Lastly, the sewing of my Phoenix bird hit a snag. Do you ever make a quilt that goes perfectly from start to finish? Grrrr! I don't.
TIP: Start your quilting in the middle even if the sandwich is well secured.
The bird itself turned out great. I started on its belly in the center and worked the wings out from there. When I got down to the tail feathers, I got so excited to work on them that I just simply didn't think it through and began with the outside feathers and worked in. Thread painting is so dense that it redistrubutes fabric as it fills. Here is what I got:
|Extra fabric arising like the Himalayas|
|Heavy quilting black on black - click to enlarge.|
TIP: All is not lost, ever. It is all in how you look at it and whether or not you learn from your mistakes. After all, it is just a quilt. Your life cannot be ruined by a quilting error. Your psyche may get temporarily dampened, so take a break, take a hike, make some jam, clean up the sewing room.......
As I write, I know I have more extra fabric to contain, but it is getting better as I work it out. The fires are complete so I continue with black on black pebbles that take a magnifying glass to see what I am doing.
Sew a happy seam this week.