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    suggestions for quilting this

    This picture doesn't show the appliqued hearts on the cat appliques. I have no idea how to quilt it or with what color thread. I'm really just a beginner at the long arm and don't have to time to learn ruler work. Any ideas would be so helpful!
    BTW, thanks to the wonderful person who suggested software to help me resize photos. I haven't posted any pictures in years because of issues with resizing.
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    I would maybe echo the cats in the black, and echo the hearts.....put a straight line down the sashes and some kind of a nice pattern around the wide edge border....
    Maybe black thread for the black echoing, sash and border.....and match a thread color to the cat for the heart echo...
    I'm just starting too, but that's just a suggestion.....

    You could also just do 2 or 3 straight lines around the outer border.....I'm not sure how fancy you want to get...

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    Your quilt looks wonderful. I've been meaning to do this quilt in the near future. I'm sorry, I have no ideas for you on quilting but I would like to know the software you mentioned on resizing the picture. I haven't posted any pictures because I'm not sure on how to do that either. Thanking you in advance.
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    Stitch in the ditch on the sashing, Echo around hearts. Bubbles or circles around the cats, then wide serpentine on the cats vertically then large swirls on the paisley border. Beautiful quilt, love the Fassett fabric!

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    Are you wanting an all over pattern, or do you not want stitches on the kitties?
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    ​Cute kitties! I would outline the cats, quilt in the legs and face features and put some stitching in the black to make the cats pop out.

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    Check Donna Jordans tutorial for suggestions. She made one of these and showed the quilting. Jordanfabrics.com Not related. I just like her tutes.

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    Very cute quilt but that should be no surprise coming from me. Before I can offer any suggestions I would need to know:

    How large are the cats? The size of them may exceed your battings minimum requirements which leads to my next question.
    What is your batting minimum quilting distance? Even if it is as much as 10" I would not recommend going that far apart.
    What is the quilt's ultimate use? (wall hanging, a much used lap quilt, a child's quilt that will be well loved and much used?) A much used quilt would benefit from more quilting than a wall hanging.

    What I can tell you is that the border fabric is busy and dark so whatever quilting you put in the border won't show much. The same goes for some of the more vibrant cats.

    As for thread color that also depends. I see a lot of violets and purples in the fabrics and I always like the look of dark purple thread on black so a purple might be an option for you.

    Finally, you will only learn ruler work by trying it and doing it. But the pressure of a deadline will hang over you and impede your progress. You can do ditch work without a ruler but you will slip out of the ditch and that might cause you more angst than attempting to do ruler work. The first time I tried ruler work I did find it unwieldy and cumbersome so just FMQ ditchwork. But I can tell you I was out of the ditch a lot more than I was in. If your thread blends you can get away with it but if use a contrasting thread it will be noticeable. I persevered and tried to experiment with some sort of rule on every quilt and now it is 2nd nature to me. Time consuming but definitely a skill set I would not want to be without. This quilt might be the perfect opportunity to dip your toes into rulerwork by doing it to ditch your sashing. But if you feel the pressure with your deadline is too great, I think I might avoid any ditch work and just quilt right up to the seam line in the background black of your blocks. If your sashing finishes at 1 1/2" or less it should be fine with no quilting but if it is larger than 1 1/2" wide you can do a serpentine in the sashing or circles or L's and E's (cursive tall loop like a lower case L and short loop like cursive lower case E) you could also try wishbones or u-turns. Here is a link to a quilt I did U-turns, some people call them back and forth lines. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/scrappy-batik-hst-quilt-t293883.html

    Another option for this quilt would be a panto or all over E2E design. The fabrics you used and your contrast is good and strong and stands all on its own so this quilt would be well suited to a Panto. If I did a panto on this I would audition threads by pooling them on different places of the quilt top. Sometimes what you think will look great will surprise you and not look so great once pooled on the quilt.

    Here is a link to the first quilt I did on my LA after practicing on a yard of fabric. The motifs were all very simple and easy to do so maybe this might give you a few ideas for your sashing and borders. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/my-first-quilt-off-longarm-t77776.html

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    Maybe swirls in the background and on the borders. stitch the legs, tails, add whiskers.

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    What pattern did you use? I lost a pattern like this and would like to find it again.

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    Beautifully wild and colorful!! Love it! I have no suggestions on quilting but echo seems to make sense as someone suggested... The quilt stands on its own so I wouldn't over-quilt this...just my opinion.
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    Beautiful quilt top.
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    I think I would do an all over simple design that has texture. Quilting is not going to show much at all in the sashing or borders. I love this quilt and the pattern. I really enjoy all of Donna Jordan's videos and she is very gracious sharing her talents and quilt pattern designs. This is on my to-do list and using Kaffe fabrics.

