Thursday, January 2, 2020

Digital Quilting Design #2: Ogee Bulb

Oh, Gee, Ogees!

Take 2 on my digital quilting design work. I think this new pattern was a great way to elevate a one patch quilt design to a fun, new level. It gave it great texture while still keep it soft and cozy, and added a lot of visual interest, too.

Life is Short! Pick a Color!

Pink Omni thread by Superior gives the design presence on the quilt. I am a lover of of bright quilting thread where it adds to the overall design. 

I do most of my design work on the ProStitcher and Art and Stitch software programs. Some things are easier to modify in one or the other, and that takes time to discover. Visual appeal and smoothness of the actual stitch determine success for me right now. Usability was my goal when making this ogee-based design.

One of my biggest concerns with this specific stitch out was whether the lines merging into one point would cause distortion on the actual quilt. I looked at many other commercial designs, and found only a few that designed this way. Over-stitching is described as backtracking. Why? I imagine if you would have to pick out the stitches it would be awful, but as far as the design working well in the initial test, it did beautifully!

A Child's Quilt for Charity

Many of our children's quilts for the Gnadenhutten Quilt Project are kept small enough in width to accommodate a standard width of fabric for backing. Flannel adds to the cozy factor not to mention the cute prints! Hippos rock! The batting is about a 3 ounce weight poly so it's fairly puffy, and lets the quilting pop. This ogee design looks pretty cool, if I say so myself! 

It's definitely has a Christmas ornament or flower bulb vibe, but I'm still not sure what to call it. Open for suggestions here if anything comes to your mind. 

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.


  1. That's a great quilting motif. Love the bright thread!

  2. I love the quilting design, and it's all so pretty.

  3. Very cool quilting design, Julie! I see what you mean about all those lines of stitching converging. I like how it flattens the quilt there, creating a nice three-dimensional effect on your quilt. I imagine they avoid that in commercial designs because if there were any problems with the quilt top not being perfectly pieced and flat it might tend to pleat and pucker where the stitching lines meet. It would be extremely difficult to execute your design from the back of the machine as a paper pantograph, where you'd be "flying blind." And even as a digital edge to edge design, if someone was experiencing any issues with their machine setup that caused the design to drift a little, those problems would be more glaringly obvious with a design that has multiple lines of stitching that nearly touch one another. I love your design and the quilting definitely elevates the simple piecing and takes the finished quilt to another level!

  4. Really like that quilting pattern. Adds a lot of movement. Happy New Year!

  5. What a fantastic quilting pattern. So glad it didn't stretch unduly on you! I had to smile at your post the other day about stipple work too. I can read that you're having a very good time with your machines.:)

  6. I sure don’t know where this came from as I don’t have a musical note in my body!! When I read down to the part where you were talking about not knowing what to name this quilting design, a old song by Glen Campbell popped into my mind. I could ‘hear’ his voice with soft, gentlle changes from low to higher notes floating in my head. Then the name of the song came to me: Southern Nights.

    Anyway, I particularly like the choice of navy blue for this pattern....don’t recall seeing any One Patch done in navy. Nor, would I have come up with this plan. But......definitely would now that I have seen how your almost solid blue makes the other fabrics pop so nicely. And those gently quilting curves add so much. Nice job!

  7. Oh, I love it! It brought that simple quilt right to life! Brilliant!

  8. The quilting is just perfect for that quilt. The quilt pattern reminds me of those domes so common in Russian architecture. Which are called onion domes, so you could go with Russian onion or Russian dome?


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