Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Help Please



I told you I would post a photo about a quilt I am making for an old family friend. I need help deciding how to quilt it. I am thinking I may just do some good old fashioned stitch in the ditch. What do you think?

The fabric in this quilt is from projects I have made and from projects the recipient had passed on to me. Krys P. has been a family friend for about 45 - 50 years. She was the wife of my fathers commanding officer when I was a little girl. She did a lot of sewing for her 2 girls when they were young. I have a feeling many of the fabrics were from things her girls proudly wore. Krys now has Macular Degeneration and will soon have to go to an assisted living facility. I had hoped the quilt would give her comfort when she has to leave her home. My mother lives in the same city as Krys and will take her the quilt this Christmas.

I look forward to hearing what you think.

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10 comments:

West Michigan Quilter said...

A lot would depend on what kind of machine you have. Stitch in the ditch would be the easiest for me on my home sewing machine. But what would you do in the borders? Maybe some simple straight lines there too? I love the straight line quilting. I think it gives it a more modern look. Good luck.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I love string quilts and yours is gorgeous. Im sure Krys P will love it.

I always stitch in the ditch on my string quilts. Usually I feel they're so colourful they dont need anything else. but I dont usually add borders to mine.

You could do in the ditch and something fancy for the borders though.

AMW said...

I agree with stitching in the ditch. Of course, that's about all I can do, so it's no surprise that has my vote. What a GREAT looking quilt, by the way...

quiltfool said...

You know me. Always gotta be different. I'd quilt a big circular feather in each of the squares that is formed by the blocks. Then, some ditch work around the feathers and a big feather cable border (haven't seen a template for the cable yet, but saw it on the cover of a magazine.) Good luck deciding. Lane

shirley said...

I am not a quilter, but I think this is gorgeous, and no matter what you do your friend will treasure it. If her eyesight is failing perhaps something tactile to remind her of you

Shevvy said...

When I did my string quilt, I did an all over stipple as I didn't feel my seams were very strong and it needed the stability. No borders though.

Piece by Piece said...

Because of the straight lines of the quilt, I would suggest circles.
Draw a small circle in the centre of each string block, then another a bit larger and so on. The number would depend on how big the blocks are. In the border do the same thing only this time draw arc's, all at different angles so they overlap each other.
What ever you choose to do it will look great.
Patricia

P. said...

String quilts are one of my all-time favorite kind of quilts, and yours is beautiful. I agree with Shevvy; if you're comfortable doing all-over stippling, that would be my suggestion. It breaks up the angular lines and adds an extra bit of interest. Then again, if your recipient has macular degeneration, she might enjoy being able to better feel how the quilt is put together if you ditch quilt it.

Suzanne said...

What a lovely thing to make for a long-standing friend. So kind. I'm sure she'll cherish it!

Carin said...

I think stitching in the ditch would be great !! I love how the blocks look