Last week was a pattern writing and editing week. I felt sense of accomplishment when I sent three patterns off to testers, but I still felt I was "behind" somehow. What to do? Finish something!
I mostly stitched in the ditch, then extended a few lines to create the nested squares. I considered adding more quilting in the white, but I decided I didn't want the quilting to draw the attention to any particular element. I like than when I look at this quilt, sometimes my eye is drawn to the stars, at other times I see crossed arrows, and sometimes I see the overall diagonal lattice.
These photos are not very well lit. I thought the light coming in from the window was better...
I digress. Back to the quilting. I spent some time on Sunday marking evenly spaced lines to fill in the blanks in the border. I thought of feathery somethings, or swirls, or something along those lines. I chickened out. I have trouble keeping scale consistent, and I really wanted this to look tidy for the pattern cover. I can't get much tidier than straight, marked, evenly-spaced lines with a walking foot!
The quilt is now quilted, trimmed, and is almost bound. After I took this picture I sewed the binding to the front. I just need to turn it to the back and stitch it down. Hopefully, photos will follow soon.
Today's task is to try (again) to create some pattern covers. Would you believe out of all the work that goes into producing a quilt pattern, the cover is my biggest hurdle? Somehow, photos that look lovely on a screen for blogs and social media don't always work as pattern covers. Getting the lighting even and the colors looking good on the printed cover gives me a headache. I'm dreading the cover for Small change. All that white in the background will be a challenge to photograph without it looking dingy against the white paper.
It's sunny with a beautiful blue sky and puffy little white clouds today, so maybe I'll venture out for another cover photo shoot. At the very least I can go admire the tulips!
Progress always counts, picture or not.ReplyDelete
Your walking foot quilting looks very nice, but oh, how fun it would have been to play with feathers in all that white (this coming from a feather fanatic, you understand).
I never consider all that goes into getting a pattern ready to sell. I appreciate those of you willing to endure slogging through the details to get patterns on the market for us to enjoy.
That is a wonderful quilt pattern! Looks a little complicated for me to try, but I love it. I think your straight line quilting in the ditch is perfect for it. Just my opinion, but I think any curvy quilting would detract from your beautiful pattern. --"Love"ReplyDelete
Photographing a quilt is always a lot of work.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you've gotten a lot done!
That floral blue quilt has caught my eye. The straight line quilting really compliments the design on Small Change. Your thank you for the tip on making the rulers less slippery. The quilt patterns in your latest newsletter look great so it’s interesting to learn how much work goes into putting all the elements together.ReplyDelete