Thanks for all the sweet comments on my earlier posts! I appreciate how encouraging everyone is! A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a reader who asked me to address how dense the quilting should be on a quilt. I know I have said it before, but I will say it again, it depends on what looks good to you.
My personal opinion, as if you didn’t already know, is that I like a lot of quilting. My personal motto: Quilt until you have quilted too much and then add some more.
But, even though I like a lot of quilting, I know that it isn’t right for everyone or every quilt. Not only does it take a lot of time to quilt so much, but some people don’t like the feel of a overly quilted quilt. The quilts that I quilt for others tend to fall into 2 different categories, quilts for show and quilts for home. “Quilts for show” include quilts that I quilt for fabric designers, pattern designers and quilts for quilt market. These quilts will hung up a lot and are usually not used as a normal quilt. “Quilts for home” are the rest of the quilts that I quilt, ones that are used in the home to cuddle underneath and will get lots of love.
When quilting quilts for show (not quilts to be entered in quilt shows, that’s a whole different thing all together!), I almost alway do lots and lots of quilting.
But no matter how much I quilt, I usually like the density of quilting to be consistent. If I do a lot of quilting in one area, I tend to like the same amount on the other parts of the quilt. This quilt, designed by Joan from Lazy Girl Designs, is a good example of the same density of quilting throughout the whole quilt:
But, on the other hand, changing up the density of the quilting can also look great on a quilt! In this quilt, quilted by Andrea, there is a good balance of quilting. Leaving the sashing unquilted balances the bigger feather motif in the center of the blocks.
Just like everything else in quilting, find what you like best and go for it! There are very few hard and fast rules, so keep after it until you find what works for you!