Two weeks ago I introduced my first "modern" quilt. Modern Maze has significantly more negative space then most of my quilts which called for a specialized quilting design. I would like to share how I came up with a modern quilting design for this quilt.
I hope this will assist you with your next modern quilt.
Like all my quilts, I like to start by identifying the spaces within the quilt that can be used for custom quilting. The five unique spaces I identified are noted below.
I went to some of my favorite quilting design sites and did a Google Search to get some ideas for quilting a modern quilt. What I quickly learned is that many of these designs used lots of straight lines and circles.
I began playing with some options in Art and Stitch, the quilting program I use for drafting my quilting designs. Because this is a fairly involved design, I have split the video into two parts. The first part covers the Greek Key sashing and Part 2 the creation of a design for the large negative space. A variation of this design was used for the border as well.
4.25 Note - I just realized that the video has an extra clip inserted in the second video. My apologies for the confusion. I had some issues producing this video as the handles in the "shape" mode weren't working correctly for me as there was a huge delay between moving them and them moving on the screen. I'm still figuring out why I was having so many problems; it could be my new desktop computer, Windows 8, the video software I use, a graphics card, my monitor or even compatability with A&S with Windows 8. I played with the program compatability feature of Windows 8 after completing the video and am hoping I solved the issue. Time will tell.
I am offering the quilting design as a free printed pattern (to assist those wanting to quilt this on their domestic machines as well). Here is the finished block (drafted and stitched out).
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