If you are a resident of a cold region, you know exactly how boring it is to use the same old blankets and quilts daily, that too for at least four long months. Well, that’s when quilting designs help you get over the boredom.
The next thing is how to design a quilt. In other words, we can say how to pick the right quilting design for your quilt. So you have picked up the quilt top, chosen the right fabric to be used for the backing or insulation. However, you are still overwhelmed with the number of design options you have, or, even worse, with no design at all in your mind.
We have, therefore, prepared a guide for you to help you decide the right quilting design for your new quilt.
Pay attention to the Tools You Have – Ask yourself, if you are going to design your quilt yourself or you are going to use longarm services? Whether you or your longarmer has all the necessary tools required to design your quilts like rulers, templates or proper applications for a computerized design?
Well, a freehand design is simple to achieve. However, a straight or precision design needs some different types of tools and skills. You should consider your or your longarmer’s talent before deciding the right quilting design for your quilt.
If this is the first quilt that you are designing or you want to start afresh for a new quilt, below ideas are definitely worth a read.
Stitch Parallel to Seams – This is the design with which beginners can start with. Stitches can be sewn a little distance apart but parallel to the seams of the quilt. To make this design look attractive, the longarmer should stitch neatly and at a uniform width from the seams.
Straight Lines or Rectangles – This is another easy and very common design that you can choose for your quilt, especially if your fabric has curves, circles or flowers printed on it. You simply need to stitch in parallel motion at equal distances, horizontally and then vertically.
Free-motion – This is probably the easiest quilting design one can ever choose. You simply need to start stitching in a free-motion from one end to the other and before you know it, it’s done.
Patch-work – If you have become a pro in designing quilts and want to try your hand at something different, then this is meant for you. Patch-work in quilts is trendy once again and you get a chance to use your old leftover clothes as well. Patch-work also works wonders in designing your quilts with some themes.
Once in a while, your friend with similar interests can also help you in picking the right quilting design for your quilts. However, do not forget to discuss your needs, purpose, budget, timeframe, skills, etc. with your friend. It is a good idea to take suggestions but you should have a clear picture of what you can do and afford. This is because you cannot go back to scratch once you have already started it.
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