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Thread: snowball quilt, quilting suggestions please

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    snowball quilt, quilting suggestions please

    I have just put together a snowball lap quilt, now I need to think about quilting it. I like to machine quilt cos of speed, but can't do free machine quilting so usually stick with Stitch in the Ditch ( or not, cos I can't sew a straight line either lol!!). I would like to emphasise the snowball shapes if possible. Has anyone else tackled this? Any suggestions very welcome, the simpler the better! Thanks in advance.

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    What about drawing a line to follow? I'd draw a line outlining the shape (echo stitching) w/ something like the Frixion pen - then once you put in your stitching, you take an iron to it and it'll disappear.
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    maybe you can go on youtube.com, look for free motion quilting im sure you can find something there
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    draw some (options) on scrap (practice) pieces & try them out until you find something you like-are happy with...it takes practice to machine quilt. a picture would help us think of designs - if you draw your design- then slow down you may be able to follow the lines fairly accurately.
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    When I did a snowball baby quilt, I just stitched along the inside edges of the snowball. I liked how it emphasized the shape of the snowball.
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    It depends on how much quilting you want to do. I like to do a free motion specific design in the snowballs to emphasise them. Certainly 1/4" out from the seam is an option. there are many stencils that would be easy and would work in spaces such as these. Several years ago i made a hexagon (similar to snowball) from print and matching solids. I machine quilted a motif in the solids and 1/4" in the prints as you would not see the design on the print. Check on line for the companies that sell quilting stencils and see what is available.

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    Rather than the " stitching out from the seam, maybe you could try a gentle curve similar to the orange peel. Draw an actual size of your block out on paper & pencil in some "orange peel" type shapes. There would be longer ones probably on the arm of the block & a little shorter ones on the snowball corner seam.
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    Here's a couple of pictures of my snowball quilt. Just stitched a diagional line across the snowballs. Then did an acorn leaf design on the borders.
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    cross hatching comes to mind.Use painters tape and sew alongside or hold a ruler lightly next to your foot. once you quilt the first line make it as wide as the edge of your foot counting stitches then down the other side with foot alongside the line. You count the stitches over to next line to make it easy and equal mine was 5 stitches then down the line

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    Because I don't do free motion quilting I use a lot of decorative stiches either in the ditch or with cross hatching, they are more interesting than just straight stitches (also covers well if you don't always stitch straight).

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    I like stitching 1/4 inside the blocks. just place your foot on the seam lines and stitch. as far as doing straight lines across a quilt, don't. you can do wavy ones instead. that hides a lot and makes an interesting stitching idea. for that, i use my walking foot and just move the quilt to the left and then right and so on as i quilt across it.
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    I did SID in a king sized snowball quilt - since I did this on my dsm, I named this quilt "Snowball Fight"! It was a bday gift for my husband, who loves it, but frankly it's not one of my favorite pieces. It's warm any comfy to sleep beneath though....good luck with your quilting efforts!
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    Thanks everyone, some great suggestions here. And thanks for the pic Hillcountrygal, it helps to actually see how the straight lines look on the snowballs. I might try a combination of a grid but using the wavy line stitch on my machine. I have a walking foot, with a thing you fix to the side so you can measure accurately, but can only use the walking foot for straight stitch or zigzag. If I don't use the walking foot I have terrible problems getting the correct tension to avoid puckering, so lots of options to weigh up! Will try to remember to post a pic when it is finished!

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    The Frixion pen is great but you must realize that you will never be able to remove the ink. Yes, it becomes totally transparent with ironing but if the quilt is exposed to cold, the lines will reappear. Yes, they are removeable again with an iron but "think of it" - any future owners of the quilt might not realize this. I recently learned this the hard way so made a special label and sewed it to the quilt advising that if the quilt gets cold, remove the markings with an iron. There is no and I mean NO stain remover that will remove Frixion ink!

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    How about echo quilting ? Tie quilting in the centers and corners?

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    I Echo Quilt a lot!! Some type of design would be nice in each block also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    When I did a snowball baby quilt, I just stitched along the inside edges of the snowball. I liked how it emphasized the shape of the snowball.
    I really like that idea
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