EVERY Quilt a learning experience

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt my presents block. I doodled on paper, and just couldn’t quite visualize how the block was going to look after being quilted:

Since I couldn’t make up my mind, I decided to go ahead and jump in with the quilting and see what happens —

Trial #1:

This was just downright disastrous – ‘nuf said!

Trial #2:

The echo-quilting drowned the ribbon streamers I have quilted. What really bothered me was it was hard to do a neat and tidy echo quilting around the different parts of the present.

Trial #3:

I quilted the present right on the edge of the applique, and just added ribbon streamers, with no echoing or any background quilting. I quite like the present look, so I think I will go with this one… EXCEPT that would mean spending an entire day just to take out stitches on the blocks I did trials #1 and 2!

I learned a few things:

1. It is okay to use the seam ripper taking out quilting stitches! See, Joan? You aren’t the only one taking out stitches! :)

2. It is perfectly fine to have a minimally quilted quilt block even though I normally go for the dense look.

3. The most important I think is, every quilt is a LEARNING experience! Having that thought helps me enjoy my quilts as individual quilts, not just another project to turn in. I have special and very personal attachment to every single quilt that I make!

Alrightie… gotta go! I will be back with some final sneak peeks before it goes to the editor!

14 thoughts on “EVERY Quilt a learning experience

  1. I have been quilting since 1993. I don’t think that I have ever made a quilt with out learning something. Sometimes it has been learning “something to rember to do next time” and sometimes it has been “don’t ever do that again”.

  2. Another benefit of less quilting in the package blocks is that you can quilt more densely in the framing borders which will make the package blocks “pop”.

  3. Wendy, Thank you so much for posting this! I thought I was the only one who had such a hard time deciding how to quilt my blocks. So many quilters I know that quilt do an all over and in my laziness that’s what I’ve done on the last few quilts! But, no more, I am going to back to doing each block as it should be done! What courage it took to post your blocks, and if I were closer I’d help you take out those pesky stitches on Blocks #1 and #2!

  4. Thank you for ‘fessing’ to riping out…it really is such a difficult thing to do. I do like what you finised with, and look forward to seeing what the quilt looks like when finished. Happy quilting Wendy….and as always an interesting peek at what you are doing.

  5. Ripping out. Yuck.

    I can certainly understand why you gravitate toward the denser quilting since you have done such an amazing job with that method on many of your quilts. I think you should post some BSR tips. Or maybe you have in the past before I started following your blog?

  6. Is this pattern available already? It is beautiful and I can’t wait to see the whole quilt. Fantastic job and I love the quilting you did on the block it is perfect…. Marietta

  7. I am so glad you posted some of your processing. I think sometimes people think creative people just effortlessly produce these great works of art and then think they’re not creative because they can’t do that, whereas there is really a lot of thought and experimenting and seeing what does and doesn’t work in the process. And for what it’s worth, I love what you came up with!!

  8. Surely Wendy, you are not going to remove the stitches? You can whip up a new quilt in no time at all (just kidding!) I like the simple looks too – Enjoy Nat

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