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Date: 6/21/12 1:07 PM

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I am trying to figure out if, or how much, quilting I need to add in my biggest hexy sections. I really don't want to, I LOVE the way it looks and the quilt is the most cuddly soft quilt I have made yet.

I want the least amount of quilting possible to keep it that way. I used Kyoto bamboo/cotton batting. It is so soft, and drapes so beautifully! LOVE it so far.

The website says stitch up to 10" apart, which is what I was going by, but I just read the bag and it says up to 8" apart. So that means that there can be NO places on the quilt with more than 8" between stitching? Is that right? Here is a picture of the biggest hexy section, there is 12" at the longest points between stitching, so that means I need to add 4 more inches worth of stitches somewhere in there, correct?

You can see better on the back. One of the things I really love about using microfleece for the backing is it makes the quilting really stand out.


My MIL wanted to add something to the quilt for my daughter, so we decided on hand quilting inside the center of the 4 full outer hexies. I found some pictures of her sorority mascot and flower, and we used that as a pattern. She got most of it done before she had to go home. I LOVE it and my daughter was so touched that her grandma made part of her quilt.



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Date: 6/21/12 2:00 PM

what about another row of inner squiglies in that second to outermost hexagon like you have in the other hexagon? Wouldn't that solve the under-quilting issue?

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Date: 6/21/12 2:04 PM

O.K. first I have to say I don't know much, but then I have to say that people tie quilts and when they do there are often large areas not tied, so not "quilted" either. Is this a quilt to use and you will have it yourself? If so leave it alone, just as you want to! See what happens! It may be just fine - it looks like it might be.Idea - just quilt point to point inside to out on the light background larger hexies like stitch-in-the-ditch? Maybe only on two sides? :)

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Date: 6/21/12 2:47 PM

I think the quilting you have is sufficient. Lovely work, both the top and the quilting.

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Date: 6/21/12 3:30 PM

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what about another row of inner squiglies in that second to outermost hexagon like you have in the other hexagon? Wouldn't that solve the under-quilting issue?

I am trying to avoid anything going straight across the hexies, I really love the way it looks on the back.

I just don't want the batting to come lose and bunch up after it's washed a few times!

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Date: 6/21/12 3:34 PM

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O.K. first I have to say I don't know much, but then I have to say that people tie quilts and when they do there are often large areas not tied, so not "quilted" either. Is this a quilt to use and you will have it yourself? If so leave it alone, just as you want to! See what happens! It may be just fine - it looks like it might be.Idea - just quilt point to point inside to out on the light background larger hexies like stitch-in-the-ditch? Maybe only on two sides? :)

Hmmm....yes you're right, a tied quilt would have bigger distances in between stitches.

This is for my daughter, and she will use it year round, knowing her it will be just about daily. My family LOVES their quilts! I don't know how much she'll wash it though.

The one thing I do not want to do at all is draw attention to the parts where the hexies are pieced. I just LOVE the way it looks on the back and would hate to have those lines ruin the look.

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Date: 6/21/12 3:37 PM

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I think the quilting you have is sufficient. Lovely work, both the top and the quilting.

Thanks for the compliment! And you really think the batting will hold up? I am nervous about it pulling away and bunching up inside that longest hexy piece, but I sure do love the way it looks as is. And it is so soft!

I am so impressed with the batting and fleece, pain in the rear as it was to work with.

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Date: 6/21/12 4:05 PM

When I look at this, I see quilting lines about 3-inchs apart, at most, over the whole quilt.

In the photo where you are measuring the width of the big hexie, it is true that along the specific line where the measuring tape is laying, there is no quilting line. However, there is no spot on the quilt that is not within 2- or 3-inches of a line of quilting. Each line of quilting is within 4-inches of a nearby line of quilting. All this qualifies as less than 8-inches apart, so you're done.

I'm with Maia B - the quilting you have is sufficient.

And it is VERY nicely done, too.

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Date: 6/21/12 4:05 PM

that's not what I mean. You have those squiglies inside the outermost hexagon, then two hexagons that are empty (just stitch in the ditch) and then the center hexagon has a pattern. The area that has you worried is the empty space between the SITD of the second to the last hexagon (light yellow fabric) before the hexagon with the squiglies (dark blue fabric) what if you did another set of squiglies inside that hexagon (so another hexagon of squiglies just like the outermost blue hexagon) just like you did in the dark blue hexagon? You wouldn't be going across anything, just inside of it. Does that explain it better?

EDIT: that's only if you're really worried. I'm saying fill in the space with squiglies echoing the outermost blue hexagon squiglies. At most. Otherwise I think if you measured horizontally and vertically all over the quilt (remember fabric is woven horizontally and vertically) at no point are is your quilting more than 8 inches apart if you measure it only horizontally and vertically, so really you probably are just fine.
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Date: 6/21/12 4:47 PM

My 2 cents worth . . . appears that the hexagonal quilting design (the serpentine) lines are approx. 2 1/2" apart. (?) That will be okay if the quilt isn't used or washed heavily. I don't know anything about the particular batting you've used, but since the manufacturer says 8", it should be okay. Only time will tell.

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