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Thread: Colored Pencil Quilt quilting suggestions needed!

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    Colored Pencil Quilt quilting suggestions needed!

    I usually have a plan for quilting by this stage of the quilt making process. I seem to be stumped. I am adding a thin purple border and the a border of 2 inch blocks alternating white and the colors of the quilt. The pencils are what I just can't figure out how to quilt. I do fmq on my Janome 6600. Suggestions please!!!
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    I might put a curvy line down the middle of each pencil after stitching in the ditch between the pencils. jmho
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    What a pretty quilt!! Love your pattern
    Too but I'm no help with how to quilt it

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    I might do straight lines down each pencil in matching coloured thread as if they are the octagon shape of HB pencils. Very cute top!

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    i was thinking curves down the pencil but then straight lines would look good to. perhaps every other one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I might do straight lines down each pencil in matching coloured thread as if they are the octagon shape of HB pencils. Very cute top!
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    I was thinking about a line down the middle in gold thread - as labels are often in gold print on colored pencils. This looks like a fun quilt!

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    It makes me think of little kids playing with color. How about a series of kittens, puppies, balloons or other things that kids would color?
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    Very pretty, great colors. I would FMQ and call it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    Me too. wonderful work and please show a photo of it quilted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I might put a curvy line down the middle of each pencil after stitching in the ditch between the pencils. jmho
    I was thinking the same thing. Easy to do with duel feed.
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    Really cute and colorful quilt...stitch in ditch, definitely but......maybe a giant zigzag down each pencil? Or, string of giant circles? I was told by a quilter that she does the opposite pattern of the pieced quilt.....meaning if pieced quilt is straight lines, then quilting is done in curves. All suggestions would look good...
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    I think an overall pattern would be best. Something geometric.

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    I just figured out why this is driving me crazy. It would stand out by stitching in the ditch. I dislike stitch in the ditch.....I really, really don't like to do it.
    Happy Quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023 View Post
    I really, really don't like to do it.
    I didn’t either until I purchased an Edge foot. It has a guide in the center of the foot making it so much easier.

    I just wanted to add that I think your quilt is awesome and hope you post another photo when you’ve decided how to quilt it.
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    I'd stitch in the ditch and then reevaluate if it needs more. I'd want to highlight the piecing and make it look like pencils. I like your idea for piecing the border with the colors of the pencils. Good color choices!

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    I'd like to echo JMoore - the edge foot that she mentions reminds me a bit of the prow of an ice-breaker. It is almost impossible to do a bad job of stitching in the ditch with it because the prow/forward edge likes to be right on the place where the two fabrics join.

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    I would do loops and stars. Most JoAnn's have a stencil for this...it would be cute.

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    This quilt makes such a bold statement on it's own. I agree with jingle and ekuw, that an overall random pattern would suit it well. Especially because you are so adverse to doing SITD.

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    I bought the ditch foot. Still not sure what I am going to do. I want the pencils to stand out. Thanks for your suggestions so far!
    Happy Quilting.

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    Because it is so linear, I would definitely do something wavy thru the pencil bodies. I like the idea of echo stitching inside the pencil points to define them, perhaps all the quilting in a neutral - maybe a taupe for bottom row and a light grey for top row. I might audition a small white band at the bottom of the pencils just to stop the eye. I really like this top, so crisp and clean looking.

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    I love your quilt-no help with the quilting as I send mine out!

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    Straight stitch in the ditch on each pencil, then three serpentine stitch rows going down each pencil. LOVE YOUR QUILT!!!

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    I just saw this pattern over the weekend and I love yours! As for the quilting, my first though was to mimic a #2 pencil and make a couple of straight lines to give the illusion of a hexagon, the other thought was use a wood grain design. No matter what you decide it's going to be awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    This was my first thought also.

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