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Thread: practiced free motion on a printed piece-pictures

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    I went from"WHY do I think I can do this?? :x " to "Maybe if I practice for another 34 hours.... :roll: " to "this is kind of fun :D ."

    I quilted just outside the pictures for the most part, then tried a few right on the line. I did some curly cues between a few animals. The first border has a wave thingy to go with the ocean theme, then I really wanted to try meandering so did that on the very outside pictures.

    This will be a big pillow case for my daughter--the Bio major. :D

    Any suggestions to improve? I'll practice some more....
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    and I tried a heart for the polar bear. :wink:

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    Love the heart on the polar bear. You give me inspiration to try this also!
    thanks

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    Nice job, Karla. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    How did you ever get the idea!?!? Cute material and even better quilting! I too love the heart on the polar bear!

    You're daughter better love this! If not, send it my way!

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    Good work! :) ....just keep practicing and you will find your groove. :)

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    How cool is that? VERI !!!

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    The owner of the quilt shop where my barn quilt is gave me the idea to practice on a "cheater quilt" as she calls it. I showed Rachel the fabric before I started and she loved it--thinks it'll need a big pillow though. We'll make it fit something.

    My meandering looks choppy rather than flowing, but I'll get it sooner or later. I like the wave--once in a while I'd lose the motion so I ripped one small part out then kept saying to myself "Up. swoop down, up, swoop down.... it's the swoop I'd lose. :lol:

    I want to find another printed piece!

    For what I do meandering is almost always an acceptable pattern, so my goal is to do small stuff on my own. To me the quilting is there to hold the sandwich together, not to be an art in itself. I'll leave that to the experts. :wink:

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    I think you're brave to even try! I can do straight-line machine quilting fairly well now (OK, fairly well compared to what it used to be), but the free motion stuff still has me stumped. Always looks like a drunker kindergartener did it! Yours looks fantastic--good job!

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    What a good idea!....Ive got lots of old headscarves I coulddo my free motion practising on!!

    Karen

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    isnt' stippling fun!!!

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    Karla, I had the same thoughts and did the same thing that you did, all these years I had let intimidation keep me in the ditch! lol! Finally....I came to the conclusion that I might not quilt perfect but I could quilt the best that I was able to and let time take care of the rest. At that point I jumped in and started to stipple! Mine looks very close to yours at this point but the fear is gone!!!! yeah!!!! Not only am I wanting to do and learn more but letting go of that perfection desire has also made it more fun and relaxing! I think you did a great job and have made it past the first hurdle!

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    Karla, no one told me I could NOT do this, I just jumped right in with both feet, I did placemats and I just went at it like I knew what I was doing. I figured what ever I did was right for me. I know they say not to cross over the stiching but I liked my loops and I made lots of them. After all how often to the quilt police knock on my door and ask to see my placemats.

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    I think I have posted this before but this is what the whole placemat look like.
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    You did good girl-- You have got me inspired in trying too. I have even called to get my darning foot ordered from my janome dealer.

    One question is it best to start in the middle of the quilt or to one side?

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    Awesome job. Love the heart. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Pam W.

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    Pam--I read that either is fine.

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    Looks to me like you are doing a great job learning to do this barn. Just keep practicing and telling yourself..it only matters what I think anyway!

    I like to do unusual quilting- not what everyone else would do...so love the heart on your bear. I just finished quilting around the wide border on my monkey/balloon quilt..instead of flowers or feathers..I quilted open bananas..it turned out cute.

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    I am so impressed with your desire to tackle all over quilting!!!! My mind is set that I can't do it---I just get too keyed up even when I vow that I will be relaxed!! I think I will try what you've done - you've been an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings!

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    Great job!

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    I didn't find one printed panel at Joannes--so I'm going to sew together some orphan squares and work on those. If they're at least 36" square I can donate them to the Linus Project.

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