Quilting stitches come in a variety of patterns, ranging from simple horizontal or diamond patterns, to detailed designs used by professionals. The design is repeated across the surface of the quilt. When applied on top of intricate of the fabric, the stitching adds to the quilts appearance, giving the work a personal touch by the artist. In modern quilt making, patterns are often sewn using a machine to allow precise and consistency, yet throughout time artists have been hand stitching these patterns.
As mentioned in my previous blog post, the history of quilt making goes far back into many different cultures. Quilt making it known for its relation to women, who would make a quilt to keep the family warm – on a bed or hanged in the doorway to keep out the bad weather. Quilts were often created and passed through generations, with their very specific construction lasting years.
Free form quilting is quite the opposite as mentioned above as this method is less restrictive. The artist can stitch where this wish instead of following a repeated pattern. This allows the maker to focus on subjects in the quilt they want to highlight or detail. Hand stitching a quilt is often completed before the backing is added to avoid any loose threads.
Other forms of quilt stitching include; stipple, echo, outline, trapunto, and shadow. Each have their own distinct look and importance to making each quilt unique, and may depend on their place of origin. For example, corded stitching originated in Italy.