Last month, I was flipping through a book of long arm pantographs. I came across this one and thought it would be perfect for my 100 Quilts quilt along quilt. I had a lot of fun quilting my quilt, but when I was done, there was something that wasn’t quite right: the density of my quilting was all wrong. When I first started quilting, I often thought about the quilting pattern, the color of the thread, and what type of foot to use. However, I almost never thought about the spacing or density of my quilting. No longer So, I decided to try again with my For the Love of Solids Swap placemats, and share a few basic tips I have learned through trial and error.
3. Don’t stipple too close together, or your quilt will be so crinkly it won’t drape nicely or be very snuggly. I learned this the hard way with this quilt for my son–the quilting is less than an inch apart. Ha! It is not used very much.
4. Sometimes, it is fun to play around with the density and style of quilting in borders, both the borders of a quilt and sashing between blocks. Spacing the quilting differently, or using a different style stitch all together can really add to the quilt.
5. Varying the density of your quilting within the quilt itself, in this case straight lines, can add interest to a quilt. Make sure that you check the manufacturer’s recommendation for your batting, different brands require different quilting density.
6. Finally, sometimes simplicity really is the best. I splurged and used Quilter’s Dream batting for this quilt for my daughter, and only quilted about a 1/4 inch on either side of each strip of fabric. The minimal quilting makes the all-voile quilt really really soft.
I would love to hear any other suggestions on spacing your quilting! If you are looking for more quilting inspiration, Leigh from Leedle Deedle Quilts started a Modern Free Motion Quilting Flickr Group–check it out!
And Carin from Margaret’s Hope Chest is in need of lots and lots of quilts, especially boy quilts right now. If you are making a 100 Quilts quilt and don’t have a place to donate it to, please consider contacting Carin.