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Thread: Help... how would you quilt this??

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    Help... how would you quilt this??

    I have the quilt all pinned together and now have to decide how to quilt it.. It is a king size quilt 120 x 112 [big] and I am going to try and quilt it on my Brother Dream Creator QV2400 with a 11 inch throat, this will be my first quilt that I will be doing on this machine and this big.. I have quilted other king size quilts but never this big and did them as quilt as you go.

    How would you quilt the horses part of the quilt, I'm not real good at free motion quilting but I do try. I do mostly stippling and loops or something like that..I didn't know how it would look to just go over the horse part and the rest of the quilt all in loops or stippling.. What do you think,

    I'll be letting the quilt rest in my spare bedroom as my hand is kind of sore from putting all the pins in, I bet it will be really sore tomorrow. So I will give it a few days to rest my hand and see what advice you ladies may come up with how to quilt it. Thanks for your help Carol
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    I would quilt the center by following the design in the picture. Outline the horses, outline the grass and sky and use green thread to add detail to the tree boughs. Outline stitch both of the frames and stitch some of the flowers and background in the outer frame. Once the center was quilted I would meander in the cream areas if that is what you are good at. The log cabin and other blocks could be SITD.

    Don't think about how you will get the whole quilt through your machine. Concentrate on the foot square you have under the needle and puddle all the rest of the quilt on the table so there is no drag.

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    You could quilt some horseshoes or something else like that in some of the open areas. I think it is really beautiful and anything you quilt will just enhance it.

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    Oh Tartan, that sounds so good...but I don't know if I can do all that, HUMMM but what the hack I'll give it a try, maybe not as much as you said but some I think I could do..I have a book that shows different stitches for free motion quilting, so I'll look at that and see what I can come up with..

    When you do SITD do you use a walking foot? never did that before but always a first time.. Thanks, I am getting excited about starting on the quilting..

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    I use a SITD foot. Handy little tool! When I tried with a walking foot, I couldn't see where I was going. When I have a panel quilt, I SITD around the panel first, then quilt around the features in the panel with machine embroidery thread. Those green boughs on the trees could be almost thread painted. A loopy meander would do for the rest for me. I dislike doing SITD and haven't mastered much besides flowers and this quilt wants no flowers. I would SITD on both sides of the brown border and do a loopy linear pattern in the green border. I like leaves on a continuous vine.

    Very pretty and well designed quilt.

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    maybe you can free motion quilt the center and hand tie the outer part of the quilt top
    we can make our plans but the out come is in god,s hands nellie diaz

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    I would outline the horse and the features.
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    I agree with the others about outlining the horses/grass/trees.

    For the rest of it, I certainly agree that SITD could look nice. Personally, I usually try to add in some design that ties in with either the fabric or the piecing. An all-over horse shoe filler might look nice. Or you could SITD the colored pieces & do a horseshoe filler in the cream parts. It would add some curves to your quilt, helping to balance the design.

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    I almost never use my walking foot to quilt... Just the free motion foot, even when stitching in the ditch. It eliminates the need to turn the quilt so often. I do use my walking foot for attaching the binding.

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    I will watch this thread with you. Beautiful quilt!!

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    I like Tartan's suggestion; and there are so many possibilities for the space available in the tan color. What an exciting project. You can do just about anything you want with it. I'll be you could do horseshoes, connected with squiggily lines and fmg till your hearts content. Just put it under the needle and have fun, it will come to you as you go along. I would definitely do the frame and outline the center panel sections. (horses, flowers, trees, branches, etc) I know you can do it, just jump in there and get going.

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    the only other suggestion I would have is maybe where the water is some wavey lines suggesting water motion and a few ripples type of rings where the horse is drinking.

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    Your quilt is just beautiful, and I bet it will look good however you quilt it! I have no advice on the actual quilting design, just had to tell you how much I like your quilt.

    I did, however, just recently quilt my first king-sized quilt and I found several good videos online about how to handle the actual size. You might want to google and see if you find them. The best advice I saw/got was to just concentrate on a small space at once and to be sure to support the quilt well so it doesn't shift. I found that putting my ironing board perpendicular to the left of the sewing machine and at the height of my sewing table really helped.

    I was really pleased and surprised at my results. Hope you are the same.

    Again, great quilt!

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