On Sunday October 4th, our very own Timna Tarr gave the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild a presentation entitled “Now What? Choosing the Right Quilting Design”
Timna told us the most important thing for choosing a quilting design is how the quilt is going to be used. All over designs are a good option for utilitarian quilts, while decorative quilts may warrant more time and energy. Other things to consider: quilt style, batting type (influences quilting density) and thread color. Quilting can be used to make areas recede (This was done in the George Quilt below).
The quilting pattern and stitch length can be based upon the geometry of the quilt and the size of the quilt. Since heavy quilting shrinks the size of the quilt, it’s important to distribute quilting evenly. To give linear quilts movement, curved quilting can be used (This was done in the string quilt below).
The last tip from Timna was – “if you think you should stitch-in-the ditch or quilt ¼” off- do it”, She showed us several quilts that looked beautiful to me, but Timna regretted not taking the time to stitch-in-the-ditch to emphasize a feature.
And here are more of Timna’s beautiful eye candy quilts:
Thanks for talking to us Timna! I learned so much and it’s always wonderful seeing your beautiful work.