Simple Stars

Unquilted Star Block

Unquilted Star Block

The instructions for longarm quilting this star quilt were to keep it simple without a lot of quilting.  Right away I knew I wanted the stars to be stitched in the ditch.  Initially I thought I would quilt loops and curls in the background.  I love that look, but it fancies up a block and isn’t what I’d call simple.

Quilted Star Block

Quilted Star Block

In order to make the stars pop, I needed to quilt down the background.  Keeping it simple was the part that snagged me.  This client doesn’t care for traditional stippling so I tried something new – and simple.  By starting at one outer point of the star, I could echo it and then move directly into my squiggle filler in the background.  Longarm quilters like to quilt without stopping so this worked great for me.

Row of Stars

Row of Stars

The center of the star needed some type of quilting, but in keeping with the “simple” theme, I didn’t want too much.  The very centers were stitched in the ditch and then one jagged patchwork “row” was stitched in the ditch and continued in the green wedges of the stars.  The sashings were meandered with a loose squiggle line.

I think I kept it simple.  Do you?

Comments

  1. Great choices for quilting this one…simple but elegant!

  2. What does “stiched in the ditch” mean?

    • Great question, Christina! Stitch in the ditch is quilting where seams are. When fabric is sewn together, the stitching line makes a valley of sorts – or ditch.

      It’s much easier to stitch in the ditch when seams are pressed very well and there are no puckers or pleats in the sewn seam. A longarm machine will easily be thrown off the stitching path if seams are not flat and straight. There are some quilts that cannot or should not be stitched in the ditch for this reason.

      I hope that answers your question!

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