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Thread: How to Quilt a Jacobs Ladder

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    How to Quilt a Jacobs Ladder

    Looking for ideas for a quilting motif or pattern for this one. I'm thinking something to echo the diamond shapes? It is 86"x68" and will be quilted on a DSM.
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    I would do a meander or large stipple.

    Beautiful quilt.
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    If you're thinking diamonds, a simple diagonal crosshatch would work. I would vary the distance between the rows of stitching to keep it interesting.

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    ​I also might crosshatch the center following the pattern. Any quilting in the center will not show up very well. I would save the fancy quilting for the neutral border where you can see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing View Post
    If you're thinking diamonds, a simple diagonal crosshatch would work. I would vary the distance between the rows of stitching to keep it interesting.
    Beautiful quilt and I love the colours. IMHO this diagonal crosshatch sounds interesting and I think it will work well. Thank you for sharing.

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    A loopy meander throughout the center in the center with a bit more tight FMQ on the borders might look very nice.

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    Because the quilt is so geometric, I would se a meander.

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    I love the quilt. I would do a meander too, because there is enough to look at just looking at the piecing. I think too much quilting would conflict.
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    I would straight stitch on each side of the diagonal blocks, then on each side of the internal squares. Save your FMQ for the borders, as others have wisely suggested. Love your colors.

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    I would do three lines of diagonal crosshatching, up the edges and middle of the "ladder" part.
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    You will need to do more quilting inside the squares; you could use any curvy fill in there (meander, paisley, loops, etc), or you could quilt in a motif like a feathered wreath or a leaf or something. I would choose something that suits the recipient.

    For the border you could do straight lines parallel to the edge, or gentle waves, or a meander or fill to match the squares.

    I like the subtlety of the pattern with your colours. It feels very natural. Good luck with the quilting!

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    beautiful! everything!

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    The overall fabrics are busy so custom quilting may not show up as well as it deserves. Recommending an overall pattern. This is one of my favorite patterns and you did it in my favorite color. LOVE IT!
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    Beautiful quilt- love the colors. I would keep the quilting simple and perhaps outline the squares on point and then do some appropriate border quilting; ? vines or ?small squares on the diagonal to mimic the center.
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    Love Jennifer 23 suggestions

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