Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Making it Count

I was teaching a hand quilting class on Saturday and I said something to the group that has stuck with me.  Make it count.  What I meant by that was to keep your hand quilting on projects that are special or in places where the stitching is going to show.  I love how the big stitch hand quilters use colored perl cotton which adds another whole element to the quilt.

The statement can be transferred over to machine quilting.  Making beautiful feathers and designs on busy calicos or dark civil war prints isn't the best use of ones time.  I just finished this, and I tried to make the quilting count.

This is going to be used as a wall hanging and it's a Christmas gift that my friend has made. Nice gift, don't you think?



Janet O. said...

Good counsel. Having just attempted my first feather on Monday, I admire yours!

Barb said...

the feathers are beautiful!

Merilyn said...

Those feathers really enhance the beauty of this little quilt!!! I just love the fabrics she has used in this piece, gorgeous!!!!

liz said...

You are right. Those feathers rippling through the quilt are perfect.

Pat said...

Lovely quilting Sharon - a great design for the contrast area of a log cabin and good advice too!

Sharon said...

Good advice, indeed! I learned that lesson the hard way many moons ago. I did some intricate hand quilting and you couldn't see it. I was disgusted at the waste of time. Oh well, at least I've never forgotten that!

Beautiful quilting you've done! It will be a wonderful gift!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Sharon!