It honestly reminded me of a quilt I once saw at a quilt show. The quilter had painstakingly hand appliqued 12 blocks with perfect stitches to create a beautiful Baltimore album type quilt.
And then it was quilted with a giant, meandering pattern all over it.
The quilt SHOULD have been a show winner, but it wasn't because the quilting totally ignored the applique and piecing.
Now if ONLY the guys in Hollywood would be willing to spend as much on a script as they do on special effects - then we've have a movie worth watching!
And if only quilters would spend as much time deciding on a quilting design as they do a piecing or applique design, there would be no doubt that quilts are not just "crafts" but ART!
I know, I know! This is the hardest part about quilting.
Choosing where to place designs and how to quilt a quilt is something that is very rarely (if ever) explored.
Most pattern designers are intent on creating more and more piecing and applique designs with "quilt as desired" being the standard advice on how to quilt everything.
Desire? Who's desire? Take 5 minutes to add a few possible suggestions please!
Sorry for the rant, I just sometimes feel like I'm the only quilter out here who recognizes the intense need for more information on quilting design rather than yet another applique method.
This project is so much bigger and better than I ever thought it was possible to be, and the biggest shock to me has been the huge number of beginning quilters hanging out here.
Of course I never intended this blog to be for any specific group of people. I don't intentionally make things hard for advanced quilters, nor do I water the designs down for beginners.
I've been getting loads of requests for specific books and DVDs just for beginners, but I didn't really start to see the necessity until recently.
The whole point of being a beginner is to get better! To move beyond the beginner stages and into intermediate and advanced level designs.
Yes, some people are brave (or stupid) like me and will jump in with both feet to an advanced design with no thought for the consequences.
But most of you are smarter and take your time learning and gaining skill as you go. The need for level based information is very great and I'm going to take that seriously from now on.
So I'd like to officially announce that I am working on a beginner level DVD. This DVD will probably contain around 10-15 filler designs and loads of information on what I see as the most important aspects of beginner level quilting:
- Marking - If you want a specific design on your quilt, how to design and mark it easily.
- Basting - Bad basting can cause shifting and distortion on the top and bottom of a quilt. Learn how to do it right!
- Quilting Setup and organization - No need to fight the quilt or your machine if you set up your tables properly.
- Speed control - I don't use stitch regulators, and neither do you if you learn how to control your sewing machine as well as you control your car.
- Stitch quality - Big stitches, little stitches, giant stitches! Why does it happen and how to fix it.
- Quilt mobility - Yes there are tricks to moving and maneuvering your quilt, even under a domestic sewing machine bed, that will work better than the traditional "roll it in a log" advice.
Feel free to comment below and let me know what will help you the most.
Let's go quilt (after you comment!),