Quilting Makes the Quilt
This is the title of one of the most influential books I used early in my quilting history. It's by Lee Cleland, and if you haven't seen it, you should. It will transform you. One quilt pattern was replicated and quilted differently by 4 or 5 different people. It is surprising and wonderful!
So when I design a quilt, the design of the quilting lines plays a prominent role. It's another layer of design that can truly enhance your quilt or merely hold it together. I am often stumped at this point and will take a number of ideas to try out, and draw on a photo, or put tracing paper on the quilt and try out some different designs.
For example, see the blocks below. Each of the blocks is a different color but essentially it is one design theme. How to quilt them?
That's when I decided to experiment using a different quilting pattern
with each block, and a different set of threads. (Don't forget to click on the pictures if you want a closer view.) I don't mind changing
thread colors, and I don't mind quilting patterns that have a lot of
stops and starts, which is probably a good thing because it allows me to
be freer in my design decisions. If you were drawing a picture with a
box of crayons, would you limit yourself to only one color, and picking
up and putting down your crayon only once?? Not a perfect analogy
because crayons are much easier to change than thread, but you get the