You know how sometimes a quilt is just going along swimmingly, and then, right when it’s really too late to do anything about it, you have serious second thoughts?
I think I’m good with this (I’m just not sure).
What I loved . . . the bargello pattern one of my friends designed, the gorgeous Ricky Tims hand-dyes, the foundation as it was sewing up.
And then the hesitations: I originally had the outer border so that dark purple in the upper right was in the lower left. Then at the last moment, I decided I was going to change the orientation of the quilt so what I thought was going to be the top (and which currently is) was the bottom. But by the time I was ready to quilt the border, I decided I liked the first orientation better and so the purple is upper right. I’d really be happier if it was lower left. But, okay, so be it.
And then, I was really happy as I was part way through quilting the border. (Free motion flames! – Yeah, Terrie!)
Until I finished . . .
So, here’s what I wish I had done differently: balanced the spine so that it was symmetrical. When I was quilting it, I thought I wanted the more free-form line. In retrospect, the mutlitiple stitching over the spine really highlights it. I wish it formed a symmetrical frame. And I wonder if the quilting is calling too much attention to itself – and fighting with the piecing. Hmmmm. . .
Am I losing it? Over-thinking it? Right on target? Heck if I know.
Meanwhile, hey, my free motion skills continue to improve. Not so I’d impress a quilt judge or anything like that – I had some problems with thread tension, over-stitching a few areas, and those stitches are not even. (Call me a stitch de-regulator).
But it’s definitely progress! So, there it is. Here’s a couple close-ups of the stitching.
I don’t think you can tell from the photos but I used a gold metallic thread so there’s some glitter here as well.
What definitely makes me happy though is the color. That I am totally happy with!