Many times my projects hit a brick wall when it comes to quilting them. It’s hard for me to decide on a quilting design so they are set aside, sometimes for years, waiting for inspiration to strike. Recently I was trying to finish my Star Surround quilt in time to post it in the parade at Happy Quilting and was struggling to figure out how to quilt it. I did a Google image search but it came up empty. So left to my own imagination, here’s what I did.
I quilted the “surround” part with straight lines. There are three lines going through each block. I didn’t mark these, but drew it out so I would know where to go. At first it was a little tricky because of the angle on the squares, but once I figured it out, it was pretty easy. All the background (or negative space) is quilted with a small meander. That made the star and surround stand out more.
In the star, I just quilted a simple figure eight in each of the points. Again, no marking, just a simple little motif.
My quilting certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s finished and it looks just fine.
I know seeing the words “quilt as desired” on a pattern strikes fear in many quilters. There are many books, blogs and websites that show quilting patterns and motifs. I plan to make this a weekly post so you can see how quilting designs actually look on a quilt. Maybe it will help with your quilting decisions and it will make me get something quilted every week!