I need some design help!
Isn't this a cute quilt? My friend, Anne, made it. She finished it a few years ago and somewhere along the line I promised to quilt it for her but I keep avoiding it because I'm at a total blank on HOW to quilt it. Well I spent the last 2 days hanging out with her at the river and she had it positioned exactly where I couldn't avoid it any longer. I'm surprised she didn't have it between the sheets of my bed but it was almost as obvious as that!
Don't get me wrong, I want to quilt it and if I had a remote idea I could get it quilted in a couple of sessions. I'm cool with figuring out the background quilting but I want to do something special to highlight the crab but I'm totally clueless....and idealess.
What do you think?
For those of you who want the pattern, this quilt was designed by Lisa-Marie Sanders and we had to get special permission to make this one copy. If you have to have your own crab quilt you might be able to get in touch with her here.
8/13/2019 10:32:43 am
Well hell...maybe you can quilt it like its crawling along the bottom of the sea. Throw in some sand dollars and star fish and some wavy lines?
8/13/2019 11:07:24 am
on all the claws and parts that stick out from the body I would do 'w's to feel scratchy and bitey. WWWWWWW then for the body maybe clamshells? Or diagonally through all the squares or even cross hatch.
8/13/2019 11:57:33 am
The design of this crab is very geometric. If you're going to make the background watery, one way to emphasize the crab would be to stay with geometric for the crab's quilting. Contrast with the flowing water - just straight lines.
8/13/2019 12:30:35 pm
I think a quarter inch to the inside of the pieced lines for the crab would make it stand out. I probably wouldn't do as much inside the body though. Since those would all be straight lines, I would quilt the rest "watery" with some other simple sea creature shapes or swirls appearing "randomly."
8/13/2019 06:00:14 pm
I would put bubbles in front of the crab and back in different sizes and wave lines along the legs.
8/13/2019 10:15:55 pm
I'm clueless when it comes to such things, but if it were mine I think I'd like something like sand dollars. (you'll note I'm behind on commenting.....again.)
8/14/2019 07:26:16 am
I can see how the background would be easy to figure out how to quilt, but the crab itself, yes that is a puzzler.
8/14/2019 07:52:03 am
I’m not a longarmmer by any means, so not sure I can weigh in from that perspective. I like the ideas of others with the background or what you have in mind for that area. Maybe do some type of feather stitches connecting throughout the the legs of the crab and its body. Good luck and let us see your final finish please!
8/14/2019 09:07:02 am
I love Laceflower's idea of scritchy W's in the legs and clamshells in the body! Quilt the crab lightly so that it stands out from the background. Also you might consider quilting a few 'ghost' crabs of varying sizes in the background along with the starfish and sand dollars already suggested.
8/14/2019 10:05:33 am
In the upper open claw, quilt something that he is getting ready to grab. Maybe a clam, mussel, snail, or sea urchin. Yes, I googled what do crabs eat!
8/14/2019 10:27:51 am
You might consider leaving about a quarter inch of unquilted space between the crab and the background so the crab will appear in the foreground. Some crabs have patterns and textures on their shells while other crab varieties have smooth shells. Perhaps, using a variegated thread quilted in a clamshell pattern would provide the definition that you are looking for. . .especially if the background is more densely quilted. What a fun quilt!!! What great thoughts your readers have suggested!
8/14/2019 01:48:41 pm
I'm also usually clueless about quilting designs but it occurred to me that quilting sea creatures in the background would be cool. And outline the crab with quilting. And maybe quilt little crabs in the body of the crab? I'm sure you'll figure something out!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.