Quilt Quandry. Susie? Mrs Flib? Keanie? HE:LP!

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Quilt Quandry. Susie? Mrs Flib? Keanie? HE:LP!

Post: #238598 bonniethomas06
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:33 pm

Finally!! The torment of sewing together 2000+ 10cm squares is over. One day I will look back and see the post on this topic when I announced I was starting it, it was about 1984.

Meanwhile, I am stuck about the next move. I understand that I need to get me some batting, affix a border and back piece and begin quilting.

However, I don't know which stitch to use on my machine. Can I just use the basic,large-ish straight running stitch (that you would use for say, sewing a dress)? I am doing the 'in the ditch' method and may invest in a travelling foot. But is there a particular stitch that machines usually have? It is a very old Toyota - my mum says a quilting stich uses a single thread. But my machine uses two?

So confused. Sorry for a novice question, but the book I have is a bit crap. Any tips?

Thanks in advance. :flower:

(p.s, I do look at it and think of Keanie's lovely starry quilt, and Susie's quilted representation of fire, and feel a bit ashamed! But it is a start and I think the dog will appreciate it when it is lining the basket!)
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Re: Quilt Quandry. Susie? Mrs Flib? Keanie? HE:LP!

Post: #238638 Keaniebean
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:49 am

Ok if you have the quilt top you need to measure it. Do this by folding it in half measure down the fold, not around the edges as you might think. Then unfold it and fold it in half the other way and measure it again.( so you have with and length measurements.
Use these two measurements to find the size batting you need, and also the size of the back you need. I always add a half inch border round each side just to be on the safe side to both wadding and back.

Then when you have cut you wadding and back, pin the bejesus out of them starting down the middle and working your way outwards with all three layers together.

What I then do is just use a running stitch to quilt again start in the middle and work your way towards the edges.

When I have this done, I square up the quilt using a rotary cutter, self healing mat and metal ruler.

Then I bind it! Not in the magical sense of course, the quilt wont hurt anyone,lol.

I haven't found a method of binding that I'm happy with yet and have always ended up hand sewing which I loathe, but I think Susie has a good method she used and might be able to help you on that front.

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Re: Quilt Quandry. Susie? Mrs Flib? Keanie? HE:LP!

Post: #238639 Susie
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:08 am

Aaaahhh! Congratulations!!!! :-).

I would second everything Keaniebean said and also this is what works for me:

I use cotton batting from here: http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/N ... ibres.html
I use the quilter's dream cotton natural select weight (snappy name eh?). Buy bigger than you think you'll need because the bigger size will only be a couple of quid more and it leaves you room for error. We have literally no floor space in this house so I make the quilt sandwich on the bed and also hanging over the banister, and like Keanie says, pin pin and then pin some more. The fabric kind of sticks to the cotton so it's working with you rather than against you.

Then to sew on your machine - yes, just use a bog standard straight running stitch on your machine (TBH I use the same stitch for everything). I think perhaps your mum is thinking of handquilting (and don't handquilt! It takes forever!). I don't have a walking foot and I manage fine, but you do have to pull it so it doesn't bunch (this will make sense when you're doing it). I find it's best if I quilt about 4" apart so that will work perfectly with your squares.

When you're doing this, it's much more physical than you think it's going to be. Don't despair and think you're doing it wrong, you're not, also whatever it looks like just keep going, it will be ok in the end and you will love it (I say this because I always go through the dark night of the soul in the middle).

Binding - I have a method - I did a tutorial here if you're interested. It doesn't give you the proper finish (there is a stitching line which there isn't with handsewn binding) but I actually prefer it and also it's much quicker. Also I would add - don't bother cutting binding strips on the bias because it takes up more fabric and it doesn't make enough of a difference.

Well done and you know we're agog to see pictures, don't you? :wink:
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Re: Quilt Quandry. Susie? Mrs Flib? Keanie? HE:LP!

Post: #238647 bonniethomas06
Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:34 am

Thank you SO much both, very very helpful advice and I feel a lot less worried about it now.

Keanie, I do know what you mean, and would have totally cocked up the measuring if left to my own devices.

Susie - I had your tutorial saved in my favorites for when the time came, so thanks. And for the batting recommendations.

Stuff it, I am going to chance it without a wandering foot, they are very expensive and frankly the thought of trying to match one to my aincient toyota machine is too stressful.

Of course pics will follow - unfortunately left my camera out in the rain :( and am currently waiting to see whether it will dry off and work. But might be able to codge something up with my iphone later on.

Thanks again, a million :flower:
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