This is going to be a really short post with some quilting tips for your OBW quilts.
There are really only two things I want to emphasize:
- Stitch in the Ditch
- Keep it Simple
The most important reason I recommend SIDing this quilt has to do with the bulk in the seams. Even if you have done an impeccable job pressing all those seams open to distribute the bulk, there will be some bulky spots where six seams unite at the centers and edges of some of your hexagons. This is unavoidable to some extent. However, if you SID the quilt, every stinking seam, these spots will be anchored down and less bulky in your finished quilt.
I did not do SID for my blue & white OBW, and I think I paid dearly for it. I had what I described in my "lessons learned" post as "nipples" where the seams were bulky. Trust me folks, you want your beautiful quilt to be nipple free. They are just awkward feeling.
Keep it Simple
If you choose to do more than just SID your quilt, make sure you keep the quilting design simple. Your kaleidoscopes already have a lot going on, fancy quilting will only disappear, or detract from the beauty of your quilt top. So keep it simple with an easy all over pattern, like a stipple or leaves.
If you really want something different, maybe try some lines to accentuate the swirling of the kaleidoscopes.
This quilt top might also be a fun time to try something like a radiating circle across the entire top. This can be accomplished with a walking foot (a bonus in my book). Actually, Petit Designs had a series with a whole bunch of designs that could be done with a walking foot. Many of them are simple enough to suit this quilt. Check them out HERE.
I hope you are having fun. I've been working on something else at the moment, but am anxious to piece together my top and get it quilted soon.
**UPDATED - Here is a picture of my finished quilt top....
I am so happy that I stitched in the ditch for every seam. It made the rest of the quilting so much easier. I choose to just do a simple stipple/meander with the exception of the yellow border.
The linky opens next Thursday, so you can show off your quilt tops. Remember, you just have to have the quilt top completed, it does not need to be fully quilted!
Thanks for reading today,