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    DeniseSm
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    I do not consider quilting designs before starting a quilt. Due to monetary constraints I do my own quilting on a DSM. I mainly do big bed size quilts. So I piece in the warm months and quilt in the cool months because I will have yards of quilt sandwich piled in my lap or thrown over my shoulder. I piece between 8-16 quilt tops a year and quilt between 5-12. Since I am piecing more tops than I quilt, that means every year more and more tops are being added to the UFO pile. When cool weather comes I go the pile and decide what I want to quilt next. Who is it for? What are their tastes? How will it be used?

    So, no way I can possibly pick a quilt design in advance of making the quilt top.

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  • MaryUK
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    I have only quilted throws so far and they were stitch in the ditch. Would like to tackle a quilt for my king-size bed but the thought of quilting on a regular machine puts me off. In time I might not be such a scaredy cat.

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  • jjkaiser
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    I am a hand quilter too so I sure do think about that aspect. Especially which direction to press the seams because I do NOT want to hand quilt through four layers of fabric plus batting.

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  • SilverNeedle
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    Choosing quilting designs is one of my favorite things to do. As I am a computerized LA quilter, I start browsing my favorite digitized web site as soon as I have a quilt idea.

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  • sew-what2015
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    Thank you for replying. Always nice to read about other points of view.

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  • JCY
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    I also don't really think much about a FMQ pattern until the quilt top is finished & sandwiched. I will considedr various patterns until a certain one feels right. I review patterns in my 2 Angela Walters' books. I also have other books to which I refer. I think certain quilts "speak" to us about which pattern would look right. I usually don't contemplate a quilting pattern before I start a project or while I'm in the piecing process.

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  • ediane
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    I can do fmq or block quilting on small quilts but to be honest when I get to queen or king I have it quilted. I can not do that big on my machine and after not realizing I had broke the pointer finger on my dominate hand and allowing it become slightly deformed hand quilting is impossible.

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  • sassygranny
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    I don't usually think about quilting until it's about time to quilt it! I have done a lot of straight line quilting. Sometimes I do straight lines in diagonals. But, once in a while I'll do real FMQ. Often, I try to pull a motif from the fabric print. If I find one suitable, I'll then trace it onto quilting paper many times and then stitch through the paper. Works pretty well for me. I am trying to get used to using rulers but that skill is coming slowly. I'm actually fond of the tried and true all-over meander, so I choose that a lot. But, to really answer your question....I almost never plan the quilting ahead of time. What I choose to do is often based on how tired I am of the quilt! And I'm ALWAYS tired of the quilt!

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  • GrandmaE
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    I am like you Sew-what2015. I do not FMQ. I can't even doodle decently so am afraid what it would look like. I haven't taken the walking foot class from Craftsy yet so that leaves me with straight line quilting. I have finished a top before then struggled with how to quilt it. I am now considering how I could quilt it before I make it. There are quilts I would like to try but won't because I can't afford to send them out to a LA'r. : (

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  • ceiliam
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    I decide when top is done, have a midarm love it I am not great ,however my thought is enjoy where I am at and what the quilt going to be used for? Mostly do drag quilts not brag quilts. They are loved no matter what. Think we are to often to critical of ourselves

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  • Sylvia H
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    I also don't worry about the quilting. For me, simple is usually better than complex (and usually makes a softer quilt). And I think that some FMQ looks best on large solid areas, and not on smaller patchwork. The exception would be an all over design. But a problem with an all over design is the color of the thread. Sometimes one color just doesn't seem to work across the whole quilt. If all else fails, my default is either stitch-in-the-ditch (yes, I enjoy it!) or some kind of outline or echo stitching.

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  • shirleyknot
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    Hand quilter here. I don't worry about the quilting til the top is done, then I let it "tell" me what it needs.

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  • traildancer
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    As I get close to completing the top, I begin to consider quilting motifs as I am sewing. I quilt on a Janome 8900. It's what I have so I make it work. Cross-hatching can be problematic but I take it slow. So far I haven't come across anything I can't do, but some things I decide I don't want to do after trying them! Other times, I just grit my teeth and continue on because it's the look I want.

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  • Iris Girl
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    I let the finished top speak to me about what kind of quilting it will get. I do my own on my everyday machine. No long arm here nor could I afford my hobby if all were sent out

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  • grammaterry
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    Call me a fool because I always rush in. I never think ahead even about my skill level. If I like it, I become obsessed that I must try it and so I rush to order fabric, rush to cut it out, start sewing and that is when I realize I might be in over my head. lol. But alas, I am never disappointed in myself because it is MY hobby and I had fun.

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