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Thread: circles or squares? Quilting ideas for a fence rail?

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    circles or squares? Quilting ideas for a fence rail?

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    I have done a couple of FRs that were just lap sized, and I SITD. I'd rather not do that here. I thought about going 1/4" off seam, but I have hard that squared patterns need circular quilting. I am not very experienced at "F"MQing. I have done orange peel, and circles with my walking foot . .
    Any suggestions? This is the other one that I'd really like to shine.
    thanks so much!

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    Your quilt is stunning. Love the colors. People will come along and offer wonderful suggestions Then it shall be up to you to pick the one you like the the best. Please post your quilt when you're done. It is very beautiful.
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    Absolutely lovely! Perfect color combination and such "square" squares!

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    i would do curves on that beautiful quilt
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    I was told a rectangular pattern use circular or round quilting patterns. Ofcourse there is no hard fast rule. I would actually stich straight through each bar.
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    Gorgeous quilt. Your colors make a beautiful pattern.

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    Beautiful!! I would do circular to match the round pattern in the light fabric. I hope you will show us when you finish.

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    Great quit top! What about Baptist Fans in each square?

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    I'm not a good one to give advice as I only do straight or wavy lines, but that is certainly a lovely quilt.

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    That is such a beautiful.

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    My LA quilter did a Baptist fan with a heart at the base of each fan. It is beautiful.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    No quilting suggestions but that's a beautiful quilt! Love the fabric and colors you used!

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    I would stitch 1/4 inch off in a stair step pattern, but I hand quilt.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    I only do hand quilting or tying as I have not tried the free motion. I am just finishing a rail fence. I went around each square and then made a cross from corner to corner. Then around the edge of the border. Works out nice for me. On the back ( used bleach muslin) you see the square , the x and then where 4 come together, it forms a star. Let me see if I have a picture I can post. ok I found one, hope it is the one that shows the quilting on the back. smile
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    Karate Lady, that is amazing! Thank you for sharing a picture with me! I am a visual girl, lol.

    I'll be using my walking foot on a regular machine with a smallish harp. I am a bit worried about stuffing it all thru, and spinning it, to make circles. What size circles are we talking?

    I do know the baptist fan, I have a general picture of that in my head . . wouldn't that have lots of starts and stops? If I did circles, to not have to start and stop, wouldn't it be more like spirals? or loops?

    I really appreciate the compliments!! I got these fabrics, along with a few others, to make a light/med/dark shaded log cabin. The quilt shop lady helped me pick them. Then when I needed a special quilt, as quickly as I could, these were the best fabrics I had!! This is the last 'specialSpecial' one, thank goodness!! The dark strip will be the binding.

    I am going to go google circles and fans, now! lol

    thanks again!

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    I made a rail fence quilt for my son for Christmas 2011 and it was the first quilt I did on my quilt frame. I just did an over all meander. I loved doing it and found it relaxing and fun.

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    There is a continuous line Baptist Fans pattern that goes like this.....
    here is a quick pencil drawing to show how it uses the side and bottom seams to travel to the next arc.
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    I recently did a charity Rail Fence and quilted large circles radiating from the corners - marked the first one in each corner and used the bar on my walking foot (set at about 2 inches) to work my way to the center. Name:  Les May Q-back.JPG
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    I don't have advice about the quilting, but your quilt is just gorgeous!

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    Baptist fansfans

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    I also have the same problem

    I also am partial to the Baptist fan, now my thought was what color thread? GOLD? RED? and would the fan look good on my quilt too?? I posted a pic with this post

    I certainly think that it would suit yours and can't wait for the after photo

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    I cannot say how much I appreciate these pictures! Tartan, the line drawing is just amazing. what a simple way for me to 'grab' that idea, and understand it!! The winner is baptist fan, it looks like. Should I do Tartan's drawing in each individual rail square, or its set of four?

    amazing quilts, ladies. I am awed to be advised by such talent!
    =))
    Lara

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    I'm not sure about the quilting but wanted to say how beautiful your quilt is!

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    Love this quilt! Beautiful!

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    Jane, your quilt is incredible! Those tiny squares, wow! I don't think I would want red thread over those squares, I'd hate to 'see' the thread instead of your piecework, you know?
    =))
    Lara

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