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Thread: need help with quilting this top

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    Super Member Barbm's Avatar
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    here is my latest "creation". It is 71" x 71". There are 9 blocks. The blocks are 18" square, the sashing are 2", the border is 5". I laid it out the bed while I try to figure out how to quilt it. This is for hubby so I want it special. He asked for FMQ, which is his favorite.

    I thought about fmq on the 5" border, a cable in the 2"- or reverse that- and totally unsure of how to accent the blocks. I thought of taking the 2" blocks, which have a brown fabric that looks kind of like wood and embroidering a coal bucket, shovel, etc. Items that were used in their work.

    Any/all comments are greatly appreciated!

    P.S. no pattern to this- I made it up. The coal miner I got from someplace online, the lady gave me permission to use it. Hubby and I designed the coal car from pics he had.

    Last- if this turns out nice (I'm not exactly crazy about it right now) how do I convince him it's a one of a kind and he shouldn't use it?

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    I was wondering........what color of thread do you plan to use? I made one a year ago with dog themed fabric and quilted bones, foot prints, hydrants, and dog houses on it, all over the doggies and everything. With yours though, I would not want to mess up the lovely work you have done, so I would go around the neat miner, and car. Maybe more lanterns, canaries?

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    I'm so not a good quilter...but I'm popping in to say I love your quilt!!

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    The first thing that popped into my head was to echo quilt your blocks, they are so neatly done, I think it would enhance them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisyboo9
    The first thing that popped into my head was to echo quilt your blocks, they are so neatly done, I think it would enhance them.
    Does this mean great minds think alike? You typed in first.

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    just looked again- what about some pebbles around the base of the car and guy? Would that be enough for in the block?

    I am so lost on this! I want the result to be great. It was a UFO from last Jan. so I really want to finish it. I wish it would call to me what it wants.

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    and- I don't know what color thread to use! ARGHHH! Help please!

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    Actually, I'd send it to GreenFairy and tell her to go to town! She's pretty darn talented, and her rates are quite reasonable!

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    I think echo quilting the blocks would be very nice.

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    Love the quilt.

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