Today’s post is by Nicole Brouillette, a professional longarm quilter from Cottonwood, California and a member of Quiltmaker’s 2013 Scrap Squad.
Nicole quilted Chicken Soup, which was designed and made by Anne Wiens, another Scrap Squad member who was reviewing several Deb Tucker rulers in the process.
You’ll find instructions to make the quilt, along with info on the rulers, in these posts:
And now here’s Nicole with Part 4 of Chicken Soup:
Choosing the correct quilting design can make or break a quilt. When selecting a quilting design I always take a close look at the quilt. Is it a classic quilt or is it modern? Is it floral or geometric? Is it feminine or masculine?
When I looked at the Chicken Soup quilt it was none of these things! I love a good challenge…so I pulled out a few different overall patterns to see what would look best.
I picked out three patterns that I thought would work. This pattern is one of my favorites. I thought that it would go well with the chicken because of the feathers, but the pattern is a little too large for the size of the quilt. The adorable Chicken Soup wallhanging is only 37″ square.
Now I need to come up with the perfect thread color. The three main colors in this quilt are red, white and black, so I pulled all of those colors and laid them out on the quilt. Things didn’t seem quite right to me so I pulled a gray also. I really liked the way that the gray blended well with most of the quilt. Now it’s time to get to business!
The fabrics are from the Rooster Royale and Canvas collections by Quilting Treasures.
Thanks Nicole, for giving us a peek into how you choose quilt designs.
If you need ideas for quilting, you might be interested in Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs CDs. Our series of Quilting Motifs books make a terrific resource. And we have a separate book that may be helpful too: 501 Quilting Motifs.