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This can either be an all over design or a more custom approach where the quilting design starts with the piecing or applique and seeks to enhance it.  I do also use hand guided pantographs.

I will work with you to agree how your patchwork or applique top should be quilted in a way that suits the quilt, its purpose and you.  Often clients prefer to rely on my knowledge and expertise once they have indicated the broad approach they wish me to take. I aim to enhance your creation and would never seek for the quilting to take over.

Quilting a quilt provides many things for the quilt –

  • stablity – the three layers need to be stitched together so it can be used and washed
  • texture – however it is quilted, the light and shadow created by the quilting will gie your quilt top a textured look
  • design – the design of the piecing or applique is one element of the quilt – the quilting designs should enhance and compliment this.

All over design
I can free motion quilt your quilt with a simple overall pattern often based on a meander and maybe including loops, flowers, leaves, hearts as may be appropriate to the quilt.  But meanders are just the start and there are lots of ways of quilt an overall pattern on to your quilt.  Quite often I will suggest using a different design for the border as often this is unpieced and may suit a border design. This works well where the fabrics or design is quite busy and the quilting is frankly going to be lost.  It’s also a good option for children’s quilts or everyday quilts.

Pantographs
Pantographs are edge to edge designs are hand guided by me using a laser pen to follow a pattern from the back of the machine..  Please see the attached gallery for the library of pantographs I use.

They will cover your quilt with one overall pattern.  I think these work best where you don’t want to use the patchwork piecing as the basis of the quilting.  They are also great if you want to be very certain what you want the quilting to look like.  I have used them for fairly simple patchwork – they also work well with scrappy quilts.

Custom Quilting
I also offer custom quilting with separate borders patterns from the main body of the quilt with the quilting of the main body often emphasising the quilt blocks that have been used.  The result can still be quite understated rather than “quilted to death”!

I think custom quilting is the perfect partner for those quilts where the piecing and appliqué is striking, if there are lots of blank areas, quilts which have been a labour of love or have been made for someone special and are destined to become an heirloom.

When I custom quilt a tradtional pieced or applique quilt, I pick focus points in a block  and then quilt them with continuous lines.  The blocks themselves then determine the design of the quilting which can consist of curved lines, tear drops, loops, feathers, wiggles. If more dense quilting is required, this can be done by adding fillers.

For more modern or contemporary quilts, my approach is generally focussed on filler designs, lines (both using rulers and free hand with loops, circles etc) and mactavishing

The options for the quilting are endless, including using different colours of thread for different parts of the quilt and final decision will come out of a mixture of what sort of quilt it is, its purpose, your thoughts and my suggestions.

What I use and the way I quilt

Once I had quilted my first piece of patchwork, I realised the truth of  “quilting makes the quilt”.  For me, quilting should at the very least do its job of securely holding the 3 layers together and ideally also enhance a quilt top.

I offer a longarm quilting service using my Handi Quilter 18” Avante  machine.

I generally work with a 8 foot table but can extend it to 12 foot which means I can quilt quilts up to 120”/10 feet wide.

My preferred approach is  free motion quilting – I don’t use a computerised system.  This can either be an all over design or a more custom approach where the quilting design starts with the piecing or applique and seeks to enhance it.  I do also use hand guided pantographs.

I will work with you to agree how your patchwork or applique top should be quilted in a way that suits the quilt, its purpose and you.  Often clients prefer to rely on my knowledge and expertise once they have indicated the broad approach they wish me to take. I aim to enhance your creation and would never seek for the quilting to take over.

Quilting a quilt provides many things for the quilt –

  • stablity – the three layers need to be stitched together so it can be used and washed
  • texture – however it is quilted, the light and shadow created by the quilting will gie your quilt top a textured look
  • design – the design of the piecing or applique is one element of the quilt – the quilting designs should enhance and compliment this.

All over design
I can free motion quilt your quilt with a simple overall pattern often based on a meander and maybe including loops, flowers, leaves, hearts as may be appropriate to the quilt.  But meanders are just the start and there are lots of ways of quilt an overall pattern on to your quilt.  Quite often I will suggest using a different design for the border as often this is unpieced and may suit a border design. This works well where the fabrics or design is quite busy and the quilting is frankly going to be lost.  It’s also a good option for children’s quilts or everyday quilts.

Pantographs
Pantographs are edge to edge designs are hand guided by me using a laser pen to follow a pattern from the back of the machine..  Please see the attached gallery for the library of pantographs I use.

They will cover your quilt with one overall pattern.  I think these work best where you don’t want to use the patchwork piecing as the basis of the quilting.  They are also great if you want to be very certain what you want the quilting to look like.  I have used them for fairly simple patchwork – they also work well with scrappy quilts.

Custom Quilting
I also offer custom quilting with separate borders patterns from the main body of the quilt with the quilting of the main body often emphasising the quilt blocks that have been used.  The result can still be quite understated rather than “quilted to death”!

I think custom quilting is the perfect partner for those quilts where the piecing and appliqué is striking, if there are lots of blank areas, quilts which have been a labour of love or have been made for someone special and are destined to become an heirloom.

When I custom quilt a tradtional pieced or applique quilt, I pick focus points in a block  and then quilt them with continuous lines.  The blocks themselves then determine the design of the quilting which can consist of curved lines, tear drops, loops, feathers, wiggles. If more dense quilting is required, this can be done by adding fillers.

For more modern or contemporary quilts, my approach is generally focussed on filler designs, lines (both using rulers and free hand with loops, circles etc) and mactavishing

The options for the quilting are endless, including using different colours of thread for different parts of the quilt and final decision will come out of a mixture of what sort of quilt it is, its purpose, your thoughts and my suggestions.