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Thread: Quilting ideas please

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    Good morning!
    I am trying to complete some UFO's. This is one from a retreat and I would really appreciate quilting ideas. The blocks are 8 inch squares, with a Christmas theme. I am not very experienced at FMQ, but can try if not too difficult.
    Thanks, Barb
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    I think the easiest thing to FMQ is to just do strings of loops. Since this is a holiday quilt you could do a few loops and then add an ornament every so often so it looks like the ornaments are hanging from the string.

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    sorry, can't help you... i'm too leery of opening (download)s

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    I like Rose's idea. Loops are so random no one will know if it was a deliberate loop or not. The only other idea would be circles - but I find they are difficult for me with FMQ.
    I hope you post a pic of what you end up doing!!! It is a lovely quilt.

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    Sorry it is my first picture, so not sure why it requires a download. Will try another quilt photo and see what happens. Thanks for letting me know about the download. And thanks for the ideas. I am going to look into the loops.

    Barb

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    Somehow the download is a PDF. Honestly, I think this would be awesome with feathers in the white areas, but if you aren't comfortable doing FMQ, feathers won't be good as they can be challenging to do. If you are up to sending out, I really think that would compliment the quilting beautifully. Charisma here on the board does amazing feathers free hand.

    If you definitely want to do it yourself, then how about replicating some of the shapes of the colors in the white areas? Hmm, that sounds confusing. Give me a minute to play with the picture to give you an idea ...

    Here it is as a picture:

    See the green outline of a block on the left side of the quilt. What if you replicated that shape to help fill in the white area? (Sorry, I couldn't get my lines to go straight in PowerPoint).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    I think the easiest thing to FMQ is to just do strings of loops. Since this is a holiday quilt you could do a few loops and then add an ornament every so often so it looks like the ornaments are hanging from the string.
    This seems like a simple idea. I like it.

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    But this idea adds some flair and something to the white space.

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    If you're up for a challenge, try some feathers on a scrap sandwich (that's just two pieces of fabric with batting between, can be 8-12" square or rectangular, what ever you have on hand).

    Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry is an excellent book on doing feathers. JoAnn's carries it, but you can get it online too.
    http://www.sallyterry.com/utility/sh.../?objectID=495

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    I agree with the loops idea, maybe adding a few pairs of mittens like the border as if they were hung there to dry.

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