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Old 05-30-2013, 07:47 AM
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Hi All -- Attached is a pic of a quilt top just finished last night. Quilting on my Singer 301A and I'm a novice, so not sure best design to do.

Thought about stitching a heart in each of the green blocks and outline stitch 1/4" inside the purple border of each block. Also maybe the same in the white blocks with the lavender wisteria, but not sure that's a good idea. Also thinking of a row of hearts all around the green border.

The pic doesn't reflect the true color of the quilt. It's a beautiful deep purple with lime green and white/lavendar wisteria with green leaves.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks,

Julie
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:24 AM
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This quilt is lovely. I am thinking that you could do whatever design you wish on it. An all over meandering would be nice too. Or you could try out a orange peel or clam shell all over the quilt too. Just think of the quilt as a whole piece of cloth and do a floral meandering. You could read a machine quilting instructional book. There are many of them out there. I started out with "Machine Quilting Solutions". You see, you have learned the piecing, now you must learn the quilting part. There are all types of quilting. There is the type for an everyday quilt, a upgrade to a nice quilt for when guests are there, and then there is the Oh My Goodness quilting for the shows. When you determine the function of the quilt, then you will know how you want it quilted.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:28 AM
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I forgot... There is the option of doing a stich in the ditch with a walking foot. That just might be the easiest for a beginner quilter. It seems to me that is how I started out.
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i was thinking stitch in the ditch with the plain blocks stitched like the pieced blocks
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http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...on-a-grid.html now the second one is what I would do-see the pink stitches? http://www.handiquilter.com/blog/ind...plates-part-3/ you do this going down the quilt, one curve at a time to the right, then the left, over and over. . get to the bottom and travel over and up the next seam to the top, travel over and down, then up. and so on. then do across the quilt. I would to this in all the green squares. you can do the 1/4 inside the pieced ones. good luck.
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Beautiful quilt. I almost always do a large stipple or meander.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:06 AM
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these are great suggestions....I think I may try the clamshell design as it woul soften the edges of the blocks. Can I get that clamshell template at Joann's?
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Originally Posted by Stitch124 View Post
these are great suggestions....I think I may try the clamshell design as it woul soften the edges of the blocks. Can I get that clamshell template at Joann's?
No, those clamshell templates are for quilting with a longarm machine. You wouldn't be able to use them with a domestic unless you had it mounted on a frame but even then they are made for the hopping foot of a LA to ride next to them. You may be able to find a clamshell stencil at Joannes that you would use to premark the quilt then follow the marked lines.
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You don't really need to purchase a template, you can make your own. I generally find a round object, glass, cup, saucer, plastic lid from butter, get the idea. Use that to either mark directly on the quilt top or use it to make a template with several curves on it. Favorite is the plastic lids as i can mark on them or cut to make a registration or other mark to line it up.

Lovely quilt you have made.
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Oh my - you ladies are such artists!! I am intimidated everytime I look at your pictures - - they are all just awesome!
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