I am sure everyone who has read a quit pattern is familiar with the dreadful phrase … Quilt as desired. Sometimes it is pretty tough to decide on a quilting pattern. The quilting, however, is one of the things that set the quilt apart from others of the same pattern. I know that your quilt will be different if you use different fabrics than the pattern but the quilting itself can really set the quilt apart.
I like to quilt pretty heavily, that is sort of my signature. Some people think I over do it and I always think there is room for more. Here is a double wedding ring quilt that I made a few years ago.
There is nothing particularly special about the top. I found it at a flea market in Iowa and it was made in the 30’s but there are hundreds and thousands of double wedding ring quilts from that era and they are mostly pretty much the same. I wanted this one to say Tim quilted this. I didn’t use the standard stencil for the blocks which is often something like this.
I wanted more quilting and I used mostly straight lines. I like the contrast that gave to all the curves. So I made it my own…or quilted as desired.
What made me think of “quilt as desired” today is the applique kit quilt I am working on.
The quilting lines are all pre-marked by the manufacturer and I really need to follow those lines. The lines do not ever wash out completely from these kits so if I don’t follow them they will really stick out. It is hard to quilt as desired when you have to follow the lines.
The first thing I did to make it my own quilting is to use colored thread. Rather then the white called for I used light blue. Here is the center quilted following the stamped lines.
here is the back
The lines are over an inch apart. I rarely go over 1/2 inch.
I could add lines the opposite direction to make it a crosshatch pattern like I did on this.
I decided against that. I like crosshatch quilting but It didn’t seem right for this. I decided to add an additional line of quilting close to the first. I marked it with a pencil (which will wash out). It might be hard to see in the picture because I do make the pencil line quilt light.
after I get those lines done I will move on to the rest of the quilting and then evaluate again if it needs more.
Teddy seems to like it so far