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Annie posted on Sun, May 29 2011 3:56 PM

I am making a baby quilt for my daughter's friend.  She bought a quilt kit which turns out be a panel quilt with very little piecing.  I would like to spruce it up a bit with more detailed quilting but not sure what to do.  Any suggestions? The quilting on the pattern calls for vertical stitching about 1" apart.  Is that enough??

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gini replied on Sun, May 29 2011 11:28 PM

annie, see the little swirls inthe grass,   this would be darling with those as the quilting

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Answered (Not Verified) Laura replied on Mon, May 30 2011 12:43 AM
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I think I'd be quilting (thread painting) around the flowers in different colors and inside the petals to give it some more texture, plus doing the grass like Gini said, and then do the sky with big puffy clouds, I'd skip the quilting in 1" vertical lines, and decorate it. You could echo the flowers and the birds too.

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Hi Annie,

Your batting dictates how closely you must quilt.  Listed on the packaging should be a maximum distance.  You may quilt closer that the listing but not further than the recommendation for best results.  I always quilt closer especially for a high use quilt, plus I am an artist and enjoy playing with my designs.

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Annie replied on Mon, May 30 2011 9:31 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions....I can't wait to beignet his quilt.  I have been putting it off because I was unsure how to finish it.  Love the echoing and cloud ideas.  Thank you'll. will post it after it's done.

Does anyone have a quick way to add a sleeve int he back to hang it??? I imagine it's not more complicated than adding it to the backing before the sandwich?

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gini replied on Mon, May 30 2011 10:22 AM

quilting and binding, sometimes aren't as straight as i would like, and i square up the quilt before binding. .  if i added a sleeve to the back before sandwiching,  it wouldn't be straight and my quilt would hang funny.   i have heard of adding the sleeve with the binding    gini

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Annie replied on Mon, May 30 2011 11:20 AM

Good point.  I guess I could add it to the binding and then tack it down below it so it wont show as it hangs. Thanks, makes more sense that way.

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Laura replied on Mon, May 30 2011 11:40 PM

I got a great tip from Sharon Pederson on a quilt sleeve, so that your quilt lays flat against the wall and not have a bulge where the pole goes through at the top. Fold your sleeve in half, with the raw edges together at the top, then move the upper piece down 1/2 inch. Press this well, especially at the fold. Then flip the sleeve over so that the shorter piece is against the quilt back. bring the raw edges together at the top of the quilt, and encase the sleeve raw edges into your binding. Once the binding is complete, push the sleeve fabric up so the fold crease is laying flat on the quilt, and tack it down along the fold, you will now have a 'bulge' on the back half of the sleeve. Once you put your pole into the sleeve, the bulge will accomodate the pole and the quilt will lay flat against the wall. Hope this makes sense.

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Annie replied on Tue, May 31 2011 7:31 AM

Thanks Laura,

I think I can follow that.  So the offset crease, which is tacked down, allows for the rod to sit in its pocket?  Am I seeing that correctly?

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Annie replied on Tue, May 31 2011 7:32 AM

Just thought it through again, makes perfect sense!!!!!

Thanks, can't wait to try it

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Sherry replied on Tue, May 31 2011 7:59 AM

think i need a picture

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Sue replied on Wed, Jun 1 2011 7:30 AM

Laura thank you very nice video she does.

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Answered (Not Verified) Sue replied on Wed, Jun 1 2011 7:34 AM
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Hi Annie, I some times find a very soft stuffed toy and take all the stuffing out except the head but make it soft and open it up as much as I can and sew it to the quilt.

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gini replied on Wed, Jun 1 2011 3:19 PM

what a great idea sue.  

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