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Topic: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts April 6)  (Read 40135 times)
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« Reply #220 on: March 08, 2011 07:49:31 AM »

Sloth and Waggonswest, this is my fourth round of the MAQ and I have been in your position every time. BUT! This round I decided to throw caution to the wind and just go with it! I'm having fun, so I think you should go for it too!

DO IT!
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« Reply #221 on: March 08, 2011 07:53:06 AM »

I must say Sloth, and Waggonswest... That I Believe In Your Ability to do amazing work! You CAN Do It!
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« Reply #222 on: March 08, 2011 08:18:28 AM »

to paraphrase...  The first cut it is the hardest....

I'm just sayin'. 
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« Reply #223 on: March 08, 2011 08:25:48 AM »

I've had a bit better luck with my third (!) attempt at what I've been trying - but I'm still not sure it's going to work out as planned...  I may have to switch gears after all, but I don't really want to...
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« Reply #224 on: March 08, 2011 10:01:33 AM »

ha! there are NO fabric stores where i live. and i'm not exaggerating. NONE. there's a walmart about 30 min east of here that has a (very) limited selection, or there are hobby lobby & michaels' stores 2 hours north, or 1hr 45 min south of where i live. fortunately i was passing within 15 minutes of the one in monroe, LA on my way down to my aunt's for mardi gras this weekend! so i did a swing thru there and bought some really awesome stuff!!!  Grin Grin Grin i had a basic idea in mind before i went, but sifting thru and picking out what i liked that "went" with each other and with my theme has really firmed up the visual image of the quilt in my head. gonna try to get a "real" layout built today after work and start cutting later in the week...
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« Reply #225 on: March 08, 2011 12:01:41 PM »

I must say Sloth, and Waggonswest... That I Believe In Your Ability to do amazing work! You CAN Do It!

ditto!!  whatever you do will be fabulous, i'm sure Smiley

i'm also struggling with the lack of a good fabric selection for the last few bits of the MAQ...will be hitting ANOTHER store tomorrow (newer, bigger, hopefully better!) in hopes that i can finish up the piecing this week.

for those that have used embellishments on a quilt before, do you add these BEFORE the batting/backing/quilting (which i am concerned may cause trouble with the sewing machine), or do you sandwich the top/batting/backing together and sew embellishments WITH the quilting (which i am concerned will leave an ugly back if my knots/stitches aren't perfect)?  any help/input would be appreciated Smiley
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« Reply #226 on: March 08, 2011 01:53:39 PM »

That's a good question, megstar. I need the answer also.
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« Reply #227 on: March 08, 2011 02:30:33 PM »

i plan on making my top, adding some appliqu. then sandwiching and quilting. then any embellishments i need to add will be hand sewn just making sure to go thru the top layer.

 i think.  they way this one is going.  the quilting will be light.  and not the main feature of this quilt. Smiley


but i have never made an art quilt before.  so the experienced ones should answer too please.
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« Reply #228 on: March 08, 2011 03:32:28 PM »

for those that have used embellishments on a quilt before, do you add these BEFORE the batting/backing/quilting (which i am concerned may cause trouble with the sewing machine), or do you sandwich the top/batting/backing together and sew embellishments WITH the quilting (which i am concerned will leave an ugly back if my knots/stitches aren't perfect)?  any help/input would be appreciated Smiley

hmmm.... well, i'd say to do all the embellishments first, then sandwich and quilt, for the same reason you mentioned - i want a pretty back. but then, i'll be doing my quilting by hand. i'm never totally satisfied with my machine-quilting skills and i'm a tad neurotic. maybe if i was gonna quilt first and then add embellishments if it doesn't stand out too bad i'd use thread that matched the backing instead of the front.
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« Reply #229 on: March 08, 2011 03:57:15 PM »

I've seen quilts done in both ways.  Some that are machine quilted have very tiny neat stitches for the embellishments on the back.  I've seen them with huge stitches on the back running between the stuff on the front.  I've been surprised at the mess some well-followed quilters leave on the back.  However, I think it is possible to put them on after you quilt as long as you are aware of what it is going to look on both sides.  I've been practicing pulling the knots through on some other pieces in the hopes that I can do a good job. The real reason for that is because I am going to do machine quilting on mine and I don't want to risk my machine or my embellishments. 
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