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    If you are just learning and want an all over pattern on a quilt where you want the quilting to look professional, buy three groovy boards in a pattern you want. You use a stylus in the grooves to move the machine after taping the boards down on the table. When you get to the end of the third board, you move the first board into the fourth position and continue hop skotching the boards until you get to the end of the width of your quilt. Groovy boards (aka pattern boards) are not inexpensive, though.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieBrei View Post
    Your quilt looks wonderful. I've been meaning to do this quilt in the near future. I'm sorry, I have no ideas for you on quilting but I would like to know the software you mentioned on resizing the picture. I haven't posted any pictures because I'm not sure on how to do that either. Thanking you in advance.
    I found the answer to the problem by reading other posts about it. I used this link, which was provided kindly by dunster:

    https://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

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    https://jordanfabrics.com/pages/kaffe-kats-pattern

    I did alter the pattern a little by adding sashing to suit my taste. This one has already been sold to raise money for our quilting group which sends quilts to various ministries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Very cute quilt but that should be no surprise coming from me. Before I can offer any suggestions I would need to know:

    How large are the cats? The size of them may exceed your battings minimum requirements which leads to my next question.
    What is your batting minimum quilting distance? Even if it is as much as 10" I would not recommend going that far apart.
    What is the quilt's ultimate use? (wall hanging, a much used lap quilt, a child's quilt that will be well loved and much used?) A much used quilt would benefit from more quilting than a wall hanging.

    What I can tell you is that the border fabric is busy and dark so whatever quilting you put in the border won't show much. The same goes for some of the more vibrant cats.

    As for thread color that also depends. I see a lot of violets and purples in the fabrics and I always like the look of dark purple thread on black so a purple might be an option for you.

    Finally, you will only learn ruler work by trying it and doing it. But the pressure of a deadline will hang over you and impede your progress. You can do ditch work without a ruler but you will slip out of the ditch and that might cause you more angst than attempting to do ruler work. The first time I tried ruler work I did find it unwieldy and cumbersome so just FMQ ditchwork. But I can tell you I was out of the ditch a lot more than I was in. If your thread blends you can get away with it but if use a contrasting thread it will be noticeable. I persevered and tried to experiment with some sort of rule on every quilt and now it is 2nd nature to me. Time consuming but definitely a skill set I would not want to be without. This quilt might be the perfect opportunity to dip your toes into rulerwork by doing it to ditch your sashing. But if you feel the pressure with your deadline is too great, I think I might avoid any ditch work and just quilt right up to the seam line in the background black of your blocks. If your sashing finishes at 1 1/2" or less it should be fine with no quilting but if it is larger than 1 1/2" wide you can do a serpentine in the sashing or circles or L's and E's (cursive tall loop like a lower case L and short loop like cursive lower case E) you could also try wishbones or u-turns. Here is a link to a quilt I did U-turns, some people call them back and forth lines. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/scrappy-batik-hst-quilt-t293883.html

    Another option for this quilt would be a panto or all over E2E design. The fabrics you used and your contrast is good and strong and stands all on its own so this quilt would be well suited to a Panto. If I did a panto on this I would audition threads by pooling them on different places of the quilt top. Sometimes what you think will look great will surprise you and not look so great once pooled on the quilt.

    Here is a link to the first quilt I did on my LA after practicing on a yard of fabric. The motifs were all very simple and easy to do so maybe this might give you a few ideas for your sashing and borders. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/my-first-quilt-off-longarm-t77776.html
    Thank you for your suggestions and for example of your terrific quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlherget View Post
    What pattern did you use? I lost a pattern like this and would like to find it again.
    https://jordanfabrics.com/pages/kaffe-kats-pattern

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    I like NT66’s idea of echo quilting the cats. However I would quilt them in a tone pulled from each cat.

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    I would use a variegated thread in the black areas (perhaps even in the cats) You would be surprised what colors are available now. Black in the bobbin.
    Now as to planning the quilting. You can put press and seal or plastic over the image and design without touching the fabric. It sometimes helps to know how it would look finished before you begin. Also it gives you a memory hand to eye experience that helps to keep you focused. If you need to trace quilting templets to use the golden paper to follow as you quilt. I can't remember the name just now, but most on line stores sell it. You sew the design and tear it away.

    Another option would be to use a built in embroidery design from your machine in the main body area and then the echo stitching with a stipple in the background black area.
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    I am a dog lover, but I love your colorful cats

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    What a gorgeous quilt. I especially like the paisley border.

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    Your quilt turned out great!

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    Anything you do with this will be beautiful.
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    Because it is such a bright and fun quilt, I think a simple meandering in a thread that blends to best since it is so busy.

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