Quilt Sandwiched – Thoughts on quilting please

Although my lovely quilt savvy friend is incredibly busy at the moment, she spent an hour and a half yesterday crawling around my bedroom floor helping me glue my quilt back and front to the batting.

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So much easier to put a giant quilt together when their are two of you and also great to have someone to make sure I got it right with my rusty memories of how to do it.Β  The only downside was that we were so engrossed working on it and in having a quilty discussion, I forgot to take any more pics until we’s rolled it up ready to carry downstairs to my sewing room…

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Today I’ve been stitching in the ditch around the patchwork seams…

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Still a way to go, then I’m going to do some more quilting, but I’m not sure what. So I thought I’d ask if anyone has any quilting patterns/motifs they’d like to suggest. I’ll probably ignore you, but you never know.

Until next time,

Bekki x

26 thoughts on “Quilt Sandwiched – Thoughts on quilting please

  1. I’m assuming you mean spray basting and not dollops of PVA glue or something 🀣
    I’m not gonna lie (as my daughter says depressingly often these days) – I actually hate the quilting part of making a quilt. I know, ridiculous isn’t it but I can’t bear wrestling a large quilt under a domestic machine and my hand quilting is, well, let’s call it under-developed. In future, for anything larger than a single bed size, if I can’t use the ‘quilt as you go’ method, I’ll be sending it off to a long arm quilter and I’m not even going to feel ashamed. Sorry to have been of absolutely no help at all.
    (It’s looking gorgeous by the way)

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    1. Ha ha! Gloy gum all the way πŸ™‚
      I did think of you, as I remembered you sent your last quit out to be quilted. My friend is doing quilt as you go and it looks less appealing than quilting to me.
      I’m actually enjoying wrestling my quilt under the machine much more than last time. It definitely is easier than I remember.
      I was thinking it was you that would come up with fab quilting suggestions, but heaven knows why, because I did know you hated it.
      Thank you – will try to keep it looking pretty and not ruin it with my quilting.

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      1. In the past, I have quilted in the ditch on the machine and then made a template – I used a heart shape – and hand quilted around it in appropriate places on the quilt which has given it a more personal touch. I also used a purchased plastic stencil template which is long and rectangular and used that to transfer the design on to the four borders and then hand quilted it. Although I’m not a gifted hand quilter, as my stitches tend to be longer than they should be, keeping them even is more important than the size of them. Good luck!

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      2. Thanks. Life feels a bit too short for hand quilting – especially on that size quilt. So I’m not even going there. I bought a book of quilting motifs when I made my sampler quilt and used different ones on each block as well as vermicelli on one block and a wobbly line made by a bendy ruler thing around the outside edge. Can’t say I’m hugely enamoured with any of them, except the vermicelli, which is why i wondered what other motifs people had used. .Funnily enough i was looking at some hearts in my book last night – maybe it’s a sign!

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  2. As a total beginner myself and fresh from my class. We stitched in the ditch and then we are making a big cross over each nine patch block. The tutor suggested a petal design like wavy lines if we wanted. I don’t!

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    1. It is daunting doing more than stitch in the ditch. The first quilt I made was a sampler quilt with 12 different blocks, so I decided to quilt each block differently. It was a good exploration in quilting and a great reference to look at and see what effects I like now, as well as how it’s changed as the batting has shrunk when I’ve washed it to give that more quilty effect.

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  3. That looks absolutely amazing. And already being stitched. πŸ™‚ It is always nice to have a friend or someone to help out, specially on big projects where you just seem to need those extra hands.
    Keep up the quilting, I am loving your work.

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    1. Thank you.
      Feeling very enthusiastic about it at the moment, so thought I’d better harness the enthusiasm while it was there as there’s a lot of quilting to do.
      My friend is amazing – not only did she come over so willingly and soon after I asked when she’s very very busy, but she also is a a very creative and talented lady. I’m very lucky to have her as a friend. And she only lives two doors away!

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  4. I’ve done large quilts on my home sewing machine, but decided a couple of years back that anything larger than a crib/wall quilt goes to the longarm person. I just can’t maneuver it through the throat/opening of my machine. But, when I do straight stitching, which is almost always, I do not stitch in the ditch because I tend to wander here or there and then spend time ripping. I use a foot as a guide or blue masking tape to make a straight line off the stitching line. Blue tape is a good friend. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello. thanks for your thoughts. I’m still in the ditch and happy. but let’s see what the decorative quilting brings! I too stray out the ditch, but am being naughty and ignoring it.
      My walking foot has a guide that lets you stitch off the seam an equal distance all the way, and i did think about this instead of sewing in the ditch, but I thought that might make this quilt look too geometric given it’s already very geometric looking.

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  5. I like your last comment – honesty – we should all be more honest at time, ha ha! You’ll probably ignore us … still giggling as I am writing this! Lovely quilt top, great friend to help x

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    1. Bless you and thank you. I Know I often ask and then go my own way, but that doesn’t mean I won’t take on other suggestions or that thinking about other possibilities isn’t helpful even if I don’t go with them xx

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