I thought it would be nice to share with you how I work when I come to deciding and marking the quilting pattern of a specific block.
First of all, I read and read again my three quilting "bibles" which are a great source of inspiration for me as regards handquilting designs.
Then, depending on the block, I decide whether I want straight lines, curved lines , wavy lines or any other design like florals or feathers, for example.
Finally, I try to take into consideration the block itself and whether I want to accentuate the block pattern or want my quilting design to have a unique pattern and/or add something different.
For the block photographed, I wanted to have a specific design which would add some curves to the straight lines. Then, I also wanted to just accentuate the graphic pattern and give it dimension by quilting straight lines or smaller quilted triangles.
Once these decisions were taken, I chose the design in the books and used my photocopier to reduce them to the size I wanted and cut the paper out to place it on the block to get an idea of how it would look. I did the same for the leaves for the four large corner triangles.
That's when I realized that the brown outer borders were larger than the other borders and the same size as the outer borders on the second block I had quilted (the basket block). So I chose the same design which would echo the quilting made in the previous block and add some coherence and harmony to the overall quilting design.
The space I try to maintain between lines is 1.5 cm. It is easy to mark using the lines on my ruler. So that's what I did again. Just to be sure of the effect, I draw it on paper first. You will notice that I draw a vertical line right in the middle but this line will not be quilted.
Well, you now know how I decide on a quilting pattern. Hope to post the quilted result in a few days.
8 hours ago