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Topic: advice on picking a quilting motif?  (Read 643 times)
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« on: February 14, 2010 09:03:16 PM »

I'm working on assembling the top of a quilt based on the "Turning Twenty" pattern:


This will be my third quilt. I'm trying to think outside of the box and avoid just quilting in the ditch. I want something that will look nice from the front or the back of the quilt. All I know for sure at this point is that I want some type of pattern to stick to.

What I'd like to know is how you guys find inspiration for quilting motifs, and how you match the motif to the pattern.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010 07:44:09 AM »

I tend to draw my inspiration from a couple of things. One, the general layout / style of the quilt. For example, I have a log cabin that I did in deep blues and bright yellows, in an offset, "star" like design. - I did swirls on the blue and a mariner's star on the yellows. Looks great from front or back (and I really hate the backing fabric on that - the recipient picked it out.) On a pixel quilt, I shadow quilted the design outside the motif (a 1up Super Mario mushroom) and in the ditch inside, to emphasize the pixel nature of it.) Because I don't have a "real" longarm machine, I don't use stencils for motifs, but a lot of people do - I'd probably, for that one, take inspiration from the fabrics or colours you're using.
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