Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quilting the Quilt

American Pie, un-quilted top. The issues of quilting method, skill level, time available, function of the quilt, and style all need to be considered before designing can begin.

This quilt could be made to feel informal by using an allover pattern such as the fan for the quilting design. (Black lines are hand quilting; blue lines indicate machine quilting.)

On the other hand, the quilt would appear more formal if the quilting designs were contained inside the red blocks and the blue blocks.

American Pie, Melody Crust and Heather Waldron, 39” W x 52” H, machine quilted. We decided to stitch by machine. Neither time nor skill level were limiting factors. Thinking about using long lines for continuous machine stitching and repositioning the placement of curves and angles over the blue and white blocks led to this pleasing design. The quilt is stitched using both the walking foot (even-feed feature) and free motion.

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