I'm known for just doing grid quilting so on one hand I want to step out of the box but on the other, I think the blocks would look fantastic quilted in a grid but I also want to do some quilting Love the way Esther did hers.
I've been collecting pictures of quilting designs I like. I am needle turning and now I've seen someone who quilted lines on leaves and flowers on their applique that I love. I've never done that on my applique so I'm thinking of doing that. And then I saw a teardrop shape that had 2-3 echos as background quilting on an applique quilt. The teardrops molded around the applique in different sizes and was really beautiful. It was on this blog which I probably got from somewhere on this site so Esther if you are a TQS member, I hope you don't mind me sharing this.
Okay, I am NOT really an overachiever--really I'm not! I have already quilted Jan-July on my machine appliqued blocks. Here is my thinking--if I am going to get both quilts done before next fall--I have to start now. Since the black background one is all done on machine, I decided that machine quilting would be perfect. I have gone around each piece, close to the piece with either clear or black thread. Then I have done a cross-hatch (diagonally) behind everything (I did not go over the applique pieces). I may do the same on the other but it will be done by hand.
I'm thinking about cross-hatching, too. Sue, I will probably cross-hatch outside of the stars. I think I'm going to try to find a design that might look good on the points of the large stars. Lynn, I like the "quilt as you go" idea. Judy in Torrance
Well, believe it or not, I am all ears on how to quilt this quilt! The first one I made, I let a friend quilt for me. She did large stippling in the background behind the applique, and then did a beautiful feathered vine in the outer white border. I have made the blocks for a second quilt , and will be quilting it myself. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment - my quilt is committed to be in two places at once, so I decided to just make another quilt. I am leaning toward echoing or cross-hatching the second quilt, as you all have mentioned -- but I'm still trying to figure out if cross-hatching across those big background stars will look good... or should I just do the cross-hatching outside of the background stars? Sigh... decisions, decisions!
I have thought a little about the quilting on these blocks and it's not going to be easy to decide. Cross-hatch and close stippling or other close filler have come to mind. I'll be really interested to hear the other suggestions that come out of this forum discussion.