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    Choosing a quilting design

    I made a Christmas wall hanging and I did a meander on it. It was only my second time free motion quilting. It came out ok, but now I have no idea how to quilt the border. I wanted to post a picture but I couldn't download from the camera to the computer. Not sure why, it's always worked before. Is there a book or something that can help a person to pick their quilting designs. This is a real cute wall hanging of a cat with a Christmas hat on. I'm so frustrated. You won't really be able to see the quilting because it's on black. Something simple that I could do that will hold the 3 layers together.

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    There are about a million books with quilting designs. I know, I think I have them all
    Leah Day has several good ones. Here's one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Daisy-Paisley-...words=leah+day

    I also like this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Step---Step-Fr...words=leah+day

    Angela Walters has this book for specific block shapes:
    http://www.amazon.com/Shape-Free-Mot...order+quilting
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    There are thousand of quilting stencils out there. I would find a simple one that is not complicated. There wasn't much of a selection on Ebay. Depending on how wide your border is, there is this one.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-angle-ch...sAAOSw5VFWGBOE
    I would just do the trees. Another suggestion might be to crosshatch the border. I did that on this quilt.
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    How about FMQ kitty paw prints? I have seen one from a longarm machine pattern but you could do it on a regular machine. Or quilt in a ball of yarn in one corner and just meander a line of yarn from the ball around the border.

    p.s. My favourite book for choosing quilting designs is ....Shape by Shape by Angela Walters.

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    Pinterest has a lot of designs.
    Here is one: https://www.pinterest.com/quiltmaker...ilting-motifs/
    Another (I put in quilting borders in search and many were in drop down): https://www.pinterest.com/search/pin...tocomplete%7C3

    Also, if you see a loop design like hearts, you can cut a couple hearts out of copy paper and pin where you want them, then quilt around outside of heart, do a line to the next heart, quilt around it, etc. moving the hearts to a new position once you have gone around them. I use shapes a lot. It helps to keep you going where you need to go without getting lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yngldy View Post

    Also, if you see a loop design like hearts, you can cut a couple hearts out of copy paper and pin where you want them, then quilt around outside of heart, do a line to the next heart, quilt around it, etc. moving the hearts to a new position once you have gone around them. I use shapes a lot. It helps to keep you going where you need to go without getting lost.

    This is a great suggestion - I always get lost when I don't have a specific plan where I'm going to end up.

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    Free motion iin a grey to show up paw prints or long whiskers.
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    You got some good ideas from previous posters. You could cut out simple Xmas tree shapes and quilt them. Or bells or even cat shapes. If I am doing shapes I cut them from freezer paper and iron on. Then I rub around the edge with white chalk and remove the freezer paper. A negative shape is left that you can quilt with no chance of stitching through the paper.

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    There are, as you can see from the above comments, many sources of quilting designs. I like stencils quite well. I also have several books with designs. Many quilting magazines have design columns. I would also suggest a blog site, Inbox Jaunt, by Lori Kennedy. She does tutorials about sketching and then doing quilting motifs in a step by step fashion. All of her designs are available on the site. She also has a Craftsy class. I personally am inspired by her blog-in lots of ways.

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    I was thinking of Christmas trees, the same as bjchad. There are books with continuous line quilting designs. I got one free with my AQS membership this year: https://shop.americanquilter.com/826...-patterns.html

    I also wanted to mention that sometimes it's nice to not be able to see the quilting in the border. It gives more freedom to try out designs & not worry about them being perfect. That said, I did that on my first FMQ quilt ... stippling in the middle & a custom vine design in the border (I looked through photos of leaves on google & picked one, then created a triple leaf design for the corners & just drew a basic vine with random leaves along the edges). I picked a thread to hide it, but as I already had all that practice with the rest of the quilt, the vine came out beautiful & I was pretty disappointed that it was nearly invisible. You might consider picking a contrasting thread if you have a really cute design in the border. You can definitely switch threads & use a white or a color on the black and have it really stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjchad View Post
    If I am doing shapes I cut them from freezer paper and iron on. Then I rub around the edge with white chalk and remove the freezer paper. A negative shape is left that you can quilt with no chance of stitching through the paper.
    That is such a good idea too! I have to try this. Thanks for posting the reply.

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    I used tissue paper to free motion a flower design I drew on the tissue paper and it worked really well. It was really easy to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    How about FMQ kitty paw prints? I have seen one from a longarm machine pattern but you could do it on a regular machine. Or quilt in a ball of yarn in one corner and just meander a line of yarn from the ball around the border.

    p.s. My favourite book for choosing quilting designs is ....Shape by Shape by Angela Walters.

    I like this idea.
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    Good suggestions! Post when you have decided and what you did.

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