Sunday, 2 September 2012

UFO Sunday #2

Still on the English Paper Piecing Project. Two more rows of little squares....will post photos when it is finished.

Not going too quickly but the end is in sight. Thinking about some quilting designs. The first thing that came to mind was to simply follow the shapes:



 
That would actually be quite an easy finish and go well with the ordered arrangement of the pieces.
 
I am also still looking at an overall design...maybe something like below, although the spacing would have to be a bit wider. I like this design but have not done it before edge-to-edge because I tend to loose orientation easily when  sewing. With this little quilt though that could work because of the shapes...I could literally count off the rows and place the loops neatly in the little squares (sorry, was too lazy to re-draw this a bit wider and more spaced out). Would have to practice this a bit...

 
 
Alternatively, I am thinking I could use an overall floral design... or maybe Baptist fans like Danielle from Fresh Off the Spools suggested...decisions, decisions. Well, I can think about all of this while I am completing this, as it is probably still going to take another week.

In terms of UFOs, this is what's on my list

- 'practice' quilt: on-going as part of Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesdays
- Table runner: to be tackled after the English Paper Piecing Adventure
- Craftsy BOM: embarrassed to say that I stopped in March; the issue seems to be with the size of the blocks. I actually do not like to work with 12"blocks (shouldn't I have thought of this beforehand!), so I am currently considering re-working them into smaller size blocks. Now that would mean I have to start again - to be decided
- 'Arrangement of Small Pieces' quilt: decided to stop this project; I had chosen 30's fabric for this quilt and having had a break and re-looking at it, I actually do not like my choice of fabric and also have already moved on in my head to a more exciting use of this block. I am going right back to my more familiar choice of fabric, darker and more contrasting colours. As I have made some blocks, I could sew them up into another table runner. The rest of the fabric I am thinking of sewing up into Nine Patch blocks, put them on point and have alternate plain fabric blocks in between. This will then give me the opportunity to practice some fancy FMQ motif in those blocks
- Cat panel wall-hanging: this has been around for a while; I followed the major outlines of the picture using the walking foot and have a thousand and one threads to sew in...this was before I had enough confidence to FMQ straight lines; I could use this to continue to practice FMQ on this to just finish it off.

No wonder I am confused. Going to link up to Leah Day's UFO Sunday on the Free Motion Quilting Project


UFO Sundays on the Free Motion Quilting Project


Until next time

Karin

10 comments:

  1. I usually wait until I'm done before I think about the quilting design. I like both the ideas you drew out. I like to meander all over my quilt tops. It would be great if you could follow your shapes instead of marking. So much easier!!

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    1. Yes, I am hoping this will work. At the moment I am trying to find some information on bagging a quilt...not sure whether you can use this type of finishing and then quilt it after.

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  2. I like both of your ideas! I was re-reading your last post about this one, and I see your concern for quilting over hand-stitched piecing. I used to iron my piecing to one side. I quit doing that and started opening my seams because the needle seemed to "grab" those seams ironed to one side. I never quilted hand piecing, but it could do the same.But maybe not. Ahhhh quilting something you pieced so carefully is always such a big decision! You're really great at FMQing so whatever you choose will look awesome!

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    1. Yes, I am a bit nervous about this one. dreading taking the paper out. I actually have no experience with this type of quilting and am currently wondering whether to 'bag' it out or add a border.

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  3. I can see how the second one could be resized to fit the pattern, and I love it. I think it adds another dimension of interest, and it might help to hold everything together because you'd be stitching across a lot of the piecing. I like the idea that the piecing is detailed enough to be its own guide as you quilt; you have a lot of patience to do all that piecing! Also, I do think it will look great whichever of those ideas you use.

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    1. Yes thanks...bit nervous about the whole thing at the moment.

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  4. I think the first one highlights the pieced pattern very well while the second one will blend into it. I recently did an overall pattern over very angular piecing and the quilting basically disappeared into the pattern. It's very pretty when the light hits it just right but a lot of quilting work that's not really seen. Lovely ideas!

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  5. That is a good point...the design is very strong and you might be right on this. I was thinking the other day that the first one would also emphasize the more traditional feel of the piece.

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  6. I like your first FMQ design because that will give credit to all your piecing. But that's just my personal preference.

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  7. Yes, at the moment I am also back to the first design...I am almost finished the hand piecing. This is getting exciting...I wonder how all this will turn out.

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