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From: mamahoogie
Date: 02-20-2007, 04:39 PM (1 of 5)
I just finished the top of a sampler quilt and I'm not sure how to quilt it. I made the 12" blocks from the Block of the Month program from our Quilt guild. Also the border is a print of African women and Children dancing so how do you quilt thru the pattern?
I have a Rocky Road to Kansas: Log Cabin: Churn Dash:
Lover's Knot: Puss in the Corner: Drunkard's Path (variation): Swirling Star: Bear's Paw: Snowflake: and a couple of others that are 4-1/2" blocks of different colours.

I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
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From: Patty22
Date: 02-20-2007, 05:27 PM (2 of 5) do anything you want :bg:

Lots of sampler quilts use outline quilting (1/4" from the seams) But you can take any kind of design and lay it over the block regardless of the design and quilt the same design on each block.

If this is your first quilt you're quilting..... I would caution you to avoid seam intersections to quilt through..... just a bit thicker and breaks your quilting rhythm when you come to them.

If you want more of a utility type quilting (very typical of early quilts into the early 20th century) and goes very quickly (commonly used by church groups or when in a big frame ) choose the Baptist Fan (also called Ocean Wave) , Scallops. or you can even alternate straight lines going in different directions in alternating blocks.

Oh, if you go a method using straight lines......don't forget handy dandy masking tape as your guide rather than marking your top (waste of time for straight lines).

So many choices....:bluewink:
User: Patty22
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 02-20-2007, 06:24 PM (3 of 5)
I should have mentioned that I will be machine quilting.
I don't have quilt frame and it would take me years to hand quilt a full size quilt.
I've only made a few quilts and I pretty much did the quilt in ditch or echo quilted around something. This time I want to branch out and do more.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-20-2007, 08:48 PM (4 of 5)
Have you tried free motion quilting? You could stipple or do some all over designs. I pointed Jan to the Quiltmaker site which had some simpler continuous line designs in this post.

Or you could do the same design in each block e.g. something like this ( and do a vine or something like that in the sashings.
Hope this gives you some ideas.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
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From: pinkroses
Date: 02-20-2007, 08:52 PM (5 of 5)
A friend of mine does the free motion machine quilting and loves it.
I haven't tried this yet.
I have made 9 full size quilts. I usually hand quilt mine
By my self I want to learn to do the quilt as you go method.

Good luck on quilting your top. I bet it will be beautifull.pinkroses
I know I have a guradian angel watching over me. I am very gratefull. PINKROSES
User: pinkroses
Member since: 11-30-2005
Total posts: 64
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