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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lava Paisley- Quilt Along Wednesday's


I tried the FMQ design Lava Paisley that we were to do for  Quilt Along Wednesday's with Leah Day. I  used Kona cotton (some yellow variety??) with YLI Variations sunrise. The thread and fabric, along with this design illuminated in perfect harmony!

Every one else seems to having an easier time with this design as opposed to paisley. It wasn't super hard, but I did find paisley much easier. Maybe because I have done paisley before, but not the lava paisley.

Over all, I really like the design and would definitely use this in a quilt. I just need a little more practice!!

Here is my quilting question for Leah. My Greek Cross quilt will be composed of 30 blocks. I hadn't planned on a border, nor did I really want one. Plus, I don't have any more of my background fabric. I did not plan ahead for extra fabric on the edge blocks. What should I do in order to quilt to the edge. Is there any option other than adding a border. I was actually thinking of using some sort of tape(like surgical tape.....I guess because its fabric) to tape the edges down(as close to the edge as I can) once I got close enough to them. I have no idea if this would work. I could do a multiple print border, but it's not the look I was going for.

Until next time........;)   EDIT: WAIT! I just had a light bulb moment! maybe i could baste the edges down as I get close to them. It would be a little extra fuss, but it beats buying fabric. Does anyone else have any suggestions for this dilemma??


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  1. Lava Paisley looks great! I have been basting the edge of my quilts down and quilting to the edge. Not sure what the quilt police would say but it seems to work. I just have to go slower near the edge and be sure nothing stretches. -Jeanne

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    1. Thank you!! I might have to try it that way!!

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  2. Your lava paisley is wonderful.

    If your backing and batting are a little bigger than your quilt top(it will give you something to hold onto)and you baste the edge, I'm sure you could quilt up to the edge. I've done it. Maybe not ideal, but it will work.

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    1. Thanks Pat! Why do I get myself into these little messes?? haha

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  4. Your Lava Paisley looks great! Like you said, paisley design comes naturally to me and I did too find Lava Paisley somewhat hard to quilt. Your fabric and thread color choice are awesome!

    Skip the borders, looks like this is a trend for modern quilts. I generally quilt till the edges and the baste it as I'm doing it. Also while pin basting, I baste all my edges at about 5-6inches apart. That way it stays put.
    Good luck with your quilt.

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    1. I always forget how good of a job basting helps with things! Thank you so much!

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  5. The quilting looks fab! I usually just pin along the edges (more than I normally would). It works!

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    1. Thanks, Mike! Great tip! I may just try that:)

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  6. I think it looks great! That's a great question - I'll be interested to see what you end up doing.

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    1. me too. I guess i will know when i get there:)

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  7. Love the yellow sample. My two cents on quilting to the border. I would machine baste some scrap fabric 3 or 4 inches wide to the edge with a 1/4" seam. This would give a nice hand hold. When the scrap is removed the binding then is sewn on with the same 1/4 inch seam. I know it adds extra steps, but may well be worth it.

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    1. thanks. i thought about doing it that way. I still might. I have a ways to go before I get to that stage:) I'm sill pondering.......thanks for the suggestion

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  8. Hi Danielle,

    The yellow lava paisley looks great. I also found regular paisley a little easier even though I like wiggly lines.

    If your Greek cross quilt is basted and the batting and backing extend out an inch or two, then you can probably quilt off the quilt top and onto that extra batting/backing and back on. I do this all the time. Here's a trick: I have an open free motion foot (like Leah recommends--my machine came with a clear plastic darning foot, and I cut it open). In order to avoid it hooking onto your quilt top or getting between top and batting, try to get back on the quilt top while you are sewing backwards (the direction the foot is closed). I never have a problem when I do this. If I have to quilt sideways back onto the quilt top, I hold the edges of the quilt top down a little more close to the needle and go slowly as I go back onto the quilt top.

    Remember, a quarter inch is eventually hidden under binding anyway, but if you go slow, you'll probably have no problems.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion! What a pain I have made it for myself...haha!

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