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Can't See the Forest for All the Batiks!

Old 03-30-2012, 09:50 AM
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Default Can't See the Forest for All the Batiks!

My sis-in-law whipped up this top in just a day, but then we spent a couple weeks discussing the quilting and then I practiced on dry erase boards and my niece's Magnadoodle, until I thought I could quilt it on the longarm. Finally I got started, doing stitch in the ditch over the entire quilt, and then going back and filling in the leaves in the cream and alternating trees and swirly leafy shapes on the big batik squares. Finally I went back and quilted the dark brown. Originally we had planned to switch to brown thread, so that's why I saved it for last. Then, after all of that, the trees are completely invisible and I can barely see the swirly leafy shapes. Oh well, it looked really pretty on the whiteboard!

The second picture shows the only tree that is even a little bit visible.

The pattern is BQ. I don't know what that stands for unless it's Big Quilt. The blocks were really big. I had to constantly advance the quilt a little at a time to finish the brown frames.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:58 AM
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What a great way to show off batiks. I have a collection of asian prints--this would work well for them. Thanks for the idea!
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great quilt and wonderful quilting
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:06 AM
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Ooh, I like that very much, and that quilting ....to die for!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:10 AM
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This is a cool quilt! I made this using browns like this and bg blocks of diff zebras..my grandson loved it. I had it quilted with all kids of wild animals in it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:26 AM
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I like it and can see the trees.
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very nice!!!!
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I just love the BQ patterns...and batiks.....AND your quilting! I think it came out wonderful!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:53 AM
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Super job all around! The quilt is just great, and your quilting is wonderful.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:05 AM
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Aww, you did all the right things and you got some great learning experience and the quilt looks great anyway, even though we can't see the wonderful designs you came up with. I have also learned that beautiful fabric rarely shows the quilting. I have learned that fabric that is very light or fabric that is solid, "reads" solid or almost solid will show off quilting best. Save your best fancy quilting for those spaces.
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