This is a quilt for my first swap and I need some advice. I feel like sometimes after I start quilting I don't really like how the quilt looks anymore. On this mini, I have a lot of different blocks and embroidery. I know it's hard to see in this picture. I would love some suggestions on quilting this. I don't have much time so hand quilting is not an option. I am thinking stipple would be the easiest, but not sure if that will look good. I want to finish it by this weekend.
Thanks everyone for you inputs, I took all of them into consideration. I kept it simple, lengthened my stitch length, but also did some decorative stiches as well. I'm going to stop now while I am ahead. I just need to add the binding tonight and this is done. Going to make my bag and koozie tomorrow and everything will be ready to ship by the 1st.
I was able to finish everything up, I even made my very first Quilt label ever (not pictured because its really bad LOL). Her package includes a reversible tote in cotton and steel and linen. I kept it really simple. A mug with Catnap fabric koozie, Kitty needle minder, Kitty Washi tape, some Heather Ross Crafty Chloe fabric (not pictured), and a squeaky mouse for her kitty. I am going to get a card and some chocolate tomorrow before I mail it, but that will be all for this swap. Finished one day before ship day...hope she likes everything.
First this is so cute! You could stipple it and it would look wonderful. I would probably do some straight line quilting around the different elements of the quilt to help them stand out. But truly think whatever you do it will be loved.
True Thanks! I think I am overthinking it a little. I want to add just a little bit more embroidery today and then I am going to quilt it. I would have loved to quilt this using different colors of embroidery floss( like how I did around the photo blocks), but I just don't think I have enough time. I'm going to take a break from this today and make the bag and the coffee koozie and see how I feel about it tomorrow. This all has to be finished an out the door on October 1st.
I would keep the quilting really simple as the elements in the quilt should be highlighted (not the quilting) in my most humble of opinions! I think I would do what Mary suggested re: some straight lines - maybe echo a few of the elements you want to stand out more. My first suggestion was going to be hand quilting because this just "reads" that way to me...but you could almost mimic hand quilting by setting your stitch length longer and using a heavier weight thread maybe.
So cute! Will the bag and Koozie match? Love your embroidery.
I was going to suggest straight line quilting. Stippling might be too busy on this. So very pretty
Ok you nailed the quilting!! Perfect combo of whimsical with the straight line and works perfectly!! What a lucky partner.
I love the stitching around the paw prints! Good choices all around.
Wonderful quilting! Your swap partner is very lucky
Beautiful! Love those little quilty heart around the edges and you picked just the right places to echo! Awesome finish - lucky swap partner!!
The quilting is purrrrrrfect! (sorry couldn't resist)
This is incredible! I love it! Adorbz!
Thank you everyone for your help and for your kind words. This is the first swap I have ever participated in and I was a little nervous about making this for someone I didn't know. Your encouragement has made me feel much more confident that my partner will like it as well. Thank you!!!
So adorable. Love the little paw prints. They were just the right touch and I like the way you decided to quilt it.
Love it all...if your swap partner is not over the moon give her my address!!
Wonderful quilt- love the quilting, and your entire swap package is super -love the tote!
What a cute tote - love the kitty fabric
Thank you everyone!!! Such a supportive group. Now for swap #2
Love the kitty fabric on your tote. I have a friend that would love that tote!!
Drnic2c it's cotton and steel and Essex linen. I think it's called tiger in pink...not positive. It's a free pattern, and the first time I have tried it. It's pretty simple, but the very last step was tricky. I think it turned out pretty well. It would look great in any fabric and it's reversible.