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val`eria
« on: July 28, 2008 11:59:52 AM »

I decided to make my first quilt for my queen sized bed without any experience or anyone to help, and also without spending a dime....eeeks!

For the top I used up most of my scraps of cotton material I had. I prewashed everything and started cutting. So far so good. Then the sewing began. It's all different fabric, so I didn't need to worry about patterns. Two days later I had the top of the quilt mostly done. I'm just cutting out some solid colors to sort of frame the multi-colored patchwork.

Now to make it a quilt. I have a king size white flannelette sheet that I'd like to use for the middle, and another solid flannelette sheet for the back. Here's where I need advice. Should I add my border to the top, the start laying the three pieces togther and start pinning or basting? Or should I put the top and middle together, then add my border, then attach the back? I'm going on NO experience at all here. But, i'm lucky....I haven't spent a cent!! And the top turned out beautiful.

Any help would be lovely. (pics will follow when I'm done.... whenever that will be!)
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anaximander
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008 04:17:12 PM »

by border, do you mean binding?
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008 11:55:37 PM »

Do you plan to quilt it or tie it?  (Quilting is stitching and the other is tying knots of string/yarn.)
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val`eria
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008 01:28:33 PM »

Yea... I should have been more clear. By border I mean binding. I think I've decided to quilt the top and middle together (machine stiching, in straight lines, nothing fancy). Then add the back, using a sort of pillow case method... just sewing around the edges, right sides togther, turning it the right away and then sewing around the edges again. Then bind it?
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008 03:15:20 AM »

If you are planning to have the back lose, then it is a bad idea.  The whole point of the quilting is to keep all the layers together and unmoving against each other for the lifetime of the item. 

2 methods:

1-Lay your sandwich down and baste it. Quilt it. Bind it. Rest.

2-Lay your sandwich down with the outside sides facing each other and the batt on top.  Baste it enough to sew it together. Sew around the edges except for a predetermined portion to "birth" the quilt through.  Straighten it. And tie it.  OR baste and quilt. Rest.

I've done both. What you pick depends on your needs.  The easier/faster one is the birthing method.   (BTW--there is also the quilt-as-you-go method, for future projects)

Have fun!
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anaximander
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008 08:26:44 AM »

Speaking from experience, it is REALLY hard to sew batting to a top, with either needle or machine....
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