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« on: August 19, 2017 06:51:06 AM »

Hi all!

So I've been wanting to try this ticker tape method for a while, since it looks cool and can use up lots of the many, many scraps I have all over the place!

I tried it out on a doll-sized quilt (15x20") first, just to get the hang of it. Here is the top:


Here's the back:


And here's a close-up of some knotted parts that I was hoping someone might have some ideas on how to avoid having happen in the future:


It's not like this all over the back - just in some spots. This is the worst area.

Thanks for looking, and any comments/help is appreciated!  Grin

Edited to add finished quilt:


I didn't leave quite enough room around the edges for the binding. Oops! Lesson learned!
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2017 07:03:31 AM »

Soooo cute, I love it!

For the knotted strands, I think you can avoid that if you take one stitch then pull the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric before stitching around the squares. Alternately, if you are using a fusable web to secure the squares before sewing, could you stitch a grid over the whole surface of the quilt? Or any design for that matter, just something to catch the fabrics together well enough to be secure. you might end up with slightly frayed edges eventually but that could look cool too. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017 08:25:31 AM »

I think it turned out great!  Love your choice of the backing!  Unless I am having the quilt done professionally, I try to choose a busy background...it helps to conceal any bunching, boo-boos etc. (that probably only we see! ha ha)...

Usually, when threads tangle like that, it is because the tails snag into the bobbin...I know I have seen sites that recommend using a piece of scrap to start your sewing to catch the tails, but I would think that would be a pain for all those little blocks...you might be able to use your seam ripper to carefully pull them out without re-sewing...I wouldn't worry about it since it is a wall hanging and no one will see the back!

The front is just so pretty...
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2017 09:53:43 AM »

Soooo cute, I love it!

For the knotted strands, I think you can avoid that if you take one stitch then pull the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric before stitching around the squares. Alternately, if you are using a fusable web to secure the squares before sewing, could you stitch a grid over the whole surface of the quilt? Or any design for that matter, just something to catch the fabrics together well enough to be secure. you might end up with slightly frayed edges eventually but that could look cool too. 

Thanks!

I didn't fuse them, and the edges will fray over time. My understanding is that the fraying is part of the charm of this type of quilt.

I also went from one square to another without cutting the threads - it saves time and thread. Not sure I could pull the bobbin thread to the top that way . . . and I think it would take a REALLY long time to do that! Might be good to look into fusing them down and sewing a grid . . . Will have to think about that one!  I'd like to do larger ones - crib sized and lap quilts, and want them to look nice and last well!
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017 09:58:37 AM »

I think it turned out great!  Love your choice of the backing!  Unless I am having the quilt done professionally, I try to choose a busy background...it helps to conceal any bunching, boo-boos etc. (that probably only we see! ha ha)...

Usually, when threads tangle like that, it is because the tails snag into the bobbin...I know I have seen sites that recommend using a piece of scrap to start your sewing to catch the tails, but I would think that would be a pain for all those little blocks...you might be able to use your seam ripper to carefully pull them out without re-sewing...I wouldn't worry about it since it is a wall hanging and no one will see the back!

The front is just so pretty...

Thanks so much!

For this quilt, I think you are right that it doesn't matter too much, since it would either be used for dolls (who don't care about knotted backs!) or as a wall-hanging.

However, I would like to make larger quilts, too, that will be used by real people! I don't think using a piece of scrap would work for this kind of quilt - I think I'd wind up sewing little scraps all over the back that way! Ugh.

I am thinking that I may need to clean out my machine - that may take care of at least some of it. I have found that cleaning it out solves more problems than I ever thought possible. Will have to see if it works for this issue!
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2017 10:12:35 AM »

Yeah...a good cleaning and new needles sometimes helps a lot!  Look forward to seeing your future quilts...it is on my bucket list to do one of these! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2017 11:39:32 AM »

I second cleaning and changing the needle, makes so much difference. Also being sure to use the same thread in the top and the bobbin. I think the continuous method of stitching from square to square is a good idea. Are you moving the material with the needle up, back tacking each square then trimming the loose part of the thread? Or are you stitching across the base fabric between squares?

I'm going to have to try this now, I have a lot of fabric crumbs in my fiber "garbage" basket. I'll sort them out and give it a go, we'll see how my sewing machine behaves.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2017 02:14:01 PM »

Are you moving the material with the needle up, back tacking each square then trimming the loose part of the thread? Or are you stitching across the base fabric between squares?

Not stitching across the base fabric - just picking it up and backtacking.

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I'm going to have to try this now, I have a lot of fabric crumbs in my fiber "garbage" basket. I'll sort them out and give it a go, we'll see how my sewing machine behaves.

Good luck! I hope it works well for you!
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017 02:47:10 PM »

That is what happens when you pick up and move just a small space in my experience. The tension on the threads is not right so it gets wonky, like the machine can't pull the threads on top and bottom with the tension needed to avoid bubbles. Maybe if you pull enough space that the threads have some give instead of just as much as it takes to skip from one square to the next. You gotta make sure both threads trailing behind the foot though. That's a bit tricky to do when the bobbin thread is not long enough to handle under the fabric.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017 05:02:57 PM »

That is what happens when you pick up and move just a small space in my experience. The tension on the threads is not right so it gets wonky, like the machine can't pull the threads on top and bottom with the tension needed to avoid bubbles. Maybe if you pull enough space that the threads have some give instead of just as much as it takes to skip from one square to the next. You gotta make sure both threads trailing behind the foot though. That's a bit tricky to do when the bobbin thread is not long enough to handle under the fabric.

Hmmm - I do pull it further than is just necessary (learned that the hard way a long time ago - forget which project!). BUT - I hadn't thought to try to be sure the bobbin thread was trailing behind. Will have to pay attention to that in future and see if I can make that happen. Good idea - thanks!
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