Yesterday we learned the basic idea behind All Over Quilting - that by breaking your quilt up into 4 quadrants with rows of a filler design, you can easily quilt any sized quilt on a domestic machine.
This method knocks out at least a 8" channel through the middle of your quilt. I like to say it's like eating your vegetables before desert - you're taking care of the hardest part of your quilt first, and with each new row the process gets easier and easier.
Now it's simply a matter of filling in each quadrant with more rows of a filler design so they fit together seamlessly.
Let's finish off learning how to quilt our Cheerful Shapes Quilt with this Part 2 video:
I received a great question yesterday about All Over Quilting from Janet:
You suggest "desert sand", which I love, as appropriate for an all over design. Even though that is a foundational design, would you still use the quadrant approach that you describe?This is a great question because Desert Sand really doesn't work like Lollipop Chain or any of the other designs I mentioned in Part 1.
Desert Sand is a Foundational Design which means you start with an initial line (your foundation), and then echo this line on either side to finish the fill.
So how would a design like this work with my All Over Quilting method?
First, start in the center and set a foundational line (in this case a gently curving, irregular line) all the way to the right edge of the quilt.
Once at the edge, start an echo of the foundation all the way back into the center. Once back in the center, branch of with a new foundation working straight down to the bottom edge.
Again use the echoing portion of the design to get back into the center and continue breaking your quilt up into 4 quadrants. Once the quadrants are created, then it's just a matter of filling each one with more foundation lines and then echoing everything until the quilt is completely filled.
So now let's see just how much the Cheerful Shapes Quilt changed when we quilted it:
Now that you can see the finished quilt, you can see how much the thread texture stands out on top of the piecing and appliques.
This is partly because I contrasted thread so boldly so you could see what I was doing in the videos. In a typical All Over Quilted quilt, you would probably try to match thread a bit better.
I like how the piecing and applique design - cheerful applique shapes obviously designed for a baby quilt - match with the kid friendly filler design. It makes the whole quilt come together and the intention obvious: this quilt is intended for children.
But All Over Quilting isn't just reserved for kid quilts. If you're making a bed quilt that you know will be washed a million times, this form of quilting is a great choice because it's fast and durable.
How fast to quilt exactly? This Cheerful Shapes took exactly 3 hours to quilt, 30 minutes less than the Stitched in the Ditch Quilt!
Of course, this form of quilting isn't perfect. While we did finish the quilt quickly, it can be argued that on a more complicated quilt, like Vines of Hearts, this type of quilting would be very distracting.
This type of quilting is also not going to win you any awards at a quilt show.
At the last quilt show my local guild held, a member asked me why the judges were so harsh with the quilts that were quilted with All Over Quilting.
The fact is show quilting and bed quilting are two different things. This doesn't mean one is any better than the other, just that these are quilts designed and destined for two very different futures.
All Over Quilting is a great choice for a quilt you want to use, to cuddle up with, to sleep under, to wash, and to wear out.
But if you're craving a ribbon or you want to highlight and enhance the piecing or applique design you've created, then you need to give Section Quilting a try.
So stop by next week as we start to explore this style of quilting as we quilt the Circles of Daisies quilt!
Let's go quilt,
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