1) How much is the quilting design going to stand out in your quilt? You do not want to spend a lot of time doing fancy quilting on a busy print, because it will hardly get noticed anyway.
2) How will the quilt be used? Same concept, you do not want to spend a great deal of time quilting a baby quilt or one that will get used and washed a lot. An overall design typically works great for these.
3) Is the quilt traditional or contemporary?
4) How much do you enjoy quilting? She said sometimes it is better to do something simple and get the quilt finished than to frustrate yourself and have an unfinished quilt.
I thought these were great tips although I decided that sometimes I might do some fancy quilting on a print fabric (like in a border), just for practice! That way I am getting some good practice in, and yet it won't show all that much if I make some mistakes.
1) Her favorite marking tool is a #3 pencil. 2) Quilt over a seam to make it go away, next to a seam makes it stand out, in the ditch to make the block stand out. 3) Quilting design is enhanced by repetition. 4) Mark as lightly as possible. 5) One line makes a space, two lines makes a line. 6) Draw quilting design options on wax paper or tracing paper to audition on the quilt top. 7) Quilt through appliqué and especially embroidery. She said just quilting around it looks bad.
In this quilt below, she quilted a half of a crosshatch through the embroidered blocks and it looks great!