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Do you think some quilts get too much quilting? and Do you look on the selvage edge to see the name?

I think some quilts have too much quilting and it makes them appear stiff and not necessary to have all that fine quilting. When batting could not live through washing and had to be quilted every inch it was necessary to take the time. Now you can space it every four inches. Do you think it is a trend to stitch close? I get tired of micro stitching if I am quilting. Some of it looks great in a open space, but do it on busy fabric?

The name of fabrics.  I was looking for more fabric to finish a quilt and noticed the fabric did not have a name in the savage edge. When  CT asked on facebook what Fabric line were you quilting with; it is a bit hard when you buy dark 5" blocks left over from many groups and you don't take the time to mark the fabric to it name or should you?

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Comment by Jan Blixt on May 5, 2012 at 1:47pm

When I am deciding how to quilt a quilt, I take into consideration how busy the fabric is, the function of the quilt and how much open space there is. I figure there is no sense doing a bunch of intricate stitching if no one is going to see it.

Comment by LKC on April 29, 2012 at 6:53pm

Thanks for all the feedback today. I know I need to get a notebook like Marilyn and Amanda said and keep track. I am like Amanda and usually buy by the yard, only I end up with too much so I need to have a pattern in mind. Which I can do if I order from CT or on line, but if I go to blow out sale I just go crazy.

Gab, Janet , Lynne and Brenda thanks for writing how quilting is how you like it. It all has a place and shows our taste or feel for the quilt.

Comment by Amanda Best on April 29, 2012 at 2:05pm

I try to keep track of the manufacturer's name, the collection name, and the pattern number off of every fabric I buy, so if I run out there is a much better chance that I can search for it online and find it. That is why I never really buy fat quarters, at most of the shops, they are about $3 and a half of a yard is 

$4.50 to $5.00 so it makes more since, to me, to buy it that way.

Comment by Marilyn L. on April 29, 2012 at 11:24am

I have to agree in that the all-over quilting can be overdone.  I like to see certain features accented, and the solid color blocks are beautiful with wreaths or feathers stitched in them. But when you have a relly scrappy quilt, I like to see a symetrical pattern shown on a solid backing. Not sure I like the all over meandering patterns that well.  It's each to their own, I guess.

As far as the names of fabric lines, I guess I don't stress about that too much. I'm more interested in the colors and patterns than which designer or manufacturer made it.  Except I guess we should keep a notebook or list of the pattern, fabric collection, etc. for our own reference for each quilt we make.

Comment by GAB on April 29, 2012 at 9:49am

Your fabric, quilt design and purpose will dictate whether you quilt close or far.  For wall hangings with applique, my  long arm quilter does beautiful micro-stitching - which fully compliments my applique.  She does a beautiful job.  But for bed quilts and cuddle quilts, you certainly don't want it stiff.  I make a lot of donation lap quilts and these are tied (along with stitch in the ditch around the borders)- which makes them very cuddly. 

Comment by Janet/MO on April 29, 2012 at 8:49am

I too believe that a lot of quilts today - the longarm quilted ones especially - are way way way over quilted!!  It is like there is a contest to see just how many stitches they can cram in to the same amt of space.  For my quilts I much prefer that everything be balanced so they compliment each other.  I have seen quilts that were hand appliqued and then so overquilted that you don't even see the applique'. 

While there have been times where I wished I knew who made certain fabrics, I don't overly worry about it.  There will be times when you need to know such as when there is a contest sponsored by a specific fabric mfg, but there is no way I'm going to take the time to mark the mfg's name on all of my fabric! 

Comment by Lynne on April 29, 2012 at 7:16am

Linda, I agree with the stiffness of quilts, but I tend to like it more than what they were doing when I started quilting... 1/4 inch around each piece.   I think it all comes down to the person who makes the quilt.   As to  selvedge edges, I do like to see who the mfg is, and also the line and designer.  I keep my purchases put away per designer,, Judy Rothermel, Jo Morton, Kansas Troubles, etc.  Actually, lately,,, those are the only ones I have been purchasing,,, with an occasional Jinny Beyer.

Comment by Brenda Patterson on April 29, 2012 at 6:58am

Sometimes less is more.Just because we can do all that tight stitching should we? I'm with you it gets lost on busy fabric and the quilt becomes stiff with the stitching.Love what ya do and do what ya love is my new motto.

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