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Thread: How do I quilt this unusual quilt?

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    Senior Member Chay's Avatar
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    Calling all machine-quilting experts: I have made many quilt tops, but now I'd like to try machine quilting the quilt pictured here (front = fused appliques outlined in feather stitch, back has the words Red Shoe Dog on it). For my first-time effort I would like to stitch wavy horizontal lines. My questions are: what color thread do I use? I would prefer not to use invisible thread as this is a baby quilt. If I use wavy horizontal lines, do I stitch right over the appliques or do I stop at the edge of each applique? This pattern is from the book Quilt Baby. Thanks for any and all advice for my novice attempt.
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    I have no suggestions on how to quilt it but wanted to say GOOD JOB :lol:
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    I've never machine quilted so I don't know if this would work or not, but I thought it would look great with echo quilting around the appliques and the wavy lines up to the echo quilting. I bet varigated thread with red and black would be striking on it. It's a beautiful quilt.

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    Really cute quilt!! (But I normally hand quilt so I'm not any help with machine quilting -- sorry!)

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    Firstly I am no expert machine quilter. But hees my 2c worth. If you go with the wavy lines (which I think would look really good) don't go over the applique (just up to the edge). As there are large blocks of colour, I would go for a matching colour thread for each part of the background (black on black etc.)...Ultimately, I think you will hit on something that will look great no matter which way you go.

    Lovely design and great work....Please can we see it when it's finished?


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    No idea but it is cute.

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    Sorry, hand quilter here. nice quilt

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    Very nice quilt. I would approach it a little different. I would stitch around each figure and do a little echo quilting around each, but no more than two or three lines. Between the echo quilting I would do some free hand quilting like small stipples, loops or twirls. I would try to use the exact same color in each area (red on the red area, yellow on the yellow area, etc). I would free hand quilt stars on the sky using black thread.

    Good luck,

    Maria

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    there are some very nice invisible threads that you can't even feel when you try to poke yourself with it

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    Pretty quilt. I like the idea of a combination of suggestions already given. Wavy lines and echo around the shapes. Stars in the sky are great suggestions.
    Whatever you decide....the Quilts seem to tell us once we get going, will be great. You got this far and have done a great job :).

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    Congrats on your quilt top. It is such a fun design and so colorful I would continue with the play. Counter to popular opionion, I think you should use contrasting thread except for the sky area. I can't see the picture now, but I think I remember the yellow strip had blue figures or prerhaps blue was the strip color above it, I would bring the blue color onto the yellow strip. Then maybe it had red with yellow etc. I would repeat this theme, it will provide a unifiying effect. I think you should do a wavy line that echos the appliques as you go across. Keep the lines variable in space between them, some 1" or more apart and some 1/2" or closer. The sky area could be done differently. I would match the background in the sky area unless you want to ech around the stars about an inch from the stars and righ along the edge of the stars. I would continue with the wavy line in black which will give nice texture. The closer together the lines are the more ripply it will look and the stars will pop out.[img]

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    That is so cute. I would use matching thread and not quilt through the appliques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I've never machine quilted so I don't know if this would work or not, but I thought it would look great with echo quilting around the appliques and the wavy lines up to the echo quilting. I bet varigated thread with red and black would be striking on it. It's a beautiful quilt.
    I like this idea. What a cute quilt!

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    First, I would quilt in the ditch around each of the applique pieces. Depending on the size of the applique pieces, I might do some echo quilting within the applique using 1/4" to 1/2" intervals, again depending on the size of the applique pieces. This would look especially nice in the star pieces. Then I would just do some wavy patterns or flattened cloud patterns in the remaining background of the quilt, avoiding the applique pieces. I would not worry about quilting around the letters on the back of the quilt. Just forget they are even there and quilt away. Depending on the look you are going for and your confidence level, you could choose contrasting, matching or invisible thread. If your confidence level is high and you want the quilting to stand out, use a contrasting thread color. Otherwise, use a matching or invisible thread.

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    I don't like the look of the applique not quilted....I've tried it and it seems to puff out from the rest of the quilt. One thing I have tried is wavy lines thru the whole thing to anchor. It works qu

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    Chay, if you have some Glad Press n Seal, you could do a design on it, with colored markers, and then slide that on the top of quilt, to get an idea of what your stitches might look like. I personally would not go through the appliques, and I wouldn't use any invisible thread on a baby quilt, just mho. :wink:

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