Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quilting Patterns

 Deciding on a quilting pattern for each quilt is always a challenge for me.

I also have to confess that this is my least favorite step of the whole quilting process.

I start thinking about how I am going to quilt a piece as soon as I start sewing the fabrics together.  Some decisions are obvious and easy, others are more of a problem. 

  First, while I try and match the colors of quilting threads (or choose a contrasting color for effect), my color choices are rarely that critical in the final result.  My fabrics are so highly patterned that usually the thread color is not that apparent.  So I have learned to relax and not worry too much about thread colors.

I also do not try to mark my fabrics as it will just be a line that I will not be able to follow and I do not want that pressure of concentrating on sewing an exact line.  I much prefer picking a general area to cover or using the edge of my embroidery foot as a guide to make further parallel lines as shown in the photos here.

With the subject of birds in flight I wanted to use flowing lines.  And since the birds themselves are fairly small, I wanted to leave them unquilted so they would "pop" from the surface of the finished quilt.  So I have decided on choosing various areas of the background to heavily (for me) quilt groupings of parallel lines.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Notes, comments and scribbles

As I'm taking my fabric pieces down and sewing them together, I refer constantly to my original pattern to see how the sewing should be done.

You can also see all the notes and comments I make to myself as I am selecting my fabrics.  These are things I want to remember such as where to put certain unique fabrics or value placements.

I also give nicknames to different fabrics or numbers to them if I have a selection of similar fabrics for a certain area.  This way I can make notes of which fabrics I will want where as I work on different sections.  I can write down my thoughts for whole areas and think things through before actually cutting up any fabric.  Doing this also helps speed up the cutting process as I can do several pieces of the same fabric at once as well as several different fabrics at once rather than one piece at a time.