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From: KarenQuilts
Date: 01-03-2005, 09:09 PM (1 of 32)
I am working on my third quilt. It is the largest one so far, twin size. Working on the floor pinning it and maneuvering it through my home machine to quilt it has been quite a task! I remember reading a while ago that there is a technique to put a quilt together in sections. Now I cant find it. Does anyone know how this is done or where I can read about it? How do most people handle this issue? I know some people send them out to be finished professionally but Id prefer not to. First I do enjoy the quilting process and would like to learn the different techniques and second Id prefer to spend the money on more fabric for other quilts. I know I could just stay with smaller quilts but that limits me too. Help!
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From: Magot
Date: 01-04-2005, 02:52 AM (2 of 32)
I mostly wrestle. I've seen big clips that are supposed to hold the quilt in a roll while you sew, but I've always wanted more manouverability that that affords.
love and kisses, Jan
Guts-R-Us
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DNA to order.
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From: calcharlie
Date: 01-04-2005, 04:37 AM (3 of 32)
I have just pinned mine and then just got to sewing. I don't do hand quilting. I machine quilt all mine. I just work one section of the quilt at a time until I have done all but the border. Seems to work out ok. Gets a little tight in the throat of the machine sometimes but if it was easy everybody would be doing it. Good luck and keep on sewing.

Charlie :USA: :bg:
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-04-2005, 05:05 AM (4 of 32)
When quilting a large quilt always start in the centre and work your way out.
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From: shirleyp
Date: 01-04-2005, 11:48 AM (5 of 32)
Hello, the quilt you are talking about is called a reverse quilt. You put the sections together with binding.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 01-04-2005, 12:01 PM (6 of 32)
And it works real good. The first quilt I made was putting together with binding. I have a book on how to do it. Just have to find it. If I find it and you want the instructions e-mail me and I will send them to you.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-04-2005, 01:34 PM (7 of 32)
Maybe you are thinking about the method perfected by Georgia Bonesteel.. She has several books about the method.. It works so great ! ! ! .. Look for Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, and More Lap Quilting etc..... You could get them at the Library and see if you like them enough to purchase.. They are fantastic...She is on ETV.. look for "Lap Quilting". :love: :love:
Sew With Love
Libby
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From: ArizonaStitcher
Date: 01-04-2005, 01:41 PM (8 of 32)
that's the name of the book which teaches how to quilt large quilts in sections. Not at all difficult, but the instructions have to be followed. Try www.hgtv.com, then go to Simply Quilts, then search for that. I saw the segment a while back, but the book tells it all.

Be sure to let us know how it's going. I also hate fighting trying to get the quilt into my machine. Ah, but a long-arm is out of the question. :cry:

Good luck!
Happy Stitchin' from sunny Arizona
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From: Hogmami
Date: 01-04-2005, 01:43 PM (9 of 32)
The book I am referring to is Weekend Star Quilts by Marti Mitchell. American Scool of Needlework put it out. Its book #4160. This book was given to me by a friend at work when I started quilting.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-04-2005, 09:04 PM (10 of 32)
Here's the site from Simply Quilts with the instructions for quilting large quilts in sections. http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_quilting/article/0,1789,HGTV_3298_1507325,00.html

Patsy
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From: KarenQuilts
Date: 01-04-2005, 11:20 PM (11 of 32)
I wrote a reply this afternoon but I'm not seeing it here so I'll try again....

I found the Simply Quilts site and I am going to start with the first method. The other books sound interesting too. I'll take a look at those as well. Thanks everyone!

Karen
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From: Hogmami
Date: 01-04-2005, 11:37 PM (12 of 32)
I will send the pages tomorrow.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-24-2005, 06:04 PM (13 of 32)
Hi I'm making quilts for my kids but I am having a problem .Please help!!
After I sew the top for the quilts, how do i add the batting and then the back?? Can I do it like you would make a pillow case sew it all right side in and when you get so far turn it right side out?? But if I do that then how do I keep the batting in place?? Please help.. And don't laugh but when explaining I don't know alot of the fancy sewing term ( yet) but I am working on it!! :bluewink: . you can answer me on here or email me!! Please help a.s.a.p :nc: :USA:
tank you, Heather
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-24-2005, 06:21 PM (14 of 32)
Heather, I have lessons on how to finish your quilts. Just go to this url and hopefully it will help you out.

http://www.sew-whats-new.com/quiltlessons/index.shtml
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From: Julia's Nana
Date: 01-24-2005, 10:04 PM (15 of 32)
I have several quilting books by Eleanor Burns (my other quilt goddess next to Joanne!!) and some of them give the instructions to make a pillow case and then turn it right side out. She calls it the "quick turn method". You lay the quilt top on the backing with right sides together, stretch them out and pin. Then trim them so they are the same size. Stitch around four sides, leaving 24" open on one of the long sides. Then lay the quilt top on the batting and trim. You then whip stitch the batting to the seam allowance.

