Choosing quilting designs and threads for Whimsical Baskets Quilt. I have been making progress on the applique center of the quilt and so far I am very happy with how it is coming along. The problem I have is now how to quilt the rest of the quilt. Looking at the blocks I had originally planned to continue with the theme of the pumpkin seed design. (easy right! ) The Dilemma is thread colour !!! Because there is such a contrast in colour within the blocks I am having problems finding a thread that will blend.. I want to use a 50 weight cotton as a finer thread weight seems to get lost on the linen fabric in the blocks. I have thought about this problem for a few days and moved on to other projects LOL in the too hard box. Today I have forced myself to get back to work on this quilt, so I chose a colour to match the strong colour in the block and quilted a pumpkin seed design. At first I did not like to look but after taking a break and a re-think and another look. ( Loads of cups of Tea) I think I like it now and will continue with the quilting, using a mating colour for each of the colours in these Shoo Fly Blocks. I also turned to the internet for some ideas to see what other people do in these situations, you might like to take a look at what I found. Green Fairy had a great tutorial on choosing thread colours. Crazy Mom Quilts talked about design choices. Quilters Newsletter had some good advice on design choices.
I hope these help you to choose your next quilting design and threads. I would love to hear if you have any favorites, or advice on this decision making process.
How to press a Flying Geese Border ? This is the question I was asked so I have done my best to answer as it is not exactly what you might be expecting to see. Read more to see how I pressed the seams to get nice flat intersections.
Making four Flying Geese units at a time is a great time saver, and a wonderful method. I love to oversize the units and trim them down to the correct size for perfect blocks. Read how I go about making these versatile units that I use in almost every quilt I make.