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Old 04-20-2015, 09:29 AM
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This should be such a simple thing but I can't think how to quilt this bugger! It will be a utility/charity quilt so was thinking overall meander with white thread. Then again that seems like a cop out and I feel I should put a little more effort into it. Want to keep the integrity of the white "X's" but feel anything more would be overkill and a FMQ design will be lost in all the colors. Prefer to FMQ on my mid arm since that will be the easiest and fastest. Ideas?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:00 AM
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Here are a few to see the quilting. Luann
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:17 AM
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I don't think meander/stippling would be a cop-out. The whole purpose of the quilting is simply to hold the pieces together and keep the batting from migrating into lumps. And since this is intended to be a utility quilt and not a show quilt or wall hanging, meandering or stippling will serve the purpose quite nicely. Lovely quilt, by the way.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:19 AM
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I would do some type of custom quilting in the white sashing -- ribbon candy, loops or "l and e's" or something like that and then fill each inside square -- you could either do the same fill in all, or separate ones in each. I'd probably go with something curvy since the quilt is so linear. Have fun!
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:25 AM
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If you are in the mood to meander, meander away! Are there any FMQ designs you have a hankering to try? Might be a good stress free time to give them a go.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:38 AM
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I did a similar quilt and just did some "S" shaped designs across (similar to ribbon candy), using a "S" template. I did them to break up the stripes for some texture without overpowering the quilt. I used a somewhat neutral thread.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:18 AM
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i'd use my serpentine stitch to quilt on the white lines. then i'd do a single design in the center of each colored block... probably using my embroidery machine
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
I don't think meander/stippling would be a cop-out. The whole purpose of the quilting is simply to hold the pieces together and keep the batting from migrating into lumps. And since this is intended to be a utility quilt and not a show quilt or wall hanging, meandering or stippling will serve the purpose quite nicely. Lovely quilt, by the way.
I agree nothing wrong with a meander at all.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:24 PM
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It's your life and your time, but if the quilting is just to hold the quilt together and you are giving it away, I'd recommend the meander and go on to your next quilt.

A lot of people who receive charity quilts don't pay any attention to the quilting. What they notice is the design and colors of the fabrics. It takes someone quite a bit more "aware of quilting" than the average recipient of a charity quilt to notice all that work. So, I'd suggest, "Keep it simple". (I left off the last S as it's not very nice to say to a stranger!)
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:09 PM
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I only do meander FMQ. I find that even though I often think the design will overpower my piecing, it never does. It always becomes just another part of the overall quilt, less noticable than the piecing.
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