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Edge to Edge Quilting is a continuous line design worked from one edge of the quilt to the other and repeated from top to bottom of the quilt. With this style of quilting the patchwork design is not used as a guide for the placement of the quilting pattern. See our patterns HERE
Where possible I like to interlock the rows of stitching rather than stitching separate rows, lined up like soldiers. Interlocking means there are more rows of stitching on the quilt, but it gives a softer appearance to the quilting. If for some reason less quilting was desired, then I would adjust the size of the pattern but still retain the interlocking nature of the pattern.
When should you choose Edge to Edge Quilting?
- It is an economical method of quilting utility quilts.
- It provides a balanced proportion of stitching over any quilt.
- It allows the light & dark colour play to feature in a charm quilt without highlighting any particular part of the design.
Which pattern should you choose?
- There are many patterns available to suit a wide range of quilts.
- Think about the recipient of the quilt.
- Should the image be youthful? .. feminine? masculine?
- Think about the fabrics in the quilt.
- Should the image be … floral? .. linear? .. circles? .. points?
- Curved quilting balances straight line piecing & vice versa.
Is the thread colour important?
A neutral, blending thread colour means that the quilting texture is noticed more than the actual stitching line.
Yes, the colour of the thread used for the quilting is important to the finished result!
By its nature Edge to Edge quilting only allows for the use of one colour of thread over the entire quilt.
Therefore, you need to decide whether you want the thread colour to disappear into the pattern with only the shadow of the quilting showing over the quilt or whether you want the stitching to add an extra decorative dimension to the quilt by being visible over the piecing.
It is also possible to use the thread to soften “harsh” colour jumps in the piecing by choosing a colour that will bridge the gap between the colours.
I only use Glide Trilobal Polyester Thread. The thread choice of quilting’s top artists.
Glide utilises special technology to capture a beautiful lustre within the fibres of a colourfast polyester. We welcome you to compare our Glide colours to your favourite thread.
Glide offers superior coverage for all your sewing applications. Uniform and complete cover provides a unique embroidery look. The thread appears to melt into the fabric.
Glide is stronger than comparable threads on the market. Stronger thread translates into fewer thread breaks and less machine downtime. Glide thread does not shrink or stretch. It is colourfast and safe for washing, drying, and even dry cleaning.