Thursday, April 16, 2015

Update to thread guilt

Thread guilt was a post from here to read.

  I was surprised  to hear how many agreed with me.  But the extra emails were even more surprising.....and I am still answering some of them.  I thought I would share a couple of the topics.

   Meandering came up in 2 of them......yes, I still do a lot of meandering.  I like the appearance it gives to a quilt.  Although I do get bored stitching it sometimes, it is a very useful motif to stitch.  Never think it is too simple,  too easy,  too common.  It can create great texture, or be done quite large and keep a quilt soft and cuddly.   And it works perfect on busy prints like my floral favorites.  It is the first motif I teach in a class to teach control and steady motion.

   Dense quilting.....perfect for wall hangings that you want to be flat, and it makes those applique areas jump, pop up, and stand out!

    How did I learn feather quilting?  LOL.....they haven't been reading this blog very long!!
    I battled to learn how to do feathers for about a year.  Over and over, until it finally clicked and I got the hang of it.  It was something I wanted to master, and took time, practice, and determination.  And I don't demand perfection...expect to have a wobble or two.

    So today, decide for yourself to quilt those UFOs with whatever works for you....straight lines, curves, meandering, whatever.   You have permission to experiment and see what works.  We are making quilts to warm bodies and hearts.   I am waving the banner that says...."My quilt, my way, and that is enough."   Join me......happy stitching.    


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I like meandering too and didn't mention that yesterday. Some may be tired of it but it is still the most even type of quilting and when washed still resembles the look of a hand quilted quilt more closely. I like your banner! Keep waving it!

Pattilou said...

I love meandering, especially for comfort quilts. They remind me of old fashioned quilts. I know many think it's passé, but not me. I do love your feathers, and I really need to practice some more! You are proof that practicing really makes perfect.

Mystic Quilter said...

Great post and I second the words from Wanda above about your banner, wise words!

Janet O. said...

I love the look of meandering on a quilt and think it sad that so many find it "overused". Before I started doing my own quilting I recall a quilter looking askance at me when I told her I wanted a certain top done with meandering. It was the look I wanted on a scrappy tumbler quilt.
Your determination paid off on the feathers. You do them beautifully!

Sheila said...

I enjoyed your post yesterday. I do a simple loose free motion meander on most all my quilts. I'm okay with crossing quilt lines if I happen to meander over them by accident. I may do a loop-de-loops here and there. Personally, I like the look of scrappy quilts quilted with gentle meandering quilt lines. After a go in the washer and dryer they look like they may have been hand quilted. I quilt most of my scrappy strip quilts with organic wavy lines using a walking foot and a longer stitch length. Again, after a go in the washer and dryer, they look like they may have been hand quilted. I can appreciated dense, intense, decorative stitching when I see it done. But me, I chose simple for my quilts.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...