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Thread: long arm quilters, how do you decide what to do where?

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    Junior Member acesgame's Avatar
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    I know that many of you may say the quilt speaks to you but since I don't yet have ears to hear, a more tangible answer is requested.
    I used to think I was artistic but looking at the blank quilt is intimidating.
    Also, what tools do you like best when trying to do circles or crosshatching.
    Are groovy boards worth their money? I like the idea of free hand because it is not a mistake, you meant it to be like that! The problem is all I can think to do then is a meander and that gets boring.
    Also, do you stop and start your threads alot or will you sew over something to get to the next spot?
    Thanks in advance!
    Stacey

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    Don't ask me, my quilts laugh at me. I find that I do the same things over and over - feathers and swirls, leaves and lines. I'm in a rut.

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    Senior Member quilter1430's Avatar
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    I've been a longarm quilter for 7 years and accepted long ago that I don't do fancy stuff. I do meandering, which has my own flair, and my customers like a lot, and I also do pantographs. Custom work is so time-consuming and I really don't make a profit, compared to meandering or pantographs. I don't have a Statler Stitcher with my Gammill, so I figure the fancy work can go to longarm quilters who have a computerized Statler.

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    Is the quilt geometric, playful, elegant? What do the fabrics have in common? What shapes fit a space? I may not come up with the best design every time for each quilt but that's how I choose what to quilt. I have a Gammil/Statler and love to design new patterns in AutoSketch!

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    if it is straight lines I like to do curves of some sort and meandering fits a lot of the time. If it is circles I like to do lines and sometime I like to do curves and spike in together just to mix it up on lines and curves! lol

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    you can replicate designs in the quilt for quilting designs- such as doing flowers, leaves, stars, along with your meandering- stipple backgrounds- if the quilt is all straight lines- curvy quilting is nice
    it is totally up to you if you want to do individual blocks-with starts & stops- or if you want to do an edge to edge all over with out starts-stops-
    either way is fine-and a personal choice.
    echo quilting is also a good option when free-handing

    spend some time looking through books of quilts- really look at the quilting- years ago there was no such thing as groovy boards- or statler stitchers-
    the more you look at other quilting the more you will (see) what will look great on your quilts.
    many of us free hand everything-
    it just takes some practice- and being (adventurous)

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