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Beyond Basic Machine Quilting taught by Ann Petersen

Take your machine quilting skills in new directions as Ann Petersen teaches you 17 quilting designs that will add richness to your free-motion work.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Traditional, Classic, Ethnic
KChristine on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? cotton fabric, 80/20 batting, trilobal polyester thread on top, all-purpose thread in bobbin

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What are you most proud of? It took me a long time to decide how to quilt the long, narrow pieces of this quilt. First, I ditched all the seams. Then I added some diagonals that followed the hypotenuses of the triangles. I almost stopped there. Then I saw the lovely southwestern designs on Ann Petersen's website. Once I decided to fill the center of my quilt with a design I adapted from one of hers, the rest of it fell into place. The center design began to look like a sun with a "god's eye" in the middle, so the radiating flames came from that. I used all kinds of devices to make the various circles, including pie plates, a string with a screw driver on one end and holding a marker on the other, and the edge of my walking foot. I'm very glad I stuck with it: the heavy quilting is just what it needed.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be in too much of a hurry to decide what to quilt. Let your project sit for a while as your ideas begin to form.

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Simply stunning!! I love that some of my quilts were inspiration and you took it farther and adapted it so well to your quilt. The back is as lovely as the front!

09/02/2013 Flag