Remember a couple months ago we all talked about the dumbing down of quilting? And remember that somewhere along the way, there was discussion about blogging the "process" and not just the results? Well, I have another "process" blog tonight.
Quilting. For the past few days, I've been quilting the applique basket quilt. I rather like variegated thread--I think much of the time, it adds interest to the quilting. But not always.
I had used a blue variegated thread to quilt feathers in a blue section. As I went on and later looked back at that section along with the rest of the quilting I'd done to that point, I was less and less happy with it. The thread went from a dark blue to a blue so light it was almost white, and the contrast was too much--the light color stood out like a sore thumb. Want to see?
But quilting is just like piecing. You can "reverse sew." Yeah, it's not easy or fun, but eventually I decided that was what I needed to do. And in looking at my work, I decided I would just take out the quilting where the thread was too light and redo it with a darker blue thread that blended with the rest. Using my seam ripper, I "clipped" every third stitch or so.
I then pulled away and clipped off the under thread, and that left little clipped thread remnants here and there. I soon picked those off and was ready to fill the spot in again.
About an hour later, I'd removed and replaced all the lighter blue sections.
Yes, it took time to "fix" what I wasn't happy with, but I know that in years to come, I would have been unhappy if I hadn't done it. Now I can move on with the quilting. I'll show you more as it progresses.
Do you have any questions about my quilting methods I can answer? I'd be happy to do another "process" blog or two if there's anything you're curious about--just ask.