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Topic: I hate my quilting! Do you hate it too?  (Read 2079 times)
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« on: September 30, 2009 03:41:48 PM »

I made this quilt for a friend's new baby.  I loved it... until I quilted the darned thing!  The stitching did not turn out like I had hoped at all.  I don't normally do a stitch like this but I wanted to try something new.  I had seen it on another quilt but now I am thinking that other one might have been done on a long arm machine.   I feel like it looks really bad!  I am contemplating ripping out all of my stitching.  What is your opinion?

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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009 03:58:32 PM »

I really like it! I like the color and the loops. What don't you like about it?
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009 04:05:06 PM »

it doesnt look bad. and kudos for actually trying freehand quilting on a personal machine!! i totally chicken out have a the longarmer do it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2009 04:17:52 PM »

MareMare- The loops aren't as smooth looking as I would like.  There are spots where the angles are sharp instead of curvy like they are supposed to be.

Thanks for the positive feedback.  It's hard to be objective about your own crafts sometimes. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2009 04:53:03 PM »

on a regular machine it is hard to get fluid lines on a larger peice. if you were quilting something the depth of your machine you could likely get the look you were going for but on a big quilt its almost impossible.

the quilting doesnt look bad. a tip i read in a book somewhere was to draw on the desired design and then slowing follow the line useing the darning foot. the stitch length might be varigated but you might get a more fluid line. i've never done it so i cant say it works its just something i read
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2009 05:36:19 PM »

Bind it. It makes all the difference in the world. Then if you still don't like it, you can overstitch a bit. Remember, you've been staring at this thing, closely, for hours - if not days - *nobody* else will notice the mistakes that you obsess about.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009 05:49:54 PM »

on a regular machine it is hard to get fluid lines on a larger peice. if you were quilting something the depth of your machine you could likely get the look you were going for but on a big quilt its almost impossible.

the quilting doesnt look bad. a tip i read in a book somewhere was to draw on the desired design and then slowing follow the line useing the darning foot. the stitch length might be varigated but you might get a more fluid line. i've never done it so i cant say it works its just something i read

I think that was my issue.  I always quilt in free motion but usually the lines are denser.  I did draw it out any (try) to follow along with a darning foot.  It just wasn't as smooth.  I think that you are right, the the quilt is just too big for my machine to do in that design. 


anaximander- You are probably right also.  I may just bind it and send it off.  The baby is almost 6 weeks now.  I have had the quilting done since before she was born.  It's been sitting like this, in limbo state for too long, which is why I posted it here.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009 08:38:19 PM »

I like the random swirliness of it.  Including the sharper angles right next to the big smooth curves.  I'm sure they'll love it.  I like your color selection, too (even though that's not what you're asking about!)
I've always wanted to quilt, but judging how long it takes me to finish MUCH smaller projects, I haven't allowed myself to try it yet.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2009 10:06:29 PM »

I'm not a quilter, though hope to make few quilts soon. I hope you don't mind me replying anyway...
I can see what you mean about the lines and why you don't like them. However, I agree with anaximander- it doesn't look bad at all, and nobody else will notice it (so don't point it out to your friend!  Grin).

*You* know what you had planned, and what went wrong with it, but she doesn't! It looks lovely if you don't think about what you *meant* to do and how it went wrong for you...

I like it Smiley Nice bright colors with some really cool patterns- I"m sure she'll be keeping it for years to come! ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2009 08:17:05 AM »

I would suggest adding more random quilting.  The more "randomness" I put in my quilting, the better.  And instead of going just random swirls (like stippling), you can add vertical and horizontal wavy lines.  They will help add dimension to the "blank areas".

And like other say... binding and a wash/dry will do wonders! 
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