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    How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

    Hi,

    I'm quilting square diamonds onto my quilt, and the side of each square is about 5 inches, but the distance from the north point to the south point is around 9 inches. I'm using Quilter's Dream cotton batting, and it says to confidently stitch up to 8 inches apart. Will this be an issue in the middle of my diamonds?

    Thanks,
    Alisha

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    Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

    I think it might depend on how much use and how frequent the washing will be for this quilt. If it's for a bedspread on a grown-up's bed, you can probably get by with more spaced out quilting. If it's for a baby or kid quilt, I would want the quilting to be a little closer together, to withstand the frequent washing.

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      #3
      Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

      I agree. I use Hobbs 80/20. The stitching needs to be no further than 3-4" apart. Follow the guidelines on your batting instructions. A well-used quilt definitely will need closer quilting.

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        #4
        Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

        I personally wouldn't worry about an inch. Do you have extra batting to make a sample?
        🌺 Lorie

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          #5
          Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

          It's a throw that I imagine will not be washed too terribly often, but I hate to put all this work in just to have a problem down the road. I do have some extra fabric and batting that I can make a practice quilt with a wash. Thanks!

          Alisha

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            Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

            Originally posted by JCY View Post
            I agree. I use Hobbs 80/20. The stitching needs to be no further than 3-4" apart. Follow the guidelines on your batting instructions. A well-used quilt definitely will need closer quilting.
            This raises a question for me as well. I am about to quilt a full size sports fan quilt with 10 inch squares. Every other square has applique in the center that I do not want to quilt over. The applique is 6 inches wide and 3 inches tall in the center of those particular squares (45 of them). I can quilt above it and below it and on either side. The other squares, I can quilt any way. This is for an older gentleman and I have no idea how he will use it other than for "show" on a spare bed. Thoughts?

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              #7
              Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

              Can you make an inconspicuous bar tack in the appliqué somewhere?
              It doesn't have to be huge, just an anchor point to keep the layers together. A couple of small ones will secure it, but not distract from the design. Kind of like tying, but with no loose ends to attract attention.
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                #8
                Re: How strict are the "quilt up to X inches apart" instructions?

                That is exactly what I was thinking to do. Thank you for affirming my thought!

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