Second sketch of my quilting plan for the Congruence quilt which creates echoes of the pieced shapes in the negative space and then adds in dense back and forth lines in the negative space to create secondary star like shapes
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Congruence {Quilting Plan}

Well, this post is probably going to be pretty short. After avoiding COVID for years, my husband and I both tested positive last week. It’s really hard for me to not do much, but I don’t have much energy. Thankfully my husband is already much improved and I can tell that I’m doing better than I was on Friday.

So, that being said, after getting the Congruence quilt top pieced late on Thursday night, I wanted to think about the quilting plan. Yesterday (on Sunday) I make some sketching progress.

First sketch of my quilting plan for the Congruence quilt which creates echoes of the pieced shapes in the negative space.

Congruence Quilting Plan A

Like usual, I started out with a straight line quilting plan that keyed off of the curved piecing.

Second sketch of my quilting plan for the Congruence quilt which creates echoes of the pieced shapes in the negative space and then adds in dense back and forth lines in the negative space to create secondary star like shapes

Congruence Quilting Plan B

I then added in my favorite dense free motion quilted back and forth lines in the star like shapes. I think both of these plans work really well for the quilt and given how long it’s been taking me to make this quilt (or maybe it’s just my COVID exhaustion talking), but I’m tempted to forgo the free motion quilted lines in Quilting Plan B. I’d love to know: do you prefer Plan A or Plan B?

22 thoughts on “Congruence {Quilting Plan}

  1. Anita says:

    Will there be or is there a pattern for this beautiful congruence quilt.

  2. Nice to hear your starting to feel better. I like A but wonder if the star like shape will need some quilting.

  3. yecatsml says:

    I’m leaning towards B. I think it might make the center circles pop a bit more if the outer star area was densely quilted.

  4. callirm says:

    Hope you feel better by the time you read this! I like both, but A a bit more.

  5. So sorry to hear you’re dealing with Covid. I hope you have a mild case with no lingering effects. When I saw your plan A I thought it was finished, until I scrolled down further and saw plan B. Since you’re not feeling 100% energetic, maybe just start with Plan A. You can always come back later and add in the FMQ for plan B if you decide the quilt needs it. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. I’m in the same boat, after years of avoiding covid I had it two weeks ago. It was only four days for me, but I have not fully recovered my former energy levels. It is improving though. I do think you need some quilting between the circles, but perhaps a bit less dense than your current plan to make it more doable for you.

  7. I keep scrolling between the two options. I like A because it looks so crisp and clean; however, like the others, I wonder if the stars will need some quilting, so then I think B would work. Either way, I know you will choose well and it will look amazing! In the meantime, rest and recover!

  8. Missie Krueger says:

    I would do Plan A, then consider if the additional quilting is needed as shown in Plan B. Sometimes it is hard to judge how unquilted areas will look. Much depends upon the batting used. I love your design!

  9. C Davies says:

    Plan A! 🙂 It completes the balance.

  10. I like both options – I say you start and keep adding until you feel like it is done? Your quilting is always exquisite.
    Mostly I am just sorry to hear about you guys being ill. We haven’t ever had it but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Take care Yvonne (No need to reply – just take it easy!)

  11. They are both great. I am sure covid is affecting your decision but the bonus is you could quilt A and if you need to you can do B. I had a thought about outlining the star shape in a similar way, did you try that at all?

  12. Cathy Hepburn says:

    I prefer plan A

  13. dmearls2015 says:

    Either is fine, but I wonder if the second idea could be changed to have curved lines that follow the shape of the star and not as dense. Visually, it is almost too quilted in the second version for me.

  14. Liz Wilson says:

    I love plan B, because the dense quilting will be delicious contrasted with the less dense areas! It looks so stunning, though I imagine it’s a lot of work with all those starts / stops and turning, but I’ve always admired your stunning quilting. Sorry to hear you got covid, I also had it a few months ago for the first time and it was a brutal 4 days. I hope you’re back to 100% very soon!

  15. JanineMarie says:

    I understand the low energy. My husband and I both went through that in March. So I say wait to make a decision until you are feeling more energetic. That said, I wonder what something between the two plans might look like. Perhaps not quilting anything in those sections would make them look “pouchy” in the finish? So maybe a simpler bit of quilting in them if you don’t want to do the dense lines. Hope you feel back to yourself soon!

  16. Patti says:

    You always come up with the most interesting design ideas! A is my vote because for me, B is overwhelming. Can’t wait to find out which version you chose!

  17. Oh gosh – I love that first one – what a cool way to quilt!!! Hope you are healing/recovering fast!!!

  18. patty says:

    Love them both but I lean towards A. Happy quilting – I hope you are feeling better.

  19. Kaja says:

    You have done well to avoid Covid for so long. I’ve had it twice and it definitely takes a while to recover fully. I hope you feel better soon. I like both quilting plans, so I would go with the easier one at the moment.

  20. cindy-liveacolorfullife says:

    I really hope both of you are feeling better by now. Our longest lasting symptom was tiredness so continue to take it easy. I think I like version B. I like the free motion lines. But that’s easy for me to say as I have no clue how to do any free motion quilting. Haha.

  21. J says:

    I’m so sorry you’re not doing well, and I hope you recover very soon!
    My vote is for plan B. I do like A, but B stands out more.
    Take care!

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