How to Prepare a Quilting Plan for a Scrappy Quilt

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This customer quilt has lots of busy floral fabrics. Angela talks about the thought process when preparing a quilting plan for this scrappy quilt.

Virginia recently brought this top in for me to quilt.  Look at all these gorgeous floral fabrics!  With so much going on visually, developing a quilting plan can be challenging.  Here’s how we made choices for this quilt.

Virginia's scrappy charm quilt, quilted by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy

First, Virginia knew that she wanted the quilting to have an overall nature theme with all those floral fabrics.  She also wanted to separate the piano key border, also made up of florals, from the center of the quilt.  Thus, a panto for the center and a custom border seemed to make the most sense.

Virginia's Scrappy Charm Quilt with Just Leaves Pantograph, quilted by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy

With all of the color and complexity, any quilting is going to be secondary to the fabric choices, so we chose a panto called Just Leaves that is, frankly, just leaves.  This panto filled the center of the top from edge to edge.  Virginia has a red “stop border” that is just an inch wide, so we left it unquilted and quilted right up to it on both sides.  In the outer border, I chose a double-swirl motif that I quilted in each of the piano keys.  This motif is relatively simple and quick to execute, a good choice for a busy border where effort will not be very visible.

Virginia's Scrappy Charm Quilt with Just Leaves Pantograph, quilted by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy

I used a white thread to quilt the top.  This color worked best from one floral to the next and on the white background in the center.  A light green would have spoken more loudly against that background and Virginia wanted the floral fabrics to be the stars.

Virginia's Scrappy Charm Quilt with Just Leaves Pantograph, quilted by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy

Thank you, Virginia, for bringing your top to Quilted Joy for quilting!

Virginia's Scrappy Charm Quilt with Just Leaves Pantograph, quilted by Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy

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