Coming Up with Quilting Designs

I have a client quilt on the frame and although I know what design I will be quilting on this one as it is just an all over design it got me thinking about how I come up with different quilting designs. My fall back design for all over is a leaf pattern, leaves are easy to do and if they are not perfect that’s OK because nature doesn’t make perfect leaves either. It’s also the first quilting design I learned how to do.

When it comes to all over designs I try to take hints from the quilt itself, for instance one of my client’s quilts was green and red and had nature and leaves in a lot of the fabrics. The quilt design was simple so the meandering leaf design I came up with seemed to fit the bill.

In another quilt I did, a Bonnie Hunter mystery there was so much going on with the design and the many different fabrics I just kept with a simple all over echoed flower design. With that quilt I used a thinner thread (Superior Threads So Fine 50) as I just wanted the texture to show as the quilt was so busy as it was. When I was quilting that design I was thinking oh no not sure I like this but when I got that quilt off of the frame I really, really liked it. The quilt is now on the bed in the spare room.

As I have mentioned in previous posts I don’t do much pantograph quilting as I prefer to quilt from the front of the machine but I did piece and quilt a quilt for a client that was a cat quilt. This quilt called out for paws and I did do that as a pantograph as it would have been to hard to do this totally free hand.

Cat Quilt-1

There are other quilts though that just call out for more custom designs like a design in the blocks and another in the sashing and border. I find deciding on what to quilt in these particular quilts more difficult as the choices are so vast. I try to take some clues from the fabrics used but I will admit sometimes I have to drape those types of quilts over my stairwell and stare at them for awhile well I go looking for inspiration.

The next quilt on my list to quilt is a Judy Niemeyer Bali Wedding Quilt. I started the top a few years ago and worked on it while going through cancer treatment. I finished the top two years ago and it has been sitting in my “to be quilted” pile ever since. Time to get this one finished I think so I have been sketching out ideas on what to quilt where. I will post pictures of that process in a future post. Meanwhile here is a picture of the pattern. I bought the extra papers for this one and made my top queen size.

My latest favourite quilting quote

I’d rather be stitchin’ than in the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

My Studio

Well things are moving along here very nicely at the Sunshine Studio. I had to go into the hospital for a checkup last Friday and what with the prep work and procedure, I feel like I did lose a couple of days of work. However it was all good I received a clean bill of health there was no sign of cancer so that is worth celebrating.

When my partner and I purchased our townhouse here in Victoria BC just over a year ago one of the big priorities is that whatever we purchased had to have room for two studios (he is an artist and musician) and of course I needed room for a quilting studio. Well we found the perfect place and I have the best studio! The man who lived here before us used my studio as a woodworking studio so we had to do a bit of cleaning up before I could claim it as mine but I absolutely love my studio.

Sunshine Studio 2

Looking into the room from the door

Sunshine Studio 1
Another view
Sunshine Studio 3
My sewing corner

It doesn’t get any direct sunlight as it is on the ground floor at the back facing North but there is lots of good lighting and it is just a lovely space to work in. I just finished quilting my 2015 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt called Grand Illusion.

Grand Illusion 1
2015 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Grand Illusion

I used a free form flower design. You can’t really see it here too much as the quilt design itself is so busy but it worked out quite well. I will need to take some better pictures once the binding is on and I will take the quilt outside. The quilt is queen sized and I couldn’t back up far enough to get good photos of it.