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WIP–What About That Quilting?

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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.

15 thoughts on “WIP–What About That Quilting?

  1. Hmmm. Now that’s a good question. My initial thought would be to leave it, mostly because I don’t machine quilt very often so the thought of picking it out is incomprehensible. On the other hand, because there always IS another hand, would be to pick it out because it might always bother me. So there you have it. I’m no help at all!

  2. I’m obsessive. It would drive me crazy, so *I* would pick it out. How much is it going to bother you? If it’s not going to bother you leave it. 🙂

  3. Hi! I think your quilts are wonderful! Hmm…what to do… you can pick it out or you can continue and make some more there like it was supposed to be like that … inspirate…create!

  4. So. . . do the other four sides not have the leaves? It makes perfect sense that you have two colors of bobbin thread to go with the top thread choices. If the other three sides have the leaves, I’d just do all of them like this one. You don’t want to pick it out, quilt it with white bobbin, and then see yucky white dots showing here and there on your front in the green. That’s way worse than having green branches on the back, especially if they’re symmetrically around the quilt or on top and bottom.

  5. I have absolutely no idea how to machine quilt. Some say I can on my cheap machine while others tell me that I can’t. I don’t see how I can since only so much will fit in there.
    Your quilt looks great. I wish I had thought about labels when I made all the kids and grandkids their quilts.

  6. gorgeous quilt!
    I think i’d leave it.
    I don’t typically go for the different thread color on top vs. bottom because it shows every tension issue. If you want the green on top, I say you leave it.

  7. I’m bad to ask about picking…because I have a quilt I need to unpick part of…and it’s been sitting there two weeks now.

  8. I have to say I would pick it out. I hate picking out that kind of stuff but it would drive me even more crazy not to fix it. It may take me a while to get to it, but I definitively would fix it 🙂

  9. I mean, who looks at the back of the quilt really? I don’t think it looks that bad, so I would probably leave it, but if it is going to drive you nuts then you should maybe pick it out… What a bummer.

  10. Well I like it! It looks like you meant to put the limbs there. They were lovely. I would not take it out. The only thing you could do if it bothers you is to make it look the same on all four sides. Life is too short to worry about perfection. Good luck on whatever you decide.

  11. Ooooo tricky dilemma! Um, I think I’d unpick it (cursing all the way!) unless I could make the green into a pattern on the reverse, by doing the same on some of the other stems. By the way, loving your colour choices on your quilts, very zingy!

  12. Hmmm. That is definitely a dilemma. I think I’d unpick. I just know that I would obsess about it if I didn’t. Get yourself a glass of wine, sit in front of the TV and pick stitches. : )

    Everything looks beautiful! Can’t wait to see more of both quilts! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  13. My rule in these instances is that if you can’t see the flaw while riding past on a horse at thirty miles per hour, you don’t have to pick it out.

    I did do an Asian Lily once and forgot to put in eight of the white squares, which made one of the six blocks different from the others. I had already nearly finished quilting the entire top when I noticed, and I sometimes still wish I had done it. But it was for my beloved mother in law, and she loves me, warts and all, so she loves that quilt, too, weird spot and all.

    Anyway, I’m glad you didn’t pick it out. At the Hearst mansion you can see an upside down tile in one of the verandahs, and it was the artists’ way of signing and showing that he was there. Consider it evidence of your humanity, sewn right into the quilt.

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