Friday, May 13, 2016

Still working on blooms

I'm still working on the flower quilt.  Let's just say that this quilt did not have any strong suggestions about how it wanted to be quilted so I spent a lot of time staring at it, thinking and drawing a blank.  The quilt didn't start talking until after I had quilted a few blooms.  Then it had very strong opinions about what it didn't like.


I didn't quilt all the blooms before listening to the quilt's protests, otherwise I might have just pitched this whole thing out the window.  I did try about 4 designs on various blooms that ended up being picked out.  I really hate picking out quilting stitches, especially the really tiny tight ones I get when  my foot on the foot pedal and my hands moving the quilt around aren't working together very well for even freemotion quilting

In the end I decided less was more and that the walking foot is my friend, despite the quilt wrestling involved to change directions.  Lots of walking foot quilting happening over here!  The sashing is all done and I think about 1/4 of the blooms are quilted as well.  Now that I have a plan that I can live with I think it will go more quickly.  I hope so!  I am ready for this one to be done!

12 comments:

  1. Unpicking quilting stitches is my least favorite unpicking. Good thing you listened to the quilt before you got any farther. : )

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  2. I just hate it when a quilt won't share how it wants to be quilted until AFTER I've gotten in a fair amount of quilting that it does not like. Ugh! Your do over looks great.

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  3. Your flower quilt is going to be very pretty, in spite of your decision difficulties with the quilting. What I can see so far is looking great. Don't despair; soon you will have another beautiful quilt! ---"Love"

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  4. It is definitely hard to figure out how to quilt something. I understand perfectly and have had the same experience of beginning to quilt a certain way and then having to change it. It seems like when I'm getting ready to quilt an item, I will be agonizing about how to do it, but once I get started, it seems like the quilt (as you say) tells me (???). It is a relief once that decision is made.

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  5. Oh, I hear you! Regardless, it looks terrific, even stuffed into your sewing machine. I look forward to seeing the completed quilt. :-)

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  6. Been there, done that! Using your walking foot is a great solution!

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  7. Your quilt is so colorful and bright and perfect for this Spring Time season. Looks like you are doing a wonderful job on the quilting. Best of luck to you to have it done soon.

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  8. It's going to be beautiful, despite the blooming protests!

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  9. I love it! My arms ache for a couple of days after I finish a quilt. But so worth it!
    Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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  10. I feel your pain, I have a quilt that is not talking either. I like all the pretty colours in the blooms. Good luck finishing.

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  11. Good luck with the quilting. It is going to be beautiful.

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  12. This is such a beautiful quilt! Isn't it wonderful how our quilts talk to us?! Oh I hear you on picking out...avoid it at all costs.

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