Quilting Options for quilts is all about the choices we make when finishing a quilt; whether that is a bed quilt, wall quilt or clothes. Our options are simple but include multiple choices. The basic choice is
Especially if you have pieced your quilt by hand, you might also opt for hand quilting. You then have two further choices:
Traditional style hand quilting with a rocking motion. You can choose to stick rigidly to competition rules and number of stitches per inch. Alternatively, you can go big stitch.
In this way you can quilt any style finished top from whole quilt to patchwork quilt.
Domestic Machine Quilting
Usually the most popular choice these days because it is quicker.
Quilting options for quilts with machine quilting offer a wide variety of choices for the quilter, which tend to fall into categories delineated by the tools used:
- Usual foot with or without a marked top and straight line quilting
- Usual foot with or without a marked top and gentle wavy quilting
- Walking foot with quilting as above in 1 or 2
- Ruler work – this is using specialised rulers to quilt
- Free motion quilting using a special foot
- Decorative stitch
Each category above has many possibilities. At the moment I normally still use 1. or 2. unless I am quilting a large bed quilt, in which case I use 3.
It is amazing how much can be achieved with 1-3 but most would agree that if you can master 5, you’ll enhance your quilt no end.
You can see the options I chose for each of my quilting projects on the website
Quilting A Tunic
This weekend I have begun to stitch my hand stitched patchwork tunic. I am using the octagon shape to quilt my top with the quilting lines crossing in the centre. The kites I shall probably just use straight line stitch down the centre of each one.
I could go for an allover pattern, such as circles or wavy lines but I like to quilt sympathetically with the actual quilt top. This is simple straight line quilting, simply working from point to point of the octagon.
See you next week
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