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Thread: Quilting Motifs for Large Areas

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    Where do you find designs for large areas of quilting? Do you design everything as you go, or make decisions along the way? How do you "audition" quilting motifs?

    Today, I am joining some UFO Dresden Plate blocks that I made several years ago from 1930's prints. I have ten 14" blank blocks made from the same Kona "Snow" solid color that is the background for the 24 Dresden Plate blocks. I have no sashing, just the setting triangles in a dense 30's print, which surround the central block area. By tomorrow night, the top should completed and basted, so I'm thinking about quilting motifs right now.

    I am going to hand-quilt this quilt so I don't want to use an all-over design.



    thank you :-)

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    Your quilt sounds gorgeous!

    I audition quilting motifs by drawing them on clear vinyl (from the fabric store) with dry erase markers. In a pinch, sheet protectors work well also :wink:

    I sometimes take a picture of my quilt top and draw on the picture in my photo editing software - very handy if you have a drawing tablet.

    Can't wait to see a picture of your quilt!

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    Here's a link to get some ideas. Try the library too! http://quiltingstencils.com/

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    Katier825:

    Thanks for the link to quiltingstencils.com. I spent the afternoon today flipping through books and looking through images on the internet. Then at the website, I ordered some stencils for the corners, setting triangles and the large blocks. They're so inexpensive, I can trace them off onto laminate film and order more if I decide I need something else.

    On a whim, I ordered a basket of flowers instead of a feather wreath for the large square. That may hold my attention longer! I may not finish this until the next decade rolls around, but that's ok.

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    Glad you found something you like! Be sure to post pics so we can see the finished quilt! :)

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    I love using stencils for mine. I'm getting a very nice selection.

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    Try combining stencils for bigger areas :D:D:D

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    I LOVE that site! Not just for quilting (I am NOT that ambitious to try to manage one of those designs with my little Singer!) but, for the headboard I am helping plan to paint on the wall over the bed of one of my quilts. Thanks for the link!

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