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    Wink Need help with quiting this quilt please...

    Good morning, I made this French Braid quilt back in March for my friends husband and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to quilt it. I am so at a loss i have taken classes online with Craftsy and bought different books they were no help with THIS quilt. I really do not want to do the meander or SID I would like a fun creative pattern but I have not seen any French braid quilts with creative designs. The ones I have seen just outline the rectangles and feather the boarder which is not bad but I want something more... Thank you for your help and all your ideas

    BTW the quilt is a queen size
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    Beautiful quilt, I love the Eagles!! Sorry I can't offer any idea's for the quilting, but would love to see it again when your finished!!

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    I can't say it any better. The quilt is beautiful and creative. Please post a picture when it's completed.

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    i would outline the eagles - perhaps quilt additional eagles- or quilt trees, other wildlife into the quilt...you could do tall stands of pines along your braids...or fish & a river...(feed off the motif's you have & keep with the theme)...it is beautiful- i look forward to seeing what you come up with
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i would outline the eagles - perhaps quilt additional eagles- or quilt trees, other wildlife into the quilt...you could do tall stands of pines along your braids...or fish & a river...(feed off the motif's you have & keep with the theme)...it is beautiful- i look forward to seeing what you come up with
    i love this idea. my first thought was to quilt feathers on the eagle wings and panto birds over the rest of the quilt
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    I like ckcowl's suggestion of pine trees quilted into the braids perhaps in the dark sections of the braids. You could do wind currents in between? It is gorgeous top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i would outline the eagles - perhaps quilt additional eagles- or quilt trees, other wildlife into the quilt...you could do tall stands of pines along your braids...or fish & a river...(feed off the motif's you have & keep with the theme)...it is beautiful- i look forward to seeing what you come up with
    Great idea!

    I did 2 french braid quilts. On one, I did a wavy line up the braid with curls off the line. The on in my avatar was a celestial theme, so I quilted a meandering line with suns, moons, stars.

    The picture attached is NOT mine, but I saved it for inspiration on a future quilt. Maybe you can use some of the design elements.
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    Just beautiful, great job and thank you for sharing, katier825 is a beautiful idea
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    It is a gorgeous gorgeous quilt. Sorry no help for the quilting
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    This quilt is breath-takingly beautiful.

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    beautiful quilt

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    It is such a beautiful quilt. I just want to say, sometimes simpler is better when it comes to the design of the quilt. You really don't want to detract from the beauty of the colors of the quilt, or the eagles. I like the suggestion of quilting some eagles in the background, or other types of animals, but be very careful you don't take away the symmetry of the quilt. I am so sorry that the quilt hasn't talked to you yet. I would not SID though but my suggestion is look under pictures here for "Charisma". She is my idol when it comes to quilting and you may get some ideas from her pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i would outline the eagles - perhaps quilt additional eagles- or quilt trees, other wildlife into the quilt...you could do tall stands of pines along your braids...or fish & a river...(feed off the motif's you have & keep with the theme)...it is beautiful- i look forward to seeing what you come up with

    I saw the braids as looking like mountains, so my mind went in the same direction as CKCowl's ... more birds quilted in and in different flight positions. Other quilting keeping with a natural/wilderness feel.

    QuiltForMe ... you have an outstanding quilt and have taken the French Braid concept, over and above! Perfect fabric selections and usage.
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    very nice quilt top.
    I would suggest some thing with cuvres

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    I think your quilt is beautiful. Is it just me.....I see a mountainous background with a lake off centre right, and mountainous foreground. Some quilted trees would be lovely

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    I love the idea of wind currents and trees in the quilting. Oh dang girl, you've out done yourself now. I think I want to do something similar for my now adult Eagle Scout son. I am just blown away.
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    Here are a of design I did on a table runner that I think would work well on full quilts also:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t199325.html
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    Wow, this is beautiful!! Where did you get the eagle patterns?

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    Beautiful quilt, I agree that the quilting should be kept simple just enough to enhance it!!!!

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    Swirls of wind with some tall skinny pines and maybe another bird or two flying in the distance. Beautiful quilt!

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    This is one of my favorite designs. I really want to do one and yours is AWESOME. Love the suggestions. Please show when you have finished. BrendaK
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    Stunning quilt but I am no help with the quilting!!!! I can't wait to see it done!

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    Love, love your quilt. Eagles look fabulous on the backdrop. Lots of great ideas here. It all depends on your skill level of quilting. Perhaps you can draw out your quilting design ideas on a sheet of clear plastic placed over your quilt to see what you think would be best. I have bought clear plastic on a roll from Walmart/hardware stores. It comes in different thickness' and you can wash off if you use the dry eraser markers. Very helpful when you can't decide which design would work. Good Luck and please post when quilted.
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    When I look at the quilt I see mountains, possibly a stream in the lower light areas. I'd definitely go with a "landscape" theme in the quilting. The eagles make this quilt especially striking. Maybe even give them a nest? A tree along one side with some branches going out?

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    It's really a beautiful quilt. It suggests mountain peaks, so I wonder about quilting the outlines of clouds somewhat randomly over the surface, at a density required by the batting. If this appeals, check out different styles of rendering clouds--our popcorn-y poufs, Japanese rather horizontal clouds, stylized Tibetan curlies, must be oodles more. And show a picture.

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