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« on: April 13, 2010 12:37:20 PM »

This seems to be happening a lot lately, am I not basting properly? The quilting is distorting my patchwork. I want to unpick it all and start again!

Any advice welcome.

Thanks in advance.

« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010 03:49:51 PM »

It looks to me like you're right, it is a basting problem.

I think it's something else, too, though - I'm going to wager that rather than sew from side a to side b each time, you sew a to b, then just turn the project around and sew from b to a - which creates that unique diagonal rumple. Even though it's more work, an easy way to minimize that effect is to always quilt in the same direction.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010 04:51:16 PM »

a- thanks anaximander... i was once told to never quilt in the same direction and have lots of quilts with those lines.  until i started breaking that rule, now i know i was told wrong. whew

b-sweetpea- do you think that once it is washed and dried the lines will be less noticeable?

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010 06:36:07 PM »


I am a newbie to the site...Sorry to say washing didn't help for me, so you either unpick or consider this a new technique for this quilt...play dumb when a non quilter asks...the 1st quilt i made no pattern all scrappy i did this learn and live...it was a queen size and it is still going strong 33 years later and is my husband's favorite.....so someone will love it faults and all...and i still think it is wonderful ...good luck and have fun...

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010 06:38:10 PM »

Great advice anaximander, that a > b then b > a quilting is exactly what I'm doing, so like sloth003 I think I'm going to start breaking that rule!

I know that washing it won't help because I have a few other quilts with the same problem, and they've been through the wash a few times with no improvement.


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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010 03:25:49 PM »

See, now, my most wonderful mother told me to always sew a to b because, otherwise, it would look funny - unless everything was *perfect.* I am innately incapable of perfection, so I just went with a to b Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2010 01:02:08 AM »

Brilliant advice!
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2010 08:54:56 AM »

I'm brand new to quilting so I don't have any advice. I did just want to tell you though that what you've done so far looks very cool! I really like the scrappy looking fabrics and the thread color. Can't wait to see the finished product Smiley.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist myself. I had a knitting teach tell me a story once about how women in ancient Rome or Greece or something-er-other used to intentionally put mistakes in their work so the Gods wouldn't think they were trying to compete with them. I think of that when I find boo-boos in my crafts...I just tell myself I did it on purpose so that Zeus won't strike me down with a lightening bolt.

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2010 03:32:33 PM »

Are you using an even-feed or walking foot?  That might help, it looks like your presser foot pressure is distorting the top as the bottom gets dragged along by the feed dogs.

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