Part 1 – Intro
As I said in the post from 8/25/13, I have had a few questions in my email and in my comments box lately about choosing quilting designs for quilt tops. So I am planning a short series of “What Was She Thinking? Wednesdays”.
The disclaimers (you knew that was coming, right?)
I have zero formal background in art and design. All I am sharing here is my own thoughts as a working quilter.
1) These are not Rules-with-a-capital-R. They aren’t even rules-with-a-lower-case-r.
2) Every quilter has their own style and comes to their design decisions in their own way. That is what makes quilting so interesting.
3) I have no magic formula. I don’t even arrive at all of my decisions using the same path. Not all of the questions I ask the client and myself about a particular top will apply to the next one.
What you will find in these posts (I hope) is my loose philosophy of making quilting design choices.
I consider myself to be an “everyday” quilter. I am not nor do I aspire to be, a “show” quilter. I LOVE to look at show quilting. The quilted-to-death look fascinates me. And I am grateful for the quilters who perform these miracles because there is nearly always something I can learn from their quilts; something I can take away and adapt for my own work.
As an “everyday” quilter I have worked hard to develop or adapt quilting designs that look great on client quilts and I can accomplish fairly quickly and therefore less expensively. This means intense background fill and heavy ruler work are used sparingly. I do it…in a limited capacity.
This is not to say that I don’t kick up up a few notches on special occasions for quilts that I have been told are going “in the show”. It simply means show quilts are not where I live my daily quilting life.
I will also see if I can’t dig up a few pics to make the slog through my loosey-goosey quilting brain more interesting. If you have a specific question on a post in this “series” or need clarification on something please use the comment box and I will do my best to answer you in a timely fashion.