Are you better at giving advice versus listening to others or heeding your own advice? I am reluctantly raising my hand in the affirmative. This past Monday, while spending some virtual time with fellow fiber artists, I heard myself recommending ways to approach how to quilt “that” quilt. It really doesn’t matter what the quilt is. The basic advice applies to all quilts. Do I follow it? Rarely. However, since the next step in my process is to quilt that quilt, why not slow down and give it a go?
So, I took a deep breath, slowed myself down and made a mini sampler of the scraps left over from piecing the background I was about to quilt. This way I can test out threads and motifs off quilt in order to determine what appeals to me most. I’m so glad I took the time. I chose not to use most of the motifs and one of the threads. If I had simply gone directly to the quilting with what I was imagining it would have worked. However, what I eventually chose to do is more dramatic and less jarring.
Remember all the work I did last week, with the help of my husband, to work out the piecing pattern? The goal was to nail down the perspective of rising stairs and distance with a perspective/vanishing point drawing. Note how the quilting on the risers and treads enhance the perspective. I purposefully contrasted the straight line stitching of the stairs with a more undulating motif for the wall. This is easier to see from the back side of the work.
Next week I will focus on creating the cat. Just as I did for the quilting. I am experimenting with the cat. This won’t be the fabric I use. I want to be certain of the scale and techniques before I make the real thing. So far, so good.
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