Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by Rhonda Anderso » Mon, 20 Jul 1998 04:00:00



G'day all,

Thanks to all who gave me advice on starting to make quilts.
Now I'm back again for some more. I don't really know anyone
else who makes quilts. A couple of women in my Embroiderer's
Guild group have made one or two, but I only see them once a
month. So, I will probably be back often to ask you for help
and suggestions. I have decided to make a small quilt (don't
know whether you would actually call it a miniature or not)
approx 19" by 23" which I can hang on the wall. I like small
things and I also figure making small quilts like this will be
a good way to try out different techniques to see which I enjoy
well enough to do on a large scale. I am going with a four patch
block (thanks, Ragmop) in 2 fabrics - A = a medium print, B =
a light solid. I have decided on 2 blocks

AA   and  BB     which will be 4" square finished
BB        BA

The quilt will be 3 blocks across, and 4 down with a narrow (1")
inner border, and a wider (2 1/2") outer border. The blocks will
be arranged like this (I hope this makes sense, and you can see
the pattern)

BBAABB
BABBAB
ABBBBA
ABAABA
ABAABA
BABBAB
BBAABB

OK, now the things I would like advice and suggestions on:

1. Colour - Lavender is one of my favourite colours, and I would
like to use a medium lavender small print as my A fabric. I have
been following the colour thread re purple and yellow and this
gave me the idea of using a soft lemon solid as the B fabric. Then
I thought perhaps a deeper yellow (daffodil?) for the inner
border, the outer border from the A fabric from the blocks, and a
deep lavender solid for the binding. I have drawn my design out
on graph paper and played with the colour pencils. I like it and
would like to use these colours providing I can find the right
fabrics. What do you think? Does this sound nice?

2. Quilting - I would like some suggestions for quilting designs.
I will be hand quilting and this will be my first project
(although I will get in some practice before I start) so I would
like to use simple designs. I thought some sort of simple straight
line quilting on the pieced area and then a little more elaborate
design on the outer border.

3. Batting - I would like some advice on what sort of batting to
use. Obviously warmth is not an issue here, unless I use it to
keep my feet warm <g>. Ease of quilting and thickness of batting
are. I will want something thin enough to be appropriate for the
size of the quilt and also to make the quilting as easy as possible.
What should I use?

So, I eagerly await your words of wisdom. I can't start on this
until I have got a few of my embroidery WIPs a bit closer to
completion. However, I'd like to have it all planned and decided
on by 20/21 August. That's when I'll be going to a large stitching
and craft show here (S.E.X, S.E.X, S.E.X for embroidery & quilting)
I know there will be a number of patchwork shops in attendance,
and it will be a great opportunity to search for the perfect fabrics.

TIA,

Rhonda
Penrith,NSW,Australia

I love a sunburnt country - Dorothea Mackellar

 
 
 

Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by Jennifer Boon » Mon, 20 Jul 1998 04:00:00


(emailed also)
I'm just a beginner too.  Have yet to actually complete a quilt, working on
2 baby quilts.
1)  For the color issue, I have a difficult time with this too.  The purple
and yellow would go well together, but you have to think of the value of the
color of fabric.  If you have a light lavender, you would want to go with a
medium or dark yellow.  This is what I have read and I have seen
demonstrations of the same quilt where one is all medium colors and the
other has light, medium, and dark.  The quilt with the l, m, & d combo
stands out so much more.  I haven't perfected the value of fabric yet.
Still confusing to me.
2)  For the quilting  you could also do simple curves or wave-like.  The
simplest one that I have looks like a braid, but with only 2 strands.  I
wish I could type it out here.  I would go into a library, bookstore, or
craftstore and look at the quilting books.  They usually have a few patterns
for quilting that are simple.
3)  I have no suggestions for batting.  The only wallhanging I did was a
full kit that had the batting included.

