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    Your quilt is beautiful. Sorry I am no help with the quilting.
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    Whatever your reason for not liking the quilt may pass, but its a very pretty quilt.
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    I love using clear YLI Wonder Invisible Thread on the top and 50 weight DMC Machine Embroidery Thread in the bobbin. I never have to worry about matching colors.

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    This is a great quilt! I love the brightness, and the optical illusion of it. I would SID around each of the squares that surround each star. Do the red in red and the blue in blue. Where it overlaps the other color, just keep going! It will emphasize the illusion of the quilt, and might be enough with the stitching you have already planned around the stars and the stablizing you have already done to call it good.
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    Can I send you my address??? Your quilt is beautiful. Really like the colours - let's hope it grows on you. It truly is a lovely quilt. As for quilting, I would do simple quilting & when it comes to the binding, I would suggest a 2 piece binding(2 different colours) with the 1 piece wider than the other so you get a flange with a hint of colour(perhaps red) that would make it pop. Would perhaps take away from the white that you don't seem to like but I don't see it sooooo white. Hope this helps.
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    I love invisible thread. The new kinds are very thin- about the size of hair. My package of hobbs 80/20 says to quilt no more than 4" apart. I'm thinking with invisible thread that you could do a "star" in the center of each block- - like a big X corner to corner and then verticle and horizontal lines. That should cover enought blocks to keep it within the quilting guide lines. You may need to measure and make sure.

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    I am looking at a very lovely quilt. I don't think it is too white, or too red or too blue. It is perfect as it is. I would quilt around the stars, pivoting at the points.


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    Ok, if you don't want this quilt, I'd be glad to take it off your hands...I love it, you did a wonderful job I see nothing wrong with it...soooooooo just put that beautiful quilt in a box and ship it on into Canada lol....

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    You have done a beautiful job. Maybe you just need a rest from it.
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    Okay, so you're not happy with this. Would you like my address...I'm not too proud to accept a quilt...even though I make them, I'd love to have this one as a gift!?

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    I think it's a beautiful quilt and difinitely not too white! I'll be glad to send you an addy if you want to get the horrible thing off of your hands! Seriously, you did a lovely job, and anything you decide to quilt on it will only set it off!

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    if you just quilt in the background areas, wouldn't that be enough? that way the main pieces would be featured more.

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    I have done a couple "Patriotic" quilts a couple different ways....one I did with variegated thread, ended up too busy for my taste. Another the time I tried using only matching solid color thread in each 'portion', liked that, but was very time consuming to keep changing the colors. The last one I did with all invisible POLYESTER THREAD (from Superior) and like it the best because (IMHO) nothing was fighting the strong colors and design.

    You are already 'done' with the quilt in your head, the more detail and pressure you put into this quilting is only going to make you hate this quilt that much more.

    I would recommend using invisible thread, a walking foot and just go up and down all your seams ( just keep in mind the recommended distance of your batting)

    Stop over thinking it and just keep it simple and sweet and not overdone......IMHO
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    If you're still not happy with the white, what if you removed the final border and left it with the blue border?

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    It is beautiful! I would quilt it in feathers to suit the border.

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    I like your quilt. It's very pretty and I like the colors. Maybe you have just looked at it too long. That happens to me sometimes. Love the pattern also !

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    If you really don't like the white, as too white, why not tea dye it after you have finished quilting it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterpat View Post
    If you really don't like the white, as too white, why not tea dye it after you have finished quilting it?
    I agree, exactly what I was going to say....a tea dye will calm all the colors and help them blend, all the more reason to use invisible thread....
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    Your quilt is beautiful. I'd use a star pattern if I were you.

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    I think it is very pretty and well done. As how to quilt it I don't know.

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    Isn't it the pitts when you don't like something and everyone loves it??? But truly It is a Fab quilt. Maybe you are tired of looking at it. You will have a long list of addresses to send it to if you don't like it.. Good Luck..

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    What? That quilt is beautiful! You can send it to me if you don't want it.

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    Thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. I've considered every one.
    Here's what I have so far.
    (And I hope I can sew straighter than I can Paint!)
    Stars outlined 1/4" in with blue.
    Intersecting star borders outlined in and out as one unit , 1/4 " in with invisible thread. (I tried the "quilt right through" suggestion on the upper right block, it's kind of neat, but a little confusing to look at.)
    Triangle type shapes spanning blocks outlined in natural (or maybe the blue as well, as someone suggested).
    I'll just have to turn the quilt a whole bunch of times, I couldn't work out an all over diagonal that follows the angles in the quilt, is fairly evenly spaced and stays within the quilt spacing required. (I ordered the Hobbs 80/20 online. The site said 4", but the package says 3.5". Maybe they're just overly cautious?) In the future I'll stick with a batt that allows larger spacing.
    And for those of you who use invisible thread:
    Is there any problem mixing this with regular thread in other parts of the quilt?
    Is Sulky premium invisible a good one?
    How do you start and stop lines of stitching? (I usually do 1/4" or less of microstitching and cut tails off at the fabric.) This stuff is pretty slick, I'm afraid it's going to come undone.
    Also:
    How do I keep the raw edges of the outer blue border from fraying while I do all these turns? The zigzag on my old Kenmore doesn't work, just forward and back.
    Thank you all for your suggestions and comments, I really appreciate it.
    And I don't hate the quilt, it's just very different from what I envisioned when I started the project.
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    And tea dye sounds interesting, but I wouldn't DARE!

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    You could meander with red thru the red ribbons;meander with blue thru the blue ribbons;stitch the ditch outline of stars;maybe asmaller stipple in white areas? If you set it aside andlet it"ripen" a few days you will get your creative juices going..It's a great quilt

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