|16 1/2" x 26"|
And of course, a finish is better than not finishing!
What did I do and what would I have done differently?
I began quilting random straight lines, but not straight as in ruler straight. Let's call these organic. The widths varied from 1/4" to maybe 3/4". Dense, but not matchstick dense.
If you recall from the previous post about this improv quilt: Improv + Paper Pieced, I attempted to make a structured paper pieced improv (that's a mouth full!) frame that would highlight the center improv section. While I do love how this one turned out, it didn't exactly come together as I had hoped. That being said...
In order to delineate the center from the frame, I quilted organic lines horizontally. It helped, but honestly it is a busy little piece and hard to see or focus on anything!
You can see it a little better on the back. Dark blue thread on dark blue backing isn't easy to see!
I really didn't have the luxury of setting this aside until I could come up with the perfect quilting idea. But if I could have what would I have cone differently?
The possibilities on something like this are endless. Had I had the time to stare at it for days on end...I'm pretty sure I would have busted out the darning foot and free motion quilted the center in tiny squares of all different sizes. Something like this piece I did last year: Controlled Improv or Chaos. The outside I would quilted the sides in horizontal lines and the top and bottom in vertical lines. Or...I would have sectioned it out and quilted spiral squares. Or...lots of pebbles! You can see what I'm saying! With enough time to think, there are a lot of choices!
I'm not saying I'm disappointed with this quilted finish at all. It just makes me want to do better next time!
Have you had a quilt you just wanted to get quilted and be done with and were left underwhelmed?