When I teach classes, I usually joke that most machine quilters tend to fall into two categories: “Square” quilters who find quilting geometric designs easier, or “swirl” quilters who find curvy, fluid designs easier to quilt. I don’t think that it’s a scientifically proven fact or anything, but it seems like it must be true.
I find that I tend to be a “swirl” quilter, they just come more naturally to me and tend to be my most used designs. But that isn’t to say that I don’t love geometric designs. In fact, today’s quilt is all about geometric quilting designs and was a blast to quilt.
Here’s a picture of the quilt hanging in Natalie’s booth at Quilt Market:
When she sent me the quilt top, the only request that she had was to keep the Big squares together. I assumed that she wanted them to look like a single unit, so I quilted each “ring” around the block as though they were one piece.
Since the quilt is so bold and geometric, I wanted the quilting designs to echo that. After some deliberation, I decided to alternate between triangles and square quilting designs. Picking designs that have a completely different shape helps provide a little contrast.
In the white squares, I quilted some more geometric quilting designs to go with the rest of the quilt. I love how the white fabric really makes them stand out on the quilt.
So what about you? Are you a “square” kind of quilt or a “swirl” kind of quilter?