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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-10-2006, 01:57 PM (1 of 11)
Ladies and Gents: I have a question. I currently have 2 quilt tops that are sampler quilt blocks (the first one was the first quilt that our Joann taugh and the seond one is one that I help teach beginner quilters last year) that are ready to quilt but I can't decide how they should be quilted. How do you guys and girls decide what design to use when quilting a quilt??? I'm open to all suggestions. TIA.

Patsy
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User: plrlegal
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-10-2006, 07:36 PM (2 of 11)
I let the quilt tell me...if it has lots of stars...stars it is...circles, circles.
Something 'modern' stippling or straight stitching. I try not to overwhelm the quilt with stitching it doesn't need. Usually the patterns and colors are so great, they can stand on their own without much trouble.
Chrys
User: Chrysantha
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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 01-10-2006, 09:16 PM (3 of 11)
LOL I guess all quilters are alike Chrysantha, as I do the same :bolt:

You can also just "quilt in the ditch" plrlegal I always like the look of the backing after I finished one in the ditch or quitl it 1/4 of an inch from the blocks.
DB
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From: carman
Date: 01-10-2006, 11:08 PM (4 of 11)
lol count me in as a "listener" as well, other times i throw it at a quilter friend and say "ok i need your ideas" and we come up with something too :bg:
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-11-2006, 12:02 AM (5 of 11)
Thanks ladies!!! Good suggestions. Since both of these quilts are sampler quilts (miscellaneous block patterns) I have decided to do a stitch in the ditch on the individual blocks that will reflect each block pattern on the back and then do a small design in the sashing and borders. I had the consensus of my quilt guild tonight and the majority said that is what they would do with both the quilts. I'm begining to make a list of my UFOs and I'm going to try and refrain from starting new projects this year and finish as many of my UFOs as I can. Thanks again for your suggestions.

Patsy
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User: plrlegal
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-11-2006, 07:07 AM (6 of 11)
I do the same as everyone else. Look at the fabric, block pattern, etc. to get ideas. Sometimes the person I am doing it for will inspire...like the quilt I gave to my niece for her baby shower. We knew it was going to be a boy so I wanted to do some boy type designs...found an airplane design and added clouds and stars since they are in the sky too. And I was stuck on what to do for the outside border for the Christmas quilt I was giving to my sister...lightbulb came on and I wrote Merry Christmas Joyeux NoŽl around it.

Patsy...I guess you and I have made the same NY's resolution. :up: I haven't made a list or counted my UFO's (could get overwhelmed) but that is my plan....I'll let you know if I stick to it. :bluesmile
TTFN from
Judy
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-11-2006, 01:06 PM (7 of 11)
Same here HeyJudee.

Patsy
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From: Magot
Date: 01-11-2006, 03:57 PM (8 of 11)
I was going to do much the same thing with my advent quilt Patsy - stitch in the ditch or echo quilt some of the applique motifs. A small repeating pattern on the sashing (mine is quite busy so intricacies will not be seen,maybe just straight lines) and something a bit more fancy on the final borders. I have had to leave it to one side for a while whilst wedding dress prep took over my sewing time so it will be nice to pick it up again.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: oklahomanana
Date: 01-13-2006, 08:00 AM (9 of 11)
Haven't been around for a while and was wondering is there pics of your quilt tops from the class that Joanne and Mary held. I did all the blocks except that last one bc I am still unsure just how to do it. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! Oklahomanana

Have to go check out to see if something new is going on here.
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
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From: Magot
Date: 01-13-2006, 10:35 AM (10 of 11)
If you pm me your e mail addres Okie - I can send you picture of my blocks, but I don't have a web presence as such!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: calcharlie
Date: 01-17-2006, 04:51 AM (11 of 11)
When I get ready to "quilt" I first determine what the spacing needs to be based on the batting manufacturers recommendations and then I look to see what the quilt tells me it should have for special features. I do various things depending on what the pattern of the quilt features.

Charlie :pc:
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