Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ideas for quilting this?

I've finished the top for my latest design using Cloud9's gorgeous "Beyond the Sea" fabrics. Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions on which design to go for, and the colour combinations to use. In the end I used one of my first sketches (the third one here), for its simplicity and flow. I decided not to use the brown in the blocks and just save it for the binding (I had just enough), but as it came together I felt it needed a bit of oomph, so I added the brown at the last minute. I love the brown and now wish I'd used it in more of the blocks (but not enough to unpick it though).

The fabric was beautiful to work with and I find it a really calming quilt.


It was really easy and quick to put together. I discovered pinless piecing of curves a little while ago from Tallgrass Prairie Studio's blog and was excited that it was so easy. This is the video that got me hooked (it explains sewing curves without pins so well).


You guys came up with so many brilliant ideas for how to quilt my Wonky Donkey quilt, so I thought I'd shamelessly solicit ideas for quilting this new design. I'm thinking about stippling or trying that pebbly look in the sashing and borders, and then handquilting some waves on the wavy blocks. Alternatively I could machine quilt large waves horizontally right the way across the quilt (a little like I did on Sierra's Forest).

I ironed it, but by the time I got it out at my in-laws to photograph it, it looked like this.
 A penny for your thoughts?

22 comments:

  1. It turned out so great, and I do like the brown too. I am only managing straight line quilting at the moment, so I'm not quite sure what would work best but I love the combination of your hand and machine quilting.
    XO Amelia

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  2. I was thinking fish in the wavy squares and pebbles in the sashing? You could FMQ a big stylised fish and/or starfish and/or shells in each block - the waves and the name of the fabric really made me think beach related shapes!

    I'm sure it'll look beutiful whatever you do! Can't wait to see the finished result.

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  3. This really is a breathtakingly beautiful quilt! Sorry I don't have any suggestions for quilting it, though I kind of like Ange_Moore's suggestion above. I think something not-too-dense so as not to compete with the calmness of the design.

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  4. You picked the perfect spot to photograph your clever quilt. I see soft horizontal waves or how about small loops like this http://lollyquiltz.blogspot.com/2010/06/next-generation.htm , except make them much smaller.

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  5. You work is awesome. This is a wonderfully soothing piece.

    Have you thought about something like this: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2010/03/day-141-swirling-water.html

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  6. Beautiful quilt! I like the waves you did in Sierra's Forest, and if you think of them as sand ripples on the beach, you could throw in an occasional starfish or sand dollar or sea shell FMQ addition to make it interesting! And the brown is perfect - just the right amount to draw the eye to the rest of the quilt. Genius!! I can't believe I suggested you leave it out!

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  7. I really like the idea of the pebble quilting mixed with some handquilting. It's so much fun when the quilting fits the motif of the quilt and it's design; it becomes art!

    It's a beautiful quilt! Well done!

    Jennifer :)

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  8. Wow! That's a gorgeous quilt! The curved piecing combined with the ocean-themed prints makes each block seem like a little beach scene. I love the brown!

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  9. What a pretty quilt, reminiscent of sea and sky and sand -- like a calm day on a solitary section of beach. Thanks for the video clip -- very helpful!

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  10. lOVE this quilt Kate!! When I made my Calypso Sea Quilt… instead of straight line quilting… I used the same method, but in waves that intertwined with each other… it was soooo beautiful! ;) hope it helps… I’m sure it will turn out beautifully!! ;)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35939871@N05/4359797977/in/set-72157615747172766/

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  11. Really beautiful quilt. The colors are so peaceful. I like the suggestions so I'm anxious to see what you come up with!

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  12. So beautiful! I think something wavy would be awesome on this quilt. Do you remember learning how to write in cursive & you had to make a long row of lowercase c's? I think they sort of looked like waves. I think a swirlier version of that as the quilt design would look cool. Does that make any sense? I can see it in my mind & it looks amazing! Hopefully you can picture it too. :-)

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  13. this is so gorgeous...what about some wavy lines in the borders to accentuate the lines in the fabrics.

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  14. it is really lovely! I could see it used as a beach quilt ;0) I love your idea about the "pebble" quilted border and some wavy lines!

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  15. love the curved piecing - thanks for the link to the you tube video too - wow, that makes life a whole lot easier!
    Pebbles would be cute but something flowing like simple intertwining wavy lines would keep the movement.
    It's a gorgoeus quilt, love that fabric line.
    x

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  16. how about big sashiko stitches with a perle cotton thread in teal and brown?

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  17. Thanks for all the fabulous suggestions and really nice compliments. I think I'm leaning towards wavy lines going right across the quilt (nice and simple for a simple quilter like me), some machine quilted and some hand quilted, but who knows what I'll decide in the end. Why am I so indecisive? I don't know!

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  18. I would use simple wavy lines across the quilt too.
    Love the quilt. I'm sorry your in laws have to live in a place where they have that view. They must get nothing done but sit on the lawn and look. How beautiful.
    Hey I scrolled down and saw that shepherds pie. I think you should post the recipe for us. Take care
    Marty

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  19. Beautiful! I have the same fabric and I really like what you did with it. I like the simple waves across idea goes with the relaxed feeling you have going on now.

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  20. it is beautiful! can't wait to see it quilted!

    i love how the brown turned out in it!

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  21. What a gorgeous quilt! I've never attempted curved piecing, but I might just have to take your word for it and check out that video. I love the design and the soothing colors.

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