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mom2garrett
« on: January 20, 2012 06:20:30 PM »

So I made a string quilt top, foundation pieced on muslin, and I love it.  Still haven't found the perfect backing fabric for it, but I realized tonight that when I do, I will need to figure out how I'm quilting it.  I was planning on just using a flannel backing with no batting because it's already so heavy with all the seams and the muslin foundation, and then binding it like normal, but how do you all quilt something like that?  In the ditch doesn't really work because the seams are wonky on purpose, and free motion would look strange, I think, or would it?

There's a pic in my gallery.

How would you quilt this?  Thanks!
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EnginerdLisa
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012 06:37:09 PM »

The only thing I can think of is quilting around each individual square, like a grid if that makes sense.  Or diagonal through the center of the squares? 
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mom2garrett
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012 06:47:42 PM »

I think they'd need more quilting than that, though....I foundation pieced onto 6.5" squares, and sewed 4 together to make a 12" block.  I always heard you should quilt at least every 4 inches so the batting doesn't get wonky.  Diagonal might work.....that's a good idea.  Keep 'em coming!
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mom2garrett
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012 06:57:22 PM »

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lulubean
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012 07:31:02 PM »

Would you want to do ties?  You could do one at each corner and one in the middle?  It might look cute.

p.s. this looks awesome
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anaximander
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2012 12:51:55 PM »

I'm a spoiled brat, now, and generally don't have to quilt on my DSM anymore. For one like this, if it were mine and up to me, I'd do a pantograph with a neutral thread (something like a mid-grey)

http://www.urbanelementz.com/shop/product/mimosa/
or maybe
http://circlelordswirls.blogspot.com/ (I have this one and it's my go-to for anything that I look at and go "what the hell am I going to do with this - it ALWAYS looks fantastic. Always.)
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mom2garrett
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2012 06:52:45 PM »

Those are both pretty cool!  I haven't tackled free motion yet, but no one says I have to finish this sucker now, right? 
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bluevelvet1
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2012 02:17:12 PM »

I have  done several string quilts. The last  2 I took  to  a laquilter. she  did  a great job. I just posted a couple of picts of it to show the design  used.
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