It really depends on the quilt itself, if I am working on a utilitarian quilt, I will generally use simple shapes, stencils, feathers or basic meander. I let the size and purpose of the quilt dictate what I choose to do.
But art quilts are a different matter, art quilts tell a story and I want the stitching to continue the story. Below are some examples of ways that I use stitching to compliment the images on my quilts.
|Sometimes I just add a little something in the background....can you see the spirals that break up the stippling?|
|pebbles stitched using pastel variegated thread kind of looks like snow|
|Simple "echo" stitching is often a great choice when you just want the stitching to stay in the background|
|Carrying an image in your stitches out into the border adds interest and continues the story. Here the roots spread out into the border.|
|In between the roots, I wanted the feel of earth, jagged, uneven stitching, pebbles and stippling worked well.|
|wavy lines and bubbles surround these turtles for a watery feel|
|This is another example trying to get the feel of the movement of water|
|sky.... gentle breezes|
|Sometimes, it can be as simple as following the pattern of the fabric, for excellent effect.|
I just noticed....this is my 300th post.....Wow...have I really have that much to say?