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Thread: Quilting suggestions needed, Please!!!

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    This is a quilt measuring 83x71 that I put together about 18 mos ago and sandwiched about a year ago. It is a little wrinkled cause it was rolled and hanging on my "quilt hanger" in my sewing room (the treadmill in the family room) Anyway, originally I was just going to quilt it diagonally sort of "in the ditch" with maybe a squiggly line or another fun stitch. However I wonder if I should stitch in the "ditch" with a squiggly line outline each block, which as a whole is 12" and then maybe do a free hand sort of petal to make it look like a flower. I tried to draw in what I'm talking about with a disappearing marker. What do you think? My quilting skills are basic, I am afraid of messing it up by trying something hard. I hope to finish this up soon. Please send in suggestions!!! :) :) :)

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    I just wanted to say I love the quilt and have never seen the pattern before. Beautiful!! I have no suggestions for the quilting unfortunately.

    Kyia

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    What a beautiful looking quilt. Love the colors. Sorry no suggestions here. Whatever you decide will look great!!

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    I love the idea of making it look like flowers! I think it would look great! As for the squiggly(sp?) lines for in the 'ditch', that sounds neat too! I had never thought that you could use something other then straight lines in the ditch! Thank you for the great idea too!
    Don't forget to show us the finished product!
    Kendra

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    Ohhhh, it is really a fantastic quilt! I would say the squiggly lines would look fine as would the "flower". You might want to search Izy's older posts..well...from a couple of months ago anyway...she did some "in the ditch" quilting, but used a squiggly line over the "ditch" to do it. It looked great and is a very "forgiving" way to quilt if you are feeling uncomfortable.

    I really love the quilt and if it were mine...after all the work, I'm not sure that I wouldn't quilt it very traditionally...diagonals going both ways.

    Whichever way you go..you can't go wrong on that beautiful baby! :D

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    Beautiful quilt and pattern, don't have a suggestion for the quilting though.

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    I have no clue, but I think it's really pretty!

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    I can't help on the quilting part, but I sure can tell you its a beautiful quilt :D

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    LOVE THE COLORS!!! Why don't you just tie it off in each 1/2 square triangle? Use bright colors to match the top. GiGi

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    Beautiful, I love scrappy quilts! My suggestion would be to do a large meandering. When I do that I think of a large gig-saw puzzle. It's fast and easy. Just my little 2 :wink:

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    Beautiful quilt!! What's the name of the pattern??

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    I think your idea of turning them into flowers is very logical.
    The squiggly lines along the "ditch" is easier than trying to make a perfectly straight line (ask me how I know ) and, your flowers/petals will lead you to more adventurous quilting. You have no place to go but up from here on out! Beautiful quilt, beautiful colors, good work and a plan.... life doesn't get much better than that, does it? :D

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    Sorry no help for the quilting... BUT LOVE the actual quilt :lol:
    Sharon

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    Gayle, What a pretty quilt. If your machine does decorative stitches select a wide one and use either a varigated or shiny decorative thread to quilt in the ditch. It will also dress up the back if it is a solid color. You could just quilt on the vertical and then the horizontial lines or you could do both and one vertical through the middle of each block.

    The floral fabric is so lovely that a flower shape, while a great idea wouldn't show up all that well.
    One other thing you might do is "couch" colorful fuzzy yarn into some of your quilting lines. I love the unusual yarns they sell now but don't do much crocheting anymore. I will buy one ball of the fancy yarn and crochet it into a single chain. I then couch it on things I want to embellish.
    To couch all you have to do is lay the yarn or chain along the seamline you are going to quilt and sew with your decorative stitch or zig zag over top of it. Be sure to catch the yarn in the stitching, as often as possible. It is also a good way to hide points that didn't come out just right.
    It is going to be a lovely quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Beautiful quilt!! What's the name of the pattern??
    The name of the pattern is "Radio Flyer" It's from "Miss Rosie's quilt collection" by Carrie Nelson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Beautiful quilt!! What's the name of the pattern??
    The name of the pattern is "Radio Flyer" It's from "Miss Rosie's quilt collection" by Carrie Nelson.

    Thanks!! I not only found the pattern, but also her book that has several other neat patterns in it! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGoodhand
    I love the idea of making it look like flowers! I think it would look great! As for the squiggly(sp?) lines for in the 'ditch', that sounds neat too! I had never thought that you could use something other then straight lines in the ditch! Thank you for the great idea too!
    Don't forget to show us the finished product!
    Kendra
    From a distance kind of looks like a pinwheel/flower design to me, so thinking some st in ditch, and a simple (?) outline of a flower every so many inches, all over? It would require turning it though. Since I am in the process of pinning and basting a full size right now, and pooped, I say, whatever comes easiest for you, it's beautiful already. I love the fabrics. :D

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    I pressed the whole thing last night and decided that I didn't feel well enough to start the quilting on it. Have a cold or something, I think it is the same virus that hit me 2 weeks ago just coming back for an encore. Maybe I will start on it tonight, maybe not, I might be too wiped out by the time I get home from work. Any other suggestions or comments?

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    lol...not funny, Gayle...take some pain reducer, chicken soup and rest. think about quilt later...obviously your immune system needs some tlc first. feel better, we'll talk quilt later. and spray with lysol, doc says, you can re-infect yourself in your own house. take care. :)

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    Gayle, what a beautiful quilt!!!
    I liked Mpspeedy's idea of using the variegated thread with your squigglies in the ditch! Whatever you do, it's going to be beautiful!! :-)

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    until you mentioned flowers, that wasn't what i saw at all. i saw a geometric, sparkly thing, like light refracting on water or glass. like when the sun comes through a window onto a crystal? that was what i saw. maybe it isn't a flower at all.

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