Knowing what colors or fabrics to use when making a quilt is only part (but a very important part) of the way to creating a beautiful quilt. The rest comes in the creation, stitching, quilting and embellishing. Today I want to visit the quilting side of things, one of my favorite parts of quilt making.
Often it is difficult to come up with ideas for quilting but there is so much inspiration around us that it really shouldn't be difficult. Simply looking around we can get ideas from other design elements whether in nature or manmade. For example....
These leaves could be quilted as a singular design or a rotating spiral.
And buildings or even scaffolding could create an interesting design - perhaps to fill in a corner where lines protruding outward fade away.
One of my favorite places to look for inspiration though is in the fabrics I use. Have you ever thought to create a quilting design from this?
It might look something like this...
Or what about this fabric design?
That may work in several ways...
This one is rather fun and could be used in several ways.
I've created a single butterfly - much more difficult to free form design, and a vine - easy to stitch at random and would create a great fill-in design.
So will your next quilting design come from the fabric you use? Give it a try!
If you'd like to know more about how to quilt your own quilts join me in my machine quilting workshop. I cover everything from start to finish, show you how to quilt using various techniques and include many designs.... and if you get stuck for knowing what to quilt on a quilt you've made, I'll help by suggesting quilting ideas and tell you the best way to stitch them out. Machine Quilting Online...
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