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Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby dollum » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:05 am

Well, it's finally time to quilt the sampler that has been 10 years in the making -- yay! I'm coming to you to learn of resources for ways to go about quilting these blocks.

The quilt is a mixture of traditional and contemporary as well as things that I've learned or loved along the way. Panels and sashing have been SITD and while I have ideas for the more modern blocks, am at a loss for fun or interesting things to do with the more traditional blocks.

I have done so much research in books, magazines, and on the Internet but almost everything is about piecing rather than quilting. It is difficult to find actual quilted blocks to study.

I am using a domestic machine and love love LOVE free motion techniques but also will do handwork. I can hardly wait to for your suggestions. Thanks!
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby Zarah » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:17 am

Look at Leah Day's suggestions here: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

or find inspiration here: http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/fre ... lenge.html
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby kathyst2 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:45 pm

Well, you have certainly asked a very good question! I often spend a long time considering how to quilt my quilts. It's not an easy decision sometimes. If you have a sampler, I think you have to ask yourself one important question: are you going to try to unify your blocks somewhat by quilting, or do you want each block to stand alone? If your goal is to unify, then you would want to have more unobtrusive, backgroundy type quilting over at least some of the quilt. Otherwise, you might want to choose designs for each block that harmonize with that block. You can audition the designs by using a dry erase marker over a big piece of plastic laid on top of the quilt. (I put a wide border of blue painters' tape at the edges and write "FRONT" on the side I will be writing on. Also, you could take a photo, print it out on plain paper, and draw designs on that.

Keep us posted!
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby eileenkny » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:04 pm

What are the traditional blocks you put in your sampler? You can go to webshots.com and put in the name as if it were a quilt, not just a block. EG-log cabin. A lot of photos will probably come up and you should be able to see the quilting in a lot of them.
Good luck and can't wait to see pictures of your quilt!!
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby Lorchen » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:19 pm

I strongly advice that the density of quilting is similar in all blocks, even if the style/patterns are very different. If the density of your quilting varies a lot, you easily get a quilt that won't be flat, whatever you do afterwards to force it into submission. :)
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby dollum » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:22 pm

Hi Norma,

I love Leah (she's a wonderful resource and teacher) and have already collected a number of motifs to try though was at a loss about how to incorporate them. I'm now excited to check out the free motion quilt challenge site.

THANK YOU!

Zarah wrote:Look at Leah Day's suggestions here: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

or find inspiration here: http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/fre ... lenge.html
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby Zarah » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:04 am

If you pay attention to what the others in this thread suggested you're good to go. Glad that you liked my links
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby dollum » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:40 pm

Thank you all for your advice. Now ... off to do your recommended research!
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby dollum » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:06 pm

Rant of the day: I'm so frustrated by how "pieced" is synonymous with "quilted."
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby Lorchen » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:14 pm

I don't understand??? 'Pieced' is when two or more pieces of fabric have been sewn together, and 'quilted' is what you do after the piecing and layering, in order to keep the three layers of of a quilt together. What's the problem?
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby PosyP » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:54 am

Lorchen wrote:I don't understand??? 'Pieced' is when two or more pieces of fabric have been sewn together, and 'quilted' is what you do after the piecing and layering, in order to keep the three layers of of a quilt together. What's the problem?


Probably because most people talk about quilts and actually mean pieced quilts, totally not understanding that you can have a quilt that has not been pieced, or a pieced coverlet that has not been quilted, they think the terms are interchangable, when, as you & I know, they are not.

My other personal bug-bear is when needlepoint/canvas work embroidery is refered to as tapestry - a woven and totally different technique, but can give a similar effect. It doesn't help that the manufacturers call the needles required to do canvas work 'Tapestry needles'! :roll: :evil:
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby Lorchen » Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:43 pm

OK, Rosemary (putting tongue firmly into cheek), we all make blankets, right?! :wink:

Seriously though - How can we help?
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby PosyP » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:08 am

Lorchen wrote:OK, Rosemary (putting tongue firmly into cheek), we all make blankets, right?! :wink:

Seriously though - How can we help?
Simply by learning the differences between various techniques and being accurate when naming them. I mean, what would you think of someone who said that Ricky made nice paintings or tapestrys?

For 'tapestry' which is made on a loom, if you go anywhere near it with a needle, it is either not tapestry, or it is being repaired because it is that old i.e. the tapestries at Bleniheim Palace.

(by the way my quilts so far are blankets as well, because that is what I am using for the wadding :wink: )
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby JaneAnne » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:18 am

Just one quick suggestion for "Quilt As Desired". Go to JoAnn's and get a 1/2 yard of the lightest weight clear vinyl. When you find some quilt patterns you want to try, or after you practice on samples, make an overlay. Duplicate what you think you would like with a marker on a square of the vinyl. Then lay the overlay on top of your quilt top to see if you are happy with it. This little step can really help "practice" on the real deal before a thread ever touches it. Sometimes I will see where the scale of the motif needs to be altered or maybe done away with all together even when I'm free motion quilting. Congrats by the way on finishing the top!!
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Re: Help needed for "quilt as desired"

Postby rehak » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:19 pm

One thing I read recently is to put blue painter's tape around the edges of your vinyl. That way you won't accidentally draw on the quilt.

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