I love quilting for pattern designers, usually that means that I get the opportunity to quilt the same pattern more than once. It’s always fun to see how many different ways I can come up with. Today’s example is Disco, designed by Julie Herman.
When considering how to quilt a particular quilt, the contrast in the types of fabrics used is one thing that I take into consideration. The two Disco quilts that I am going to show you today are great examples of that.
First up, the cover quilt.
This Disco quilt has some contrast in between the fabrics.
I decided to use the quilting to make the bolder blocks stand out more than the rest of the blocks. To accomplish that, I treated the low contrast white blocks as the “background” by quilting a swirl meander all over. Oppositely, I quilted a more geometric design in the bolder blocks.
Breaking up the quilt top in this way is a great way to showcase certain blocks by making them “pop”. Try this quilting technique if you want to highlight your favorite fabrics or certain blocks in a quilt. Just remember to use quilting designs that are different from each other like I did. (for instance geometric lines and swirl meander)
But sometimes you will come across a quilt that doesn’t have as much contrast in the fabric, or perhaps you want the quilting to have a more cohesive look. That was definitely the case with the second Disco quilt.
It’s hard to see on the front of the quilt, but I decided to divide the quilt into rows. I alternated between two different block “treatments”. Since it’s not as noticeable on the front, it results in a nice surprise when you look at the back…..
This is one of my favorite ways to quilt a busy quilt like this. I really appreciate it when the back of the quilt is made with solid fabrics, allowing me to see the result.
When dividing the quilt up in this way, I like to pick some of my favorite designs. I don’t tend to worry if the designs are similar since it doesn’t matter if they contrast or not.
The great thing about machine quilting is that as long as you like it, it’s the right decision! What are some of your favorite ways to quilt your quilt tops?