Yesterday I posted about picking and marking the quilting design for the MQG fabric challenge.
But, there were still a few decisions to make, so I wanted to practice first!! I drew off the basic design on some waste muslin…..
….and sat down at the machine.
My first decision was what to quilt in the rim around the outside. I want to fill it in with some design and there are TOO many to choose from!!
My first thought was straight lines…..
But I am going to add a lot of straight-line stitching in the background and am concerned that it may be TOO many lines!!
Next, I tried circles but they will be too hard to keep even…..
How about some loops or zig-zags….
Maybe “ribbon candy”??
….but definitely NOT Wishbones…..
After all of my tries, I am still not sure…..
…although I am leaning toward the ribbon candy. BUT, as I look at this photo, I am drawn to the “arrow” design at the upper left!!
Next, I started quilting the arcs, including trying to give the lines a little more weight…..
After a while, I decided to forget the circles…..
….and then I decided that I might double the arcs to fill it in more….
IF I have time, I might add some beads to each of the intersections, although that will be 140+ beads…..do I have time for that???
I pulled out my bead collection……
…..and picked some colors that work with the fabrics…..
I tried attaching them (without the stitching showing on the back)…..
OKAY….I think that this might work!!!
My final thought is to add a circle of fabric to the center of the web. That way I won’t have to worry as much about where the lines intersect in the center. I would applique it AFTER I do the quilting…..
…..and maybe a few beads on top of it…..we will see!!!
So I think that I have done as much practice as I can so it is time to start quilting!!!
But before I can do ANYTHING, I have to clean a bit…..
Join me tomorrow!!
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