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« on: November 03, 2008 12:13:03 PM »

hey there!  this is my monet's flower garden zig zag quilt.  it's constructed with loads of vintage floral sheets that i've been collecting for some time now.  i've been fussing with this one for a long time to get that dreamy look of monet's flower garden paintings.  i think it's close to complete.  there are a couple of sections that i'm still not sure about.  a friend is sending me a few leftover sheets and i'm going to see if those might fit better in the sections i'm still not sure of.
i'd appreciate some help from all of you.  the last zigzag quilt i made i quilted with a zigzag pattern...i'm struggling over how to quilt this one.  any ideas would surely be welcome.  thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 01:02:57 PM »

Not only is that really gorgeous, my parents had a set of that blue one in the very middle!  That's too pretty, really.

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 01:53:20 PM »

That's beautiful, its going to look wonderful when its all assembled!


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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 04:39:07 PM »

I really like the look of the quilt, I think it would look kinda neat to quilt in waves along the zigzags
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2008 05:34:33 PM »

This is such an inspirational quilt.  I think it would be cool to quilt free form flowers or vines and leaves to go with the theme.  I'm pretty new to free motion but I have seen people do daisy chains and leaves and it looks really nice.  No matter how you quilt it this quilt will attract a lot of attention. 
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008 07:16:18 AM »

Oooo very pretty.  You can tell you have a good eye for not only finding fabrics that go well together, but finding the best sequencing of them.  I'm more of a fan of hand quilting, but I second E.D's suggestion to go with free form flowers.  I'd also do a wide, calming border in a dusky french blue.

(I think I have the last blue before the pink sequence in the quilt on my bed at the moment)

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2008 08:50:07 AM »

Sadly, the actual quilting part of quilting is too overwhelming for me to tackle.  I send my tops out to be quilted, and let the long-armer decided what looks best (which I KNOW I shouldn't do, but...  I do...).  So anyway, I don't have suggestions of how to quilt your top, BUT... I wanted to let you know how beautiful I think it is!

Just curious:  I've never worked with vintage sheets/textiles before.  Are they difficult to sew?  And how will you care for this quilt when it's finished?
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008 11:19:37 AM »

this is beautiful! i can definitely see the monet inspiration.

are you going to quilt it yourself? i think you should follow the zig zag in your quilting to really emphasize that aspect of the piecing.
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008 03:01:18 PM »

sheets are definitely not as easy to work with as lovely cotton quilting fabric.  it helps so much if you use a sharp denim needle for the piecing and for the zig zag pattern you really need to press seams open rather than to the side.  this helps reduce bulk and makes quilting so much easier.  actually, whatever the pattern, i press seams open with sheets.

i've made several quilts using sheets...they wear well and wash up just fine.  i've made several baby quilts with them and the parents report they stand up well to washing.  i'm careful in my choices of the sheets...if they are too worn or thin they won't stand up in a quilt.  sometimes you can buy a really worn sheet and only use the parts near the edges and bottom which don't have as much wear.

i love recycling fabrics into my quilts and sheets have so much variety in pattern and color.
hope this helps,
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