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Thread: VERY new - need advice on simple quilt

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    Hi all! I'm brand new to this board, and also really to quilting. Closest I've come so far is some patchwork, but I've never truly quilted. I have a lot of sewing experience, but I have a current project I'd like to tackle and I'm looking for some advice.

    I made the chuppah cover for my brother-in-law's wedding this weekend, and now that it's over, I'm going to make it into a quilt and give it to them as a wedding gift. I would love some suggestions on the best way to go about it. What I have now is basically a 44" wide length of green calico (with a white stripe and all-over chrysanthemum print) bordered by 22" wide white leafy print strips on either side. Backed with white muslin. So it's pretty simple, yet totally meaningful and my new sister-in-law kept saying how much she liked the material, so I don't need to change that. But I do want ideas on how to quilt it nicely (and obviously, something a newbie can do). :o)

    I have one idea, but I'd like to see what advice I get as well! Thanks so much!

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    A picture would help tremendously.

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    I'm new, too, so I don't have advice. Just wanted to say I think that is a wonderful idea!!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    Ok - let me try to get a pic, I think that will be the best way as well. :)

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    If you don't want a basic straight stitch you have a couple other ways to go. As a beginner you can print out patterns and stitch over them onto the fabric or practice and try free motion quilting

    Oh and Welcome to the board :thumbup:

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    welcome from Long Island NY.
    great idea...
    lets see, you can quilt their names and date into the fabric,
    and do borders of flowers, maybe put their name into a heart or..put therie names in a heart and embroiderer,(i do all this by hand) and do the other infor around it. I live on LI and like beach stuff, so I would down load outlines of sea life and quilt that deign into the fabric. try something like that. you could floow the design from the katubah around the edges. let me know what you do

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    Okay!! Here's a picture of it draped over our sofa (and my daughter playing..). Any ideas?
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    lynnie - I LOVE the idea of putting their names and wedding date on it...looks like I need to practice my free motion quilting! First time for everything, I guess. :)

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    go to word, wrte names in a font you like, hand emb on ctr with date, maybe emb or quilt a feathered heart around it. You can uuse outline stitch for all of this, then just quilt lines diagonal avbout 1-1/2" all around. good luch and have fun!!!
    let me know what you do
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    Okay, I'm getting ready to start drawing my design on the fabric. I'm definitely going to do their names & date - you think embroidering this is the way to go? Or should I try quilting it?

    And then do the diagonal lines for the whole rest of the quilt? Or did you mean inside the heart?

    One thing I was thinking of doing is tying the center (the green part), and doing a simple lattice pattern on the sides (the white). Thoughts?

    The other thing I was going to try was to do a meandering with hearts or something all over besides the names & date in center - but is this too ambitious for a beginner? I think I can do it but don't want to risk screwing it up. :) I'm not good at envisioning what it will look like quilted, which is why I'm perfectly happy to do something simple like lines or lattice..I just want it to look really nice!

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    Anyone? :D

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    You can draw your design on paper (newsprint or Golden Threads quilting paper) and pin it to the fabric. Then you just stitch through the paper and remove it when you are finished.

    Try out your ideas on a practice quilt sandwich before you actually start on the real thing. I cut squares about 9 x 9 to practice on. It takes about 20 minutes for your muscles to warm up. You can always use the practice pad as a potholder afterward. I have a lot of strange looking potholders LOL

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    I would cross hatch the center and perhaps do parallel lines of quilting in the border about 1" apart. Stitch in the ditch between the center and border. This will fix tht area and allow you to do a different cross hatching or parallel lines in the border. Since you indicate a need for confidence then I suggest simple.

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