Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Bright Stripes - A Work in Progress

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I always like reading about people's thought processes so I thought I'd share what quilting designs I've been considering for Bright Stripes, my test of my soon-to-be Falling For Stripes pattern. Figuring out the quilting used to intimidate me -- so many options! -- but now I rather enjoy it because I can test out ideas using the trial quilting sheets before committing.

For the original Falling For Stripes, I did square spirals in all of the stripe blocks and different straight line motifs in the yellow and orange sections. For the pink, burgundy and purple sections, I echoed the blocks for the most part about 1" apart. 

For Bright Stripes, I wanted a different feel with the quilting. Something that would soften or contrast with the feel of the crisp white background and rainbow stripe squares. Apologies for the photos -- I can't use the flash with the trial quilting sheets.

Some spiral quilting?

Yes, but I don't like how it goes off the edge. Different edge treatment?

I like the straight lines, but the corner is not doing it for me. Maybe take the spirals all the way to the corner to separate the straight lines?

Yes, I think so. I did the spirals on all the blocks, but found that there's a lot of space along the edges that I didn't want to be all straight lines. Back under the trial quilting sheet to play some more. 

That's looking better. Come back Friday when I host TGIFF! to see what I decided to do. You are also most welcome to link up one (or more!) of your own recent finishes.

I'm linking in to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and to W.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Thanks Monika and Lee for hosting such great linkies!
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  1. Love it! I especially live the spirals and the stripes. Cute!

  2. I love seeing your different options. I just read a FMQ book that suggested this exact thing: use clear plastic to draw our designs on over your quilt. I love seeing you do this so I can see how that works.

    I like the last option the best...although all would work splendidly.

  3. Oh the patients you have girl!! I love it!! I especially like the colors in the first piece.

  4. I love the spirals and the lines together in that last shot! This has given me some great ideas on how to quilt mine. And I may need to make some trial quilting sheets of my own. . .


  5. I like that last option too. Really like the idea of those trial sheets!

  6. Great quilting ideas. Quilting those extra swirls in the negative space is going to look wonderful!

  7. What a brilliant idea! I do like the spirals in the corners

  8. Love how you decided the finish the corner of the quilt. So clever.

  9. Thank you for sharing your creative process. It is very helpful for newbie FMQ'ers

  10. A great way to try out quilting patterns - and you sure have a lot of great ideas!

  11. Are you drawing your design on a piece of plexiglass? That is so smart!!!


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