Quilt faster by planning your path on paper before you start stitching and having a strategy to move around your quilt without breaking thread.
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I don't know about you, but I really hate breaking thread when I'm quilting-- especially if I know it's avoidable. While irregular quilt layouts often require irregular quilting plans, a traditional grid layout can be tackled very efficiently, especially if you take a few minutes to draw your plan a couple of times before you get started.
As I explained in the video, my favorite way to tackle a grid layout is with three motifs: one for the blocks, one for the sashing, and a third for the border. This semi-custom quilting plan is easy to quilt with minimal thread breaks, but it adds a lot of visual interest and that custom feel to the quilt. Plus, you could even change up the motif in each block as long as you follow the flow of the plan for an even more custom effect.
I want to be sure that you can start practicing this efficient navigation strategy right away. That's why I've made an easy little worksheet that you can print out and draw on until you feel confident about the flow of your plan. Just enter your email below to get it delivered straight to your inbox!
This exercise, laying out a navigation strategy for your quilt, is part of a bigger process called making a quilting plan. A quilting plan includes choosing the motifs you want to quilt in each area of your quilt as well as deciding the order in which you will quilt everything to be as efficient as you can. Making a quilting plan is a critical step in quilting with confidence because it takes all of the guess work out of the actual stitching process. Teaching quilters how to make plans for their quilting is one of my very favorite things because your confidence will grow SO much when you build this skill into a habit. In fact, I would like to invite you to How to Make a Quilting Plan, my 2-day online workshop that takes you through your quilts shape by shape with lots of live video support to provide fun, customized support.
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