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Thread: Kaleidoscope stuck! =)

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    Kaleidoscope stuck! =)

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    I am a lurker . . . I was hoping to get some ideas! This will be the largest top I try to quilt, and it will be the second that I have tried free motion on. The first with a free motion foot! My first free motion was a small baby quilt, and I used my walking foot. I have quilted many lap quilts with ditch stitching, but that just doesn't seem right for this guy. The blocks are nine inches.

    Any suggestions on a style that will look good on my kaleidoscope, and still be manageable for my big debut? ;0) There is such wisdom and experience on this board~ !!

    Thank you so much!
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    How about something easy like a meander? No pattern to follow. Be sure to practice your meander on paper first. Really helps to get you into the "motion."
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    Oh, I forgot to say "Welcome Aboard!" Lots of great people and information here!
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    Welcome! How about circles?

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    I like your quilt. I kept looking at it and then saw big stars on it. What is the name of that pattern and who makes it? No ideas about quilting it, sorry.
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    It is a kaleidoscope! Just two colors; I used the template by Marti Mitchell. It went together more easily than I had imagined, and the cutting wasn't too terrible once I got the hang of it! =)

    What color thread would i use? The back is a deep red, the binding will be the same. Is a meander like stippling, but bigger? Would circles be like bubbles?

    I thought I would make a couple of pot holders today, and play with 'driving' and quilting. I know I'll need to make sure my tension is correct, too.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I need all of the help I can get!! =))

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    What about something like this or maybe this

    Make sure you post a picture when you finish it. And Welcome to the board. You will find lots of great advise here.

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    Here's what I did and I think it brings out the circular look!

    Show us what you decide!
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    I was also thinking about something to accentuate the "circles," so I like Kitsie's idea. I'd use a thread the color of your green. It will blend better than you imagine with the tan. You can audition the thread by taking a foot or two off the spool and laying it on the quilt. It will look a bit darker when you quilt since it sinks down into the fabric.

    Be sure and post your finished picture.

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    That is a beautiful quilt. Moves a lot, I love it. Kristie's idea is good.
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    Welcome to the board. That is a great quilt. I like Kristie's idea too to help accentuate the movement. Look forward to seeing your decision after it is finished.
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    Diane, I really like the brown picture! That is very cool, and I (*think I*) can manage it. Then I saw Kitsie's, and I like that too!!

    It seems like the circle idea might be a little more forgiving, for my first real try. Am I wrong about that?

    And Kitsie, thank you for posting both pictures, it made it easy for me to 'see', but I do have a question. . . on the top picture, not every block has quilting. But on the 'real' quilt, it looks like each one does . . . I don't imagine well, so I am having trouble 'seeing' the whole thing . . .

    Should I match the red backing with red thread, or go for contrast and use tan or green? No bits or pieces in the back, just all the same fabric.

    thanks everybody! I am tickled that yall think it looks that good . . . I was thinking it didn't have any 'oomph' =)

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    I really like it! And I think using Kitsie's design for quilting will give it the oomph you think is missing. Maybe even use the red for the quilting?
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    Or red thread on the top and tan on the back...contrast on both sides that way.
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    Lara, the first picture is one I just scanned off from somewhere and drew the design on it to give me an idea. You notice on the finished one that I added a concave square in the center of the other block too. I did this just with my regular machine. The gentle curves are easy to do. Think I did half-circles at a time so I didn't have to turn it so often! Hint - if you can take a picture or scan a corner of your quilt, you can practice drawing some designs. Draw one to size on a piece of regular copy paper and try sewing on that - easy, easy! Saves a lot of unpicking, too!
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    I actually have a blank paper kaleidoscope pattern, i could draw on. I really like your pattern Kitsie - I am going to play with that tomorrow!! =)) maybe make an extra block 'sandwich' just to test!! =))

    thank you so much!

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    Your quilt is beautiful. But, you said you did FMQ with a walking foot? Did you mean a FMQ foot? I like all the suggestions so far for the quilting.

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    Glad I could help! Let me know if I can be of service again! Don't know how big your blocks are, mine are 6 1/2". Can't wait to see what you do!
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    my blocks are nine inches (I am pretty sure! lol). and yes, i did free motion with a walking foot! it was . . . interesting! I had several different sized blocks, with 'blank' space filling in. It was actually a pale blue seersucker, so it was nice to me, when I was slow with turning! I did small sections at a time, and stopped often to shift. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture. =/. It was to help raise money for my kids' school. I knew I couldn't try that again without an upgrade! =)

    I did not try out my new foot today . . . tinkering with another quilt in progress! I'll want to get more input, on MORE tops that are 'waiting' ;0)

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    My machine has a built in walking foot and I don't do free motion but I was well able to do the simple curves! Good for you! This design specially with your larger blocks could easily be done with any old foot unless you like FMQ - scares me to death!

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    my blocks are nine inches (I am pretty sure! lol). and yes, i did free motion with a walking foot! it was . . . interesting! I had several different sized blocks, with 'blank' space filling in. It was actually a pale blue seersucker, so it was nice to me, when I was slow with turning! I did small sections at a time, and stopped often to shift. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture. =/. It was to help raise money for my kids' school. I knew I couldn't try that again without an upgrade! =)

    I did not try out my new foot today . . . tinkering with another quilt in progress! I'll want to get more input, on MORE tops that are 'waiting' ;0)
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    The pattern almost looks like a winding ways without the curves but gives the illusion of curves

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    I can't get over the motion in your quilt. I kept going back and looking again and again, until I finally felt cross-eyed and said "quit". It is a beauty!
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    I just did my first free-motion quilting without marking the top. It was a spider web design on each block. It was very forgiving of any mistakes. I used clear YLI monofiliment on the top and a thin thread in a color that matched the back fabric in the bobbin.

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    Thank you Donna B!! That is the sweetest compliment. Had to get milk yesterday, and today the kids have a half day at school =/. Don't see me sewing much. =( sigh.

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    What a lovely quilt. Please post it again when it is finished. I like Kitsie's design.

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