In the evenings I am hand quilting. So that means that during the day I am machine quilting.... or at least I felt I should be.
But if I don't know what I'm quilting then I can't do very much, can I? I need a PLAN~!
Okay... I have a 4 1/2 inch square. What am I going to quilt in it?
I checked out my old quilting books... I checked out machine quilting on the Internet. But it seems like most of the design and motif quilting is done by long arm machine and I'm using a domestic machine. I checked out the famous domestic machine quilters and got some ideas... but I don't really want to do filler quilting.
I played around on the white board. What is that? Can I do that? Well, I'd better try.
No... Some of that is too detailed... And I get confused with the number of loops and petals.
Try again... Simple designs? Boring.
Enclosed in a circle? No. Just one more place to make errors obvious.
I marked the square with more lines to keep me focused and came up with a fair "flower". Did I really want flowers on this quilt? But it works out...
I also auditioned threads and though I have always had good results with the Japanese Miro prism threads, I did buy an expensive spool of variegated yellow Superior thread at the Long Beach quilt show this summer. I think I'll use the yellow... The feathers won't show up much in the colored wedges but it sure will make the center flower pop! (Good or bad...)
And I hate to admit this but I didn't like the feathers I was making so I've taken them all out and will try again today...
Maybe I should concentrate on the center squares for awhile...