Half Square Triangle Quilt - Deciding How-To Quilt a Quilt

Colleen made this fun half-square triangle quilt. When she sent me this quilt she asked me to custom machine quilt it for her.

The most common question that I get asked is; 
"how do you decide how-to quilt a quilt?"
Here's my thoughts on this topic, at the moment. :) 
(it might change tomorrow) 
When I look at a quilt like this, I first determine what I want to accentuate. For this quilt I immediately saw a secondary pattern created by the half-square triangles. So, that's what I decided to accentuate. By looking at the quilt, before it was machine quilted I immediately knew that the solid triangles were going to pop the most, so I would want the most detailed pattern in those. Then I chose two other filler patterns that I would quilt in the prints. By using two different fillers I will create the look of half-square triangles in the full blocks.
So, look closely at the full blocks, you can see that some of them have swirls, and some of them half straight lines. These three patterns, together accentuate a secondary pattern in the quilt.
I really love how this quilt turned out! Creating secondary patterns is such a fun way to add an element of interest to a quilt. Thanks so much Colleen for letting me custom machine quilt for you.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Natalia. In looking closely at the pictures it does not look like you did SID between the triangles. How do you determine when SID with a ruler is necessary or not? I love learning from your work. It is always beautiful. Thank you!

    1. Hi Terri, I did stitch in the ditch on this quilt. I think it's necessary on a pattern like this. But I do not on all quilts.:)

  2. Love how you quilted this. Thank you for sharing your process.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I learn so much from you. It's beautiful!

  4. Love what you did bringing out the secondary pattern.


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