Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pinned ... but need thoughts on quilting

I've made progress on my "what a bunch of squares" quilt for my brother's belated birthday present.

Would welcome some thoughts on quilting it ...

Denyse Schmidt hand quilts her version and quilts around the squares, which accentuates them and makes it clear that there are unique squares.

Challenge ... no money in the budget to send out and I have a portable home Pfaff sewing machine.

I can't do the quilting that she did ... as it won't work on my machine and I don't have the patience to hand quilt.  Right now, I think my options are meandering and straight-line up and down of various widths across ... due to the sheer size, I'm not sure how much more option I have.

I recently pushed a queen size quilt through my machine by doing a meandering pattern (seen here) and my straight-line attempt at a queen can be seen here.

Please let me know what you think would be the best approach?  Any thoughts welcome at this point!

All the best


  1. I like some of the quilting stitches the Jenny uses (SewKindofWonderful), the big loopy squarcirles and the loopy wavy line with the circle insert
    Personally I'd do different stitching in the squares accenting, the outside colour, with a variation on the inside fabric piece and then a simple slightly wavy line along the sashing and if you want you could add some hand quilting in an accent thread ala Denise ...

  2. I'd probably do some fairly light quilting inside the squares following the design of each one and then some denser, straight line quilting in the sashing. That should make the squares pop a bit and still be do-able on your machine.

    It looks great so far! I'm sure whatever you decide will be beautiful :)

  3. I would quilt with slightly wavy (very forgiving) lines. My friend, Karen Griska does this on her quilts a lot and it looks great! Here is an example in her etsy store:

    You can see lots of others examples there, too.

    I would at least put the wavy lines in the sashings and borders. Might consider tying the center blocks with yarn or perle cotton.


  4. I'd do straight line stitching, fairly dense, in the sashing, going both directions so it makes a cross-hatching where they cross. Then I'd do something different inside each block, maybe an organic squared spiral? Whatever you end up doing, it will be an amazing quilt!!! Good luck!

  5. I do free motion straight line stitching on my Pfaff 1475 on some fairly big quilts, but I have lots of experience so I don't find it difficult. I also have done straight line quilting using the walking foot. Which Pfaff do you have? Which ever path you choose, I am sure you will do fine. Don't let is sit around for 10 years (like the one I am finally quilting now!) before you get brave enought to tackle the job. Just jump right in there and get 'er done!

  6. I checked both the links did wonderful jobs to quilt them on the machine.


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