Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Quilting tops.

  1. #1
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    3,888
    Blog Entries
    1
    Has anyone any ideas to how to quilt a beautiful pieced top. |I am fed up of stitching in the ditch or normally (ditch hopping).
    I love these free flow leaves and swirls you all do. I use a janome and a brother or a juki for free motion. It depends what I am piecing.

  2. #2
    MTS
    MTS is offline
    Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    4,303
    Without seeing pictures, it's hard to suggest any particular pattern.

    Have you been over to Leah's site? Her whole "mission" started because was looking for something other than loops and meandering.

    She has over 300 quilting designs to use on your quilt. You can make them small or dense or larger and less dense. ;-) Whatever you're comfortable with sewing and fits your quilt top.

    Fair warning - if it's your first visit, you can easily spend hours over there:
    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm

  3. #3
    Super Member StitchinJoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bucks County PA
    Posts
    1,343
    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO
    Has anyone any ideas to how to quilt a beautiful pieced top. |I am fed up of stitching in the ditch or normally (ditch hopping).
    I love these free flow leaves and swirls you all do. I use a janome and a brother or a juki for free motion. It depends what I am piecing.
    Yes, I always have plenty of ideas. I do this for a living, help quilters finish their work. This is my FAVORITE THING!

    I think a quilt has its own personality. There are thousands of possibilities for quilt designs. But they need to match the personality of the top or we end up with a schizophrenic quilt, where the quilting design just doesn't suit the top. It depends on the colors and fabrics and pattern and setting of the top.

    Some need curves to soften, some need straight lines to define the graphic effect. Some need a little quilting just to hold the layers together. Some have lots of plain open spaces just begging for fancy dense quilting.

    So... may we see a photo?

  4. #4
    Senior Member quilticing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Lake City, MI
    Posts
    580
    Draw on the quilt top with chalk. Look at what you've done. If you want to change it, brush off the old line and draw a new one.

  5. #5
    Junior Member tupoms's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    107
    thanks for the great link!

    ava

  6. #6
    Super Member LoriEl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Monroe, NJ
    Posts
    2,322
    Blog Entries
    10
    MTS-fantastic link! Thanks!!

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    granby MA
    Posts
    305
    thanks for the link very helpful cant wait to try some of the designs

  8. #8
    Super Member kathdavis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Blue Springs, Missouri
    Posts
    2,314
    Blog Entries
    2
    Practice meandering on a small quilt sandwich. You will have it down quickly. It is fun. I can't do large quilts on my machine, but love to do baby quilts and wall hangings.

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,017
    No idea without seeing a picture.

  10. #10
    Super Member LindaM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Rural Small Town Ontario
    Posts
    1,415
    Quote Originally Posted by quilticing
    Draw on the quilt top with chalk. Look at what you've done. If you want to change it, brush off the old line and draw a new one.
    A similar option - I have a piece of heavy-gauge plastic (like used for protecting tables) - that I have put blue painter's tape around. I put this on top of the quilt and audition quilt designs - use washable markers.

    This gives you a preview of what the design will look like, and builds muscle memory for the design :)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.