This is the first in a series of posts giving examples of what I consider the various levels of quilting to be. I tend to quilt things to death, and I’m easily bored, so custom quilting lets me utilize my creativity without falling asleep. While I do all-over designs fairly often, I enjoy the challenge of designing the top quilting in a way that I think will best compliment the quilt top. It’s the level I most commonly work at, so I decided to start there.
Medium Custom Quilting
This quilt top was a sample that had once hung in a quilt shop. The former owner of that shop donated it to our guild, who asked me to trim it down and quilt it.
Since it’s a 60″ x 60″ 8-pointed star block, determining how to quilt it was a bit of a challenge. I could have just gone with an all-over pattern, but I decided to have some fun with it. It gave me an excuse to try out the red, white, and blue variegated thread I’d picked up, but I decided to use that only on the star itself because I thought using it all over would be too noisy. I went with a not-quite-cream color called Pearl on the rest of it. Here are some closeups of the quilting. I would consider this to be an example of medium custom quilting.
I had a lot of fun with this, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. As always, I see some things that I would do differently if I were to do it again – I’m my own toughest critic, which I’m sure many of you can relate to. Still, I enjoyed doing it, and it’s for a worthy cause. Now it’s time to move on to something else! Happy quilting all 🙂