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Date: 11/1/12 2:38 PM

I am trying to figure out how to quilt this quilt. I have stitched in the ditch around each 12x12 block, but after that I am thinking of what to do next for quilting. I am not comfortable with FMQ. I was thinking about tacking---but instead of the yarn tacking I saw as a child, I thought about using decorative stitches of the machine to tack here and there.

This is the quilt---it is made of denim from blue jeans including the beige denim:


I'll try to zoom into the block itself---which will look grainy but the block pattern can be seen:


If I continue to SITD, there will be LOTS of pivoting of a 48x84 quilt through my 6"x4" throat space! Unless I just SITD the 4x6 squares...and not the 2" squares....

I've thought of a diagonal straight stitch, but I did that with my last picnic quilt.

I welcome any ideas, suggestions, brainstorming, experiences!

If all else fails, I'll SITD the 4x6 squares then tack here and there I guess.... Thank you for letting me brainstorm out loud!

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Date: 11/1/12 3:35 PM

Your quilt is really a nice design - I like it! I think you might use a motif done with the walking foot in the center of each block. A quilt this heavy probably needs a good bit of stabilizing, meaning I would quilt each block in some way. Tying the quilt is a good idea actually. But I would do some central quilting there. :)

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Date: 11/1/12 3:48 PM

Machine tacking is a good idea for this quilt. Denim make a wonderful quilt, but machine quilting it has its unique challenges, as you have discovered. I think you did a great job on the stitch-in-the-ditch to stabilize it all -- it will make machine tacking a bit easier.

Most of the tutorials I found for machine tacking a quilt call for you to use a bar tack or a zig-zag tack, but I think the heaviness of the denim calls for a decorative stitch. I think something about 1/2-inch in size (or larger) would be good, but you can experiment with your machine and pick something you like before you start on your actual quilt.

My concern about using a bar tack is my fear that the denim might tear out around a very small spot of stitching, leaving a hole in the denim. A decorative stitch would avoid this. Disclaimer: This is my own paranoia. Occasionally, I've had a pair of jeans where a belt loop came loose at the tacking stitch, leaving a hole in the jeans fabric.

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Let us know how it turns out!

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Date: 11/1/12 4:04 PM

Thanks you Muffet and CM_Sews for your kind words and suggestions. I will think on them while trying to decide.

One of my quilting books suggests tacking by designing little pictures, but something that is a continuous stitch and when the stitch ends you have a pic of a house, tree, pig, etc... I like this idea, but to me, that seems to be just a variation on FMQ, but I don't know that for sure---need to try it to see.

Thank you CM_Sews for the link--I will check it out!

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Date: 11/1/12 4:51 PM

Sure - those are great ideas!

I also love the quilt- great job! A fresh take on a jeans quilt -- I thought Id never see a fresh looking one!

If you want to try some FMQ perhaps you could do a pretend "bar tack"/squiggle in parts of the quilt - nobody ever said quilting has to be all over -- I know the old tied quilts I have are spaced 12 inches or more apart and those held up just fine -- I dont understand the obsession with dense quilting as imparitive for every quilt -

I love doing little squiggles in quilts sometimes - they can just work like ties and be spread out -- just have a diff look --

I like the idea of a deco stitch - but the deco stitch might be too formal for me in a free form quilt like this.

Just my thoughts -- take what you like leave the rest.

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Date: 11/1/12 5:04 PM

Thank you for those ideas PortlandMaine!! Those are good ideas! I have been playing with the idea of practicing FMQ in places of this quilt. I figure FMQ on this blanket WILL be different than FMQ on a placemat, so since I DO want to learn FMQ, I keep telling myself that I need to practice somewhere! I do like your idea---I could practice squiggles/FMQ more closely together on one section of the quilt, then go into a long squiggly line to elsewhere on the quilt where there could be a deco stitch, etc.......hhmmm.... I will think on that!!

I also wondered why quilts needed to be quilted so many inches apart---the batting I have says to quilt 3" apart! Which I thought "no big deal" until after I had it basted and sewn in and then started quilting and I was like "3" apart!! how am I going to do that?!" lol!


CM_Sews, I like that "easy Heart-Shaped Free Motion Machine Quilt Pattern"!! SO pretty! Maybe I could practice that design for FMQ too!!

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Date: 11/1/12 6:01 PM

I forgot to thank you for your kind words about my quilt! Thank you!

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Date: 11/1/12 7:34 PM

Im sure having poly or even some cottons are why they say to quilt close -- I guess its prob true that the tied quilts I have are prob old blankets so those wont be disintegrating the way poly will.

Ive thought that all out b-4 - I just forget things sometimes.

Ive been making lots of quilts with no batting - they are great for me because I have a small house and kinda like to have lots of blankets -- so I can stack about 5 of them on my bed and be nice and warm! I like heavy blanket, too -- but, do you even need a batting inside a jean quilt?

If you save the batting for another time you can quilt however you want ---

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Date: 11/1/12 7:47 PM

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do you even need a batting inside a jean quilt?


LOL! It is funny you say that b/c we have had a few really cold snaps the past few weeks where we needed that blue jean quilt to be completed!!!---well I just took it out of the sewing room and threw it on the bed w/o any batting or backing and (though it was in two big sections) it worked great!!! But it's too late for this quilt to not have batting as I have already sewed one in and on the other section, it's sewed and partially quilted.

But now, since we have used them in two sections, I'm thinking about NOT joining them on the backs of the quilt. I was going to join them on the back of the quilt with buttons and little "tags" I made with the waists of the blue jeans I used in the quilt. That way, it's one large, connected quilt, but can be unbuttoned to wash or to use as a lap quilt in the living room. But I may leave them separate until necessary.

oooo, but 5 layers of quilts sounds so warm and toasty!!

You know, today while I was sewing the batting in, I was thinking about how I have heard of relatives in my family would use the wool blankets as batting in some of their quilts. I thought that that would make one really warm quilt!
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Date: 11/2/12 2:23 AM

Some of the blankets I have made that have old blankets inside are very heavy and I love the extra weight on top of me at night.

I guess there are people who like to have very light blankets on them? Who knew?

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