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Where to quilt this large truck applique designed sandwich?
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Date: 6/23/14 11:27 PM

I designed this quilt for my 4 year old grandson who just loves trucks of any kind. I made large appliques that are now sewn on the top panel. I have basted a sandwich and made the bottom larger to act as the binding. I would just like to sew horizontal and vertical lines but do not want to sew thru the trucks if possible...advice ladies please.
OK I tried every which way to load the image w/no luck.
Picas or Flickr. Ended up posting to Photobucket which is easiest.

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Date: 6/24/14 7:13 AM

You have my sympathy about posting pictures. I think I have tried a million ways, including Picasa and Flickr, and find that Photobucket is the easiest and most intuitive. It's also free, so give that a try.

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Date: 6/24/14 7:42 AM

I find that funny because I hate Photobucket xD

On Flickr, when you upload, there is an image of a little box with an arrow coming out of it. When you click on that, you get options for Share Via...., Grab the Link, and Grab the HTML/BBC. Select the HTML one and use either Embed or HTML. Copy that code and it'll paste a picture right in here.

Are there lines on the truck appliqué that you could follow with stitching lines?

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Date: 6/24/14 4:11 PM

This is it hopefully.
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Date: 6/24/14 4:24 PM

I don't think you can ever go wrong with echo quilting. Then add a few swirls or lines wherever needed.

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Date: 6/24/14 4:33 PM

I am not a quilter, so this may be "just not done" LOL

What about horizontal lines that do not cross over the trucks? Basically, sew right up to the applique, sew around it until you reach the next line, then back the way you came. In the same way go back and forth between the trucks. (Just have somehow marked the lines before starting to quilt so they appear to go behind the applique and continue on the opposite side.)

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Date: 6/24/14 4:46 PM

Would you be comfortable sizing templates for some of the appliqués and using those as guides to stitch vehicle outlines (and minimal detail) in the rows with vehicles? And stitch/quilt around the vehicle appliqués and stitch some of the simple details in those?

And, then add straight rows of stitching above and below the rows of vehicles. Or, plop in random circles to capture the shape of the wheels. Really, you could pick up anything in the quilt, the squares, the cross on the ambulance, vehicle shapes. Might be fun to just mix them up and place shapes randomly, even lapping over the appliqués. Hand tying would look really nice with the squares and plaid.

Tire lines aligned with the vehicle wheels (the wheels you see and the ones you don't see.) Zoom, zoom.

Love how you use bits and pieces of the fabric in the vehicles.

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Date: 6/25/14 3:01 PM

All very good suggestions. Hand tying would likely be the quickest but sewing lines and stopping at trucks sounds good then sewing around trucks which would nice too. The things is pulling around a large quilt is very heavy and my dining room table is the only surface I can use. ( My kitty cat likes to " interfere" whenever she can too)
I know my DGD quilt was an even larger than this and the weight of it pulling through my sewing machine was a strain on my arms. If I hand tie what kind of needle is best that will go through all thicknesses? Alas I have no big specialty quilting machine or frame to work with.
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Date: 6/29/14 10:51 AM

I like your idea of quilting straight lines up to the trucks. For them, why not give them a stitch-in-the-ditch outline and then quilt some details on them, like doors or lines to show shapes and pieces of the truck.

For example on your ambulance (which is adorable, btw), why not stitch 1 or 2 smaller circles inside the wheels to look like the hubcap? Outline the white cross 1/4" inside the white part. quilt a door around and under the window.

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Date: 7/18/14 3:04 PM

Are you quilting this sit down machine? or long arm?

I look at this quilt and i see overall meandering in the background areas - then I'll pick the firetruck for example -- stitch in the ditch for the ladder and around the edges , doors etc of the truck- the wheels a swirl circle design etc. I think because the appliques are so big that you really should put something inside them to hold the batting in place etc. (depending on the batt you use it might bunch up in such a large area after many washings).


Ah - i should have scrolled down and read your follow up post where you mention using your dining room table. I've made quite a few bed size quilts on my dr table before getting a la machine - I just used whatever I had on hand to make the flattest surface possible lol. Sometimes this left the family eating in the LR for a few days but shrug lol. I also pulled up a card table to the side so I would have plenty of room going behind my machine and to the left for the bulk of the quilt to go on. Also if free motion quilting I def recommend some type of gloves - machingers are great - can also use gardening gloves that have the rubber tips on them to help with the grip.
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