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Sunshine Quilt

by Mickie Elzinga
(Charlottesville VA)

I am currently making this for my daughter as a surprise for when we visit later this year. I am not sure how to quilt it - an all over design or different designs in the different blocks.

Appreciate all suggestions.


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Dec 27, 2019
Final Quilt
by: Mickie

Here is how I finally quilted my Sunshine quilt for my daughter. I did a type of curved design in the large strip squares to soften all the straight lines, and then in the smaller strip squares, I did a flower and then a free motion in the border. I am not sure how to post the finished quilt. If I figure it out and post it for you to see.

From the Editor: Congratulations, Mickie!

If you'd like, please send the photos to - that's my personal email many photos as you'd like and I'll add them to this page.

Thank you so much!

~Julie Baird

Oct 28, 2019
by: SueJean

I love all of Julie's suggestions but my first thought was "stitch in the ditch" followed by the diagonal x's. I have to confess, however, that I've not yet dared to actually do stippling on a quilt that size.

Just remember that whatever quilting you decide to do, it always fades into the background. The bold colors of your blocks are the first thing that catches my eye.

Love the quilt!!

Thanks for sharing.

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May 30, 2019
Quilting Suggestions
by: Julie

Hi Mickie!

Great quilt...Sunshine is the perfect name for it!

I'm a huge advocate of matching the quilting to the type of use the quilt will get.

If this is a snuggle quilt, then I go for an all-over free motion quilting pattern (good ol' reliable stippling is an option) to help hold everything together through frequent washing.

If you'd prefer to avoid free motion quilting, then ditch quilting between the blocks works...just make sure to compare the maximum quilting distance recommended by the batting manufacturer vs. the size of the block.

Another option is to quilt diagonally through the blocks in both upper left to lower right and upper right to lower left directions to form an 'X' in the center of the blocks.

Remember, too, that you needn't always use a straight stitch with your walking foot. If you hate to ditch quilt because you miss the ditch just enough, consider using a serpentine stitch that wiggles back and forth. It creates an interesting texture over the seam lines.

I hope this gives you some ideas!

Thanks for sharing! I think your daughter's going to LOVE it!


Julie Baird

PS As to different designs in different blocks...since they are scrappy, there's a good chance the quilting won't really show. If you want a place to practice free motion quilting this is a great place to do it because of this factor.

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