I used to
obsess think way too much about the motifs I’d stitch into my quilt.
Will it look right? Will they like it?
Is it the right thread? Will they like it?
Is the thread too thin? Is the thread too thick?
Will they like it?
I still think a lot about motifs but I don’t obsess. Not any more.
I just listen.
Yes I have more practice, more experience. I have more experience because I’ve quilted. A lot.
I practiced on every highly patterned fat quarter, half yard and yard + I could get my hands on. Then I took solid after solid trying all of those motifs one right after another till I had them down.
Practice made a huge difference.
Practice builds confidence.
Then there are the many teachers I heard for years whispering in my ears, “you can do this, here’s what you need to know”
So basics: to compliment and soften hard geometric (9 patches, 4 patches, square/rectangular blocks) use curvy designs. it’s one of the reasons “stippling” is so popular.
to compliment curvy blocks (applique, curved blocks, circles) use straight lines, cross hatching channel quilting.
As I work on the tutorials over the next couple of months I’ll share the process of how I choose patterns for several quilts starting with “Twilight in the Bronx” and bopping around a bit. As an aside: here’s how I bury thread when I start quilting. I need to spend some time with my hand model to take pics of how I end. It’s essentially the same process with a couple of things added.
PS: check out this interview and pay particular attention to the what Matthew says at the end. CBS Sunday Morning Matthew McConaughey Interview.