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 —
This was just downright disastrous – ‘nuf said!
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.
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!