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Thread: How to quilt?

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    How to quilt?

    Hi Everyone,

    I have just finished a top that has 4 squares made up of 21 x 21 mini (1") squares. The large squares have smashing between them and are set 2 on top and 2 on the bottom.... Got the picture????

    My question is... How do you think I should quilt this..... Meander would not be suitable.... Oh and the mini squares are made up of 10 different colours radiating outwards from the centre.... Sort of rainbowish!!!!!!

    HELP!

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    Sorry, tried yo post a picture from my iPad and it did not work.

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    perhaps a very simple stitch in the ditch, so nothing detracts from the piecing and design.
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    With out a pic. its hard to say but what about radiating lines from the center or a spiral from the center of each block .

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    Like mini-Trips Around the World?

    I think SITD would distract from the pattern.
    You end up looking at patches instead of the TATW.

    I like mary's suggestions. They are good in that they accentuate the different colored bands, which is the design.

    If you just want straight lines and no FMQ, then you can do concentric lines every (or every other) band.
    (white lines are the stitching)

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    Don't have a suggestion, but love the image of ..."The large squares have smashing between them". Some of my quilts have smashing in them too ;-)
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    Hi Guys

    Here is a picture of one of the squares.... can you see my problem.... also, as well as how to quilt, any ideas on what colour thread would be great!

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    Oh.... I have used blue SMASHING - LOL LOL LOL!

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    Come on guys....

    Any ideas gratefully received!

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    what about feathers, on the diagonal? do them evenly across the blocks so that they seem to be an overall pattern that will not detract from the effect of your beautiful rainbow.

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    I like MTS's suggestion - the concentric lines within bands. Will the batting you've used let you get a way with far-apart quilting lines? I think I would minimize the quilting as much as possible, to let the piecing shine! Maybe use a couple of different colours so that the thread disappears into the fabric?

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    I like the combination of two of the suggestions ... diagonal feathers and alternating diagonal lines.

    I would place the feathers in yellow to red sections - a complete "diamond" and in the setting corners. In the purple/blue/green sections place one or two lines again on the diagonal "diamond". SITD around the whole block. As for the "smashing" () not sure how wide it is - if it needs to be quilted. If it does ... perhaps diamonds would draw all the 4 large squares together.

    Lovely piece!!
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    Cross hatching might work and I would suggest invisible thread like the charcoal Sulky.

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    Figure 8s in the round.

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    Hi Guys,

    Love all the suggestions, but I think I really like MTS's suggestions and as they are only 1" squares I could quilt that far apart.... as for the smashing... there is a little twist on that.... when I post the finished item you will see what I mean.

    Thank you all for your help, I will hopefully quilt tomorrow or Saturday and post a picture!

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