Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quilting Decisions?

Hi everyone, I actually did a little sewing! I pieced the backing for my Sparkle Punch quilt so that I could pin baste it.
This is how I do it now. I just smooth all the layers over my plastic folding table, and go for it. I haven’t had any puckers in the back either so it’s working for me. It seems that the weight of the quilt hanging over the edge, is enough to keep the backing smooth.

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Yes, the next clean up project needs to be the bookself!

I've ordered a couple of quilting books, so I'm going to wait till they arrive to help me decide how I'm going to quilt this. Hopefully they will be here tomorrow.

I'm happy with my free-motion quilting now that I've been doing it a few years, but I have a hard time deciding what design(s) to use. What about you, do ideas for quilting come easy to you? Or are you like me, always unsure?

While you ponder that, and get back to me, (it’s nice to get comments, just click at the bottom of the post to send me one Smile). I'm going to read my mail. Yay for quilt magazines instead of bills in the mail box.

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8 comments:

  1. I find that picking the "right" quilting design can take me a long time. Sometimes TOO long. So I've adopted the 'don't overthink it' philosophy and have enjoyed my quilting so much more. Also I'm trying to stay away from what I consider to be "over quilting" in my projects as I want them to be soft. I'm making quilts for use....not for art. Good luck with choosing the pattern that you think works best.

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    1. Yes I think you are right I over think a lot of things! I should stop doing that. I agree with less quilting for a softer quilt too, sometimes I get carried away and end up with a quilt feeling like cardboard!

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  2. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    1. It won't be a spectacular as your quilting!

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  3. I agree it's so easy to over think; generally if I'm hand quilting I stick to traditional ways - quarter inch from seams. For machine I prefer straight lines far enough apart to keep the quilt soft feeling, but then I do have a huge pile of tops plus backings waiting to be quilted!

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  4. I just have the tops! You are very organised to have the backings ready too :-)

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  5. Hi Leeann, You have definitely set the scene for a cosy afternoon with the magazine and coffee. I do have trouble thinking of designs for quilting quilts which is why I have so many quilt tops and backs with their batting all sorted ready to go. I also over think things and feel that I just need to get on with it. I am looking forward to hearing about your new books and how they inspire you.

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  6. I agree about the softness aspect. I find it's hard to do an all over design big enough to be nice and soft. And with a big design you need to constantly move the quilt lots too, which can be hard. You could always 'organically' echo inside each star and the same in each grey pinwheel secondary shape too. But an all over meander with stars could be nice too. Good luck!

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