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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winging It

By Marjorie

Normally, I'm one of those quilters who plans the quilting design before the flimsy is finished.  Not so on this project.

I knew I wanted trapunto in the center, and this is how it turned out.

This was the mixed method approach that I posted about here in October.    It turned out to be far more painful and annoying than I'd figured on since I used a new marking pencil which brushed off, and my machine FMQ basting is rather terrible.

As I moved to the leaf sections I quilted in veining on the leaves and added some curleyq's for fun.

Part of me says "stop there, that's enough"

But the overriding voice is saying "it needs background fill to make the leaves / flowers pop".

My current concern is that the curls will be consumed by the background fill.


I'm considering either a Baptist Fan to give it some movement.

Or something flowing like Tim Lattimer did on his Tree of Life quilt.  

What would you do?

17 comments:

  1. Lovely! Why not trapunto the curls by threading some yarn through them to make them stand out?

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    1. I've thought about that, but I'm not sure how I'll accomplish that with those tight curves.

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  2. Beautiful work! My thoughts are that it needs no background fill apart from those lovely curls?? Tim's quilt needed intense quilting because it was only quilting (and absolutely stunning too). In your quilt there' s a lot of "popping" happening already from the wonderful bright colours of your applique against the white. But I'm no expert in quilting so am happy to be proved wrong in this :)
    Every Stitch

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  3. Wow! Your quilt is gorgeous. I think you will need to add some background quilting around your applique or it will be distorted by the quilting on the areas next to it. I love the fans. But I also like diagonal lines that mimic cross hatching. Echo quilting also would look great. But you might want to trapunto the curly cues to add this design to the block and also to show your beautiful work. But most importantly enjoy it.

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  4. Love those curls and I think you're right. They could possibly be overwhelmed by more quilting. If you must, I'm thinking the fans would mimic the curl, whereas cross-hatching is more of a contrast. It's a beautiful piece of work. Love it!

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  5. Some advise please ??? In all the yrs I have quilted I have used either hoops or horrible little portable frames for hand quilting. Before I buy the Grace EZ wooden quilt frame for about 400.00 can anyone tell me if you ever used it ? Can you give me feedback on it ? Or on something else ?

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    1. The frame you see in this post is 18" x 27" wooden hoop that I picked up for under $20 at a chain fabric store. I have a Grace frame that I've had since the early 90's. I find that if I'm quilting primarily straight lines on a large quilt, it's worth the fuss of setting up. I use it for maybe 1 out of every 4-5 quilts that I do by hand. If I'm doing something with a lot of curves, I'm happier with a cheap lap frame, which I can kick back on the couch with my feet up while I quilt.

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    2. Thank you , yes it is very helpful information..I need to get up and move a lot or my legs cramp..

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  6. I Love what you are doing with your quilt. I would fill in with a simple cross-hatching which would give plenty of contrast with the applique, especially if you don't make the cross hatch too small. I'm afraid you're right that the applique won't show up much otherwise because the area surrounding it will puff probably which would make it look as a teapot cover, if you catch my drift.

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  7. Your quilting and applique is magnificent, as is your trapunto. Amazing. For the background when choosing from those 2, I would go for a more flowing grid than the baptist fan. The baptist fan has to be very fine to function as a grid in your quilt. A flowing grid gives you room to emphasize the shape of the applique, where the baptist fan IMHO wouldn't do that.

    The mentioned corded quilting would demand a lot of attention. It is possible, can teach you how, but it would mean that your grid gets more attention than your appliqué IMHO.

    If contrast is what you prefer (so your curls won't fade away in the background), why not go for a straight grid? It doesn't have to be a half inch square. There are so many different options with double lines, 60 degree angles instead of 90, even 5 lines or miniature grid.
    Check out this grid, hand quilted of course, where a 5 line/1 line grid is used.

    http://www.tedstorm.nl/nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139:elated-2012&catid=36:quilt-galerie&Itemid=81

    If this link doesn't work, check on Google "elated Ted Storm".

    Good luck with all your decisions, you're doing magnificently!

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    1. Amazing quilt. Thanks for the link. Just intensifies the urge to over-quilt.

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  8. me also i would go for something straight. so that the rest pops up ! something wiht squares or squares with double lines or even a woven pattern. but still i know sometime you will get up and know exactly what it should be.

    love this blog. also addicted. (with a spoon on the wrong side of the quilt. don't know if other people also do this, i learned in in Belgium, in Gent;.

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  9. Stunning! Whatever you choose will be stellar, no doubt about it!

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  10. Those curling tendrils are a lovely accent! The Baptist Fan pattern is curvy, too, though, and so I think it *would* swallow up those tendrils. There's quite a bit of movement already, what with the lovely (and curving) applique and tendrils. I'd go with straight, diagonal lines close together or maybe a straight mini-grid.

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  11. I agree it needs something, I would lean toward a grid and I love the suggestions Annemart put forth. Your quilt is going to be absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. It's fabulous! Love what you're doing!

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  13. I just love those curly Q's ! What about just echo quilting all the curves of the curly Q's and the leaves/flowers? I have no idea what it would look like, but it would be fun to quilt!

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