I spent most of my time Wednesday working on quilting the lime, terra cotta and magenta quilt. I finally gave it a name, too. The other one I made from this fabric was called Walk In The Park and this one is going to be Walk In The Garden.
The quilting was done with the various shades of magenta with which I did the couching of the yarns. I kept most of it very plain, just repetitive straight lines. That makes those few spots where I put leaves or pebbles stand out a bit more.
And for those of who are not confident in your free motion quilting…take a look at mine. NOT perfectly straight, NOT perfectly even stitches, NOT totally smooth curves…and it’s FINE! I regard free motion quilting as just like the artist’s handwriting and so it should be very individualistic. Some people have more beautiful handwriting than others, but I’m just happy when it’s legible!
I still find it hard to believe that this is coming out just the way I envisioned it! That never happens!
There were decisions that needed to be made before I started the quilting…thanks for all the input and suggestions. I was pretty sure before I put the top together and then decided-definitely no border. If I wanted to do an envelope turn, I’d have to do that before quilting and I’m not always happy with the way the quilting turns out when I do that–so, not that. I don’t like facings…I should clarify–I don’t like making facings. I considered turning the front edge over the back. To do that I would have had to leave a margin unquilted around the top edge…do-able, but I decided against it.
I held up fabrics next to the piece and finally decided that yes, I do want a binding and yes, it will be from the original terra cotta fabric. It’s just too green without that little bit of color around the edge and the terra cotta was so lost in the magenta that I needed to restore it to the overall color scheme.
I don’t have the binding on yet. Probably tomorrow, because when I spray baste a piece I like to try and wash those chemicals out before my final square up. And with the heavy quilting on this one, it will definitely need to be squared up!
Your comments always help me organize my thoughts, even if I don’t do exactly what you would do! I appreciate it when you take the time to look and advise me and you gave me lots to think about this time!