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Sunday, November 17, 2013

It's DONE, but not quite... help!

Thank all that is mighty, this quilt top IS DONE. I put on a slew of my favorite Friends episodes yesterday and finished it up. Phew. It took up ALL of my sewing time this week, and that was actually a decent chunk of time!


Now I need your help.  My mom, who is the recipient of this quilt, is indifferent to how it will be quilted. I want to do something fun for me (yes, I'm being selfish), since piecing all of those little pieces became tedious. Plus, since it's a bed/comfy lap quilt, I don't want to quilt it TOO densely.  I was thinking something angular, to contrast all the curves, but I just don't know what... any advice? The pattern suggest tracing each curlicue with a smaller one on the inside, but I don't have the heart to go marking up my whole quilt. Maybe, some curlicues and some with different FMQ? Or just straight lines? What do you think? 

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19 comments:

  1. Your finished top looks great and well worth the time you spent piecing all those curves! I wonder if you just straight line quilted edge to edge.... Spaced about 1" apart or alternating 1" and 1.5" apart? I'm sure whatever you decide it will be fab!

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  2. Woohoo! You finished all those curves! What if you outlined a few randomly here and there - like maybe just a few of the solids - a single here, two next to each other there - and then did straight diagonal lines over the rest (skipping over the outlined ones) like Lorna suggested? Then it would remind me of light shining from a disco ball :P Don't know where that image came from - it's late! lol

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  3. I like the idea of allover curlicues or swirls that you don't have to mark. It looks great by the way!

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  4. Ooooh! I would totally stitch in the ditch around each one, or on either side of them 1/8-1/4 inch (You worked so hard for those lovely curves! I think you should accentuate them, rather than contrast them), and then trace the different patterns within each one (leaves, lines, etc), and extrapolate patterns where needed. In the solids I would do something fun, but simple, like maybe flowers or swirls in the centers?

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  5. looks great! I think echoing the curves in some way could be really awesome.

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  6. I think that curves would compliment the pattern of the quilt really nicely - maybe some free motion swirls or something similar that you would find enjoyable.

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  7. It's difficult, I don't think you could really go wrong, but if I were you I might not do straight line quilting unless it was something big and well spaced out, like random intersecting lines, but I would vote for doing cute little and big loop-da-loops all over.

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  8. If you want straight lines, I would do Angela Walters' concentric squares (I can go up to my studio and check the page number in her book if you need me to :)!!) but I would also throw in a few (like on the dark grey solids) where you echo the shape of the "block" (I know it is pieced, but it looks like a single pretty Christmas ornament!), just to mix it up. The straight lines of the squares don't have to be perfect, you can choose how closely you quilt your lines, it is easy to move from square to square as you quilt and you can make the squares as large or small as you'd like.

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  9. http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/published-works/ Scroll down to the "Writing" and the quilting I was talking about is in the dark blue on the front cover of her "In The Studio with Angela Walters". Love it and have used it in many ways on many quilts.

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  10. You were looking at my blog right as I was looking at your latest quilt top!! lol Just received a notification on my phone that you left a comment on my blog ha!


    All the colors in your quilt really pop so nicely!!!! Wish I could help with the quilting part,but all I am envisioning is curvy lines of some sort. BAH!!

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  11. Looks fabulous and so impressed with your curve piecing.

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  12. I like your mums and think they would accent your curves.

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  13. A super job on the piecing and beautiful colors! I would do an all over swirly design. Can't wait to see what you choose!

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  14. Maybe some lazy eights, but sized to match the pattern- narrow -wide - narrow

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  15. Looking good. Pretty color combo. I have no idea about quilting, sorry.

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  16. Your top is absolutely beautiful! Straight lines would be a really lovely contrast to the sharp point and soft curves of the blocks or maybe a fig fluffy cloud inspired FMQ. I do love the suggestion of doing some lovely quilted design in the center of the blocks especially with those solid blocks.

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  17. tough call on the quilting! but, man, your piecing is fabulous! what a fun pattern! and such perfect colors you picked for it.

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  18. I vote for stitch in the ditch :) Then you can appreciate that lovely pattern from the back too!

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  19. My comment is probably way too late but it seems to me that a straight line grid would work.

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