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Quilting Design

Not sure you can see this, but I use Press and Seal to audition quilting designs. I'm back to trying to decide what to do about my Dino's quilt. I've only done edge-to-edge quilts that I was happy with, but I really want to be more creative and I want to get better at stitch in the ditch so I got out my rulers and started using the Versa Tool for my stashing piano blocks. I really need to get better, so I thought I'd order the Line Tamer and it really is very nice. It's a bit longer and I wish I'd had it sooner in the quilt. 

When I got out my Versa Tool I found my almost unused ruler base and I found another interesting ruler with a wave on one side and scallops on the other. I drew this potential design freehand and some of the wave echoes aren't going the same way, but you get the idea. What do you think of this idea for the background?  I don't have to use the ruler if you have a better or perfect solution. I'm just wondering if it would be better served if I were doing a fish quilt and the waves were depicting water. For those of you that can envision what would look great, please speak up as my creativity is very much lacking and I really need to get this DONE. 

So, the other side of the ruler was scallops and I thought I'd use it for the dino's bodies, but would need a smaller scallop. In my box of rulers that have never been touched in years was a bunch of half circle rulers. I tried using the smaller half circle to create my own row of scallops, but I would need ten more practice years for that. LOL  I searched and found a bunch of rulers that were on sale so I ordered the Handiquilter ones. I got two scallop ones, which gave me four different sizes. I ordered the right angle ruler in case I get into more modern quilts and need chevrons. I ordered the mini circle one, too. I ordered two different swags, but one was out of stock and now they aren't on sale. They will be here in two weeks, saved a ton of money, but two weeks is a long time for shipping. Ugh!

Long story, short, what should I do inside the dino blocks?  Keep in mind this artwork/potential design is freehand and my waves aren't true to the ruler, so you have to envision the look.  What else can I do besides meandering and loops? "Quilt as desired" is like scrapping your fingernails on a chalkboard to me...I want to scream when I hear/read those words.  I don't want it too dense as it's for a bed. 



  1. Very good idea to use Press and Seal as a quilting tool! Have you seen designs that are triangular shaped? Or maybe a zig zag design for the dinosaur, like a giant rick rack. Good luck on finishing. You are almost there!

  2. Hi, Celia. Thanks for stopping by. The vinyl stuff has to be expensive, so I get my Press and Seal at Costco and I use it all the time. Thank you, also for your suggestion. I was going to do the zig zag design on the borders, but I'll see if it looks better on the dinosaur first. Thanks again.


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