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Mostly fine -- but with a nice hot mess part too.
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Date: 11/18/12 8:56 PM







Well, after all that work - I got the top done, added a boarder and did the quilting.

I hated the boarder the entire time I was quilting it.

It has little circles in it - Now that its finished I really like the boarder - I HATE how the inner red strip rippled so badly. Im so grossed out looking at it.

I might go in and sew it flat and do a hide and seek sort of applique strip over the entire thing.

Has anyone done that to a quilt b-4?

Im furious over those ripples -- I can let lots go in quilting -- but after doing o much work and making a nice top -- Im really angry about the ripples on that strip. And it is all the way around the quilt a mess.

Edit to add pic of bubbles.


-- Edited on 11/18/12 9:03 PM --

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Date: 11/18/12 9:07 PM

Maybe after I did the quilting on the inside of the quilt I should have re-pinned the outsides --

I might end up cutting off the entire outsides because they are the only part that are messy.

The reason I started a new thread was to ask for tips on how to possible get feeling better about the finished product.

Overall - I love the outside - and think I want to keep it - but, Im not happy with the inner red strip.

Ideas?

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Date: 11/18/12 9:08 PM

Its beautiful Portland. I am not sure what you mean? Did you fmq the inner red strip?

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Date: 11/18/12 9:22 PM

Holley moley, Batman! That is your most stunning quilt yet!!!! Love the red, love the design and the sense of movement. I had to go looking for the ripple because honestly, I would had not seen it until you mentioned it. It is a beautiful quilt. And it has so much more going for than the effort it would take to fix it.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:23 PM

I think the quilt is stunning. And, I like the quilt bubbles in the outside border.

Excellent work.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:25 PM

Hey thank you -

Maybe this pic will show what I mean better -



The inner red strip ripples like this all the way around the quilt -

Im ok with things no being flat or even a little bumpy in places -- but this is like this all the way around - I just dont like it after spending so much time doing the other parts.

I dont know - maybe tomorrow It wont bother me so much. I have made quite a few flat quilts now -- that I did not want my special one to have old problems in it --

I might take my own advise and be happy with the finished project - flaws and all.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:33 PM

I see what you mean, but:

a) I don't think it is as bad as you think
b) have you tried starching it a little and ironing it?
c) instead of appliqueing all over it, what about bias strips on either side of the inner border, thus minimizing the ripples but keeping the red?

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Date: 11/18/12 9:41 PM

Compliments! I love them! - thank you


What a great tip on the iron and starch!

I never think to iron finished projects - and maybe that would reduce the issue to a more normal for me quilting look -- I appreciate the other ideas, too -- I will try to iron first --

You are prob right -- I quilted those circles most of the day (7 hours) - and had to add so much extra batting to keep the surface of the circles from doing the ripple - that some of them look like those glorious () puff quilts from the 70's.

I was getting more and more wound up the whole time. I was thinking... "i worked so hard to make this right, now, Im going to mess it up on the home stretch" -- I prob did get crazier than its worth getting.

I did pull away from the sewing machine - and will not do the binding until tomorrow.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:46 PM

to paraphrase Eleanor Burns - if you can't see it driving by in a car at 25mph, it doesn't matter!

Beautiful quilt. Relax about it.

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Date: 11/18/12 10:03 PM



Yes!

I love those tips.

I was so happy with the inside - when the outside sorta fell apart I felt pretty beat up. Ill see how I feel in the AM -

Ill take a pic outside in normal light and see what shows up.

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