" around that pin, pulling the backing fabric tight, then the top fabric tight before pinning in each place.

    The fabric DOES stretch as you quilt, so you have to keep pulling it tight, without actually stretching it, of course, as you go. I assume this is the reason for cutting your backing and batting larger than the quilt top. After I quilt about the first 1/4 of the quilt, in the center first, I then lay it flat and make sure the remaining areas are still smooth before moving on.

    I think the "looseness of the fabric" is because it's not quilted, not attached to the batting or backing fabric. Have you washed it since finishing it? I find that seems to tighten the fabric back up, too.

    A walking foot makes all the difference in how the layers feed through the machine.
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    well i think it looks great and i like the colors nice good!!!
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    I think you are doing great! I'm not a fan of stitch on the ditch either. I much prefer what I call Shadow Quilting when quilting by hand. When quilting on a domestic machine, a good meandering stitch is fine. Get a darning foot and give it a whirl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen S View Post

    The fabric DOES stretch as you quilt, so you have to keep pulling it tight, without actually stretching it, of course, as you go. I assume this is the reason for cutting your backing and batting larger than the quilt top. After I quilt about the first 1/4 of the quilt, in the center first, I then lay it flat and make sure the remaining areas are still smooth before moving on.

    I think the "looseness of the fabric" is because it's not quilted, not attached to the batting or backing fabric. Have you washed it since finishing it? I find that seems to tighten the fabric back up, too.

    A walking foot makes all the difference in how the layers feed through the machine.
    Maybe that was my problem. When I started quilting it, I didn't start in the center. No one has ever told me I should start in the center. The one I made it class, I wasn't even told to start in the center.

    When I was talking about the looseness of the fabric, It was quilted. I guess I don't know how to explain it...but there is a huge difference between the two quilts I made (by SID) verses the quilt my quilting friend (who long arms as her business) did on my queen size quilt. It seems to change the entire feel and look of the quilt as well. Does this make sense?

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    Great job love the colors

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    Your walking should help, but I am thinking you need to find a better place to lay it out before quilting. Even on the floor would be better than on your bed. If no room there, maybe you could use the tables in your local library conference room, or the tables at your local quilt shop. If it isnt pinned tightly and flat, you will get wrinkles and wavy fabric, even with a walking foot. And if you want to use the basting spray, it is very essential that you have a good flat surface to put it on. Maybe a porch or deck? Put on old sheet down first to keep the quilt fabric clean. It won't ever be firm and flat enough on a bed.

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    It is very pretty! Love your colors and the fabrics you chose. Don't be so hard on yourself, it looks beautiful to me.

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    Thank you for the lovely compliments and encouragement! I'm excited to start my next project. I have a sampler quilt I'm making for a friend and my 16 yr old son as asked that I make him a quilt.

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    It turned out pretty. You can always try what I just tried as I also don't care that much for SITD...Name:  queen size 4inch scrappy charity quilt.JPG
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    I suppose this is some sort of shadow quilting, but I called it "stitch beside the ditch".

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    Thats a lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing. I'm slowly learning that with quilting there is more than one right way of doing things.

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    You did a great job! Colors are pretty too!

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    I would say your ability to get the sandwich taught enough on a bed for pinning would have a big impact on puckering, also not using a walking foot because a regular foot does not feed the top fabric at the same rate as the bottom. Other than that your second quilt looks good. We learn as we go. I have also learned that recipients rarely see our mistakes. We critique ourselves way to hard sometimes
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    You might want to take a class on actually quilting a quilt, They really teach you how to baste your quilt and how to use you walking and darning foot. I am more of a visual learner so it helped me a lot
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    I think it is a wonderful quilt. I have found hand quilting allows me to fudge a lot so even tho it is time consuming, I continue to hand quilt most of my quilts . Luckily I love the process!

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    Good fabric choices, well sewn.
    On basting spray, if you have any breathing problems, avoid it. I used it once, out of doors, with the wind going away from me and still had a major asthma attack.
    Am I seeing binding finished before the quilting? that is generally not recommended.

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