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Thread: How to quilt a Carpenter's Star?

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    I just completed putting together a Carpenter's Star. I'm making it a lap quilt for a friend. Besides SID, how can I quilt it? Where would you put feathers? I do FMQ on my home sewing machine. I've been learning to do feathers, but I'm not good at a wreath. Do you know of any pictures on the board of feathered quilting of a Carpenter's Star? Any suggestions?
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    can we see pictures? that would help with some suggestions.

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    If you feel you are not good at feathered wreaths then do feathers in the borders and continuous curves in the center of all the star points and background units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    If you feel you are not good at feathered wreaths then do feathers in the borders and continuous curves in the center of all the star points and background units.
    When you say continuous curves...do you mean a meandering stipple? Feathers on the borders sounds good. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie B
    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    If you feel you are not good at feathered wreaths then do feathers in the borders and continuous curves in the center of all the star points and background units.
    When you say continuous curves...do you mean a meandering stipple? Feathers on the borders sounds good. Thanks!!

    No, it is a type of outline quilting that outlines focus seam lines. Google "continuous curve quilting" and you will get loads of hits including you tube how to videos. It is one of those types of things that is very hard to explain in words but very easy to understand once you see pictures.

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    not sure about the quilting but the quilt is lovely - oh dear another bookmarked!!!!

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    Beautiful quilt!! the colors are great!!

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    That is a beautiful quilt. Great job.

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    Oooo very pretty! You have been given some great suggestions :D:D:D

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    Your star is soo pretty! I used scrappy fabs on mine and it did not stand out like yours does.. I too do not know how to quilt mine so I will watch for ideas on your thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    That is a beautiful quilt. Great job.
    I totally agree, lovely quilt!

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    OK, here is how I would start
    Those four big solid blocks would get a motif of some sort, maybe a large star or compass. The sides would get a rope or chain pattern, and the smaller solid blocks would get smaller stars. Then the printed pieces would get some stippling perhaps.

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    Love the color!

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    Beautiful quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappycats
    OK, here is how I would start
    Those four big solid blocks would get a motif of some sort, maybe a large star or compass. The sides would get a rope or chain pattern, and the smaller solid blocks would get smaller stars. Then the printed pieces would get some stippling perhaps.
    Those are all great ideas and I so wish I was that good at FMQ...hahaha.

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    If you're not quite ready for FMQ, here's an option that uses a lot of vertical and horizontal lines. Simple curved motifs in the blocks around the center, and then in the inner border a simple curved swirl and the outer border could be funky feathers, bead border or crosshatch. Sorry for the pic - it's really hard to draw with a mouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyVoltenburg
    If you're not quite ready for FMQ, here's an option that uses a lot of vertical and horizontal lines. Simple curved motifs in the blocks around the center, and then in the inner border a simple curved swirl and the outer border could be funky feathers, bead border or crosshatch. Sorry for the pic - it's really hard to draw with a mouse.
    Thank you for not only the ideas, but the picture. Not sure how to do that on my computer, but I'm going to figure it out. What a good way to come up with how you want to quilt!!!

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    Beautiful Carpenter's Star - the colors you used are gorgeous.
    I also have a Carpenter's Star but have been stalled to finish for lack of imagination for quilting. Thanks for all the ideas.
    BTW - please post pics of your finished quilt!

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