The rest of the instructions talk about turning it and it sounds anything but quick or easy..................I think the baste and bind method is best.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 01-24-2005, 10:12 PM (16 of 32)
I tryed the pillow case method with a baby quilt. It took a long time to get itt turned the way you want it. The corners were real hard to get square. Now I use the pin and bind method.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-25-2005, 05:18 AM (17 of 32)
Oh you are so wise Norma LOL

I have only done one quilt with the turn method and found it to be as much work as the typical finishing. One needs to ty it in places so that the batting doesn't shift so much.
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From: Julia's Nana
Date: 01-25-2005, 04:55 PM (18 of 32)
Yeah, Joanne, and according to my children, I get wiser all the time! LOL

Any hints for us about the Feb. block??
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From: MaryW
Date: 01-25-2005, 05:36 PM (19 of 32)
Yeah Jo, give us a hint, huh, huh, huh. :nah:
MaryW
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 06:02 AM (20 of 32)
A hint of spice? a hint of knowledge? what??? lol
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-26-2005, 08:46 AM (21 of 32)
ok here is question that I feel silly for asking!! :bg: What is basting??Or baste?? Joanne, I like the site you gave me but I don't understand what basting is!!! New to all these sewing terms! lol :re: .. So is it saying basicly to make my batting a little larger than my material? And then go through and trim it? And then after that baste?? lol Help!!!!! :nc:
Thank you, Heather :dave:
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 09:27 AM (22 of 32)
Yes that is what it is saying, you understood well. Now basting is very loose stitching done by hand to hold all your layers together. These are large stitches, not tiny or you will be there all day lol...you do the basting in X fashion, then vertical and horizontal, depending how big the quilt is. :bg:
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-26-2005, 09:51 AM (23 of 32)
ok humor me on this one!! lol lol lol.... :bg: after you have put the quilt ( all 3 pieces together ) right sides together ( correct )? what do you do from there to get them the right way?? I know I'm having a bad time here!! :bluesad: I'm so sorry about this, I just don't get it after you have basted them together where do you go from there!! I hope I'm not driving everyone crazy!!!! :whacky: :re:
Thanks, Heather
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 09:59 AM (24 of 32)
ok humor me on this one!! lol lol lol.... :bg: after you have put the quilt ( all 3 pieces together ) right sides together ( correct )? what do you do from there to get them the right way?? I know I'm having a bad time here!! :bluesad: I'm so sorry about this, I just don't get it after you have basted them together where do you go from there!! I hope I'm not driving everyone crazy!!!! :whacky: :re:
Thanks, Heather

Ok now this is how it goes....your backing fabric is right side down (ie:floor)then batting, then your top fabric right side facing you. You baste. now if you are stippling, mendering or tying the quilt, this is where you do it. If not you have approx 2" of backing fabric that is bigger than your quilt, you fold that 2" in half, press then bring it over the quilt and stitch. Is this the finishing you are looking for or the pillowcase type?
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 10:15 AM (25 of 32)
Did you go here where I show how to finish the way I described?

http://www.sew-whats-new.com/quiltlessons/index.shtml
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 10:35 AM (26 of 32)
Heather, was it any help to you at all? don't hesitate to ask questions, that is how we all learn.
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-26-2005, 11:04 AM (27 of 32)
ok I went and read the rest of it (step 3 ) so tell me if I'm reading this right basicly you fold it twice and then pin it down and sew it?? Am I right " god I hope I'm right"!! :re: . See I'm more of a hands on learner rather then reading it, thats the way I have always been I can look at something and figure it out, so I hope I'm reading this right !!!! :bg:
Thank you , Heather :bang:
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 11:28 AM (28 of 32)
Give the lady a prize lol....correct! :smile:
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-26-2005, 12:22 PM (29 of 32)
:bg: :up: oh now I'm sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww excited!! I did it I did it!! Ok i'll stop for now but thank you so much for the help!! I appreciate it so much!
Heather :dave:
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-26-2005, 12:34 PM (30 of 32)
Keep us updated on how the quilt goes :smile:
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From: momofangels4
Date: 01-27-2005, 12:09 AM (31 of 32)
I finished my quilt, my very first quilt! woo hooo!!! :bg: :bg: :bg: I will get a pic of it and post it this weekend!! Thank you everyone for the help !! You know I never knew the awsome feeling you get when you finish one! I know I sound strange but it's true. I didn't think that I could do it but I did, now I feel unstopable! I'm hooked!!
Talk to you all later :dave: :bluewink:
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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From: joannequilts
Date: 01-27-2005, 02:18 AM (32 of 32)
Congratulations, it is a good feeling :smile:
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