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Thread: How Would You Quilt This?

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    Super Member Helen S's Avatar
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    How Would You Quilt This?

    I'm looking for suggestions/insight into how to quilt this, ie thread color, design, etc? I keep defaulting to blue thread that matches the border and backing fabric, yet it doesn't seem quite right in the yellow and orange fabrics. Would you use a different color/pattern in those areas?

    I added two extra layers of batting behind the sails so they look like the wind is behind them, but should have added it before stitching the appliques in place. Live and learn, but I'm not totally unhappy with the result and can do some sort of colorful stitching along the lines showing through. Just a thought.

    Heading out of town for the weekend to help our youngest GS celebrate his eighth birthday, but wanted to post this first and will check back on Monday. Thanks!

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    I would do swirls - waves and wind. I would use a neutral color.

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    Great quilt! I would use grey thread for the quilting on top & blue in my bobbin. I like grey as a blender color when quilting colorful tops.

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    No thread ideas, but a very pretty and cheerful quilt.

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    I would also quilt in some type of curves.
    matching my thread to the colours for fabric....

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    When I can't decide on the color, I use invisible thread for the top and match the bottom thread. I would do swirls also.
    Jeanie

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    Love your top. So cute! Ideal for a little boy.
    Have a Blessed & Prosperous Day !
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    I have used grey thread with lots of success when I am in doubt as to what color to use. Your quilt is beautiful. Waves in the spaces below the sailboats and maybe birds in the sky areas. The sails could be swirls, lines, whatever your heart desires.
    Helen T.

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    Wow what a lovely quilt. I can't help with how to quilt it, but I love it.

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    oooooh tooooo cooooooool. you could do waves on each row. If you stipple quilt that that would be easy. I love your quilt. you did a great job.
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    I love it! Definitely use some type of ocean wave design.

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    I would leave the sails without quilting to make them "full of air"
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    I agree with the wave designs others have posted. Definitely I would outline quilt around the beautiful sailboat. and maybe break up the wave quilting with a quilted fish or two jumping out of the water? awesome quilt! excited to see what you decide on...post pics when it's finished!!

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    When I am thread painting, I change the color of thread, but for regular quilting, I like a neutral: gray, beige, black, white and of course shades of those like a smokey gray or cream. For this I go with a gray, too. Deep grays just seem to work best on bright colors. I really like the quilt, perfect for summer!

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    Did you decide on what to do?
    Do we get to see it????
    Please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin' Jane View Post
    Did you decide on what to do?
    Do we get to see it????
    Please!!
    Wow, sorry I completely spaced this off! lol Must have been having too much holiday fun! =)

    I ended up doing a sort of wavy stipple, working from the center downward, then as I worked my way toward the top I changed the stipple over to a cloud design and even threw in a few seagulls. I'm sorry to say I didn't get a final close up of the quilting. =(

    This is a photo of my DGS upon opening his gift. He LOVES it and said he doesn't want to USE it for fear of messing it up. LOL! I had to explain that it was meant to be used and that he could put it into the washer and dryer. He said in that case he'll use it, but not a lot! LOL! Guys can be funny.

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