Seems I’ve been saying, “After X I’ll start quilting…” for a long time. Actually it is since the Sisters OR Outdoor quilt show and classes. There was always something else that needed to be pieced first. I didn’t run out of things to design, but had no pressing due dates, so I headed for the box of tops waiting with backing.
Oops. not prepared backings, but fabric for backings.
The first three I tried would need to be pieced to be large enough. Then there was the issue of thread. I piece with gray or cream, so haven’t thought thread color for quite a while. Finally found one with thread on hand and a back, a top I’d started in August.
I had done some practice and, for the most part, could maintain an even stitch length. I outlined the monkeys and did pebbles around them.
I didn’t want the whole quilt to be pebbles because I wanted the quilt to be softer. (It is infant size, 36 x 36.) But I wanted something special to highlight the monkey row.
I moved on to the other lighter squares, saving the dark green for a later thread change. Since I like high contrast, I’ll probably always be dealing with thread changes–or become confident enough to quilt with contrasting colors.
I decided to put a large spiral in each light 4-inch square. I practiced with pencil and paper and thought I had it. Nope. I had a hard time keeping the curve curvy. And something was wrong with the center where I changed directions. I studied and studies as I quilted new squares. Even after I figured out the spacing issues, it took till the sixteenth spiral to do it.
I did practice the design in a small scale, but I think problems show up more when it is enlarged. I do some practicing on swatches that are sandwiched, and some on quilts for children. Remember the mantra? Altogether now: The kids don’t care.
The spiral makes me think of the monkey tail. On the dark green I’m going to do arches that suggest the grinning mouth.
ETA I tried sketching the “smile.” I didn’t like it so I’ll opt for a simple zig zag. Linking up with Leah Day’s Free Motion–see button to the right if you want to check on other’s stitching. I hope someday FMQ is as easy for me as it looks for her.