Just when I thought I had my design decisions made and I was ready for that delightful phase of feathering up the surface of the quilt, I decided I didn’t like my thread choice after all. Look:I love Aurifil 28 wt cotton thread, but I think in this case it gives the motif a “ghosty” look from afar, an almost spider webby look. I know some people like that look because I see it all the time on competition quilts that have ribboned. It’s just not my particular style.
Also, it became a strong design element which competed with the blocks. You may recall I have already been through this once before on my sampler that used similar blocks. In that case the quilting clearly overshadowed the blocks and made for a bit of a messy competition for the viewer’s eye.Here you see the YLI “Sparkle” thread, a mix of silk and metallic thread. Oh it’s luscious and not difficult to quilt with if you use a size 80 Superior Topstitch Titanium needle-seriously, the needle is important. I like the Sparkle thread much better: less value contrast so it’s not as showy, yet the “sparkle” of it catches your eye in a delightful way. I think it gives a fairly subtle “twinkle in your eye” kind of look. So with a little bit of ripping, I’ll be on my way.
Once most design decisions are made and I get to quilt, I love that phase of quilting. It’s time to just quilt-yahoo! I get to romp across the surface of the quilt with my needle and thread. This is what causes me to become the “Quilt Skipper” and start skipping around the house-it’s just so much fun to do the freemotion quilting! I like the overall look of the quilt. If you look carefully you will see the Sparkle in the top row of feathers and the Aurifil towards the bottom. I think the Sparkle is going to highlight and enhance the blocks once it’s all quilted up. I can’t wait to get to the quilting.
It’s been a very lazy and restful Christmas for us as a family. We got to have both sons here and girlfriends are coming over the next few days. There has been a lot of “horizontal time” at the Lyon house as you can see below! Of course it’s not just the men that have been horizontal-I did have to get up to take the photo…