Sunday, January 20, 2013

Quilting the Quilt - Simply. . .

My posting has been sporadic, I know.  Being a quilt shop owner has become what I've always heard:  once you own a shop you no longer quilt.  It's proving to be true and I have not been getting any personal creative time.  I have, however, begun quilting for customers again.  So I thought I would share my longarm machine quilting endeavors.
This is Maureen's table topper.  The linear complexity of the quilt lends itself to stitch-in-the-ditch.  I did, however, want to create some movement. 
So I took a liberal view to following the line with this.
As a quilter, my style is to enhance the quilt top's pattern and fabric.  This simple quilting design adds to the quilt yet maintains the quilt's pieced style (and is easier than stitch-in-the-ditch:).  The next time you quilt, consider the quilt's piecing design.  What, if anything, do you want to call attention to.  Then select the simplest stitching design that will enhance it.  Quilting does not have to be complicated to produce good results.  

Enjoy, don't fret about, your next quilting project.  Start simply and with practice, practice, practice you WILL find the ideas and skill will come.

Until next time,