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« on: July 30, 2007 11:01:14 PM »

I have been sewing for 10 years but clothes are my thing, I've never made a quilt before.  I decided to do this one for my new niece from a pattern of my own design. 

Now I wonder if I've made a mistake.  Originally I had planned to quilt around each square by stitching in the ditch.  Now that I have the quilt assembled, I'm afraid stitching in the seams only won't be strong enough.  Then I thought I'd stitch around each square individually but I'm afraid that will look too busy.

So...any suggestions on a good way to quilt this thing?  It's hard to tell from the pictures but the white squares have a pink flower embroidered in the middle and I really want those to stand out, so I don't want to add too much stitching or tie it.

I've got it all pinned and the ruffle is on, but I'm stuck.  Help please!!


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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007 12:13:27 AM »

You could always just quilt a 1/4 inch in from the seam between the blocks, rather than in the ditch.

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007 08:00:55 AM »

I think it depends on how big your blocks are.  If they are only 4" blocks, I think stitching in the ditch will be enough quilting.  If they are bigger blocks, I agree with the previous post and like the idea of quilting on either side of the seam.  If it is a 6" block you could quilt 1/2" on each side of the seams.  Sometimes the batting package will tell you how close your quilting should be. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007 11:33:24 AM »

I ALWAYS worry about quilting looking too busy and detracting from the quilt, but it never does, even if I use contrasting thread.  I think if you use white or pink thread nothing you do will be "too much."  To make the flowers pop out you could quilt an outline around them, about a quarter inch from the edge of the flower. 


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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007 01:25:14 PM »

You could always just quilt a 1/4 inch in from the seam between the blocks, rather than in the ditch.

That's exactly what I was going to suggest.  Stitch just to the inside and/or outside of each block.  You can also do a diagonal stitch making Xs through all of the non pink-flower blocks, and just stitch those in the ditch.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007 03:53:59 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.  I decided to do the 1/4" border around each block and it's looking pretty good.  I'll post a photo when I'm done.  I really appreciate your help.


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