Sunday, 6 February 2011

Quilting advice needed

So I started to quilt my DQS using some pebbling and some wavy lines and it was such a horrible mess that I unpicked the whole lot which took me forever and ever and started again with some straight lines.  I've got about a third of the way across but don't know whether it still looks rubbish.  Do I unpick this and try something different or carry on then perhaps add some hand quilting in aqua, maybe lavender, maybe grey perle afterwards?
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A couple more things I need to say which are (i) that my real life quilting friend and owner of the UK's leading Kona solids online fabric shop (see sidebar for a link to her shop) Mandy is having a great big SWOON giveaway so head on over to her blog to be in with a chance of winning that; and (ii) I have my first ever Moda Bake Shop project next Sunday so please tune back in for that - it may even be celebrated with a giveaway of something pretty special so make sure you're here next Sunday.  

29 comments:

  1. I like the straight line quilting - keep going with it, and I think the addition of some hand stitching in the perle cotton would be perfect!
    I'll be tuned in next week to check out your "recipe"! Congrats!

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  2. yay!!! I was wondering when your quilt would debut on Moda! Woohoo! Congrats!

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  3. I think it looks good, I would carry on, decide on other colours later. The black background looks fantastic. BTW, I have your button on my blog! Looking forward to your MBS project.

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  4. Same as 'what comes next' said!!

    Thanks for the tip on fabric, I shall go and take a look.

    Clare

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  5. Alicia Thompson6 February 2011 18:02

    Ditto 'what comes next'said as well!

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  6. I am loving the straight line quilting, and I think some hand stitched accents would be perfect! I am loving this!

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  7. I would keep going with the straight lines Lynne, I think that it makes the wonkyness of the blocks stand out more :)

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  8. The strait line quilting is looking awesome. I'd love the idea of some running stitches randomly placed throughout with the colors that you mentioned. It's dreamy already! It can only get better from here!

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  9. I am not help - I can't decide whether I do or don't like it. I do like the sound of some hand quilting. (As long as I don't have to do it because I've been doing that all afternoon!)

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  10. A minor crisis of confidence? No idea why - the lines look great - simple and clean - keep going xx

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  11. I echo what 'emadoodle' said. The straight line quilting looks great, keep going with it.

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  12. Ditto - love it so far, worry not! x

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  13. You could go 2 ways- continue straight line and this softens the colours, less contrast, less of an impact, although the aqua comes through strong- or go hand quilting, the pinks, greys and purples will pop more and the perle will contrast with the black well- both options will look good, depends more on what you intended...Maybe gee style lends itself more to hand stitches but I hate to inflict that on anyone!
    Congrats on the Moda bake, how exciting!

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  14. Definitely the straight lines. Maybe leave a few spaces where you can hand-quilt in Perle. That's what I would do!

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  15. I agree with others - it looks great! Love it! Not quite so happy with mine! Advice desperately required!!!!

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  16. That is fabulous and I love the straight line quilting!! I'm going to be the odd man out and say leave off the hand quilting - I think this one lends itself to simplicity - hand quilting might be like adding oversweet icing to an already perfect cake!!

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  17. I've already posted on flickr, Lynne, but I thought I'd pop in here too and say I think it just looks wonderful as is, and that you're going in absolutely the right direction ...

    See how you feel about adding the perle once everything else is textured, I would ...

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  18. I think keep going too, it's looking really great.
    Congrats on the Moda recipe, can't wait to see it!

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  19. Go with your instincts Lynne. Congratulations on Moda Bake Shop. I'll look forward to seeing it next Sunday :)

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  20. This quilt looks great! Don't doubt yoruself ;)

    Congrats on the Moda Bakeshop and I am loving your new look around here!

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  21. I love the way the quilting looks. Looking forward to next Sunday. (PS love the Orla look blog).

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  22. Looks great - keep going - i'll be waiting for the Moda Bake shop unveiling :)

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  23. I like the overlay appearance of the straight line stitching - did you consider playing with the length of your stitch to add interest? I think you're heading in the right direction!

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  24. The straight lines complement the different angles of the blocks really well. Stick at it. One of my art teachers always stressed the 'kiss' principle - Keep It Simple Silly!'. Don't overwork it. As much as I love the idea of perle accents, you may find you don't need it at all. Less is often best. Of course I could be talking out of my @*se! :-)

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  25. I think maybe you're feeling the dark threads going through the blocks are distracting from the quilt. I really love the straight line quilting though. Have you considered using a lighter grey cotton thread? You would see more of it on the black but it would leave the area in the blocks softer and more of a focus.

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  26. Keep it simple - go on as planned, plain with accent stitching

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  27. Wow!! Your going to be a super sonic star quilter for Moda bake shop!! That is so cool!!! I wish we could have a launch party, drink lots of champagne and get silly. As for the quilting, I like the straight lines but a little more spread out. I wonder what just a couple of lines of different colour thread would look like. It's a wonder that all these suggestions dont just confuse you more.

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  28. Just read Lisa O'Neils suggestion to try a longer stitch... I like that idea!

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  29. Love the straight line machine stitching. I especially like it spread a little unevenly about. Re: longer stitches, I usually use a 4.0 stitch length for machine quilting to show off the thread, but on this quilt, I'm not sure you need to show off thread - the blocks are the action on this lovely number!

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