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How do you keep lines straight in cross hatch grid quilting?

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Jane Seybold posted on Sat, Jan 5 2013 3:01 PM

I am having difficulty keeping lines straight when hand quilting a 1/2 inch diagonal cross hatch grid using masking tape.  My quilt is 90 x 90 with a medallion in the center of white fabric.  I drew registration lines and marked the first lines and am using 1/2 inch quilters tape as my guide for subsequent lines, but I find after a few inches my lines get a bend in the middle.  It starts out minor but over space builds up noticeably.  I'm quilting on a 14 inch floor hoop so I can only mark the space within my hoop.  I've tried marking with a pencil but that doesn't work well either.  I've quilted about a third of the quilt, but have ripped out almost as many stitches as I've put in.  I would probably have the quilt finished if not for the ripping out.  If any of you have suggestion as to what I'm doing wrong, I would really appreciate hearing from you. 

Lesson learned:  My next quilt with grid quilting will be marked prior to sandwiching.

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Hi Jane!  I wanted to say "welcome!"  I'm not a hand quilter, so no help to you there.  Good luck with this big project, and I hope we'll get to see a picture of it at some point.


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Thea replied on Sat, Jan 5 2013 5:03 PM

Jane - the best I can tell you is to mark the whole quilt with the tiger tape and just make sure that when you hoop a specific area that you anchor it so it won't move.  I am not sure why you are having problems.  I marked my whole quilt when I did hand quilting and just made sure that the marks were remarked as I need to mark them - I use tiger tape when I am drawing just a straight line - and as I said would mark the whole quilt - anchoring the ends and then reanchor in the area that you are going to quilt.  

 

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Nana replied on Sat, Jan 5 2013 9:24 PM

Jane

I am with Thea on this one.   I would mark the whole quilt before I try hooping.   That is the only way I know of to keep the lines straight.

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Thanks to all for your comments.  Thea, I'm not sure what you mean by anchoring the tiger tape.  I understand that the tape will move when hooped but other than the adhesive on the tape how do you anchor it -- pins?  Anyway, I've tried marking with a ruler and Roxanne's silver pencil, but the fabric shifted and I ended up with so many lines that I didn't know which one to follow.  I even added more basting so that I now have a 2 inch quilting grid rather than the 4 inch I started with  -- helped a little.  Yesterday, rather than using the half inch tape I decided to use one inch tape then go back and fill in.  Out of ten lines I stitched four are uneven.  It has to be that I'm only marking within the hoop because the movement starts in the same place -- about the third hooping.  Today, I'm going to try taping the entire line and then hoop.  Right now I'm so frustrated, but I have two years in this quilt and I can't give up now.

This is reason enough to learn how to quilt on my large floor frame.  I put it away several years ago because I couldn't quilt with my thumb, but learning to quilt with my thumb can't be as frustrating as this.  It's also reason enough to try machine quilting again.  It's just that I love the look of hand quilting so much better. 

Thanks again.  Gotta get back to my quilt.

 

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MN Nancy.  When I finish this quilt I will definitely post a photo (if I can figure out how).  Actually, I will shout out so loudly the whole world should be able to hear me.

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Jane,

Have you tried hand quilting without hooping?  It depends on the project but I have done several quilts without hooping. I thread baste my quilts together so I don't have to mess with pins and it makes the quilt very easy to work with. I don't use my thumb to quilt either. 

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Jane,

Have you tried hand quilting without hooping?  It depends on the project but I have done several quilts without hooping. I thread baste my quilts together so I don't have to mess with pins and it makes the quilt very easy to work with. I don't use my thumb to quilt either. 

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Nana replied on Sun, Jan 6 2013 9:37 AM

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I can't use the hoop either.  I do my hand quilting with the quilt pin basted and then just lay it in my lap.  I am also able to shift any wrinkles I feel in the backing as I quilt.  This is how I quilted my queen size Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.  Worked great for me.   I found that the frames and hoops got in my way.

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I have never tried "lap" quilting, have read about it, but since I quilt with a rocking stitch couldn't figure out how to work my needle on fabric that isn't taunt.  I spent the entire day analyzing my problem.  I laid out the quilt on my cutting table and marked using one inch painter's tape to help stabilize the fabric.  (I can't believe with a 2 inch basting grid that fabric can shift when you mark with a pencil.  This has certainly been a learning experience.)   I've only quilted a couple of lines so I won't know if it's really going to work until I get a few more lines quilted.  If it does work, I'll go back and quilt between each line to get my half inch grid. 

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Hi Jane, it is nice to meet you. Sorry I cannot offer any advice as I do not hand quilt. I will look forward to your pictures!

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