So I'll start out with the things about quilting that I absolutely love :
I also love to design my whole quilts as well, usually starting from (a) fabric(s) I happen to buy.
Hand quilters often think differently than other quilters. When you're a hand quilter, you focus more on the quilting stitch; how it will look, what design will best fit an area, how to achieve that puckered, even stitch.
Hand quilters, join in on this discussion and tell us what you like... and what you don't like about the quilting process!
I'll start the ball rolling!
When I design a quilt, I like wide open spaces without seams so that I have a lot of room to showcase (hand quilting) stitches.
I like fabrics that aren't so busy that the design hides my quilting stitches in a shroud of print. Solid, textural blenders are perfect for hand quilting!
I really don't like quilting through a lot of thick seams.
The basting process is a real drag. I baste with little brass pins, and then when I quilt, the thread always gets caught on the pins. UGH.
By: Karen Goad
Wow – how to pick out a favorite pattern. I rarely design my own patterns. Most of the time I find a pattern I like and often make changes to it making it my own, but I start with someone else’s idea – A lot of us are not quite artistic and creative enough to get started totally on our own Sometimes when I like a pattern I see I make it just as I see it and sometimes even using the same color of fabrics that are in the original design – especially if it was the combination of color and design that attracted me to it in the first place.
Now back to the pattern I am in love with – – I change my mind so often. Right now I can tell you that the next queen size quilt that I want to make is one of Edyta Stars patterns called “Common Bride” it is beautiful. I love the colors, I love the pattern – the only change that I intend to make to it is adding another border to it in order for it to fit my bed. click on the name of the quilt and it will bring you to the pattern and you can see how beautiful it is yourself. If you click on the photo of the pattern it will enlarge so you can see it better. I love a combination of piecing and applique (needle turn). Hand quilted of course
I have not purchased this pattern at this time but it is one thing that I plan on looking for at the Paducah Quilt Show in April. I love the colors – browns/pinks some greens and blues – tiny patchwork blocks that can be done up in numerous shades of those colors.
I will not start this quilt though until sometime next year - I really need to finish a few things first!!