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Thread: Is there a simple way to quilt this or should I pay the quilter?

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    You've seen this before... I have two done and ready to quilt. One is for me, one is a gift. They are small--about 30" x 46".

    I'm in a quandary. I emailed a quilter who does gorgeous freehand--she did my Barn Quilt and some others. She said she'd love to enhance it, and it'd be $50-70--closer to $50 (minimum charge) due to its size. I have no idea what she'd do--I have no ideas how to go about it. That just seems like a lot for such a small piece, but I know it takes a lot of time to just get the pieces set in the machine.

    Or I could just quilt some apples and horseshoes over it and call it good? I'd have to sew through a traced pattern to do it.

    Or I could get the gift one done nicely and do my idea on mine....

    Any ideas? What would you do? :D
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    Have the gift one done, then see when it comes back if you want it that way for yourself, or if you want to do your own design. Great job - I can almost hear then whinny!

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    I agree, have the gift one done. That is such a wonderful gift. You are very talented.

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    I love that!! What a great job you did.
    I agree with Marjpf. If it's a gift, I'd send it out. I can't machine quilt worth crap but if it's just for me, I do it.
    Really love your piece!

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    Okay--3 for 3--I'll call the quilter. Thanks! :-D

    Maybe I can copy what she did--that's what I did on the barn quilt because the others I made were small wall hangings. Or if I adore it--I'll get mine done too.

    :wink:

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    I just did a Scottie Baby Quilt for my friend and she was so thrilled with what I'd done, that really made my day more then the money she paid me. She had a white heavy flannel for the backing, I stitched in the ditch around each dogs, their collars and around the borders. I did circles in the back ground of each block. The back is what she was so excited about as it too looked as good as the front. If I did these horses I would do the same and I think a few FH stitching on their mains too .... not so sure that's how you'd spell that? I'm not a horse person, I leave that all up to my sister, if she could have I think she would have married a horse ;c} , her ridding days are over but her love for horses will go on forever.
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    Thanks, Crissie. I love your quilting job. I'd never be able to handle those little circles though.

    And I looked it over again and think I've changed my mind. The horse heads are faux suede--I don't think I want any stitching on them at all. And none really needs to be since they are machine appliqued down. So--there's very little left to quilt! I think if I find a medium horseshoe I can do this!

    Okay--your job has changed--now I need a pep talk. :lol:

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    You can do it!! And both of them will be beautiful when you are done!

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    I think you should quilt yours and see what you think. If it turns out to suit you, do the gift, too. At least try yours before you agree to a $50 charge. You might just surprise yourself.

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    Look what I found!! I can print it off in different sizes and scatter them all around--leaving the horses. Of course they have to open at the top for good luck! :wink:

    I'll go look up apples too!!!
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    AND....

    Just maybe...this won't be too bad. I'll do mine first--for sure.
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    You could do a wood grain look in the brown stall parts, micro stipple in the black around the horses, echo the red triangles inside them, do some cloud shapes in the blue triangles and do a swirl of some sort in the burgandy boarder, or maybe even a geometrical triangle design to go with the triangle sky and barn roof.

    I think this would be really fun to quilt! But then again the quilting is my favorite part. I know you aren't as crazy about it. :)

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    Rachel--those are great ideas! I could pull some of those off. I traced the pattern in the wood grain with my finger and didn't know if I could do that justice... but cloud shapes are easy--I have some perfect QD shapes to use--and I love the echo in the triangles idea--that will be perfect!! :-D I could do the horse shoes along the bottom... and if I practice a bit I might be able to micro stipple...maybe.

    Oh--you helped a LOT!! Thanks!!

    So--you want me to send it to you so you can have all this fun doing it? :wink:

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    Rachel, that was going to be exactly my suggestion! Wood grain in particular and then to just go around the horses to make them POP. The micro stipple would push them out even further and really make them look great!

    Come on Karla....you can do it!!!!

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    Ooo--that's very convincing, sandpat--the popping part. Hmmm--I'll have to practice.

    I think with the triangles I'll echo the top two sides, rather than all three... make sense?

    I'll go stare at the wood grain... maybe I could just follow the lines in it.

    Darn good thing I got those 100 spools of thread for Christmas--I've used sooo many colors for these babies.

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    I'm working on a quilt now that I'm doing FMQ on. I drew a design on rolled paper, traced it onto Sulky Solvy. Then I pinned it on the quilt and followed the lines...well, I tried to anyway. I'm not really good at staying on the lines, but for curliecues, it's not going to be noticeable that I goofed. You could try something similar on a sample sandwhich and see how you do. It's fun and worth a shot! I've been sick for a couple of weeks and not done with mine yet. But hope to complete in a few days and will post pics.

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    You can do it Karla! The micro stipple would be the easiest part! But if you wanna mail it to me, I would be happy to try my hand at it. I don't charge anything, but with that price comes no quarantee. :D

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    If it were me, I would try to find shapes pertaining to horses and make some templates, then do it myself. Let's see horse shoes, saddles, barns.......I can see it now.

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    No saddles..these are minis. :lol: Oh--gee--they don't wear horseshoes either. :roll:

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    i think your little pony quilt is just darling! Less is more!

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    Thanks, Rachel! But--I shall persevere--and holler like crazy when it messes up. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Thanks, Rachel! But--I shall persevere--and holler like crazy when it messes up. :roll:
    You go girl! I think you'll be happy with the results. Goes without saying but post pictures when you're done!

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    I would have the gift one done and play with yours. It's so cute.

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    I think you can do it yourself, too. I don't think you need to get too fancy anyway, the design is so endearing the way it is. I like the idea of horseshoes even if these guys don't wear them.
    Keep us posted!

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    Wood grain is easy and is looks great even if you make a mistake!!! Very forgiving.
    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Rachel--those are great ideas! I could pull some of those off. I traced the pattern in the wood grain with my finger and didn't know if I could do that justice... but cloud shapes are easy--I have some perfect QD shapes to use--and I love the echo in the triangles idea--that will be perfect!! :-D I could do the horse shoes along the bottom... and if I practice a bit I might be able to micro stipple...maybe.

    Oh--you helped a LOT!! Thanks!!

    So--you want me to send it to you so you can have all this fun doing it? :wink:

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