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How far apart to space the lines of quilting
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Date: 2/4/14 12:06 PM

I'm working on my first quilt, a lap quilt, and I'm using Warm & Natural Batting. The W&N batting instructions say you can quilt "up to 10 inches apart," and I was wondering if this means you must not have more than 10 inches of unquilted space anywhere on the quilt, lengthwise or widthwise. I have a border around my quilt that currently has an unquilted length of 35 inches on each side (though, widthwise, the space between the quilting is just 3.5 inches from the top to the bottom of each border trim). Is it okay to leave the border as is? This quilt is for my mom's birthday, and I need to mail it to her soon, so I'd prefer to leave the border as is. I read that how far apart you space the quilting depends on how often you plan to use/launder the quilt. Since this will be a lap quilt, I imagine it will mostly be on the couch and won't be laundered frequently. Thanks in advance!

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Date: 2/4/14 5:06 PM

First of all, I love the quilt. That Scrumptious line is just beautiful.

You don't HAVE to quilt the border, but in my opinion it would be better to do at least some minimal quilting. If you have a walking foot I would use it to go around the border 1/4" from the body of the quilt, and about 1/2" from the outer edge. It wont' take long and will give a more finished look as well as securing the quilt right to the edge.

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Date: 2/4/14 6:46 PM

This is super pretty. She will love this. I agree with Barb that you need to add some quilting to the borders to keep them flat. You have choices. You can do as she suggests or stitch in the ditch where the blocks meet the border.

What most of us do when we first learned is make a fist and put it on the quilt. From this you get an idea of how much space is normally left between quilting areas. The area that your fist covers can be blank/empty. No quilting in those places. So, I would say no more than 6 inches apart and not certainly not 10 inches apart. That seems too far and the quilt could do a lot of shifting.

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Date: 2/4/14 7:53 PM

Thanks for your replies and encouragement I did quilt around the outer edge of the border and the inner edge of the border (i.e. the body of the quilt). I'm just wondering if I also need to do any additional quilting within the border as well?

Sorry if this is a confusing question--it's hard to phrase it. I'm basically wondering if a stretch of 3.5 " wide by 35" long area (as each side of the border is) is okay unquilted, or if I need to quilt within each of those areas.

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Date: 2/4/14 8:25 PM

I think you should be OK with the inside and outside stitching that you just described. Warm and Natural is needlepunched and I do not think it will shift on the length.

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Date: 2/5/14 2:22 AM

I just finished my very first quilt and it's quite similar! I also wondered about quilting the border and finally took a chance and just made a curvy line with my walking foot, imagining that I would mess up the entire project at the last moment. Seems ok, though.

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Date: 2/5/14 2:52 AM

Don't know if this link will work, but this is the baby quilt to which I referred...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lvgrg/12212159775/


'http://www.flickr.com/photos/lvgrg/12212159775/'
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Date: 2/5/14 7:55 AM

Quote: blythebyname
I'm basically wondering if a stretch of 3.5 " wide by 35" long area (as each side of the border is) is okay unquilted, or if I need to quilt within each of those areas.

With Warm & Natural as your batting, it will be okay to leave that stretch alone.
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Date: 2/5/14 6:29 PM

Thanks, all! I will leave it as is. Now for the binding!

Lveeckgosden, thanks for sharing the picture of your quilt--it's beautiful!

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Date: 2/24/14 3:55 PM

What a pretty quilt! The wavy line on the borders looks wonderful. I was thinking of trying that on my next quilt, and now I think I will! Thanks for the inspiration.

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