A question I am commonly asked is, “How should I quilt this quilt?” The truth is that picking quilting designs for your quilt top can be almost as difficult as actually quilting them!
Use Inspiration To Select Quilting Designs
If a particular quilt top has you stumped, one thing you can consider is the inspiration behind the quilt. Focusing on the reason you made the quilt or even what you want it to look like can lead to some fun, whimsical designs.
I know if sounds a little artsy and weird, but let’s take Tula Pink’s quilt for an example.
She pieced this gorgeous quilt block with her newest fabric collection, Pinkerville. This block is perfectly pieced and there are so many different ways I could have quilted it. Feathers, echoing or even some wishbones would have added a lovely touch.
But when I considered the inspiration behind the quilt, choosing the perfect designs got a whole lot easier.
That’s because the quilt is a sea monster……that’s right, a sea monster. (You sure don’t see that every day!)
Tula told me that she had designed the Serpentine quilt so that the blocks would look like the Sea Monster was going in and out of the water. Suddenly, I knew the perfect designs to use on her quilt.
In The Blocks
In my imaginative mind, a Sea Monster needs to look tough and scary (even if she isn’t!). So inside the blocks, I decided to alternate between a spiky, geometric design and some curvy clamshells.
The spikes were quilted using my Dot to Dot quilting technique that allows you to quickly quilt intricate looking designs with little or no marking. (To learn more about this technique, check out the free video series I made showing just how easy the technique is!)
When thinking of a sea monster quilt, a clamshell quilting design might not be the first thing to come to mind. However, if quilted correctly, they looked like scales. Especially when quilted so that they followed the curve of the block. This takes a classic designs and gives it a whimsical look.
This also helps with the illusion that the block is going in and out of the water!
Quilting the Background
Deciding how to quilt the background was actually the easiest part……especially once I found out that it was supposed to look like water.
To give it a look of movement and texture, I quilted wavy lines in the background. Varying the spacing between the lines and throwing different textures adds interest and complexity to the quilt…..without overwhelming the piecing!
I knew that I loved everything that was going on with the quilt….but as I approached the bottom….inspiration struck once again! What’s cuter than a Sea Monster?
A baby sea monster, of course! Adding this itty-bitty sea monster was the perfect way to finish off this gorgeous quilt. Plus, I have to admit that I had an AMAZING time quilting it!
Watch Me Quilt It!
Do you want to see me quilt Tula Pink’s Serpentine quilt? In my newest video tutorial, I give you a peek into the process of choosing designs for her quilt and even show you how I quilted them! Click here to watch the tutorial.
What do you think? Don’t you just love the Serpentine quilt? How would you quilt your own Serpentine quilt? Let me know if the comments. Also, click here to check out the quilt kit and all the prints in Tula Pink’s newest fabric collection, Pinkerville.
Thanks for reading and Happy Quilting!!