So I have for the most part been quilting tone on tone on all my quilts, like my Candied Pomegranate quilt. I started getting a bit more adventurous using a contrasting color scheme on my quilt backs (see here, and here). Well for my latest completed quilt, I decided to try bringing the contrasting color scheme from the quilt back to the quilt front. I had always been too chicken to do that. But one never knows unless one tries… so… here it is:
My thoughts on the effect:
I like it. It adds a colored texture to the light background – almost like adding a print design to the fabric. I like that it also adds a feeling of informal fun and cheer to my piece. Will I do it again? Answer is yes, when the project calls for it.
Inevitably, with a contrasting thread on a light background, any little mistakes will be magnified visually because for some reasons the eyes start to get really nit-picky. Forgiveness isn’t quite apparent in this situation. A few things that I found extremely helpful are as follow:
1. Be very familiar with the flow of the feathers, especially if they are being free-handed. Any jerky stops along the way WILL show up much more visibly. Having a good flow of things will definitely minimize that problem. Have you read my post on the essentials of good feathers here?
2. Since it is not very forgiving visually to quilt a contrasting thread on a light background, I changed out my needles whenever I was in doubt about the stitch quality. I can see that the stitch quality was preserved that way. I have posted my thoughts about needles here.
3. I needed extra concentration and focus to keep things going. If you look at the picture more closely, any bumps you see were resulted from me not paying 150% attention. As a result, I took more breaks quilting this piece.
That’s all, folks! I would love to hear what you are thinking.