See Your Quilting Before You Quilt
Not sure which quilting designs to use on your quilt top? An awesome art teacher once said the most obvious, yet profound statement:
"SOLVE VISUAL problems VISUALLY."
Preview designs and density of quilted lines using QUILTER'S PREVIEW PAPER; when you SEE it, you'll recognize which designs complement and enhance your quilt (and which designs don't). Scroll down to see how.
Why use Quilter's Preview Paper instead of other clear films?
Quilter's Preview Paper is printed with a line on the edge to define the boundaries of the drawing surface. Clear films are so clear, you can't see the edges. Do you want to risk drawing off the surface onto your quilt? Yikes!
AUDITION Quilting Designs
Here's an example of several quilting designs for one block:
Design 1 - Traced Quilting Stencil
What we like:
The heart motif and triple loops are nice elements and fit the piecing of the block. The design isn't large enough but could be echoed between the design and the block edges to fill up the space.
What we don't like:
Look at the line from the heart to the triple loops. See that the line crosses from dark to light to dark to light fabric. What happens if you use white thread? The design lines in the white fabric will disappear and the lines in the dark fabrics will scream, leaving an awkward looking quilting design. The opposite happens if dark thread is used. If this design were used, monofilament thread would be the really the only choice.
Design 3 – Freehand Design
Drawn by connecting intersection of seams and middle of patches with curved arcs and lines
What we like:
Design complements block, doesn’t compete with it. Quilting lines could be quilted with thread to match individual quilt patches (white thread in white, yellow in yellow, etc.) because no one line arc crosses from light to dark except through an intersection of the seams. Lines can be drawn onto quilt block with a chalk pencil or other erasable marking tool.
What we don’t like:
Nothing. This is the design we would choose.
Make a STENCIL to MARK Your Quilt
Because of variations in temperature, humidity, markers, and other factors, test all markers used in this process. Mark on scrap fabric first.
*We highly recommend using the Miracle Pounce Pad filled with Miracle Chalk. If using blue chalk as shown in the picture, use a lint brush to remove excess chalk from fabric.