Choosing Quilting Designs

George Washington

George Washington

This quilt has distinct features.  Obviously, there is a star in the center, George Washington photos, and squiggles and swirls.  I do love squiggles and swirls, but I didn’t want to do an all-over, or pantograph, pattern.  I wanted to make that star “pop”.

George Washington Quilt

George Washington Quilt

If at all possible, I try to enhance features in a quilt.  A few years ago the new quilting design that everyone was raving about was called McTavishing.  As a dutiful quilter, my Mom bought a book describing this method of quilting.  As a dutiful Mom, she said, “We can do this.  It’s just squiggly lines at random.  Do your own thing and call it McEmily-ing.”  Mom’s a great encourager for me.  And so I did it.  And I loved it!  It’s a great way to fill blank spaces and a way to make something “pop”.  Hence, the decision for how to quilt that star.

"McEmily-ing"

“McEmily-ing”

The back side of the star block.

The back side of the star block.

The picture blocks of George Washington needed some outlining.  If I were to put any pattern on those blocks, it would have taken away from the scenes.

Outlining features in blocks - reverse side.

Outlining features in blocks – reverse side.

You’ll notice the swirls and stars I used to fill in the area around the George Washington scene blocks and the star.  I chose this motif because the fabric called for it.  The red fabric with the gold swirls through it jumped out at me – possibly because I love swirls and squiggles!  My thread color was a muted gold called brass.  Again, I try not to overwhelm quilting with my stitching or thread color but always try to enhance the work the sewer has done.

Patriotic Quilt

Patriotic Quilt

 

Comments

  1. I find the backs of quilts as beautiful as the front! You make beautiful patterns!

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