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Old 09-02-2018, 07:32 AM
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A dear friend of mine lost his mother a few months ago. His mom was a quilter, this ( queen size) quilt was the one she was working on. She had it sandwiched and basted for quilting.
Live been asked to finish it up- quilt and bind it for his dad to keep.
they know Iím a longarm quilter. Iíve had it loaded for 2weeks now and just am not sure how to proceed.
any suggestions? I really need to move forward on this- time is rushing by & I have a king size commission I need to get busy on.
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:53 AM
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That's beautiful. I love all the different fabrics. Have you thought about echoing the petals to emphasize her stitching?
Or maybe in the ditch around the center?
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:15 AM
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I'd do one long loop in each of the petals, and then either stipple the white triangles or echo quilt the curved lines inside them.

Look at the petals of this sunflower that Eleanor Burns did, to see an example of the long loop:

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Old 09-02-2018, 08:28 AM
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In I like the long loop idea, the Eleanor Burns sunflower is perfect. I even like the tendrils around the flowers. I didn’t want to do really dense quilting on it and I think this is perfect. Thank you!
I’m thinking about doing a facing on it instead of binding since there will be all those curves around the edges.
I will share again when I get it finished.
Now that I have inspiration I need to get in there & get started.
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​Since you have a longarm, I would remove the basting and load it to see if some of the fullness would come out. I then might quilt the white background to let the flowers pop up to disguise any fullness.
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Old 09-02-2018, 02:48 PM
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​Since you have a longarm, I would remove the basting and load it to see if some of the fullness would come out. I then might quilt the white background to let the flowers pop up to disguise any fullness.
thank you for the advice Tartan. I wasn’t sure about the fullness issue. The person who basted it for her didn’t do a great job & I already spent a couple hours fixing a couple places - should have gone ahead & taken it all out then. I was ( reluctant) to do that because she trimmed everything really close to the edges. I sewed ( leaders) to each end to give me some room to work- the edges have about 1/2” of backing & less batting. I don’t know why she trimmed it so close before it was quilted. I know the person who basted it did this, the ( owner) passed away before she got it back- & her husband wasn’t sure why they gave him a bunch of cut away batting.
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I hope the quilting goes well for you.
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I'm not a long armer, but what if you just did an echo around all the elements? It would be pretty, wouldn't take forever (I don't think) and the family would be happy with it. Or were you thinking E to E?

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Old 09-03-2018, 05:48 AM
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You might watch Episode 39 Best of both worlds- Quilting out fullness on YouTube by Linda Taylor. Maybe she has some ideas on tackling that quilt. I wish you luck and I am sure the family will be grateful for whatever you can do to rescue it.
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That is a gorgeous pattern. I too was thinking echoing everything. Be sure to post a final pic when you are done.
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