Can you believe we are almost to the end of our Paper Pieced Primrose Quilt Along? If you are just now hearing about it, scroll to the end for links to all of the other QAL posts. I’ll leave them up indefinitely so that you can make this quilt on your own time and schedule.
Quilting on Busy Quilts
The first thing to think about when quilting a busy quilt such as my versions shown above, is that the quilting won’t be a focal part of the quilt. It’s more about the interplay of the fabric colors and the geometry of the pieced design. So a busy quilt is a great place to practice a new quilting design, or one that you want to get better quilting.
In the Pieced Primrose quilt pattern, I give machine quilting suggestions (just like I do in ALL of my quilt patterns). Because I made two versions of the same quilt, I quilted them with two different allover edge to edge free-motion designs: round spirals and square spirals.
When quilting an edge to edge design – I start on one side of the quilt and work my way across the quilt in a methodical fashion, block by block.
I used my Aurifil Variegated Thread Collection in blue and pink for each of the respective colorways. They blend into all of the fabrics and added a little bit of sparkle to the quilts. Here are a few detail shots below:
Abstract Garden Warm – click images to enlarge
Abstract Garden Cool – click images to enlarge
My favorite thing about quilting an allover edge to edge design is that it adds yummy texture to the quilt and is sooo forgiving! Your motifs don’t have to be perfect because you won’t see the individual stitches. And the best way to hide imperfect quilting is to surround it with MORE imperfect quilting!!
See Me qulting on Video!
I recently quilted 3 different versions of another quilt – Terrace Tiles using 3 different free-motion designs in the same way. I stitched Swirls and Boxes (similar to Square Spirals) on two of them and other fun design – Jagged Stipple – on the third.
LINKS AT A GLANCE
Click the links below for supplies needed to make Pieced Primrose
- Click here to get the Paper Pieced Primrose quilt pattern – PDF version
- Click here to get the Paper Pieced Primrose quilt pattern – Paper version
- Click here to get the optional Primrose kit in warm or cool
- Click here for the complete QAL supply list and schedule
Next week we will bind our quilts to finish!