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What design to quilt on a quilt?

Old 09-02-2012, 05:46 AM
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Question What design to quilt on a quilt?

I've seen all of the beautiful quilting, and want to do something to my new project. But..........how do you know what quilting design to use? Is there a rule about that? I see feathers, free motion, and lots of wonderful ideas, but at the start, how do you know what design to use? The only thing I've ever done was stitch in the ditch, and tying . Thank you for your answers.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:57 AM
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I hand quilt, and I will often take quilt tops to find stencils that fit in the blocks. For borders/sashes - I use cross-hatching, cable rope designs, or other linear patterns. I also try to balance curves w/ straight lines. If my blocks have smaller pieces, I just outline stitch the block - I don't like stitch in the ditch - too hard and I can't see it - If i spend my time quilting, I want to see my work.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:08 AM
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One of my favourite things to do to figure out a design that will work for *this* quilt, is to use a piece of clear plastic tablecloth (bound in blue painters tape) and start playing with washable markers. Try a few designs, see if you like the look of the design with that quilt area. My design plastic is about 18" x 24". Wipe off the marker and try different designs. This also gets you a little into the groove of how to move around in the design - builds muscle memory and also gives you a preview of where you might quilt yourself into a corner.

There are absolutely *no* rules

I've found that I pay a lot more attention to the quilting designs in magazines now - as well as the quilt pattern and fabric, the finished quilts have interesting quilting.

Also, when I started quilting, I used decorative stitches quite a bit that served as the quilting.

One of the ways to find inspiration is to visit some of the blogs of QuiltingBoard members whose quilting you admire.
I've been enjoying the sketch book inspiration at 'May Your Bobbin Always Be Full' blog http://luannkessi.blogspot.ca/search.../Sketch%20Book . Often you'll find more excellent inspiration in the blogs that the bloggers follow ...

You can practice, practice, practice quilting designs on smaller items such as table runners, placemats, wall hangings, purses, jackets, hot pads, to build courage for bed quilts

Enjoy the journey!
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