In early February, I finished piecing the Sesen bonus quilt top. I was not sure how I wanted to quilt it, and I had another project I wanted to complete for a friend, so the Sequenced quilt top got set aside for over a month. Over the weekend, I decided it was time to sit down and put some real thought into developing a quilting plan. So I charged up my Apple pencil and started doodling in Procreate on my iPad.
One of the very first things I wanted to do was break up the background. My overall goal is to energize and make the negative space of the quilt part of the design conversation. I started by creating echo shapes around some of the piecing elements.
Then I went in and added some free motion quilted back and forth lines to help create more definition. By creating more densely quilted areas, the shapes that I want to emphasize will stand out.
Not sure what I wanted to do with the rest of the background, I moved on to considering the pieced elements of the design. I thought that these rounded off squares created by connecting the orange pieced curves were a fun.
The orange quilting influenced the beginning of my plans for quilting the red piecing: more rounded off squares! I was able to sketch out this much of my quilting plan rather quickly, but then I got a bit stumped. I tried a lot of different things, including more free motion quilting, but it all competed too much with everything I had already started. So I set aside my doodling for the day and decided to look at it again the next day.
After a break, I decided to focus first on the red circles. By creating more ghost shapes, I was tying earlier quilted motifs and piecing elements together. But that still left me with the rest of the background and a few remaining red quarter circles to puzzle through.
In the end, I think that adding more echo walking foot quilting to the remaining sections kept the remaining quilting from competing with the other elements of the quilting design.
I took a quick screenshot of all the proposed quilting lines without the quilt behind it, and it’s fun to see how the quilting reads as its own unique layer and design. I think it it cohesive and will be a nice compliment to the piecing design.
The trick will be to take my time and get as much of this marked out on the quilt top with my Hera marker before I baste the quilt. The Sequenced quilt top is 60″ wide by 80″ long, so I have my work cut out for me in marking and then quilting this, but I’m excited to get started and see how the quilting brings the quilt to life.