Here are a few more things to consider when picking an edge-to-edge (E2E) motif.
How big is the quilt? Keep the design in scale with the quilt. Use a smaller motif for baby quilts, small wall hangings, or table runners. But larger quilts — twin size through king size — can handle larger designs.
How will the quilt be used? If it will be well loved, used and laundered regularly, you will most likely want an E2E quilting motif that is more closely quilted. If it is going to be gently used or hung on a wall, you can get away with a more open quilting motif.
Are you creating a charity quilt? This is the perfect opportunity to try out a new edge-to-edge design.
Is your motif directional? What about the quilt itself? Is there an obvious top and bottom? What about the backing fabric? Is it also directional? Be sure to orient the directional quilting motif so it is viewed correctly when the quilt is oriented correctly.
Lastly, you need to pick a motif that you are comfortable stitching out. If you are a beginner, you will want a simpler motif.
But be sure to challenge yourself with more complex designs as you gain experience.
What about thread choice? Be sure to audition the thread you use on your quilt.
Choose a thinner weight thread if you want it to blend into the quilt fabric or a thicker thread for the quilting to be more obvious.
Are you ready to tackle some edge-to-edge quilting designs?