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Thread: How would you quilt this?

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    How would you quilt this?

    This is my most ambitious quilt. Since the picture was taken I've fixed the four-patch that was turned wrong, and added a border. Previously I've done my own quilting and am pretty much a minimalist (SITD, cross-hatch), but I've never done one this large and I plan on taking to my LQS. When I take it in and they say what do you want done, I have no idea what to tell them. And what color thread should I use? Picture with bonus quilt inspector. I can't put a piece of fabric on my cutting table or a quilt on my floor without Reggie making himself comfortable.

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    This is really pretty, love your colors. Is there a name for this pattern or is it your own design? Hopefully, your long-armer will have suggestions for the quilting and thread color.

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    With the white background, I would go with white thread. I'd ask to see their all over designs and pick one with swirls. You quilt came out lovely. That pattern has been on my bucket list for a while. Love the white w/ batiks.
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    I think white thread would maintain the lovely crispness of the white with the vibrant colors. You could consider outlining the "petals" with a curved line with some kind of simple lines inside and then use another shape to fill the interior of the diamonds. This design is generally how I am going to quilt my Celtic Solstice which has very similar shapes.

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    I just wanted to say how beautiful your quilt is! And the inspector sure looks comfy after finishing the inspection. Sorry no quilting ideas, but I'm sure the LA'er will have ideas.
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    This is a beautiful quilt. I love the scrappy look with the design showing quite prominently. What is the name of the pattern?

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    There is nothing like cat hair to add to a great quilt. lol. I have always liked all over patterns for quilting. As far as the thread color, I would use a bright variegated. Take advantage of the bright fabrics. I love it, the pattern, the colors, everything. please be sure to show some pictures with closeups when it is all done.
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    I think the quilt is such a beautiful pattern that I would just do an all over meander - the quilt itself needs to stand out not the quilting - and with the color and the pattern - you probably wouldn't see much of the quilting anyway - it will be cheaper for the meander also. I think you will be very happy with the result - it is a beautiful quilt.

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    Any all over quilting would be beautiful - maybe swirls? Did you use Tri-rec rulers for the triangles? What pattern is this? Love the colors and design.
    Linda

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    I love your quilt!!

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    Beautiful quilt! I would use white thread, and some sort of curvy design.

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    I have done this pattern twice, and love it even more every time ! The first one I did all over stipple with white thread. The second I got a little more creative with. Name:  DSCN3046.jpg
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    Your quilt is beautiful! The quilting part is always a challenge for me -- in my dreams I would quilt it like slightlyoffquilter; but I'm not that good!

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    I just wanted to add that I also love your quilt top! It is beautiful!

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    Did you ask Reggie's opinion?? I have always loved straight stitching with white thread so that the quilting does NOT distract form the beautiful fabrics you chose. I would also SITD in the curves.
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    Your quilt top is BEATIFUL! Love the colors and the detailed piecing you did to achieve the secondary patterns.

    You should be able to have a good conversation with your longarmer who should be able to recommend different options for the quilt as far as patterns and thread choices.

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    thanks for the compliments and ideas. I first saw it on Love of Quilting, It's Liz Porter's "Emily's wedding quilt" although I downloaded the free version on their website called "aunt gracie's garden" instead of buying Liz's version. It consists of the 54-40-or-fight block and the shoo fly block. I did not use the tri-recs rulers. I tried those once upon a time and the block came out wonky. I used Deb Tucker's ruler for the triangle in the square blocks and Eleanor Burns' method for the HSTs. I prefer making oversized blocks and cutting to size.

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    Beautiful job. .....

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    I love the pattern and colors, where might I find the pattern? With instructions I am still new to quilting I have not done curves yet but would love to try.
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    Your quilt is beautiful.
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    I'd do a larger meander with lots of loops in it, to off set all the straight angles. It's something you can do on your machine, too, as its not hard to do! Just finished a queen done that way.

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    I'm not sure about the edge-to-edge, but I saw this variegated Aurifil #4651 28wt thread used at my LQS today & it looked really nice. Blends well with pretty much everything & picks up a couple of the colors in your quilt.
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    Depends on your budget! If you're able to do a custom or light custom rather than an all-over, I'd be might tempted to use a 'celtic' design. Here are some examples from Ann Bright designs (not affiliated, but love her designs!) - http://www.annebright.com/shop/search/?keywords=celtic - either an allover (pantograph) or one of the designs in the 'block', with line dancing in the little squares surrounding the block, and feathers in the white circular areas.

    I'd ask for a light thread - have your long-armer puddle some different threads on the quilt so you can see how it will show up when quilted.

    Your long-armer will have suggestions for sure, ask for ideas. They may have samples of designs they've done before. One of the things I like to do - I have a piece of plastic (think of the plastic used to cover tablecloths) that I've bound with painter's tape (so I know where the edges stop) - I use crayola washable marker to audition potential designs - draw them out - to preview how they look on the quilt.

    Have a good discussion with the long-armer, be sure you understand and agree with the quilting plan!

    Beautiful quilt!
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    I don't know about the quilting but your quilt is beautiful.

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    Of course Reggie has to inspect your fabric as well as your projects, it's part of their nature to be curious. Your quilt is beautiful, however, I do not have any ideas for how it could be quilted, as I'm a SID and crss-hatching quilter.

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