I missed a couple weeks of the UFO Sunday project, and really wanted to at least try to get back into it this week, especially because my self-imposed deadline of October 31st for the Blodeuwedd’s Woods quilt is looming. The quilt has sat for a few weeks now, despite having the batting and the backing. Have I mentioned that I hate basting? Almost as much as I hate cutting fabric, and it’s much more easily put off because you already have the quilt top finished.
But I decided to give it a whirl. First though, I needed to audition some free-motion designs for the quilt top, since I still really didn’t have a clue what I wanted to quilt on it. Even though it’s a very angled-looking quilt, I don’t want to just stitch in the ditch or echo the piecing lines, and I especially didn’t want to try top-to-bottom line quilting. With my small table and small sewing machine, that seems to be asking for trouble.
Not that I didn’t already have problems enough. While a few of them (like forgetting to lower the foot) were operator error, I could not for the life of me figure out what the hell was causing all the snarls and birds nests on the backside of my practice quilt sandwich. For get nice, swirly free-motion quilting designs, I couldn’t even get a straight line to come out right. However, after a lot of cursing, deep breaths, a glass of wine and half a large chocolate bar later, everything finally was running smoothly enough for me to try some actual designs.
This still didn’t solve my problem of what to quilt in the main body of the quilt. Flowers or swirls don’t fit the design at all. So I went to the 365 patterns on Leah’s blog and browsed around for awhile. And I think I might have hit on a winner.
And guess what? It was in the beginner list. Hooray! It was simple enough to not cause me to pull my hair out (unlike stippling…ugh), even in the first try there. I think it’s perfect, because the skill is doable even for my unskilled hands, it suits the pattern of the quilt and fabric, and can be done block by block so I won’t have to wrangle the quilt so much. Now I just need to find the right color of thread…I’m thinking a medium brown, and tomorrow I’ll hopefully get a minute to go to the quilt store in Salem that sells Aurifil and give that a try. However, that’s only the main body of the quilt. I still don’t know what to do about the borders.
Oh yeah, the borders. Which are wavy. I don’t understand how or why. I haven’t done multiple borders before, so maybe there’s something I don’t know to do when piecing them. However this is going to be a hell of a pain in the ass to quilt, and I don’t know what to do about it. Help?
Besides that, I don’t know what design to use in the borders. The 2 inch dark blue one may be alright just left as it is. I do want the quilt to be soft, after all. The larger 6 inch one…I just really don’t know. Ideas? I thought about doing the sort of side to side loop you can see in the very first picture, but it doesn’t seem to really match the tree bark motif. I’m okay with figuring it out as I work on the main part, but it would be really nice to have it all planned out so any ideas are appreciated.
Oh, and the basting? I ran out of pins. Sigh. So much for progress.