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Beautiful job on this quilt, both piecing and quilting. Bead board for the border should be perfect.
I know you haven't heard much from me. I have been reading but the forum is very picky about whether it wants me to post or not. Tonight it likes me.
this is fun! And easy. It looks impressive but easy. Of course it helps that I'm quilting on black - you can see the texture but not individual stitches - black on black. Almost done, I'll be working on the binding tonight. Yipee!
Yup easy to do and it always looks great!
Shhhh! Don't give away trade secrets about something that's easy to do ...
That looks great! Is that what you call beadwork? That looks like it would be hard to keep lined up…..
you must have tricks.
I got better as I went along - I realized I could use the edge of the hopper foot as a spacer. But since it was black on black, it is hard to see. I did mark with chalk lines to help with spacing. I could not use a specific measurement because I needed them to line up with the piecing. Which made the spacing slightly different on the sides from the top/bottom. So I used chalk lines, eyeballing the center of the piecing and allignment I wanted.
I kept repeating in my head what one professional quilter said - I don't remember who - it's supposed to look hand made. Little variations make it unique and personal vs computerized. So I'm going with that. I did take out a handful of lines (less than 5 I swear) that slipped enough they bothered me, but mostly I just "eyeballed it". I am planning on entering it in a local show and I also kept repeating "it's MY quilt", if I want to do it a certain way, then it is my decision. So many guild members keep encouraging me to enter - not to win prizes, but to share with other quilts.
Ellen, the pattern that Dee is using mimics beadboard, a type of wall paneling you can buy by the sheet at Lowe's or Home Depot. She's calling it beadwork but here in Ohio we call it beadboard. Here's a photo:
Another perfect choice.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
Little variations make it unique and personal vs computerized.
You don't want your quilt to look like something stitched in a factory overseas. Tell yourself that your "bobbles" are a sign that you are not a robot.