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Thread: What quilting design for a log cabin quilt?

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    Thanks, everyone for the comments and please keep them coming.

    Yes, I had heard curved lines should be used for the quilting but hadn't yet found a design that I liked and could do well. I've even tried drawing designs on that Glad Press and Seal stuff - I think that is what it is called. Have you tried that? It works pretty well.

    To answer Mindless's questions, I'm using a Sulky 40 weight variegated quilting thread that is blue and yellow called Butter and Sky, I think. I will test to be sure, but I think I'm using a dark blue Bottom Line 60 weight thread in the bobbin; the back is solid dark blue. I welcome any comments. If that doesn't work, my next thing to try will be a smoke Monofilament Polyester. What is your favorite brand? I have a Bernina that should handle that well.

    I want the stitching to be noticed, but as an element in the quilt, not as the primary point of interest. In other words, I want the fabrics, blues and yellows, to be the stars of the show. I want to put as little time in it as I can in order to make it nice, and as much time as it takes. I should deliver it in two or three weeks, if that gives you a better idea. I've tried large loops and also curves with loops, stars, flowers, or hearts, and I did like that look. It's also quick, as you mentioned. I would prefer to do a QAYG but will probably not be able to do that since the back is 108 " wide and four yards long and I don't want to cut it. So I plan 6 rows across (14 inch blocks) and 8 rows down, and plan to quilt the center two rows, then the right two after joining them and then the left two. I may add borders later. I guess it is a very modified QAYG! LOL

    Tying really isn't an option. People at my church have seen many of the quilts I've made for homeless families and the quilting on them and expect to see some nice quilting now. Funny thing is that on a homeless quilt, I just go right at the quilting and it always comes out fine and now, with this quilt which will get such scrutiny, I'm cautious. It will be displayed on the wall of the community room for about a month while tickets are being sold. I want it to look good, as good as possible. Did you ever feel that way?

    I thought about Baptist fans but it seems to me it would be very labor and time intensive and require a good deal of precision. The same thing applies to the orange peel design. Am I right about that? What is your experience with those designs?

    I will try the 1/4 stitching on each side of the seam on my test quilt. Thank you for that suggestion.

    One look I had considered, and tried out on QAYG log cabin blocks, is a SITD with a decorative stitch, such as a feather stitch. I liked the look of it with the variegated thread. It's fun to do one block at a time but will take a huge amount of time for a quilt that big. I used a Pfaff for that. With the built in walking foot, it's up to that challenge.

    Another look I considered, and have tried on a medium size scrappy log cabin, is a stitch where I free motion quilt curves about an inch long, waving from one side of each seam to the other. That looks good and is quick and easy. It also have the advantage of reinforcing the seams, which never hurts even though my seams are all intact and uniform. I wish I had a machine that did a nice Serpentine stitch, but I don't.

    I welcome all ideas, suggestions, and comments. Thanks!
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    have you wandered through this site? http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm
    maybe you could modify one of them to fit your project. It sounds awesome by the way.....will we get to see pics?
    Last edited by mindless; 01-11-2013 at 07:42 PM.

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    Good idea on the Day designs. I did look before but will look again. Thank you.

    Sure, I'll post pics later - have to figure out how.

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    Go onto Pinterest and in the search type in log cabin quilts. You will get some good ideas there.

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    May I suggest looking up log cabin quilts on this board and maybe you will see something you like and then add your own little twist. I feel for you, as I often take a long time deciding how I want to quilt something. It will come to you and I am going to watch this thread to get knowledge and suggestions. Can someone post a pic of a baptist fan? Would love to know what that looks like.
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    I like the look of about 1/8" away from seam on each side...if and when I get better with fmq I will also be trying more curvy patterns...I also must agree with Jan in Va, it is all a matter of preference...and I have had to eat a lil crow several times myself...as in crazy quilting...my local quilt group was starting a lesson on those, I made the remark that I wasn't too fond of them, kinda too gaudy for me, at least the ones made from velvets and satins...one of the gals brought in squares she was working on, and they were so lovely...right then and there I "ate my crow" and signed up for those classes...lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Whoa; considering that I had just posted before you that she might consider a grid pattern of straight lines, I feel your comment might be considered a bit harsh......"just plain ugly"? Really? Not your preference perhaps, but that's whats makes the art of quilting so wonderful; it's art and there are no quilt police! Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder after all.

    Jan in VA
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    I love to browse thru this site for ideas. They have some block specific patterns that may inspire you. Look for Log Cabin or for Triangle blocks that you can use on each side of log cabin. Some of them are pretty intricate, but you might be inspired by some of the design elements and draw up your own pattern.

    http://stitchhappy.com/Stitch%20Happ...8b&keyword=log

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    Different strokes for different folks...yes! I grew up in a quilting environment (including local Amish) and until I joined discussions on this Board (which I dearly love to learn from), I'd never seen a log cabin done with curved quilting stitches. It's not like I lived solely in the sticks, either, so if you like the straight type stitching and feel good with that...go for it. On the other hand, if you like the curved...go with that. We are here to learn and explore and support. Let us see a photo when finished. Please? Thanks!! Enjoy the process.

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    I hand quilted, but one of the most beautiful quilts I've made was a purple and white (bride's request) log cabin for a wedding gift and I quilted it with circles. It was gorgeous. Sorry I don't have a picture to share.
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