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Q: What do you call a quilt that is pieced, quilted, bound–but no label?
A: Work In Progress, I guess. But it feels good to get this far. I’m going to write the label on this in Pigma Micron Pen, so it won’t come unattached. I’ve been trending that way on quilts that are gifted, and this one will be gifted.
I have another quilt that is at this same stage, but before I show that (check back here on FSFriday for a reveal) I want to get that one labeled. I’ve collected a few more quilts from friends to photograph for my magnum opus–my journal about my quilts. Jen of Stitch Hack and I were talking about a list that her grandmother kept, so she wrote back and told me that her grandmother had quilted (hand-quilted) over 2,000 quilts in her lifetime!
The big WIP is the quilting of the dotty quilt, based on Everyday Best, by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O’ Cake Designs. I’ve titled mine Come-A-Round. I had sent it to the quilters for anchoring the quilt together and now I’m doing detail work. But okay–I need your vote. Here’s the dilemma: I began quilting the leaves and stems in green, and like any good sewer loaded the bobbin with green to match. After doing this, I switched out to white (who knows why?) and now I have what my husband calls “green branches” on the back of the quilt–but only along the bottom side.
It’s on the back, but the rest of the quilting is in white. I tried to unpick a bit today, and I can see that if I do choose to unpick ALL of this, it will take me the better part of a day to get that done, setting me back a day. So, what say you?
Option #1: Keep moving: Leave it alone and chalk it up to experience.
Option #2: Cope. Flip the quilt upside down, make this the top and put a humungous quilt sleeve on it, that would partially cover this.
Option #3: Sigh. Be obsessive. Unpick and re-stitch, but watch a good movie while you do this.
Reality Check: Even though I am fairly skilled, I’m doing this free-motion by hand, so I know I’ll never win any prizes. But I do want to enter it into the local quilt show, and would like to put my best foot forward. I’ll be curious to see what you think.