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  • sally
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    Try this link for crosshatching and other forms of machine quilting.

    http://www.ideas-for-quilting.com/cr...hquilting.html

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  • sally
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    I haven't done stictch in the ditch yet but I did do a baby quilt and I used painters tape as my line. I went diagonal and made diamond patterns. It worked out well . Then I washed the quilt and was pleased with the result. I love washing my quilts it gives them a softer look. More like an old family quilt. I found a site about machine quilting using the tape. I will look for it and post it.

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  • poppymom23
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    I was reading the blog "The Free Motion Quilting Project" and she actually said if you go too slow when free motion quilting, your stitches will be uneven and longer that you would like. I always turn the speed down on my machine so it can't go very fast at all (I have 3 speed settings on my machine that limit the speed I can go even when the pedal is all the way down-I wish you could put that on a car so I don't have to worry about my teenager speeding). I just finished a quilt top so I am going to try quilting a little faster than I usually do and see if my stitches turn out better. BTW, I highly recommend that blog. She has some great free motion designs and has videos showing exactly how to do all of them and divides them into beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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  • Connie Chamberlain
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    Pamstone that's beautiful.Connie C

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  • Connie Chamberlain
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    You know,after it's washed and dried i bet you can't even see it.Plus there is know quilt police close by.Connie C

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  • pamstone
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    i think i figured it out...had to go to "advanced" reply

    this is my first dresden plate...used the easy ruler by darleen zimmerman.....love it
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  • pamstone
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    i am in a beginner class......this week we learn how to put the batting and backing on and i guess quilt it ! the quilt top turned out larger than i thought it would be (couldn't stop with the borders...just love the piano keys border) and now i am dreading quilting it. she says we can NOT send out to a quilter....

    i also made several smaller pieces (table runners and a few dresden plates with christmas fabric for giftable wall hangings)....i think i will start "quilting" those first. and sneak the large one to a pro !! i can't see myself making large quilts in the future...i am a slam bang kind of gal....small projects are good enough for me, at least that's my opinion now.

    how do you post a pix here? i was able to attach pix on another thread....but in quick reply it only has a url or link feature that i can see.

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  • goobster
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    I am a newbie but have just finished a quilted pillow with stitch in the ditch. As long as I stayed slow, it was fine. The moment I tried to speed up -- oops!

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  • twnkeyes
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    I admire those of you who actually quilt your own quilts. I, on the other hand, have no desire to do the actual quilting, I always send my quilt tops to a local quilter. The way I look at it is the cost is worth not having the frustration (for me) of trying to quilt.

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  • SuzyQue
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    I use to put such stock in piecing and quilting to be like the original quilters of long ago.....until someone pointed out how many old, antique quilts are wonky, crooked stitching, imperfect. I think your quilt should be pretty to look at, but then someone will love it and some won't. I absolutely think the most important thing your quilt has to have is love. If you love doing it, if you love having it, if you love giving it, if you stitched love, prayers, and blessings into it as you went along......then the quilt is perfect! SuzyQue
    PS---my perfectionistic side still makes me rip occasionally...but not as often as I could.

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  • Marebear
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    I am new too, and one thing I have done on smaller projects is to use "invisible" clear thread, then the errors aren't so glaring.

    But I do agree with Sandy - just do it and have fun - who cares if it is not perfectly in the ditch! Practice and slow sewing help.

    I did my first free motion quilting and just meandered. It was fun and I gave it away as a gift and they loved it. It was far from perfect, but it was made with love. I also think washing your project when it is done makes everything look better Have fun!

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  • Sandy Navas
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    Originally posted by suzette58 View Post
    Just keep working with it. I have been quilting about 4 or 5 years now and still have those projects that it doesn't seem right.
    SUZETTE - there are NO quilting police. What may not seem right to YOU will seem absolutely PERFECT to anyone who doesn't quilt - and those who quilt won't see the 'errors' as you see them!!!!

    I did a block today and sent a picture to my sister. She is a 'master quilter' and I am definitely NOT. She raved about it. I, pointed out all my mistakes . . .

    Art is in the eye of the beholder . . . don't behold anything YOU do . . . I can't, either.

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  • suzette58
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    Just keep working with it. I have been quilting about 4 or 5 years now and still have those projects that it doesn't seem right.

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  • gloria
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    Re machine quilting

    I just finished a large log cabin pattern that I quilted in the ditch. I found that if I move my needle position as close to the pressure foot as possible it helps to glide the material straighter so I can follow in the ditch. Hope you find this helps.

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  • mollycaff
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    Originally posted by ginampls View Post
    ... also Laura here said to try using coloring books. simple image like bear, ducky , flower... to practice... i took a class... but i think i wouild like to take another one...
    What a great idea! I've only recently joined the forum, I've just finished piecing together a small "test run" which is going to be table mat size and am very nervous about quilting it. I'm definitely going to use this tip to practice some FMQ. Thanks

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