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Latest Activity: Nov 27

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What are you working on now?

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Peggy Stuart Oct 13, 2014. 27 Replies

And then there's the thread issue <G>

Started by AnnetteJ. Last reply by AidaCJ/NH Mar 13, 2014. 17 Replies

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Comment by Janet/MO on September 2, 2018 at 8:47am

Kudos to you Annette for sticking with that problem quilt.  I would love to see a pic of it.  

Comment by AnnetteJ on September 1, 2018 at 9:37am

QD I am so impressed that you are able to take on ruler work, the one technique I have not tried.  The results are quite marvelous though.  I can still handquilt, though my pile of UFOs are forcing me into machine work.  I just finished Lollipop Trees by Kim Mclean.  That darned quilt was trouble right from the get go, which is why it's taken me so long to complete.  But it's done so now that huge UFO, and I mean huge, is off my plate and I can focus on some others.  I think this year I knocked off at least 1/2 dozen so some progress us geing made and there are still a few montgs left, lol.  Be sure to post a photo of your finished quilt.  I'm anxious to see it.

Comment by QuiltDragon on August 12, 2018 at 11:42am

Thank you Annette! I'd love to hand quilt this since I've put so much work into it. Unfortunately, between my embroidery business & tendonitis, I'm not going to be able to. I've decided that the center medallion & outer triangles will have feathers-it should be particularly effective in the center. As for the rest of the blocks, since I'm going to be machine quilting it, I've pretty much decided against cross hatching - it's much easier when you're hand quilting to scoot between the layers, but with the machine, I'll have to go around. I found the picture below & I like the echo quilting around the blocks, but I'll do some drawing of the main curves before doing it so I don't loose my place like I often do when doing free form background quilting by machine. Before I actually quilt it, I'm having the cabinetmaker who created my sewing table make a few adjustments since there's no table in front of the machine & it's hard to do rulerwork or longer lines when the surface drops off.

Comment by AnnetteJ on August 12, 2018 at 7:24am

WOW!!!  I haven't opened my email for a few days now, so all of a sudden there was a flurry of activity here.  Now I know why, LOL.  Way to go QD!!  It does take a lot of thought, concentration, and time, let alone stitching, to complete a BAQ.  Congratulations on getting this far.

You haven't said how you are going to quilt it, that is by hand or machine?  If you're planning on it being on a bed as a quilt, then I'd vote for hand.  But if it's a wall piece then by machine if you can do freemotion well or are willing to pay the big bucks to someone to do that for you.  

Personally, I'd handquilt, around each applique, then put in feathers where appropriate, then crosshatch what's left.  I had made the decision to machine quilt my Baltimore Garden quilt but now that it's languished a few years, I'm thinking it's so beautiful it would be a shame not to handquilt it.  But it has been out of sight for a few years now.  Time took care of that for me, LOL.

Comment by QuiltDragon on August 10, 2018 at 6:45pm

Me too, Janet. Too many decisions!

Comment by Janet/MO on August 10, 2018 at 2:35pm

That is pretty too QD.

Comment by QuiltDragon on August 10, 2018 at 1:40pm

Thanks handstitcher. I'm still thinking about the quilting. I'm thinking of crosshatching in the blocks except the center medallion & border. Then yesterday I was on A Quilters Choice on FB and saw this pic as their header. I like it because it's not lg feathers, but controlled scrolls. Ugh! Something else to think of! :)

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 10, 2018 at 7:38am

QuiltDragon, your quilt top is simply stunning! I’m sorry I’ve been away so I didn’t see it sooner. The possibilities are endless for your quilting design. I’d go with whatever makes your heart sing. I don’t think the blocks and backgrounds should limit what you want to do.

Comment by QuiltDragon on August 2, 2018 at 7:54am

I can't believe it-after 25 years my top is finished! So now the question is...how to quilt it? I had plans for all kinds of feathers, etc., but with so many different blocks & shades of neutral fabrics, I'm not so sure.  Would love to hear any suggestions....

 

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 22, 2018 at 12:09pm

Thanks, ladies! I'm not sure I'll be doing a lot of wool appliqué, but it was a nice change of pace and was easy on my hands, once I got past all the embroidery.

 

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