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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11. 31 Replies

Stories of how you started quilting

Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018. 46 Replies

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Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 25, 2009 at 5:44am
Thanks for the pdf link. I am getting ready to put prairie points on my first quilt to have them. Mine will be scrappy, but this will go in my files for later reference.
Comment by Carla on June 25, 2009 at 4:10am
continous prarie points.pdf I came across this file and thought I would share it. I have always liked the look of prairie points and this might be an easier method.
Comment by Carla on June 25, 2009 at 1:20am
I quilted a pumpkin quilt last fall and loved it when I quiltied the pumpkins it was like they came to life. I can't wait to see a photo of your finished quilt Joana
Comment by Topsy on June 24, 2009 at 6:32pm
Joana, I would love to see a picture of your piano key border. Sounds beautiful
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on June 24, 2009 at 5:18pm
I often rehearse my quilting ideas, either with an overlay, by marking one small section, or even quilting a little. I have also often re-marked an entire quilt which is why i now rehearse my ideas first. I'm quilting the keyboard of the piano quilt right now. By quilting close around the black keys and just inside the lines on each white key, I've gotten an articulated effect--it actually looks like a piano keyboard, not just a picture of one. My DD is going to have a fit when when she sees it.
Comment by Topsy on June 24, 2009 at 3:56pm
Yes, I too love to hand quilt. In our fast paced world hand quilting is taking a back seat, the quilting machine has become the norm. The new quilter dordn'y realize what they are missing. I know hand quilting isn't for everyone, but I love sitting down at the frame with a scrappy quilt without a quilting pattern in mind and let whatever thought become my design. Not long ago I did this with a sampler quilt---I quilted water waves under a boat, sun rays in a sky, flowers around a house, a foot path into the woods on a little girl block, etc......then filled in with cross hatching. Quilting is my therapy
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 24, 2009 at 2:40pm
Alice, whenever you get the opportunity, look closely at the quilting on quilts. The older ones often have some good patterns for inspiration. Even those that have been machine quilted can give you some ideas, especially if they are custom machine quilted. If you have access to some books about quilts and quilting, sometimes you can see the quilt designs in the pictures.
I agree with sognstitcher, curves are an excellent counter balance to a quilt with a lot of angles and straight lines.
I will often audition a pattern for an area before I commit to it. If you draw it on a piece of clear plastic or acetate, you can lay the design on the top and see the fabric through the sheet. Sometimes I draw the design with white chalk (if the area is darker than the chalk) and test it out.
There are also numerous books on quilting designs. Sometimes when I am stuck on what to do, I look through the ones I have to get inspired. Today I just ordered the latest volume of quilting designs put out by The Electric Quilt Company and Quiltmaker.
Experiment. The worst that can happen is that you will need to remove the quilting stitches if you do not like what you have stitched. I've done that before, and I bet others in this group have also.
And you are right, the more you quilt, the smaller and more consistent your stitches can become.
Keep quilting.
Comment by Carla on June 24, 2009 at 2:24pm
Thanks for the ideas cat lady. I have seen scrappy quilts with scrappy borders and they do seem a bit busy for my taste. I hadn't thought about applique on a solid border..............................I just learned how to do needleturn and really love it, so that would be something to consider. Have you ever been to quiltville.com Bonnie has a lot of scrappy quilt ideas. I wish I had her energy.
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on June 24, 2009 at 2:03pm
Alice, just play with different ideas until one jumps out at you. I love to add feathers or curves to a quilt that has a lot of geometric interest in the piecing; sort of balances the eye. Draw some designs and lay them in the open spaces to see what grabs you.
I just figured why I have so many unquilted tops. I'm stocking up for my hand quilting! I wouldn't want to run out.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 24, 2009 at 1:29pm
Borders are often the place to showcase your quilting, especially when the interior is scrappy. Just saw one that the maker will be putting a plain border on which she will have just a little bit of applique. She machine quilts most of hers and will use the border to do some of her elaborate feathers.
 

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