Thursday, February 26, 2015

design and inspiration

Hello, I want to share some of my ideas for quilting designs.  here is a quilt top that Cyndie wanted advice on:

It is made from a pattern by J Michelle Watts.  Cyndie was willing to do a filler like cathedral windows or pumpkin seed allover the quilt.  But on my way home, I started to think that it could be very dull and repetitive for her. 
 Why not divide the quilt into three shapes and fill each one with a different fill.  I settled on triangles, and they interweave where they touch.  I think the one with rays should go in the center (I drew it on the right angel). and the other fillers could be pumpkin seeds, paisleys, bubbles, McTavishing or whatever she wants to do. By echoing the triangles an inch or so, they will pop by virtue of their not being filled.
I thought the baptist fan filler might be appropriate for the outside of the triangles, biblical right?
This design is much more interesting than an overall fill, and it really won't take that much longer.  I would draw in the triangle shapes with a fabric marker and then go to town. 

Another quilt I am in the process of quilting is this Alamo quilt that Linda made for an auction for St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.  I pin basted it already and will think about the design while I am stitching in the ditch and around the applique's .

Some thoughts though; I could just put a filler around those boots, but wouldn't it be fun to quilt a lasso or something western around them and then fill the space?
  I have this barbed wire border stencil, but I don't see any place to put that really, too bad.
Then I need to design something in that open black space around the stars - maybe curved cross-hatching?
And in the sky around the Alamo - I think it would be great to quilt some rays - like it was special or something, haha.  I will take photos as I go and let you know what I come up with.  Karen

Today's quote: "You may all go to Hell, and I'll go to Texas".  Davy Crockett

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