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    I've gotten this far....

    ...with this collage, but I can't seem to find a lot of information about what to do now. I've read a lot of "Quilt as desired." and "Meander to catch in edges" and "Place tulle over and quilt down." and "Never use tulle." and that's about it.

    So, I'm at a bit of a standstill. Maybe I'll come around to a meander, but so far I can't see it.

    Any ideas?

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    It's a gorgeous job! I can't think of anything other than outlining around the shapes with clear thread. I would be afraid to do anything with it if it were mine-I'd be afraid to ruin it. David Taylor does pictoral applique. He does small stippling all over his pieces. Maybe you could check out his work.
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    He (?) is awesome. Great choices of fabrics.

    IMO - it does not need any quilting to emphasize anything because your design and fabric choices are so good.

    If anything, how about a bit of "thread painting" using the way the hair naturally goes/grows as your guide.

    If you feel compelled to do any stitching on the background, use vertical stitching to emphasize the board effect.

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    I just checked David's site. It's really hard to tell how his things are quilted unfortunately. His older works had small stippling all over them (he brought them to a class I took). It looks like his more recent things are quilted with more flowing thread movement. I'm sure whatever you end up doing will look wonderful.
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    Amazing! Beautifully done.

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    Wow, a beautiful work and very happy looking doggie. Sorry; I am no help as to the quilting.

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    Wow, beautiful job. Your fabric choices could not be better. I don't think you could do anything to take away from this piece. Anything you decide will be perfect!
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    That sounds perfect bearisgray! I could see it that way. Love the way the quilt shows a personality of the dog. Great job!

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    He (?) is awesome. Great choices of fabrics.

    IMO - it does not need any quilting to emphasize anything because your design and fabric choices are so good.

    If anything, how about a bit of "thread painting" using the way the hair naturally goes/grows as your guide.

    If you feel compelled to do any stitching on the background, use vertical stitching to emphasize the board effect.
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    That is absolutely beautiful, Watson. You mastered the expression and especially the eyes, which can be very hard.

    When I took a collage quilt class, I got to see the quilts up close. Laura Heine tends to quilt hers in straight lines unevenly spaced with very fine thread. It seems to quilt them without disturbing the design. I've also seen the very fine tulle used. If you get the fine bridal tulle type, its barely visible.
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    I am in awe of your creativity, design & composition - and agree with the other ladies that the quilting should simply enhance your already gorgeous collage. I'm certain whatever you choose to do it will be a fabulous finish! Can't wait to see what you do

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    That is just beautiful. I would use tulle to keep the pieces in place, fine, maybe very light gray or black. The background verticak type of pattern; the dog following the contours. Whatever you do, it will look gorgeous.
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    Those eyes get me every time ... You've really captured Atlas in every way!
    I might even seen some familiar fabrics in there.

    I've left you some notes on your other two threads.

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    Watson, this is perfect as it is! What a beautiful dog...!! You captured the soul of him! He looks so alive! I can't give you any advise because your talent is so much above my skill set.

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    That's gorgeous Watson!

    You don't have to use tulle unless you want to. If you do, then I suggest you use a black tulle as the darker the tulle the more it fades into the background and it is less likely to change the apparent colors.

    You could also use a very fine (like 100 wt.) thread to stitch around all the pieces to hold them in place. I use Invisifil thread (100 wt. polyester) it's very nice thread and my Sweet Sixteen handles it very well. It comes in a variety of colors, but I think you could get away with just a black, a silver/gray and a red. I think I recall that you said you'd purchased a Tiara? if so, that's pretty much the same machine as my Sweet Sixteen. If you have the horizontal thread spool attachment, then you will need to use that if you get spools of invisifil--- the thread on the spools snags on the ends of the spool if you try to use the vertical thread holders. If you don't have the horizontal spool attachment then get the cones (they come in a mini cone) and those work fine on the machine's vertical thread holders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMerkleFamily View Post
    I am in awe of your creativity, design & composition - and agree with the other ladies that the quilting should simply enhance your already gorgeous collage.

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    Collage is not in my particular skill set but for quilting you could consider a wood grain pattern in the background and I agree with some thread painting in the fur. He is a real sweetie. For the fur I would use a 100 wt. then texture would show up well without a lot of thread build up. Like everyone else says do your thing.

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    It is gorgeous. Could you put it in a frame under glass? I wouldn't think you would have to do anything else to it.
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    I think thread painting through the batt and backing flattens out the design too much. So I'd put a removable stabilizer under the head, and thread paint before making the sandwich. And I discovered this by the........ method.

    I like the 100 wt invisible thread idea. I don't think it's necessary to define the hairs with thread painting. The expression is great on your dog.

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    Check out the Facebook group called Collage Quilter. I joined this group for inspiration, wanting to do my first collage quilt, still working on it. So many ideas, kind of like this board. If you post your picture and ask the same question you will get lots of info. Or just scroll through. Love your beautiful dog!

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    Absolutely ga-ga over this quilt, Watson! You got the expression perfect, complete with the catchlight in his eyes. I also love how you nailed the detail of the shadow on his tongue. Bravo. I don't think it needs tulle. I'd have to see it first to judge for sure, but it seems to me it could land on just the wrong places and cover up what it so good.

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    great job!
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    If you haven't discovered this site yet give it a try. There just might be some inspiration here. In an art quilt, you will want to go in your own direction but some basic ideas and jumping off points can be helpful.

    Love your project so far.
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    Have you seen the Heat N Bond Iron on Vinyl? Missouri Star has a video using this product. I have a lot of antique hankies I want to use to make 2 quilts. I originally planned to use tulle to help protect the hankies. When I saw the video using the vinyl I decided this may be the best way to go, I've priced the product with ranges of $19.95, $11.95 and the cheapest at Hobby Lobby for $9.99, for the same size roll. It is washable, but I don't for see the quilts being washed a lot as they would be heirlooms. It comes in a roll 17"x 2 yards. You might want to check out the video.

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    Awesome quilt. Check out rachelwright.com I bet you could get some ideas there. I just love all your work.

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    That is wonderful!!! I love it.
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