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Thread: Log cabin quilting designs?

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    Log cabin quilting designs?

    Hi Everyone.... I finally got that big 130 x135 log cabin top done.. now on to the quilting, I got it all sandwiched which was really hard but got it done without to many wrinkles in the back..I had to unpin a few spots and straighten the back, but that part is done and now it sits next to my Sweet Sixteen Sit down machine ready to be quilted..

    I don't know why I am Procrastinating about starting the quilting.. HaHa

    I was going to do feathers in the light part of the blocks but I am just starting to do feather and I am not that good at it, so I thought a all over quilt design would be ok, what do you think just do a all one design something like spiral design or something easy.. I can do the spiral design pretty good.. I really wanted to try something different but like i said I am not that good at other designs on paper they look good.....Do you think I should just try and do the feathers? I would feel really bad if the quilt came out looking bad.. as I put so much work in the top..

    Do you think a all over design or try the feather what would you do..

    I just need a little encouragement haha Thank you...

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    I'll be watching this thread, because I too have a Log Cabin quilt that needs quilting. Not as big as yours though! Is yours scrappy?
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    You go girl, go get 'em. Clap, Clap, Clap.

    I don't know what else to say. I know I sure don't have the stamina or the talent to attempt that.

    I have a Millie long arm, and a bad hip now. My only solution is a $9500.00 purchase of robotic software so I can push a button and watch it go. Right now I'm sending mine to Harriett C. in Southern Indiana. Anxiously awaiting the first one back. But she posted some great stuff the other day, so it should be good.

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    I don't do feathers, I mainly just do FMQ like a large stipple. I love doing it.
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    If it is a traditional Log Cabin, a traditional quilting pattern like Baptist Fan would like nice. There are ways to do it in a continuous way by machine.

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    I've found that the only way to improve something is by practice. I think you should practice your feathers on that big quilt. If you don't do them because you're not good at it, you will never do them, and never get good at it.

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    I agree with dunster. You will be really good at feathers by the time you are done with this and I think you will be very happy that you did the feathers. Don't compromise now! You can do it!

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    I agree about the practice - I can do feathers okay on a practice piece because there is nothing at stake! But everything else is getting better with practice. Once you get in a groove it will all come together. I'm thinking of a sit down - anything good or bad you can tell me?
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    I saw someone's LC quilt on the board the other day and it was gorgeous with feathers. But if that doesn't work.....
    I had my King LC quilted with an overall floral and leaves design. It's so pretty. I know nothing about longarm quilting but what she did was great.
    Good luck! You will surely be toasty warm with that one!

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    Oh wow, that's a big quilt! I completely understand your hesitation about getting started with quilting. If you want to do feathers, go for it. I wouldn't necessarily start in the center, which will be showcased on the center of the bed, though. Perhaps you could start by quilting some of the darker sections, or stitch in the ditch to stabilize the quilt first. I'm assuming you pinned it in a way to avoid having to stop often to remove pins?

    If you change your mind and don't do feathers, an all over design will still look lovely. LCs have such a strong design, the quilting can take a back seat. Also, an all over design may be easier to accomplish with such a large quilt, because once you've stitched an area, you don't have to go back over it.... Feathers (the way I do it ) take a couple passes.
    Good luck, and be sure to post pictures when you're done.

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    Spirals would be perfect! Whenever you have straight lines, you want to use curves. My favorite for a log cabin is the Baptist Fan, because of all the curves. Please show your progress!
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    I like the suggestion of Baptist fan. I understand your hesitancy, as I just completed the quilting on mine...quilt has been in progress for at least 5 years.
    I think you should start on the dark sections with feathers in a thread color that will blend in. By the time you are ready to quilt the light sections, you will be an expert!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jillmc View Post
    I like the suggestion of Baptist fan. I understand your hesitancy, as I just completed the quilting on mine...quilt has been in progress for at least 5 years.
    I think you should start on the dark sections with feathers in a thread color that will blend in. By the time you are ready to quilt the light sections, you will be an expert!
    Wow, your quilt is pretty! And your advice is great.
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    First - and I think most important - it is your quilt! Whatever you decide is the correct decision. Having said that, if you are not comfortable with your feathers and afraid you'l 'mess it up', this might not be the top to practice on. Do something a bit more simple and let the log blocks stand for themselves. Perhaps a spiral in a few of the logs of each block. It does not have to be an allover pattern unless you prefer the squashed down look. Or, depending on the layout, perhaps a diagonal running thru the whole top. I'm sure it will be lovely no matter what you decide.

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    I quilted a log cabin with circles and loved it.
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    Can you post a picture of it so we can offer specific ideas? With it so large, you can do various motifs in different sections.

    I really understand your hesitation. I procrastinated long and hard before quilting my sister's LC quilt because I wanted it to turn out very well, but I lacked skill. However, I wanted to put things in it that would make her smile and would enhance the theme. The theme was love of horses. (It also helps that she lives in a log cabin in Kentucky!)

    In my layout, I had a lot of negative space, so I planned one motif (horse head I free-handed on paper till it was right, then cut it out and then made a template, surrounded by a circle made from a paper plate)---for all of those matching spaces. I also free-motioned a rope/lasso/loop-de-loop design, plus some channel stitching, big horse shoes, etc.

    Use this quilt as an opportunity to improve your skills. Don't stay stagnant. You will get more and more confident. As the Quilting Marine says, "it's only fabric and it's only thread." Do one section at a time, and stop when you get tired or flustered.

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    135 x 135 Holy Cow! That is a large quilt to tackle. I would do something that I would feel comfortable with. The stress of not having it turn out the way I envision would be very stressful for me. All the time spent on such a wonderful quilt deserves the best you can do. There's been good advice here. I agree with others that suggest FM in the darker areas or a more simple design that you are more sure of yourself. Maybe feathers in the dark areas instead of the light. However, "practicing" on a quilt brings on the rewards. It forces you to quilt better than you believe you can. And I have found it really looks pretty darn good when you step back a bit. Whatever you decide good luck to you. What a fun challenge you have ahead. Think how good you'll be after all that "practice". It will be beautiful I'm sure!
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    With a quilt this size, I would hesitate to attempt feathers if I was unsure. Do a design you are comfortable with on this one. Make a throw or twin size & practice the feathers on that.

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    That is a large quilt to tackle...we look forward to photos.
    Jillmc, your log cabin turned out beautifully.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Log cabin quilting designs?

    Here is as far as I got and have been procrastinating but tomorrow I will start on this quilt..Thanks everyone for your advice..
    I am going to try and post a picture of the quilt so far..hope it works..
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    Yay....once you get started, you will relax and have fun! That is a huge quilt, and it must weigh a lot with the pins...can’t wait to see your progress!!!

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    I can't wait to see your progress pictures. Your set-up looks great, and your home also looks cozy and beautiful!

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