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Advice on quilting please
making X's on the blocks
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Date: 2/28/13 10:24 AM

For my cowboy quilt, which is comprised of disappearing 9 blocks, I have decided to invisibly stitch in the ditch around the borders, then the main connecting horizontal and vertical seams.
For the blocks themselves, I'm considering quilting X's on them. Should I use very small stitces at the ends of each X to secure, or backstitches, or long thread ends which I'll have to tie off? I was hoping to use the auto thread cutters. What would you do?

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Date: 2/28/13 10:37 AM

Well the best way to do it is to leave a thread tail and then thread a needle and "bury" it in the quilt batting. I think decreasing you stitch length near the end wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Date: 2/28/13 11:01 AM

Yeah, but Uggghh. SO time consuming to thread all those needles, lol.

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Date: 2/28/13 11:09 AM

I always use my machine's tie off at the beginning and end of all my quilting. Thread cutters at the end.

So far even with couch quilts that are roughly treated and my grandson's quilts that he drags all over and need to be washed a lot, no problems with stitching coming out.

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Date: 2/28/13 11:16 AM

I know I usually just let my machine tie the stitch and be done with it. But if I did want to enter a show and I've very doubtful of that every happening I with do the needle method.

One hint is doing it that way how about the self threading needles?

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Date: 2/28/13 2:06 PM

Yeah, I could do that, self threading needles. But I guess I'll use the machine's tie off function. I just wasn't sure if those extra stitches would show and look ugly, since I'd be doing it on every block. I guess there is only one way to find out!
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Date: 2/28/13 2:13 PM

Are you going to FMQ or use the feed dogs and a stich?

Either way - I would just start with a back and forth and then end the same way - I never bury threads. That is too time consuming for me - and that extra time does not really look much different.

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Date: 2/28/13 3:10 PM

You may not need to SITD if you stitch diagonally across the quilt then down to the next row and repeat as needed. Blocks would have to be the same size.

If your thread cutter does not make a nasty looking knot, then do it.

I prefer to stitch in place to lock the last stitch, then make one stitch off to the side, pull up the bobbin thread and manually cut both threads.


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Date: 2/28/13 3:33 PM

That also sounds like a good idea, thanks!

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Date: 2/28/13 4:21 PM

I like to bury threads. This is just my preference (part of my inner nerdy-ness), not a declaration of the supposed "betterness" of burying threads. Feel free to ignore this dissertation on burying threads.

For any quilters who may have an interest in burying threads, it is much easier to do with the right needle and and the the right tapestry needle threader WITH HOOKS. This little gadget is wonderful. You can position the needle in the quilt, and then use the hook on the threader to pull the threads through the eye of the needle. No fumbling, no matching threads to needle eye by hand.

You'll also need a hand needle with a large eye (long eye opening) and a point that is not too dull. One of my favorite thread-burying needles came from one of those Huge Assortment of Hand Needle packages and I honestly have no idea exactly what kind of needle it is. If you have any needle assortment cards like this in your collection of notions, you probably have some embroidery needles, tapestry needles, or Chenille needles that will work.

Pull the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt at the beginning and at the end of a line of quilting. I like to knot the threads (see video link below for demos). You can thread the needle and then put the point of the hand needle into the quilt in the same stitch opening from which the threads emerge. You can also put the needle in FIRST, and then thread it using the Magical Needle Threader. Bring the point of the needle to the top of the quilt and inch or so away from the threads. NOW, take your Magical Needle Threader and put one of the hooks through the eye of the needle, lay the threads in the hook, and pull the hook back through the eye. Needle is threaded, and you can pull the threads through.

Don't bother with a non-hook needle threader like this one!.

Sharon Schamber: 4 videos re: Tying and Hiding Knots: These videos explain it all. Sharon doesn't use the needle threader, but I learned this basic technique from these videos.

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