Today’s Topic: Tips for Custom Quilting
Welcome to Week Twenty Five of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Welcome to the last chapter of 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting–Custom Quilting.
(Don’t worry, there’s a lot more quilting to come! My original book title was 30 Days to Better Machine Quilting–Five chapters remain on the editor’s cutting table–so there’s more to come here at LKQ!)
Become a Better Machine Quilter in One Hour!
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The very popular quilt show, the Road to California will be virtual this year–The Road at Home!
I will be presenting a virtual trunk show, Easy Machine Quilting on Saturday, January 23 at 10 am PST. (12 CST). The trunk show includes tips and techniques on thread, batting, quilt design, machine set up and motifs! Quilting is easy when you learn the four essential skills!
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First Quilting Choice
Once your quilt top is sandwiched, you first decision is whether to do an overall motif–one motif over the entire quilt, or custom quilting. For custom quilting, you will need to choose a variety of motifs and threads to enhance the quilt top.
Tips for Custom Quilting
Keep it simple
First and foremost-custom quilting does not need to be complicated! Don’t overcomplicate it in your head. (I have this tendency!)
Custom quilting isn’t harder to quilt than allover quilting, though it does take a little more time to plan and design.
Design by Section:
The first thing to do is to break the quilt down into design sections. A design section is a row or block or border that has similar piecing or applique.
For example, in the row quilt below there are four design sections:
- Center row of flying geese
- Four rows of solid sashing
- Two rows of squares
- Half square triangle rows
For each section, choose one motif and one thread.
Repeat and Vary Motifs
Keep the overall design simple by limiting the number of motifs used to two or three. For example, in the last project, we used three motifs to fill an entire quilt.
In the wedding quilt I did for my daughter, I used only two motifs–and I varied the motif to fit the shapes.
Use a vinyl overlay to audition a few motifs. Evaluate scale and spacing. Try more than one idea. Stretch your imagination while trying new motifs. Our first idea isn’t always our best idea!
Design one section at a time
It is not necessary to design the entire quilt at one time–especially if you’re a beginner. Design and stitch a section and let that guide the motif and thread choices in the adjacent sections.
Designing in stages makes the process far less overwhelming!
Stitch the Section
Once you’ve chosen a motif and auditioned it–stitch the entire section. In other words, if the design section consists of several solid rows, quilt all the rows before moving on to the next design. This is the most efficient way to quilt-as you don’t have to change thread, and it is the best way to ensure consistency of the motifs within the quilt.
Step by step
One of the biggest challenges for quilters is being overwhelmed by The Big Quilt. Break the process into smaller sections and working through the process step-by-step. You don’t need to climb a mountain, you only need to walk up five steps at a time. (Or as a wise lady told me recently, you don’t need to do 20 burpees, you only need to do 4 burpees–five times-LOL!)
Enjoy the Process
Machine quilting a large quilt takes time. Nothing ruins the enjoyment more than rushing. Slow down and enjoy the process!
Choose fun motifs, thread you love and colors you adore. Quilting should be fun!
Are we having fun yet?
What about YOU?
Do YOU enjoy the quilting process?
Are you likely to rush the quilting step of quilt making?
What new motif will you try on your next quilt?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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