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    Tied quilt vs long arm

    I just absolutely love the look of the quilts I get back from my LAQ. My problem is that I have such a backlog of tops that I am so overwhelmed at what it will cost to get them all quilted. I was wondering if anyone has every done a decorative stitch on their quilts instead of using thread for a tied look. I have a new machine that does all these wonderful decorative stitches and it got me thinking... Could I do one flower stitch for example every few inches kind of like you would do if you wer tying a quilt the old fashion way. I know I should just take the leap and try stippling myself but I ruined one ( by my standards) of trying to finish a jelly roll quilt myself that I am so afraid to try again,

    Thanks for your input??
    Shelley

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    Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

    I have done that and it worked.

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      I used diagonal rows of a decorative stitch across a quilt I'd done. I thought it looked nice and my DIL loved it. Put on your walking foot and go for it.
      Good Luck,
      Susan
      Susan Davis
      Remember, the mighty oak was just a nut that held its ground.

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        #4
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        You can also just do a diagonal cross hatch with your walking foot. I like the look of that and did it before I got my longarm.

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          I've used the feather stitch on a lap quilt.
          Using a walking foot, it's slow going but the results
          are worth the time. Don't think I would try it
          on a large quilt.

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            #6
            Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

            If you have that meander stitch--wavy line that can be lengthened--you can use that for the whole quilt, using your walking foot. I have used it lots of times. But, yes, you could "tie" a quilt using a decorative flower stitch, too.

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              #7
              Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

              I use my machine's serpentine stitch all the time... I like the idea of using other decorative stitches.... My walking foot won't do those stitches, do I don't use it , and have not noticed any problems....


              Sandy from Cincinnati


              AKA Kermit

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                #8
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                Just make up a practice quilt and practice on it and see what you like best. You can even take two fat quarters and sandwich them and practice. What I have found is that if I sit around and think about it instead of jumping in and doing it, then it won't get done. So just take the leap of faith.

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                  #9
                  Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

                  Why not make a small quilt sandwich and give it a try! Your quilt, your design choices. A flower would look cute on a quilt with a lot of floral fabrics. The vine stitches would be great with the flowers too. See what you can generate. As Sandy said, I've seen others do a serpentine stitch and it looks wonderful.

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                    can anyone tell me what stitch the serpentine stitch is on the cresendo machine, i cant seem to find it. thanks all

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                      Another thought is if you have an embroidery machine you can use a simple line type pattern to quilt with. I did that on a quilt using the Jenny Haskins Quilt A Long designs. I'm about to do another quilt using my embroidery machine. I plan on putting an outline of the Sunbonnet Sue as the design.
                      Susan Davis
                      Remember, the mighty oak was just a nut that held its ground.

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                        Originally posted by vbarb1014 View Post
                        can anyone tell me what stitch the serpentine stitch is on the cresendo machine, i cant seem to find it. thanks all
                        I can after I wake up a little
                        🌺 Lorie

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                          Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

                          Thank you everyone. Such great suggestions. I am definately going to go do a practice on some FQ and see what I come up with ....I knew you all could help me.
                          Shelley

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                            You can also do a soft wavy line for patchwork. I did that on a small child's quilt and it everyone thought it looked great. I have a hard time just doing a straight line because something is going to happen to make a crooked line. But I can do a wavy line. Do it with your free motion foot and just stop at the corners to reposition your hands. I do diagonal wavy lines.

                            Also, I do loop de loops better than meander. Try it and see if you like it. Don't try to make them all the same size.
                            Vonnie

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                              #15
                              Re: Tied quilt vs long arm

                              Originally posted by Equilady View Post
                              Another thought is if you have an embroidery machine you can use a simple line type pattern to quilt with. I did that on a quilt using the Jenny Haskins Quilt A Long designs. I'm about to do another quilt using my embroidery machine. I plan on putting an outline of the Sunbonnet Sue as the design.

                              I don't know the number but it looks like this: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hcNO4bWPxb...0/IMG_7121.JPG
                              Vonnie

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