I decided to take on the Candy Scraps Quilt. Now I’m at a place I seem to reach with each quilting project: I like the pieced top, but I’m not sure how to tackle the actual quilting. I’m a straight-line quilter. I want to graduate to free-motion quilting. (I even have a quilt top that’s waiting for me to learn how to free-motion quilt.) Yet I’m stuck in straight-line land and never sure how to choreograph the quilting of a project in a way that adds to the finished product. A recent finish—my Hope Valley quilt—has probably my favorite quilting to date, and it’s plain, old stitching in the ditch, nothing you can really even see from the front of the quilt.
So here’s what I’m calling my Farmer’s Market quilt. With its fresh colors and smaller size (it’s about 48 inches square), it’s the perfect quilt for sitting on and enjoying the entertainment at our local farmer’s market.
If you take a peek at the original, you’ll see it has a distinct argyle feel to it. That’s cool. It’s just not what I’m going for. So how should I quilt this one? I’m thinking I’ll quilt in the center of each navy band with matching thread and then along the block seams, both vertically and horizontally, with a light gray. What do you think? Any suggestions?