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Thread: Now what? Help please!

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    Now what? Help please!

    I am making 12" blocks, some with rather large white areas. I thought I could use those for practicing my FMQ, using templates. So I did. Now I'm stuck at what to do with the blue areas. I'm not that good at free motion feathers, I'm practicing but I'm too scared to just go ahead. The blocks are on my design wall and I'm staring at them, not knowing how to proceed. Any ideas?
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    Those are beautiful feathers you did in the white!! Wow!! I think in the blue I'd do a vine with large leaves to go along with the flowers. Also, the FMQ isn't as visible in the print so I don't think you'd need something as detailed as the feathers. Wow--I can't believe you don't think you can do feathers. That's going to be a very pretty quilt.
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    Thank you Jan
    I used templates so they're not my free hand feathers! These were 'easy' but now comes the hard part! The vine with large leaves is a good idea, I will pull out a practice piece and see how it goes.
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    You can do feathers for me anytime - they're beautifully done! Since the white areas are so intricate, maybe just stitch in the ditch around the blue ones?
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    Thank you ArtsyOne

    Sometimes when you look at pictures of blocks you've made it hits you: I thought what if I just stitch around the flowers in the blue fabric. So I did that on one piece and it's looking good. I don't know if I want to do that on all blocks though.
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    Beautiful work. I really like the idea of leaves and vines.

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    Beautiful. Whatever you do will be wonderful

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    Beautiful quilting, you keep it up. I was going to suggest outling the flowers in the blue connecting them with vines of leaves.
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    outlining the flowers is a great idea! love what you've done so far
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    The quilting is fantastic and I think the vines idea is perfect.
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    Oh wow, gorgeous! Your work is fabulous!
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    I'd go with the leaves and vine too. Your quilting is superb!
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    Beautiful I agree with the idea of out linging the flowers.

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    Outlining the flowers is exactly what I'd do. Quilting's not going to show up much on the print, and it'll give you practice hitting the lines you are aiming for. Even if you don't follow the lines exactly, as long as your lines are smooth and flowing, not squiggly, it'll look great.

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    This will be a beautiful MOD Quilt when you are done. If you don't belong to a MOD Quilt Guild you can join them on facebook and post it there and they'll be more than happy to give you ideas and even teach you how to do it if you need help.

    A MOD Quilt Guild is known as Modern Quilt Guilds. They are not traditional, nor contemporary, but more of a free spirit creating there own designs and they primarily use a white background or gray for there canvas.

    Here is the facebook link if you want to check them out.......
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    They started online about five years ago as a group of fiber art friends and it has evolved into an international new type of quild guild. There are chapters springing up all over the world and quite a few springing up in the U.S.
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    Your feathers are just stunning. I wish I could do that. Keep going no matter what it is.
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    Beautiful work - use a template on the blue if you are not comfortable winging it. You do amazing feathers.
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    Can't you find a template to fit the blue blocks? I have never used a template...how do you make these feathers with a template? I know it is transfered to the fabric, but don't you FMQ on the lines?
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    J my opinion but I think your work already is fabulous. I think you could just do stippling in the blue areas and that way it wouldn't detract from your great white block work. I am sure others will have ideas, too. I think you are really great at it already. Or...practice on a scrap piece until you feel comfortable.
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    I vote for vines too

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    Templates or not those are lovely feathers. I like the idea of vines in the blue. Remember the FMQ will be more "hidden" in the blue pattern portion.

    Very pretty.
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    Your quilting is beautiful. I don't FMQ so I can't help you. Sorry.
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    Love your quilting it is beautiful. I like the vine idea also.

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    What kind of template/marking did you do on the white? I would think you could make a half feather template to go on the blue? I would use the seam between the white and blue as the spine and do a half feather in the L shape. It is beautiful so far!

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    Very nice!!

    I would use something linear to sort of "frame" the feathers. The feathered squares need to be the star of the show. Perhaps two narrow lines on each of the edges with one more line down the center - like a matte inside of a frame.
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