One of my great pleasures at Quilt Market — the everything-you-could-ever-need-for-quilting trade show held in October in Houston — was looking at the sample quilts. Every booth that sold patterns had gorgeous sample quilts, because vendors know that buyers — just like regular customers in quilt shops — buy what they can see (and probably touch). I was expecting to see some amazing quilting on these samples. And I was surprised to find just the opposite!
I have to admit that 99 percent of the samples were quilted very simply, usually with just a large stipple. I talked to Laurie Tigner — a longarmer and amazing pattern designer — about the simplicity of the quilting. She told me that her customers want to see simple quilting — such as an easy allover meander — otherwise they feel that the patterns are too complicated for them. She actually re-quilted her samples using with easy stippling, just so customers would not feel intimidated!
You can see more of Laurie Tigner’s quilts at Laurie Tigner Designs.