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Thread: Need advice quilting leaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    I attach below a photo of a border that I'm trying to quilt. As you see, the border fabric is of leaves.

    I want to quilt around each leaf. I started hand-quilting, which allows me the greatest control, but I cannot come close to neither an acceptable stitch gauge nor an acceptable rhythm; in addition, it will take more time than I have (quilt to be auctioned 22 May; it's lap size and there are about five yards of this border), and I'm not sure that either my eyes or my hands are "young" enough to get through this process. (P.S. I've never hand-quilted anything before.)
    On the machine, I have only ever done stitch-in-the-ditch with a standard foot. Last night I attempted to attach a generic walking foot (purchased at Hancocks recently) to my 1970s Monkey Wards machine; doesn't fit. I have other feet for this machine, but not a walking foot. There is a "foot" with only a "circle" through which the needle would go.

    I'm thinking of trying free-motion but know nothing about it. And as I look at the pattern, I fear that I'd have to do a lot of stop-start as I jump from one group of leaves to another.

    Basically I think I'm in over my head (not that that's stopped me in the past) and need advice from quilters here.

    Sending to a free-arm quilter is not an option. a) I have no way to compensate her; b) my piecing on this leaves (ahem) much to be desired in places (i.e., I'm embarrassed to have anyone else look THAT closely at it); c) I doubt there's time.

    Suggestions? I really do want to quilt around these leaves.
    The attachment with the circle is a darning foot. You use it for free motion quilting...........

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    Please don't be hard on yourself. You obviously have a good eye for design and color.

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    The pieceing skill thing will happen. Remember, we do this for a creative outlet not to give the quilt police something to do. If anyone disses your piece tell them I said to say "Bite me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    What about doing a lattice pattern, so it looks like the leaves are climbing on a trellis?
    I like this idea!

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    As some others said, you can just tape an index card over the feed dogs. As another person mention also, you can just fmq with the feed dogs up. I have done this on several occasions and found that it kept me from making some of those big darn long stitches when the quilt moved too much while quilting. My stitches we more consistent. Might want to try both ways and see what works for you. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    What about doing a lattice pattern, so it looks like the leaves are climbing on a trellis?
    I like this idea.

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    You've gotten a lot of advice here. Have you decided what to do? I feel like we are almost overwhelming you with suggestions. Can't wait to see a pic of the finished quilt. Good luck.

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    I want to try the fmq but have to fix the feed dogs (feed the fixed dogs?) first. In mean time working on other projects; today I am downtown temping.
    Thanks!

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    If you feed them, they may be more cooperative.lol

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    Unless you appliqued those leaves, don't worry about it.

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    Update:
    Fixed my machine (with a HAMMER, for goodness sake-- the sewing machine equivalent of kicking the TV!)

    So I can now lower my feed dogs, and WHOAH!!! The person who said that it takes awhile to learn FMQ is right!!! I had no idea how tricky it would be. So THAT's not going to happen with THIS quilt.

    I then tried "FMQ" with the feed dogs up in normal position. I can make this work on a small piece of fabric, but not sure I cane make it work on the lapsize quilt. Gotta move the fabric around so much!

    A number of you have lked the idea of a lattice design.

    Could someone point me to a template, or example of a trellis design for the quilting? Thanks.

    -- Jillaine

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    The Hammer ~ that's called percussive maintainance.

    The trellis - Use your ruler to draw diagonal lines both ways across your quilt, you should wind up with diamond shapes. I use Crayola washable markers. They come in great colors that show up on every color fabric. Then just stitch on the lines. Guess you could make them straight across and up & down but I think the diagonal lines would be more appealing to the eye. Good luck. Glad you got your machine fixed.lol

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    would you do the trellis over the top of the leaves or only in the background?

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    Why not some of each? That way it would look like the leaves are growing on both sides of the trellis. Oh, you might want to put two rows of stitching kinda close together to make it look like the wood of the trellis. Then the wider diamond spaces would look like the spaces between. But then again that is twice as much stitching and time and I know you are on a deadline.

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    Why not some of each? That way it would look like the leaves are growing on both sides of the trellis. Oh, you might want to put two rows of stitching kinda close together to make it look like the wood of the trellis. Then the wider diamond spaces would look like the spaces between. But then again that is twice as much stitching and time and I know you are on a deadline.

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