I finally basted the kaleidoscope quilt, and settled down to start hand quilting it. I have known what I wanted to quilt in it for a while so I dove right in last Thursday evening. I went to bed quite pleased with my progress. Friday morning I walked by the quilt before breakfast and then I wasn’t so pleased anymore.
I had thought the crisp lines in the black diamonds would make them fade into the background so the eye would focus on the way the colors make rings. More stitching was planned for the colored parts. Friday morning they just jumped out at me and reminded me of padding. Then I stepped to the side and this happened:
One whole direction of quilting seemed to disappeared. Since this is the direction we’d see and the way the light will be hitting from the window once the quilt is on the bed, it would look like there are columns of quilted diamonds and nothing in the rest. So much for knowing how I was going to quilt it! This is not going to work for me!
Last night I tried something else that I like much better.
This quilting handles light and shadows better, staying visible at different angles. I hope once I have more of them quilted the lines in the colored triangles will draw the eye around the rings and not be overpowered by the quilting in the black.
I’m off to pick out the parallel lines from Thursday evening, then I’ll settled in to more hand quilting.
Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts’ Slow Sunday Stitching