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spectrumsparksie
« on: April 11, 2009 04:30:40 AM »

Hi fellow craftsters,
 I don't usually visit the quilting board, but I knew you were just the people to help out with a question.
I have made a few cot quilts before and have always done "in the ditch" quilting.  I am finally about to finish a full size quilt for my daughter and really want to try meander quilting. I have a few questions if anyone can help me?
The top is pieced cotton, the batting will probably be wool and the backing will be cotton.

1.  I remember reading somewhere authoratitive that the lines of quilting should never cross when you do meandering quilting.  Is this a hard and fast rule?  Or just an aesthetics thing?  I am imagining it will be much easier if I let my stitching cross itself, but wonder if it will be catastrophic like crossing the streams in Ghostbuster?

2.  What other tips can you give me for a successful meander?  Can I really just "meander" or should I mark the quilt?

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anaximander
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009 03:17:11 PM »

1. It is not a hard and fast rule, just something most people do for aesthetics, I think. I've done meander quilting where it's crossed and nobody's said boo to me.

2. I don't think there are any suggestions beyond just "meander" - Make your own set of guidelines and try to keep to them (ie keep stitching 1/4" away from other lines, or something like it" - I probably would try to pick a general direction ie l-r or top-bottom and keep it going in that way, but that's just me.
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Carlafibers
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009 07:35:50 AM »

 I agree, rule # 1 was invented by a quilt police type of person.  Remember there are many types of meanders and fills- and not just the wormy meander.  If your lines intersect, you have just  invented your own style of meander.  LOL

Since you are new, I would suggest you mark the quilt top to build your confidence.  I love marking on dark fabric with a kiddie chalk and on light fabrics with Marvy Fabric pen  (Purple).  I do not suggest that blue marker as I have seen too many ruined projects where the mark turned brown with heat.    Don't sweat it if you are not exactly on the line.  Stitch, remove your marking guides, then look at it and assess.   Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009 06:44:50 AM »

How is meandering quilting accomplished?
How can you get to the middle of a queen sized quilt with the machine arm there? Do you just bunch the quilt up? It would seem that would make even turns very difficult. This is my first full sized quilt. I'm making Bears in the Woods. Are there other options for how to quilt this piece?
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anaximander
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009 07:21:03 AM »

Believe it or not, you *can* get to the middle of a quilt, even a queen sized, on a regular machine. I did a king sized. The way I did it was to thread baste fairly tightly (about 6" apart), and then "smunch" the fabric up under the arm. it worked really well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009 12:27:20 AM »

I always meander quilt my quilts.  I have done cross overs and non-cross overs.  They don't really seem too different once finished if you ask me.  I personally wouldn't mark the quilt.  Just make a bunch of scrap quilt sandwiches and practice until you feel a bit more comfortable. 

As far as getting to the center of a quilt, I baste my layers with the curved pins and then roll it like a scroll.  Lay one roll on the inside of the arm and one on the outside.  I have done a twin size on my machine at home with out too much trouble.  I do suggest starting in the middle though.  It may just be me but I find it easiest to start in the middle and work my way to the outside.

I hope it goes well- be brave and dive in!
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spectrumsparksie
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2009 02:14:24 AM »

Thanks to everyone for their tips.  I will post a pic when I get it done.  I am determined to finish.
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