This week I will focus on "How Will I Quilt That ... Elsa and Anna Quilt". I decided I would create two options.
One will be able to be used as a pantograph overall quilting pattern. This one could easily be freehanded on domestic machine.
The second will be custom. I wanted to use some of those fabulous snowflakes from the exchange.
Elsa and Anna Overall Snowflake Meander
I started by drafting a simple snowflake using diamonds.
Here are the snowflakes connected with Meander Anything.
See how I did this using Art and Stitch software. (In reviewing the video this morning, Correction: In the video I mentioned using Snap to Grid to connect the snowflake ends when using Meander Anything. I should have said "Snap to Anchors".
For a free copy of a pdf of the quilting design, click here.
For a free copy of the Art and Stitch file, click here.
Elsa and Anna Custom Option
For the "custom" option, I decided I wanted to outline both Elsa and Anna. They are "huge". So their clothing would be a nice place to try a creative fill. I also wanted to put snowflakes in the un-pieced blocks and then over the background spaces in the panels. An then I thought I would like to use point to point designs in the pieced borders.
Let's get started.
Once I figured out how many snowflakes I needed, I started to fill them in with snowflakes from the Art and Stitch exchange. I needed a few more simpler snowflakes, so I also added a few more created with the Magic Circle tool. After I filled in all the snowflakes, I could get ride of the circles as I won't actually quilt them.
For the diamonds, I decided on some Point to Point Designs. I thought a variation on the snowflake block in the overall option would work for that and then I added a simple six pointed snowflake (now that I know snowflakes have six sides).
Here is what they will look like in the diamond section of the quilt.
I drew outlines of the clothing using the Curve tool. When I want a sharp point, I use the Control key while adding a node.
For Elsa's dress, I used a creative fill using River Run Meander by David Hudson. I rotated the design and didn't connect the segments to make it easier to quilt out on my machine. Each color is a separate segment in the second photo.
Move other segments above the dress shape and repeat the creative fill process. You should select only one "fill" and the dress shape at a time before applying the creative fill button. Apply a running stitch and double check your stitch out.
I will try some different creative fills for the other clothing.
I was hoping to get my top quilted before this post -- but didn't make it. Hopefully I will have a final quilt to share with you next week.
There were 44 submissions (plus the 4 projects I shared with you a few weeks ago). Awesome work!!! Here are the designs.
Those who submitted should have received a link to the private page and can obtain the actual Art and Stitch files. If you missed the link, please send me an e-mail.
Whee! There was a lot to share this week. I hope you enjoyed the quilting ideas and the Elsa and Anna quilt series.
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