--
Jennifer, OH

http://www.boonedocks.simplenet.com

Quote:

>G'day all,

>Thanks to all who gave me advice on starting to make quilts.
>Now I'm back again for some more. I don't really know anyone
>else who makes quilts. A couple of women in my Embroiderer's
>Guild group have made one or two, but I only see them once a
>month. So, I will probably be back often to ask you for help
>and suggestions. I have decided to make a small quilt (don't
>know whether you would actually call it a miniature or not)
>approx 19" by 23" which I can hang on the wall. I like small
>things and I also figure making small quilts like this will be
>a good way to try out different techniques to see which I enjoy
>well enough to do on a large scale. I am going with a four patch
>block (thanks, Ragmop) in 2 fabrics - A = a medium print, B =
>a light solid. I have decided on 2 blocks

>AA   and  BB     which will be 4" square finished
>BB        BA

>The quilt will be 3 blocks across, and 4 down with a narrow (1")
>inner border, and a wider (2 1/2") outer border. The blocks will
>be arranged like this (I hope this makes sense, and you can see
>the pattern)

>BBAABB
>BABBAB
>ABBBBA
>ABAABA
>ABAABA
>BABBAB
>BBAABB

>OK, now the things I would like advice and suggestions on:

>1. Colour - Lavender is one of my favourite colours, and I would
>like to use a medium lavender small print as my A fabric. I have
>been following the colour thread re purple and yellow and this
>gave me the idea of using a soft lemon solid as the B fabric. Then
>I thought perhaps a deeper yellow (daffodil?) for the inner
>border, the outer border from the A fabric from the blocks, and a
>deep lavender solid for the binding. I have drawn my design out
>on graph paper and played with the colour pencils. I like it and
>would like to use these colours providing I can find the right
>fabrics. What do you think? Does this sound nice?

>2. Quilting - I would like some suggestions for quilting designs.
>I will be hand quilting and this will be my first project
>(although I will get in some practice before I start) so I would
>like to use simple designs. I thought some sort of simple straight
>line quilting on the pieced area and then a little more elaborate
>design on the outer border.

>3. Batting - I would like some advice on what sort of batting to
>use. Obviously warmth is not an issue here, unless I use it to
>keep my feet warm <g>. Ease of quilting and thickness of batting
>are. I will want something thin enough to be appropriate for the
>size of the quilt and also to make the quilting as easy as possible.
>What should I use?

>So, I eagerly await your words of wisdom. I can't start on this
>until I have got a few of my embroidery WIPs a bit closer to
>completion. However, I'd like to have it all planned and decided
>on by 20/21 August. That's when I'll be going to a large stitching
>and craft show here (S.E.X, S.E.X, S.E.X for embroidery & quilting)
>I know there will be a number of patchwork shops in attendance,
>and it will be a great opportunity to search for the perfect fabrics.

>TIA,

>Rhonda
>Penrith,NSW,Australia

>I love a sunburnt country - Dorothea Mackellar


 
 
 

Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by John Feltne » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Hi Rhonda,
 It has been ages since I have been here ( trouble with the server)!
 Your colors sound wonderful I have always liked spring colors myself.
As for the hand quilting you could "stitch in the ditch" which means
that you quilt along the seams of your blocks. Use the smallest needle
that you are comfortable holding, I use a 5 myself,and the best thread
that you can afford. Now is not the time to start cutting corners, as
for batting I would suggest that you use cotton Warm and Natural is one
of my favorites.
I have a few quilting patterns posted on my webpage under the link of
How To the url is
htt://www.geocities.com/Heartland/3721/anita.htm
there are a couple very simple patterns that would be perfect to start
out with.
Good luck and keep us posted~
Anita
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Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by Deb » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


No right or wrong here Rhonda, you should do what looks good to you, but
you asked for suggestions, so here goes--
1. Color--I love lavender and yellow, so I think that combo sounds lovely.
The one thing I might try, if I were you, is to play with the colors a bit
and see if you really want all the softer colors on the squares and deeper
colors on the borders. It may be fine, but my instincts tell me it may make
your inner 4-patch pattern look washed out. You may want to see if you like
the darker lavender and the soft yellow as your inner design, keep the
darker yellow inner border, and go with your paler lavender as your outer
border. <?>
2. Quilting--I would do a simple diagonal design in the four-patch
area---go from corner to corner in both directions to end up with an
on-point grid. Very simple, looks good and you don't have to quilt through
many seams. Then maybe a braided cable or a feather design in the outer
border to give you some practice with curves---both very common,
easy-to-find quilting patterns.
3.Batting--You'll get an argument here from all the die-hard cotton-only
people on the ng, but when it comes to hand quilting, I feel I get the best
results and the least frustration from a low-loft poly batt. I only use
cotton batts for my rare ventures into machine quilting. If at all
possible, the best thing you could do would be to find a place that sells a
sample pack of several different batts and try them with some s***fabric.
See what you like in terms of both ease of quilting and the final result. I
know of a couple of places that sell these sample packs in the US, but I'm
not sure about Australia. Maybe you could check the classified section of a
good quilting mag.
HTH,
--
Deb
http://www.FoundCollection.com/
 
