Quilting Decisions

by Nicole

I’m working toward getting two Christmas quilts done before Christmas. I keep telling myself that I can do it. I’ve got 14 days, right?!? That is a whole two weeks!

I’ve got my daughter’s quilt loaded on the long arm. 
I was tempted to knock out the quilting last night, but I counseled myself to go to bed. I’ve always regretted quilting while tired. 
Plus, I’m still not 100% decided on the quilting design to use. These stars have me wondering: do I go with an all over design or do something tailored to fit the stars? 
Maybe all over swirls? 
Decisions. Decisions. 
How do you decide on a quilting design?

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Leanne December 11, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Your swirls are lovely, they would work. You could swirl all over or swirl in the background and just echo the stars a bit or put stars in the stars? I usually decide on the quilting at some point in the piecing process and if I have not decided by then I am often stumped for a while. It looks like a beautiful quilt and two weeks is a very long time.

Debbie December 11, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Plenty of time! The swirls do look good. But seeing the snowflake in the center of the block has me wondering if you have a snowflake pattern you could do…Good luck!

Beth December 11, 2013 - 5:35 pm

I was also going to suggest snowflakes. That is what is on my Christmas quilt and I love the design. Good luck! And yes plenty of time!

Katy Cameron December 11, 2013 - 9:55 pm

I forgot you had a long arm, loads of time! The best idea I ever saw was to use a sheet of perspex and a dry wipe marker to try out what a design will look like over the top

Adrianne December 11, 2013 - 11:06 pm

I think all over swirls would look amazing, or what if you left the stars unquilted and just echoed inside them?

Wendi Dickherber December 11, 2013 - 11:26 pm

If it were me I would only do an all over in the back ground to make those lovely stars really pop

Anne December 12, 2013 - 4:23 am

I usually send my quilts out but choose something that either reflects the fabric designs or goes with the style of quilt. It is hard to decide.

handmadeby EvaRose December 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

Swirls sounds great for this. I like it when the swirls are in the white part only, makes the star pop in 3D. Personally, I have no darning foot so always quilt straight or shallow curves- very boring I know.

Gooba Designs December 12, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Perhaps, echo the outline of the star and then do the swirls around it. Love the fussy cut centers!

qwilltr December 12, 2013 - 12:29 pm

The swirls would look gorgeous on the outside of the stars. A snowflake in the center square with triangles echoing the inside of the points would look nice. I'm sure whatever you do will be fabulous!

Marjorie's Busy Corner December 12, 2013 - 12:34 pm

That is the toughest decision there is for me! I never quite know what to quilt.

Jennie December 12, 2013 - 5:58 pm

The swirls are so pretty – I think I'm going to use those for a Christmas quilt I'm about to load. It's hard to decide – sometimes I just want the dang thing quilted, which means I'll do an allover design just to get it done. Other times, I know I'm going to be happier with something more specific. Guess it just depends on who/what the quilt is for! Good luck!

Jaime Penrod December 12, 2013 - 6:06 pm

I say swirls in the background and some of Angela Walters dot-to-dot quilting in the stars. That would look fabulous.

~Diana December 12, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Love that fabric in the star motif! I'm a 1/4" type of quilter, would do swirls in the white if I had the skills! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten December 12, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Love the fabrics you have used for your stars and the quilted swirls would look fabulous!

Lindsey@InspiringCreations December 17, 2013 - 3:03 am

Those stars are lovely. I also have a hard time deciding on designs when FMQ. I think the swirls are really great–can't wait to see what it finished!

Sarah December 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Hmm decisions, decisions! I'd probably quilt something in the white backgrounds, and leave the stars I quilted so they pop out of the quilt.

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