Monday, December 29, 2008

Cathedral Stars---"Quilter's block"

We all know about "writer's block," but I am now faced with "quilter's block." I am working on putting the diagonals together and started brain-storming about how to quilt it. I am stumped---flat out have NO IDEA how to quilt it.

I only know that I'll be quilting this in 3 sections---one upper corner (that you see pictured top left), one lower corner that will be the same size as the upper, and a middle diagonal section that is 3 diagonals wide.

I'm hoping some of you may have some tips/ideas for me so that by the time I get the diagonals sewn and the 3 pieces sandwiched, I can start quilting away and finish this baby in time to start Bonnie's DD New Years Mystery. Perhaps some of you know some sites that have different quilting designs on them that you could share with me?

THANKS for any suggestions!

(Note: You can click on the picture to enlarge it)


Amanda said...

That is such a striking design Amy, and I love the colours. I really hope mine turns out half as well - when I get round to it. I can't help with any quilting ideas I'm afraid, but I'll more than willingly pinch some of the ones you get when I get that far!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Amy that is just gorgeous...not sure about the quilting but I am sure you will come up with a great design.

scraphappy said...

Great quilt -- it turned out fabulous! I am thinking that stars are called for. I cam see a little meander with a random star thrown in from time to time or even a more deliberate squiggle leading to a star in each segment of the nine patch. I usually grab a huge pile of old handouts and start practicing until I find a pattern I like. I also have a white board that works great -- if you really get stuck, there is always the good old meander, it goes with everything. Can't wait to see it finished. Knowing you, that will be very soon.

Julie said...

I don't know about how to quilt it, but it is beautiful!

Sallie said...

Hi Amy,

I had a similar layout with a Christmas quilt-on point in 3 sections. I did did the quilting on my dsm-a gentle wavy line the length of the row of blocks with a leave at every "outie". The tips of the leaves crossed over the seam between the rows. Then I came back down the row paralleling the wavy line with leaves at each "innie". The wavy line was then a stem with leaves that covered the block sort of like a pantograph on a longarm. When I joined the sections together, I had to do the row nearest the join at that time to strengthen the quilt and make it look uniform. I suck at machine quilting, but this was pretty good. It looks more random and allover.


Terry said...

That quilt is absolutely amazing! I have no clue how to quilt it though.

T said...

Here's what I'd do (but know in advance that I get carried away...!)

In the ditch in a line from left to right (or top to bottom) along the star points, dipping down into the 4p's between the blocks, so it will be zig-zaggy for the entire length OR width, not both.

In the area of the HSTs and 4p's between the stars, a motif that fills the 'negative' unquilted spaces. The motif would be round-y - there's enough pointy in the ditch quilting and the design itself is pointy/spikey. Maybe something like a heart or feather wreath (with the center filled in!). If you want to tell a story, you could put continuous line "things" in there, like horses or coffee cups or whatever.

You may want to dip into the 4p's in the center of the stars and quilt something there, depending on your preference for the density of quilting and what you end up with in the non-star areas.

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