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Getting it Quilted

Does anyone else struggle with how to quilt their quilts?  I have problems picking out fabrics, getting things pieced, and I love to bind.  But when it come to stitching those layers together I’m often at a loss.  So they hang on the clothes line till the poor thing is sagging and I can’t get to my washing machine cause there are so many quilts hanging in front of it.  Then I’m forced to figure out a quilting design.  

Such was the case this last week.  So I pulled down my 15 minute play quilt.  It’s been sitting on the line since January.  I really was at a loss as to how to quilt it.  But finally decided to try echoing.  

I must say I’m very pleased with the results so far.

I’ve about got the blocks done.  Hoping today to finish them up and if I’m lucky to finish quilting the sashing too.  

What part of the quilting process slows you down?  How do you make it over that hump?  Or you lucky and you breeze through the whole process?


  • hetty says:

    I always have trouble deciding on how to quilt my quilts. Usually I just have to get started and things come together after that. But quilting is the part I like the least. I love how you echo-quilted yours. Very nice!

  • Lynn says:

    Quilting the quilt is the thing that slows me down too. I need to decide how to quilt it first of all. The bigger the quilt, the more difficult it is to get going. It think the thought of doing a larger quilt on my little Bernina becomes daunting.

  • Tessa says:

    I need to learn how to quilt, if I can't do straight lines on it then I am stumped 🙁

  • Peg - Happy In Quilting says:

    The way you are quilting this quilt is perfect…

  • StitchinByTheLake says:

    I have trouble with that too and far too often just end up stippling because it's easy. 🙁 blessings, marlene

  • Nedra says:

    I admire that you quilt your own quilts. I get stuck at that part too, and they just keep collecting on hangers in the closet. Then I need one for a particular event, and finally get to quilting it.

  • Angie says:

    I have trouble with most of the process. LOL But I keep on trying…I have to tell you that I love this quilt—love the yellow background with the bright colors—churn dash is one of my most favs anyway and this is just grand. Love the echo quilting, btw.

  • Char says:

    Like you I have trouble with the quilting. Usually I give up and do a meander, but just last week I decided it was time to try something different. So I will be doing a bit of experimenting on this next quilt.

  • Nanette Merrill says:

    You are doing a great job. I quilt some of mine but not big ones. Bravo to you.

  • Purple Pam says:

    Your problems are mine also. I have a difficult time deciding on the fabrics. The quilting process is also an issue. I have done meandering and have learned a few meander patterns. I want to learn new quilting patterns. I have become lazy and send my quilts out for quilting when I can afford it. I need to get back to quilting them myself. How do I do that?

  • Browndirtcottage says:

    I think your quilting choice on this is right on Em!!

    Oh yes, the ole 'don't know how I will quilt it' syndrome hits me too!

  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe says:

    I have found "play" through free motion to be valuable. each time i quilt a quilt, I try to add one new free motion technique each time so my personally library of skills grows with each quilt. The more I've done this, the more ideas come to me…but i often have quilts that stump me…Looking at other quilters great quilting has helped immensely… Your quilt is looking great!!! Can't wait to see it finished!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh that quilt is gorgeous, love the echo quilting too!

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