Process Post: Quilting Decisions

16 07 2012

As Fun with Free Piecing comes closer to a completed quilt top (far faster than I would have thought possible!), I found myself considering how to quilt it. My original idea, was to do off-set straight line quilting:

FwFP Quilting Plan 3

This particular idea was scrapped very early in the drawing stage, as you can see, though I saved it for reference. I didn’t like the idea of quilting through all of the seams in the free-pieced sections. Early on in the process, I decided, though that I wanted to use multiple colors of thread, to stand out against the gray.

FwFP Quilting Plan 2

Here, I forgot to change the thickness of the lines I was drawing, which might have had something to do with my dismissal of this particular quilting plan. I initially thought that the  random straight lines could be fun, especially if done in multiple colors of thread. I rather liked the idea of echoing the free-piecing in the quilting. Then I drew it out, rather than test it on the sandwich itself. No love here.

FwFP Quilting Plan 1

Finally, I thought to try echoing the rectangle shape, creating a brick and mortar illusion, thanks to a co-worker’s suggestion. Again, I went with multiple colors of thread, because I was still loving that idea. This, I think is a winner!

I love the depth this gives the design. Having said this, I think I’m going to change the quilting in the outer gray border and in the two long horizontal segments that currently show straight line quilting. I might do those in shorter quilting lines that are perpendicular to their alignment, or the idea of an echoed zig-zag in those areas appeals too.

I’m going to add a page to this blog, dedicated to contrasting the digital design to the physical quilt that comes out of the process. It’ll be picture heavy, but I think it’ll be a lot of fun. Plus, it’ll be a more condensed way of showing some of my process, when my process actually involves planning to this degree. Of course, this page won’t go up until such time as I actually COMPLETE a quilt, down to the binding, from a digital design.

EDIT: Anyone want a tutorial for this quilt? I’m debating writing one up.

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5 responses

16 07 2012
Sandi

Love the final design – it really works with that layout. Do you mind if I borrow your idea of a page that shows virtual and actual quilts side by side? It’s too good an idea to pass up!

17 07 2012
Grey Cat Quilts

Borrow away! Of the two of us, you should absolutely have such a page!

20 07 2012
Karen

Love the quilt and would love a tutorial!!!

21 07 2012
Grey Cat Quilts

I’ll be working up the tutorial in the next day or two!

22 07 2012
Prepping for Quilting « Grey Cat Quilts

[…] started drawing my quilting lines. I’m going to start tonight, and see how I like my quilting plan. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

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