I draw my designs out on tracing paper, but I forgot something. I filled in all the spaces and it looked so nice on paper, but when I began to stitch I realized that if I fill all those spaces with stitches, there will be no puff. Empty spaces don't look good on paper, but they look beautiful on a quilt. My quilt agrees, "YES!" See below. I filled one side with the pebbles, but the remaining un-quilted sides showed me that the fill was no good. Have you ever ripped out pebbles?
|Pebbles = No Puff|
Here is our conversation regarding the latest motif:
Quilt: "Get rid of the black thread. It makes me feel dirty and depressed." (no photo)
Me: "OK. It is gone. I will use red."
|The upper motif is filled with red and a diagonal grid.|
Me: "OK. Red is gone. I give up. Orange it is and I'll change the grid."
Quilt: "I LOVE it. Now I can dance. I can fly. I will be noticed. I love being surrounded by gold. I feel like a queen."
|Success! You can't see the puff on the lower motif, but it makes a nice frame.|
(photo slightly distorted)
TIP: Keep your seam ripper, scissors and tweezers close at hand. Don't be lazy and leave it if the quilt begins to scream at you. The more you ignore the quilt's conversation the more ripping, or the less you will love your quilt.
I hate to rip as much as the next person, but I will continue to do so if it doesn't look right.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you perseverance to achieve your goals.