My “struggle” at this time is with echo quilting around shapes. Do you have any ideas on how to keep an even space? I’ve gotten much better results after forcing myself to SLOW down ….. one of your suggestions and thank you. But I still can’t maintain an even echo with any consistancy. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated…
My two cents:
1. Yes, definitely slow down with your stitching. I cannot emphasize enough how much that has helped the quality of my stitches. I know some of you still prefer to stitch fast – that’s okay. Just remember, you won’t get a ticket for stitching too slowly like you would perhaps in driving.
2. Stitch your echoes as close as you can possibly manage. The narrow distances between echoes will in themselves present an optical illusion – even if the echoes aren’t exactly spaced apart, one can’t really tell when the echoes are close together. In the picture below, the echoes are slightly narrower than or about 1/8″ apart. Most probably won’t quilt their echoes that closely together – just find a comfortable distance for you. Remember, echoing a background effect – it’s okay when the echoes aren’t exactly spaced apart.
3. The ol’ pencil and paper approach. See if you could draw your echoes to your satisfaction on paper before trying it on your quilt sandwich. I have had my students actually draw the echoes on the quilt sandwich to start out until they get in the “groove” with a way of moving their quilt sandwiches that works the best for them.