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Thread: Ideas please!!

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    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
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    I don't think SID would look bad. Go for it!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Have you considered outlining the owls using your sewing machine regular stitch (or make your stitch length a tiny bit longer). It's almost like stitch in the ditch - without the ditch! As long as your tension is good you can slowly stitch around these little guys on the back and the front will show the quilted outline of the owls - very cute!

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    I only do SID and grid patterns. I really like the way the grids look. You can start in the upper left corner and go through each block diagonally til you get to the bottom right corner. Then go over maybe two blocks and repeat til you've done the whole quilt. Also this way you are starting and stopping on the edge where it won't seen (I'm not very good at starting and stopping within the quilt neatly). If you did every block, that would be too much. I'm scared to FMQ and don't have the patience to practice, practice, practice like everyone suggests. It is a very pretty quilt and your neighbor will love it. I think light pink would be perfect, or white.

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    what about cross hatching it? that is what i do with a lot of the baby quilts i do when i machine quilt versus hand quilt.

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    I wonder if a Big Foot would work with your machine. I bought one similar to this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Free-motion-Da.../dp/B004ZMD6HS
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    I am new at all of this and have only read of one other person besides myself doing this, but have you thought about quilting your backing, maybe just meandering around the lovely owls, not really outlining them. I did this for my first quilt the back was all cars, the top looked very nice. At least according to everyone who has commented on it. It is posted under (pictures forum as "Christopher's Quilt". You have to look at the second posting in order to see both sides. Like I said I am new at all of this. OH! You quilt is very pretty for a little one and I love the owls.

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    What about quilting around the owls on the back instead of the blocks on the front?
    Jeanie

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    When i first started to quilt i did only straight lines up and down and side ways...and they all turned out good and i used varagated thread... so do what ever you like it will also look good....i eather SID or do 1/4 in on each side if the seam...

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    Why not quilt from the back and outline the owls. I think it would look awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmers14 View Post
    I LOVE piecing the top of a quilt but when it comes to the actual act of quilting, it terrifies me!! I am so afraid of messing it up or afraid of it not looking good! Anyone else feel this way??? I just can't visualize what it will look like done.

    I have made lots of blankets in the past but this will only be my second quilt and I really wanted to try free motion quiliting and do a meanderring (sp?) pattern but I have an old machine and I am having a hard time finding a FM foot that will fit my machine and I am running out of time to keep searching for one because the quilt is for my neighbor who is due to have her baby any day! So I need some ideas of how I can quilt on this pattern. My first quilt I SID but I wasn't sure that would look good on the backing fabric of this quilt. Any ideas would be appreciated!!
    Try Brubakers for the foot you need.

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    I think the SID option or diagonal lines (x's on each square), in pink thread if you like, would be just fine. I don't think the little owls would be look bad at all with that treatment. If you have a scrap of the owl fabric, you could make a little sandwich and test what it would look like.

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    I would cross-hatch it. The geometric design formed by the straight lines would look good on the square blocks. Great color choices, btw!

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    Perfect quilt for cross hatching.
    Each day is a blessing, so do something you love each day.

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    Have you considered quilting from the back? Maybe a meandering pattern going between the owls? That would highlight the owls and not cut any of them in pieces like SITD would.
    I hope you let us know what you decide.

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    When I was first learning to FMQ, I found that using variegated thread helped hide any boo boos. Lines that aren't quite as smooth as you may want themto be won't even be noticeable. I agree with what others have said about not doing your first FMQing on that quilt especially since you want to give it as a gift. Also, if you will not be using a machine on a frame, it would be much better to start on small quilt sandwiches and work up to something bigger.
    Keep us posted and good luck!

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