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Thread: FMQ Advice & Suggestions Please

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    Super Member Bonbonary's Avatar
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    Here is my new top just finished today. It will be my second attempt at FMQ on my machine (Janome 6600). Can you give me any ideas for a simple, beginner quilt pattern. I would really appreciate your suggestions. I have done SITD before & would like to try something new, maybe just swirls and some simple stars in the outer borders. Thanks

    The pattern is Shadow Star by Karen Combs Studio & was made mainly from scraps.

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    Wow! I really like star pattern quilts. I have not seen this pattern before and really like it. Great job!

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    This is a new pattern to me. Love it! I'm no help with the quilting.

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    Like the pattern, and your choice of colors.

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    unique pattern! good quilt!

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    Nice scraps! A beautiful quilt. Well done.

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    Nice pattern and I love your use of colors. For the quilting, maybe some "petals" in the points of the stars to look something like flowers.
    Sue

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    Awesome quilt! Love that pattern :D:D:D

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    That's a beautiful quilt!!!! Best stars I've ever seen!

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    Really like that shadow star effect....you did a great job with colors..

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    That is PRETTY---I agree with the suggestions for petals....

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    Wow - that is pretty! Love the design, very dramatic.

    Spotted a really neat quilting design recently for stars -
    http://wheatridgestudios.blogspot.com/
    Scroll down to see the Friendship Star designs.

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    Great quilt.

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    This is a beautiful quilt. Sorry I can't help with a FMQ pattern as I am still learning it myself. Leah Day has a website that has a lot of help on it. Please post your finished design.

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    Beautiful quilt! Love those stars with bright and contrasting colours! Sorry I can't help with the FMQ as I'm still struggling with mine.

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    *W*O*W* that is simply stunning! What if you 1/4" echo around the stars and maybe some small meandering as a filler. Beautiful quilt, how ever you decide to quilt it, it will only enhance it. I can hardly wait to see it completed.

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    Beautiful quilt top, love the colors and pattern.

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    wow that's beautiful !!!! i'll have to remember that pattern.

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    I am currently taking FMQ classes and there are several things I have learned from this set of classes that I didn't learn from some I took several years ago. The best suggestion is get Harriet Hargrave's book "Heirloom Maching Quilting" and read it. Then practice 15 minutes a day for a week or two. Nothing beats practice. If you bump up against problems, refer to the suggestions that Harriet suggests. I have found that has been the soulution to most of my problems.

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    How big are the main stars (without the shadow star)? If your batting will allow you to use a distance far enough to STID around the main star - then I would do that. Then echo stich the shadow star. Meander the background of each. Then a vine, leaf, or feather design in the frame.

    If the main star is too big and you have to quilt inside it ... STID your pieces in the star (assume they're diamonds?) to meet in the center of the star - but again - just the main star. Treat the shadow star differently.

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    Don't have any advice on the quilting question. But, that top is awesome. And thank you for giving the name of the pattern and the designer. So often I see quilts on this board that I would love to try, but have no idea of the pattern/designer name. Several months ago there was the suggestion that whenever anyone posts a picture of a quilt they give the pattern/designer name, but I guess that sort of fell through the cracks. Anyway, thanks again, and I love your quilt top.

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    Beautiful quilt.

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    Don't have a clue about how to quilt this...but this is an awesome design! Love your fabric choices and your piecing is great! Well done! Looking forward to seeing this again after it's quilted!

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    Oh, I love that pattern and your colors are stunning! It really pops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrharry
    Wow! I really like star pattern quilts. I have not seen this pattern before and really like it. Great job!
    Ditto!

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