Welcome to the second post of my weekly series, “Deciding what to quilt”. Here is the first post, just in case you missed it.

In this post we are going to talk about “breaking down the quilt”. Trust me, it’s not exactly what it sounds like! Sometimes when you are getting ready to quilt, it may be tough to decide where to start. To help illustrate how I get started on a quilt, I am going to use this Value quilt made by Katie for our example this week.

When Katie gave me this quilt, the first thing I did was break down the quilt into smaller units. I needed to do that first before I could pick a quilting design. Below are some different options:


(Using batting scraps or pieces of paper will help you audition your blocks.)


Even though I had a lot of options, my choice was an easy one. She laid out the quilt so that values of the fabric formed lighter blocks and darker blocks…..can you see them?

Once I determined how I was going to break down the quilt, I had to pick the designs. I wanted to help emphasize the difference in values between the lighter and the darker blocks, so I knew that I wanted the designs to be different in every way.

In the darker blocks, I went with straight lines that echoed the seams of the blocks. In the lighter blocks, I went with a simple flowery design. (Now that I am writing this post, I am realizing that I do that flowery shape a lot! Yikes!)

The picture below has an illustration of how I quilted the lines, since the actual quilting is a little hard to see on the quilt.

Here is the quilt top quilted:

Picture by Katie Pedersen

The contrast in the designs helped define the pattern and resulted in quilting that adds a lot of texture.

Back of Quilt

Be sure to check out next week’s post when I will discuss picking out the designs. And don’t forget, if you have a question or a quilt top that you would like to have discussed, please let me know!

Also, If you are interested in making a Value Quilt of your own, Katie has a tutorial on her blog.

Picture by Katie Pedersen

In the meantime, Happy Quilting!!