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« on: May 08, 2011 05:54:51 PM »

I'm working on my first quilt, and I went all out and I am making a queen sized quilt!  I am machine quilting it, and it is so heavy and I'd love to be done quilting it so I can bind it and be finished, but I am not sure if I have quilted it enough.  My quilt is based on a Film in the Fridge quilt called Postcards from the Park http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/15/postcards-from-the-park/ I quilted straight lines horizontally- one stitch in the ditch across, and one line on each side of that, so from the back you see three quilted lines about an inch apart, and then a space of about 3 inches (on the front that is the bulk of the colour of the block).  I like the way it looks on the front (and back) -( sorry no picture of my quilt - it is dark here, and bad lighting) - but mostly I don't want to quilt another line or two across each block!  So, how much does one need to quilt a quilt?  I used Warm and White batting, if that makes a difference.  I'll quilt more if it means the quilt will last longer or stay together better.  It's my first, so I want it to last!

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2011 07:09:41 AM »

The "warm and..." battings can be quilted up to 10" apart, so you're more than fine with what you've got. Most battings will say somewhere on the label how far apart they need to be quilted without shifting problems, and if it looks good to you, it's perfect Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011 05:22:51 AM »

Thank you!  I don't know where the label was!

Does the 10" apart include if I only quilt horizontally?  So, I have 3 inches high between quilting, but then that goes the whole width of the quilt no quilting, until the side border.  Is that okay?
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2011 06:59:59 AM »

That should be fine. If you were *only* quilting 10" apart horizontally, then maybe there'd be a bit more concern about shift, but 3" apart is quite closely quilted, in my opinion, and I honestly can't wait to see the finished product Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2011 05:19:51 PM »

Awesome!!! Thank you very much!  I hope to finish the quilt this weekend (?) and I am excited to be done!  I figure if I need to, I can go back and do some more machine quilting later.  I'm sure that's a quilting sin, but I'm not selling it, I just want it on my bed!
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2011 09:12:02 PM »

It's not a quilting sin at all, I've done it a few times. A lot of times I'll finish something, and find that one part of the design is heavier or lighter than the other (ah, the joys of free motion quilting on a domestic machine, thank god I'm nearly done with that) and go back and retouch later. What I'd be a *little* leery of is washing the quilt, and then quilting more later - I don't preshrink, though, and preshrinking materials negates this), so most of mine "hang out" for a day or three on the couch while I make up my mind.
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011 06:42:16 AM »

More good tips!  Thanks!  I always prewash all my fabrics because I use them for clothing too, so no worries there, but I'll keep that in mind in case I change my ways.  I'm just figuring what to use for binding so I can do that when I have some time this weekend. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011 09:35:48 AM »

I often add quilting after I am "done."  I like to quilt until I have quilted "enough" to trim the edges and add the binding.  I really like to get rid of all that excess backing and batting that hangs over the edges. Plus I also cannot always make up my mind, so I mostly finish a quilt, then spend time using it while I ponder its future.
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2011 04:34:14 AM »

Good to know!  Thanks!  This is my first large quilt (others have been mini quilts) and while I am not using a pattern, and sorta doing things my way, I would like to make sure it stays together and lasts.  I will happily quilt it more after it's done if it seems to need it! 
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2011 08:36:47 AM »

There is a difference between how much you have to quilt and how much you should quilt. The latter is usually more than the former and has to do with aesthetics as well as function. Quilts look better with more quilting because of the texture it adds. They also hold together nicer and the layers are more of a unit. At 3 inch lines you've probably quilted as much as you need to, but I would add some sort of vertical lines-not because you have to, but because it would probably look better texturally. You can always think about it and add them later if you're tired of doing it.

That said, under-quilted quilts are a bit of a pet peeve of mine, because it's like they aren't finished the way they could be. Long live Welsh quilts...
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