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Thread: Two Black and White Splash tops for twins! HELP! How to quilt???

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    A super nice couple--a 3rd grade teacher with the most beautiful singing voice and the orchestra instructor (see fabric choices :lol: )--just started their family with twins! I have never made quilts for babies born to school folks (not enough time!) but I really wanted to welcome this wee pair with something.

    I searched magazine for patterns that would work with black and whites with splashes and found this idea in McCall's Quilting Jan/Feb 2011, pg 28, Across the Spectrum. I just changed everything about the color.

    Binding will be green. Backs will be kid prints--one with cats because the parents love them. I will get them sandwiched soon, but I can never "see" the quilting, so I need your vision. Remember, I'm a novice quilter, some stippple, echo, sitd, and there's one flower I can do. :lol: So go easy on me.

    Also should white thread be used in the b+w blocks and a variegated primary in the others? Please give me your ideas on that too. :-D Thank you!!!

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    Two really cute quilts. Love the black/white and color:)

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    They are beautiful Karla.
    Well, the quilting part is not my strong point.
    You could do an all over free motion meander in the variegated thread.
    You could also come across the diagonals with a wavy or curvy type stitch from your machine, again in the primary variegated thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    They are beautiful Karla.
    Well, the quilting part is not my strong point.
    You could do an all over free motion meander in the variegated thread.
    You could also come across the diagonals with a wavy or curvy type stitch from your machine, again in the primary variegated thread.
    Ooo--I didn't think about using different stitches... cool idea. Do you mean follow the angles created--the rhombus lines?

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    I have a favorite stitch I love to use on my machine. In fact I will be starting to quilt a baby quilt here in a few using that stitch again. Let me see if I can find a picture to tell you what I mean




    See the "loopy" stitch coming off the inside corner. It is a stitch my machine has that I just reverse every other stitch.
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    Really cute quilts!

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    I think you could just do a simple stipple and just leave the colored chain alone.....it will make it pop out..Looks great!

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    Wonderful quilts love the music theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I have a favorite stitch I love to use on my machine. In fact I will be starting to quilt a baby quilt here in a few using that stitch again. Let me see if I can find a picture to tell you what I mean




    See the "loopy" stitch coming off the inside corner. It is a stitch my machine has that I just reverse every other stitch.
    Oh yes--that's a neat stitch! Thanks for the photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I think you could just do a simple stipple and just leave the colored chain alone.....it will make it pop out..Looks great!
    I can do stipples.. :lol: In the original pattern those chains show up so nicely, but the fabrics I used are too busy and the effect is lost, so I'd like to help them pop.

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    I love to do swirls on quilts like this. They are simple and give it lots of movement.

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    I am by no means qualified to comment, but how about some gentle curves between the music notes and echo the other blocks?

    I must say, Karla these are absolutely beautiful! They really sing! (sorry for the pathetic pun)

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    Beautiful choices for fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarpanini
    I love to do swirls on quilts like this. They are simple and give it lots of movement.
    They sound innocent enough, but I bet I'd botch them. Do you have a picture I could practice on with my finger? Oh--I do have a quilting program... maybe it has a swirl. Quilting on paper gives me the heebie jeebies though. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    I am by no means qualified to comment, but how about some gentle curves between the music notes and echo the other blocks?

    I must say, Karla these are absolutely beautiful! They really sing! (sorry for the pathetic pun)
    :lol: Great pun! Gentle curves on the white with black notes fabric? If I don't touch the notes, it'd work. Or did you mean the black fabric on Aiden's?

    I should have mentioned the blocks are 4.5--quilt size is about 37". They're for studying, talking about, and dragging around. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I think you could just do a simple stipple and just leave the colored chain alone.....it will make it pop out..Looks great!
    Then I could stick to white thread! Is that what you'd use? I studied it and I think I'd stop and move between the blocks rather than try to cut through the colors... agreed?

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    Those are both darling quilts. I love the musical fabric. Great touch. I would do a meander on it.

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    those are so nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    I am by no means qualified to comment, but how about some gentle curves between the music notes and echo the other blocks?

    I must say, Karla these are absolutely beautiful! They really sing! (sorry for the pathetic pun)
    :lol: Great pun! Gentle curves on the white with black notes fabric? If I don't touch the notes, it'd work. Or did you mean the black fabric on Aiden's?

    I should have mentioned the blocks are 4.5--quilt size is about 37". They're for studying, talking about, and dragging around. :-D
    Yes, curves on the white with black notes - without touching the notes....leaving the colours out would really work well, then you could just use the one colour thread and Wow....Whatever you decide...these are going to look amazing.

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    love it great quilt

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    Beautiful quilts. I would take a hint from the gentle shaped lines of the musical note blocks and just copy it throughout the entire quilt and if you feel adventurous, put in a note or two along the way. They are going to love them. Personally, at some point if the children follow their parents footsteps musically, I would frame the quilts to hang on their walls when they are older. What a treasure to have always.

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