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Thread: Cut work Maltese Quilt

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    Cut work Maltese Quilt

    Inspired by "grammatjr" portrait quilts here on our board. I don't know if I did it correctly, but it is my own design. I am, however, debating on whether or not to leave in the heart...does it distract from the maltese? I was thinking if I remove it, to stitch it in instead. The dark blue fabric is dotted with light blue paw prints, which I just love and will also use for the binding.

    Any ideas on quilting? I was thinking maybe an orange peal grid pattern in the white areas, but not positive yet.

    This one will be donated to the "Spoiled Maltese Rescue Raffle" in the fall, in memory of my sweet Lexie who passed away on New Year's Eve. She was the love of my life and will be remembered always.

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    That is very cute really great work! I do think the heart is too strong for the Maltese.
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    Very nice! Beautiful border, perfectly matched. Well done.
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    the heart is my favorite element, but maybe not on that particular quilt. Perhaps on the back?
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    Leave the heart! I think it's a great touch of color!

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    That's so cute. Sue

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    Beautiful, great work.
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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Cute quilt! Are you going to thread paint the hair on the dog in blue tones? But after looking closer, the blue lines are fabric? Maybe lines of white between the blue to emphasize the hair. Love the way it looks, as if it is flowing.
    Maybe use white thread with plain hearts here and there around the upper part of the dog in different sizes and angles, like love radiating from him, and use the red heart on a label saying "In loving memory of ..." or something like "Dogs leave their paw print on our hearts. Made in loving memory of ...", etc. (All of a sudden, I miss my baby. Funny how they can become a part of you.)

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    I too think the heart is too strong, though a beautiful design. As you say, maybe in stictches, or how about in the same blue as the maltese? It's a beautiful quilt.
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    very nice quilt....

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    Beautiful "fur baby" memorial!

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    You did a wonderful job, and I would leave the heart. I'm sorry for the loss of your dear Lexie.

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    Wow you are very talented! Love the whole quilt just as it is.

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    Very cute, love the color choices. I'm not sure where the cutwork is. Is the dog's feature cut out. Normally cutwork is done with thread and using richeu (not spelled right)bars. I've done it by hand but my machine has the special needles and so its so much easier on an emb machine and using the cutwork needles. It is very cute and will make a great wall hanging

    How about making the heart small and down in one corner on the same block as the dog, then it would be there but not take center stage.
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    Beautiful as is.

    If you were making it for a specific person, then I might move the heart to the bottom right (like a signature) and add the dog's name where the heart is. But since this is for a raffle, the heart works where it is.

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    Lovely work! The heart does draw the eye because of intense red.
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    I like the heart. It adds a bit of color to the center panel and says "I love Maltese" to me.

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    nice job! I think that the heart should be lighter pink so it does not stand so much
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    Beautiful quilt. I love the heart, but it would be cute on the back too. Your quilting idea sounds great. Your piecing skills are fabulous! So sorry about the loss of your beloved Lexie. I hope the quilt brings a lot of money for the rescue group.
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    how adorable, came out great!
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    Oh is that totally wonderful. And what a wonderful frame around it.
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    That is precious!!!
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    Ditto here. You could use the heart on the back as part of a label stating "My Heart (design) belongs to Maltese (name). Then finish the label in redwork!
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    the heart is my favorite element, but maybe not on that particular quilt. Perhaps on the back?

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    great job its beautiful!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    the heart is my favorite element, but maybe not on that particular quilt. Perhaps on the back?
    I think that is the perfect answer. The heart on the back. You did a wonderful job on the Maltese. I am so sorry she is gone.
    All my grand-children have paws.

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