Friday, August 5, 2011

Quilting and unquilting...

I started quilting the new sampler quilt that I finished the other day. This is the quilt with all solid fabrics.



 I had a hard time deciding what thread to quilt it with. I was afraid that black would show up too much on the colors, but that any other color would show up on the black. I can't free motion quilt around the design because I don't have front controls, so I use the same thread throughout. I ended up choosing Signature brand Shadows because it has black, lots of greys and even some lavender and green. You don't notice the lavender and green, but they blend well. So I hope it doesn't stand out too much.

Things were going along just fine...or so I thought...until I wound it up to start a new row and saw loose stitches. Not sure what happened, but they were off and on throughout the whole row. So I started unquilting...not my favorite part of quilting. Luckily the row before and after were fine.

Here are the first couple rows. I forget how many rows I had done before I stopped to unpick. I like to use the variegated threads because I want the quilting thread to blend with the fabrics used. I love the quilting, but I don't want it to take over.

7 comments:

Diana Symanowicz said...

this quilting pattern is beautiful! You always choose the best stuff. the thread color will be awesome. just be careful - unsewing is the worst!

Exuberant Color said...

Choosing a color that blends well with high contrast areas is hard. I have found that a finer thread hides better if you want to use one color (So Fine or Bottom Line) but I tend to use veriagated most of the time too.

Vivian said...

Unpicking stitching--worse than opening seams. I like the design you're quilting, and the thread looks great.
I have a lot of variegated threads to use for my quilting, but I never seem to have the right one. I just make do. Maybe I'm too fussy. It always ends up looking OK.

Barb said...

I hate unpicking, I have been doing some of that today myself!

Karen said...

I'm so sorry you had to tear out a row of quilting. The quilting that you pictured looks great!

Chris H said...

I think you chose a good thread on that quilt. Bummer about having to unstitch a whole row though.
Have a wonderful weekend Chick.

Pat said...

Sorry you had to unpick, but I like the thread you chose and how you are quilting it, too.