This week the 2019 Quilter’s Planner designers share their go-to quilting motifs to give some quilty inspiration!

Sylvia Schaefer from Flying Parrot Quilts (@flyingparrotquilts) says, “Swirls and straight lines are favorites, but I always try to listen to what the quilt needs! I love the second layer of design that quilting provides, and try to think about how that layer can help enhance the piecing, provide movement, and guide the viewer’s eye across the quilt. For example, if my project has a theme such as “science” (which is a favorite theme of mine!) I will look for designs that are inspired by the subject of the quilt. Or, if a quilt has a very angular design, I’ll consider a big walking foot spiral to soften the angles and help move the eye across the whole design. Sometimes it takes a while to find just the right design–that’s why I love doodling on a photo of the quilt top on my tablet to try out different possibilities.”

Karie Jewell from Two Kwik Quilters (@karie_twokwikquilters) says, “I am totally a 1/4” (organic) straight line chick all the way! I have no “quilting” vision at all and I hate burying threads too. I can meander or stipple as well but find myself doing straight lines much more often.”

Megan Fisher from @ayragon says, “I use straight lines, cross hatch, and organic tree bark the most. I love the feel and look of dense, geometric quilting and the simplicity of this modern style.”

Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs (@meadowmistdesigns) says, “My go to quilting design is a large allover paisley. It is quick and gives a great texture and movement to the quilt.”

Kerry Goulder from Kid Giddy (@kidgiddy) says, “I’m still new to quilting my own quilts. Depending on the size – I prefer a crazy loop because I can add my signature to it. But I do love a good matchstick or pebble design on minis.”

Shannon Fraser from Shannon Fraser Designs (@shannonfraserdesigns) says, “Straight line quilting is a fave, but my first go at FMQ has me wanting more!”

Andrea Tsang Jackson from 3rd Story Workshop (@3rdstoryworkshop) says, “I approach quilting on a case-by-case basis, but in the last year or so, I’ve developed my own style of free-motion clouds.”

Kate Colleran from Seams Like a Dream Quilts (@seamslikeadreamquilts) says, “If I am quilting a project myself- I usually quilt by checkbook!- I quilt straight lines and mark my lines with painter’s tape.”

Lee Chappell Monroe from May Chappell (@maychappell) loves shells, infinities, and pebbles.

Trinia Braughton from Penguin Feats (@penguinfeats) says, “I default to lines…curved and straight and sometimes I add a little bubble. I design a different version for each of my quilts to add a different effect.”

Yvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jetgirl (@quiltingjetgirl) says, “I can’t lie, I love linear quilting motifs. Recently I developed what I call “circuitboard quilting” and I have a video tutorial for it as well.”

Stephanie Palmer from the Quilter’s Planner (@thequiltersplanner) says, “I love the look of straight line quilting to enhance geometric shapes. I use rulers – both on my domestic sewing machine or my longarm machine.”