I’m binding today and as I laid the quilts on the floor to trim, I thought about the discussion I had yesterday when looking at the Innova longarm. I was explaining that I was a scrap quilter and did a lot of donation quilts and said that I mostly quilted overall freehand and pantographs doing very little custom quilting and she said “so you just need to hold the layers together” which is not at all what I meant.
Texture makes a quilt come alive and I don’t have to do elaborate quilting to create texture, I also don’t have to have my thread stand out. Nothing could be simpler than these wavy lines I quilted the other day and after quilting it I even wondered whether I should have done something more but looking at it spread out to trim, I’m very happy with it and it’s going to be so cozy and soft and cuddly!
I also trimmed the Strips and Strings Log Cabin and again, while it’s not elaborate custom quilting, these freehand fans create wonderful texture on this scrap quilt.
So for me quilting isn’t about just holding the layers together, it’s about adding texture that makes a quilt come alive!
Binding has been made and machine stitched on both quilts so now I’ll work a while on hand stitching it down!