Last week I decided to use it for freemotion practice and to try out a few tips from the machine quilting class I went to a few weeks ago. I found a quilting motif that I thought would work and traced it onto tissue paper.
If you try this, be sure to use tissue paper that is made to tear away easily, like the kind used for tracing sewing patterns.
I pinned the tissue paper onto the runner where I wanted the design to go.
Next I quilted over the lines, right through the paper.Voila! A quilted design that didn’t leave behind any telltale markings showing where I didn’t quite quilt on the lines!
What does this have to do with “looking at the whole”? This is a piece I seriously considered not finishing because it didn’t soar. Then I started the quilting and fell in love with it. Then I finished the quilting and felt I really should have done something different along the edges. Then I added the binding and fell in love with the whole thing all over again. So, I’m resolving to never again pass judgment on one of my projects until I can look at the whole finished product.
Who am I kidding? I’m bound to fail at that, but it’s something to strive for, right? With that new resolve, I’m going to be tackling #6 on my UFO list after all. Stay tuned :)