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Thread: How do you decide?

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    Super Member Happy Linda's Avatar
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    Thanks for this topic. I ordered this book from Amazon. It is a big thought process for me to decide how to quilt my quilt. I usually study it and my then look through my literature to come up with a design. And ask friends. They have idea's that I don't have.
    Linda

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    Good Luck and thank you for posting this question.....lots of great info on this....thanks again

    I had heard there is a book that shows how different quilting looks on the same quilt but never knew the name

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    This is a wonderful idea!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I hate the words "quilt as desired". What I desired are some guidelines! I bought a yard of clear tablecloth plastic and a dry erase marker. I can draw a quilt design on the plastic and place it over the quilt top to preview my quilt designs. It isn't fool proof but it does help me.

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    I think it's like everything else...practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to make a poor choice. You'll get another chance to improve it next time if you aren't pleased with your choice. Also, keep in mind that busy fabrics don't require lots of intricate quilting because it just won't show up as much as if the fabrics were solids or marble.

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    It depends on the pattern and the use of the quilt. If its a charity quilt, I usually use a meander or swirls. If the pattern or material calls for a more complicated quilting pattern I let the fabric give me ideas. The quilting should enhance the quilt not detract from it. IMHO

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    Wow...good advice from all of the above! That's why I love this board! Just starting to FMQ, and have a lot of UFOs to practice on. These are all for me, but if I do well, they may become charity quilts or gifts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    There are lots of books and articles on this subject. I got started with Rodale Press's book on machine quilting. One thing you can do is print out a photo (probably in B&W) and try drawing on it with a pencil. Some quilts do best with SitD. If you have a fairly large rectangular or round "blank" area, that could be good with a feathered wreath (or feathered heart) Sometimes, the key is to make the quilting fit the rKecipient. Early on, I tried writing in FMQ. For one highly religious friend, I wrote Bible quotes around the Dresden plate I made him.

    There are many sources for excellent design ideas. For example, look at Charismah's spectacular work on this site. Of course, your first work won't look like hers, but use it as an inspiration. I suspect there are several mini classes on FMQ available on U Tube.

    Don't expect to like everything you do. I recently tried quilting in a forest, hated it and started over with irregular feathers. RELAX. Draw out the pattern you decide on full scale. I have expert friends who do this with markers on newspapers. This will help you feel comfortable when you actually get started.
    Thanks for the good advice, QM. I hadn't thought about drawing the quilting pattern on a black and white photo.

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