Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I can't decide -

Quick update -

And I can't decide how to quilt some stuff - I need some input - ;))

I cut the backing for the Christmas embroidered blocks table topper as a simple one-piece of the lighter fabric with the green holly leaves - still need to fuse it - but it shouldn't be a problem -

When I realized that I had already cut the backing for the Turkey Day Wallhanging - I got that fused together and the "quilt-in-the-ditch" lines between the larger sections done -

And then as I was looking at the pile of blue placemats and other smaller stuff to be quilted - more or less as practice pieces - I picked out the Christmas placemats and the other little Christmas table runner -

Now I can't decide how to quilt them -

Any ideas??? - ;))

The Christmas placemats have already been bound and have "quilt-in-the-ditch" lines around the green bars of the tree and down the "seam lines" between the white - the green - and the red.

The red section is narrow enough to not need any more quilting - and I could probably do some free-form squiggles to sort of outline the "roses" - but I need ideas on what to do in the "white" background behind the "tree".

I'm not very good at "stipple" so I thought maybe I could mark out one from a stencil. It wouldn't be much to mark - and following a stencil could/would help me get down the rhythm of the curves and practice changing directions. Besides - if I use white thread - once I'm done - I can brush off the marks and no one will be able to tell where I didn't "hit the line". Does that make sense? - ;))

On the table runner - I'm drawing a complete blank -

The middle block is set differently from the two on the sides -

The end blocks have the little pinwheel in the middle -

I was thinking of using red thread on this one to make it blend in - and thought I could try to do a free-form holly leaf in the red sections - but I have NO idea what to do in the lighter areas. It probably doesn't matter because it's so busy it won't be seen - but I have to do SOMETHING and I can't decide what that SOMETHING should be - ;))

Any ideas??? -

I'm open to any and all suggestions - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Katie M. said...

Placemats - I was going to suggest stipple to make the background recede and 'pop' the tree. Or, diagonal striping - only in the white, stopping at the tree print.
The table runner - Stitch in the ditch around the individual larger square. then maybe long loops (think cursive 'L's' ) in the larger light sections... If you want to practice feathers, a half feather would be nice ....

Frog Quilter said...

Swirls would look nice on each of them. They are lovely!!!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie - I'm leaning toward stipple on the placemats - the Christmas embroidered blocks have plenty of diagonal striping in the cross-hatch grid - and it's getting boring. Long loops should be easy - and I love feathers - thanks, again - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, lady - swirls are FUN - I might try those on the table runner and do stipple on the placemats - that way I can get some practice doing both - ;))

Julie Fukuda said...

Gee, I'm glad I don't have to decide. The holly leaf idea would work for me and I think something a bit feathery would soften the straight lines of the tree but making a machine do the work is a whole different matter.

Karen M said...

Since placemats get a lot of use and will likely be washed often, I would take the modern approach and just use straight line quilting. You could use a walking foot instead of FMQ.
For the table runner, your quilting will not show up on the print, so I would save the fancy stuff for the red border. These look great.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Julie - the holly leaf is a definite maybe - and I already did one placemat with a "stipple" - it didn't turn out half bad although I definitely need MUCH more practice - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Karen - but it's too late on the placemats, sorry - I already did one with a "stipple" and I really liked the way it turned out. I decided against straight lines on them because I thought curves would soften up the straight lines of the tree and I'm getting lots of practice with my walking foot on the Christmas embroidered blocks table runner and table topper. You're right on the Christmas table runner - nothing will show except on the red - so I probably won't do anything too fancy in the lighter sections. Thanks for the input - ;))

Gene Black said...

I see that i am "late to the game" on this one. I think I would leave the lighter sections unquilted to make them "pop" a bit.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Better late than never, Gene - ;)) The lighter sections are 2" x 3-1/2" on the long end - and the fusible can be quilted up to 4" apart - so that would work. Thanks for the input - ;))


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