How-To and Ideas
Quilting Ideas for 2 Fabric Applique Quilts (2FAQs)
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Calla Lilies by
Yvonne stitched a single row of quilting
about 1/4" outside the Calla Lilies on the blue fabric, no
quilting inside the flowers. The
blue background is stipple quilted. The white frame is
You have a finished top, you want to have a
finished quilt. But, you need ideas for how to quilt it. Here
are our suggestions, plus examples of how a few of our customers have
enhanced their quilts with very effective quilting. This
should get you started:
- Use wavy, horizontal lines in the background to suggest
clouds, wind or water. To make it more interesting, space these
wavy lines closer together in the bottom third, then gradually
space them further apart as you move up into the sky.
- Using the lines from your pattern page, quilt in a few more
images from the pattern. We call these ghost images,
and depending on the pattern you have used, these could be
leaves, cattails, flower petals, hummingbirds, or stars. Put
them in the background, in the frame, or both. (In this photo you see
more Peacock feathers on the
- Echo quilt, either the entire background, or just in the
outer frame. Space echo quilt lines about 1/2 inch apart.
- Inside the applique, add details to the image. Put veins in
leaves and flower petals, add texture to the
Frog with quilted
circles, dripping wax on the candles. (This photo shows the
detail of a Dragonfly's
- Think about what else lives with the images in your applique
- add quilted snowflakes to the
Snow Lady quilts,
dragonflies on the Frog quilt, a lady bug or two on the
- Use a printed image on your fabric as quilting lines. If the
fabric for your Kimono quilt has fans or cranes on it, quilt
around a few of those, then repeat those images in the
background or frame, in different sizes.
- A grid can suggest a trellis for either the
Grapes or the
Rose Arbor quilts.
For even more quilting ideas and
Grapes by Pat Berry.
purple iridescent fabric!)
Parallel rows of echo quilting
highlight the outer frame. Veins have been quilted in the
grape leaves; no quilting in the grapes.
The background has been cross-hatched.
Giraffe Family by Carole
Echo quilting in the Giraffe and stipple quilting in the dark brown
Notice quilted veins in the leaves, and the wandering feather vine
in the outside frame.
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