Over the last few years I’ve learned a whole lot from a few different sources about machine quilting.
Opposites attract – when working on a quilt that has a lot of straight lines then curvy thread works compliments the piecing well and softens the overall look of the line of the quilt.
Straight lines on curved piecing works well, aiding in accentuating the overall look of the quilt.
One thing I like to do with the fabric on the left – since most battings require a particular amount of stitching depending on the type of batting – is to follow the lines on the quilt. If I think I need to stitch in the black area then I will choose either black or one of the other colors and outline around the center motif.
The dots on the white and green fabrics clued me in on how to stitch the borders around the pictures….stitched around the dots creating some fun texture on the quilt.
When I see solid fabrics “Short Attention Span Quilting” kicks in. I like to experiment with color and texture and variety. Usually after a period of time I get bored with whatever type of stitching I’m doing and move on to something else. It’s a great way to practice and add something fun to the quilting.
When I quilted “Twilight in the Bronx” both planning and not planning were part of the plan. I knew I wanted to do the 8 pointed star, that the thread colors would change, I wasn’t sure how that would happen. I know that for the next in the series the color changes will be planned a bit differently. I’ve fallen in love with King Tut Tone on Tone threads. Each of the colors are quite subtle and just lovely. I can hardly wait to get started.
Each quilt leads into the next quilt. The experience gained gives confidence to approach the next quilt. One thing I’ve started asking some of my students to try is practicing the types of stitching they would like to accomplish with their non-dominant hand. Usually I just have them practice on paper however I’ve found that practicing with my non-dominant hand I have to stop and think about the process of the stitching. How the stitch flows on paper translates to how it flows on the fabric.