02 September 2009
Quilting Makes the Quilt
Imagine, if you will, five exact copies of the same quilt. Now, quilt each copy differently. This is what Lee Celland, an Australian machine quilter did for her book, Quilting Makes the Quilt. She made 5 copies of 12 different quilts (that is 60 quilts in case you are counting) and then quilted each one differently. It is fascinating to see the same quilt, quilted 5 different ways. You can see how a quilt looks with an all-over pattern, or a curvilinear pattern or straight line quilting.
Not only are there color photographs of all these quilts, but there are priceless instructions on how to make a design fit an area, whether is is a grid pattern, curves or an all over design. This alone is worth the price of the book.
But wait, there's more! She has included patterns for making the 12 quilts plus a pull out section of some of the original quilting designs. What a gem of a book.
In the 1970s during the resurgence of quilt making, quilting vaguely resembled the photo on the left: scattered quilted motifs on a high loft bat that resulted in a poofy look in un-quilted areas. After seeing a couple of Lee's quilts with some areas like that, I wanted to grab the quilt and add more stitches. But Lee anticipated this and shows the different look on several quilts.
Quilting density is all a matter of likes and dislikes. I like an equal amount of quilting overall, it doesn't have to be dense just equal. After showing this photo to CarGuy and asking which one he liked, he said he liked the puffy areas. Go figure.