 
 

Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by Elliso » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Howdy!
   I vote for what Deb says here.
     I'd even go darker on the lavender, into purple;  I think yellow
is going to appear "light" in this, so the contrast color needs
to really contrast.  
    I thought of the diagonal quilt design, too; simple, quick, plays
up the geometry of the 4-patch.
     I like the poly-cotton mix in batting.  
  Cheers.     --
Ragmop
http://www.FoundCollection.com/~Ellison-Texas



Quote:
> No right or wrong here Rhonda, you should do what looks good to you, but
> you asked for suggestions, so here goes--
> 1. Color--I love lavender and yellow, so I think that combo sounds
lovely.
> The one thing I might try, if I were you, is to play with the colors a
bit
> and see if you really want all the softer colors on the squares and
deeper
> colors on the borders. It may be fine, but my instincts tell me it may
make
> your inner 4-patch pattern look washed out. You may want to see if you
like
> the darker lavender and the soft yellow as your inner design, keep the
> darker yellow inner border, and go with your paler lavender as your outer
> border. <?>
> 2. Quilting--I would do a simple diagonal design in the four-patch
> area---go from corner to corner in both directions to end up with an
> on-point grid. Very simple, looks good and you don't have to quilt
through
> many seams. Then maybe a braided cable or a feather design in the outer
> border to give you some practice with curves---both very common,
> easy-to-find quilting patterns.
> 3.Batting--You'll get an argument here from all the die-hard cotton-only
> people on the ng, but when it comes to hand quilting, I feel I get the
best
> results and the least frustration from a low-loft poly batt. I only use
> cotton batts for my rare ventures into machine quilting. If at all
> possible, the best thing you could do would be to find a place that sells
a
> sample pack of several different batts and try them with some s***
fabric.
> See what you like in terms of both ease of quilting and the final result.
I
> know of a couple of places that sell these sample packs in the US, but
I'm
> not sure about Australia. Maybe you could check the classified section of
a
> good quilting mag.
> HTH,
> --
> Deb
> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

 
 
 

Further advice needed for a newbie quilter - long

Post by Scott Fishe » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>  [...] What do you think? Does this sound nice?

It sounds lovely!

Quote:
> 2. Quilting - I would like some suggestions for quilting designs.
> I will be hand quilting and this will be my first project
> (although I will get in some practice before I start) so I would
> like to use simple designs. I thought some sort of simple straight
> line quilting on the pieced area and then a little more elaborate
> design on the outer border.

One design that looks more elaborate than it is is a kind of ivy-vine or
scroll pattern.  How to describe it... like a numeral 6, only leave the
circle in the middle open; then draw another that's like a mirror
image.  The top of each 6 connects to the loop part of the previous so
it looks like an unbroken vine...  I'll bet that's completely
incomprehensible.  Anyone a) know what I'm talking about and b) know a
URL with one of these patterns?  (Maybe when I get home to the
scanner...)

Quote:
> 3. Batting - I would like some advice on what sort of batting to
> use. [...] What should I use?

Kim introduced me to the concept of a "batting sampler," where you order
a couple of different batting types from a supplier.  The idea is that
it's an inexpensive way to get a feel for more than one thickness of
batting, which also lets you test-quilt some areas.  We're going to do
this for my spider-garden quilt (more news later) so I can see which one
makes my quilting design look best.  I'll bet you can find a batting
sampler at the show you're talking about!

Let us know how it goes, and we look forward to hearing about your
success!

--Scott Fisher