Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Choreographing the Quilting

I’ve been on a winning streak of late. I keep winning things. Quilting books, more quilting books, and most recently, many packs of precut mini-charms. Having a surplus of free stuff is a good problem to have, but I had never used precuts before and had zero idea what I should do with these mini-charms. I headed over to the Moda Bake Shop for some ideas.

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?

I’m linking up to Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and looking for some advice!


  1. I'm coming up against this problem a lot and am unsure how to quilt a top - I usually leave it for a few days or play with it on photoshop adding a new layer to draw on. I really like striahgt line but if you wanted to try FMQ I think a wiggly stipple would be lovley on this.

  2. I love your use of navy in this quilt. I didn't even realize this was the same quilt from moda bake shop until I took a closer look. An orange peel would look good, or a basket weave texture - although potentially more difficult. Even a cable design would look good, but be harder to mark.

  3. Love the colors in your quilt!! Such a great pattern choice too! Great job!

    ~ Jess ~
    Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

  4. I agree with everyone - great use of negative space!

  5. Wow, you have really transformed the look of the original quilt! I am in love with your color choices! As for quilting, I am unfortunately still a straight-line quilter myself, but I am all for quilting on the diagonal and using multiple colors of threads! Good luck! Cant wait to see the finished quilt!

  6. I thought this was a quilt from Modern Bee, but the bake shop instructions look even easier. It is so gorgeous!!!! Love your use of the navy. I'm not sure how I would quilt the center sections, but I like your idea of straight lines in the other sections. So what about something curvy in the middle to counterpoint it? Swirls, loops, or pebbles - or even doing it as bit of a sampler?

  7. I think it looks really cute. And your piecing looks so precise! Rub some winning luck on me?


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