Well I’m rocking along and I’ve gotten to the quilting stage on these two pieces I’m working on. Both are of the same series so I can work on them simultaneously, something I have never done before. I love it when I have A Real Plan and I get to the quilting stage-it’s that “yippeeeee” moment!
But, of course, problems will come. Problems are absolutely predictable. You may remember this description of The Creative Process from a previous post:
1. This is cool!
2. This is gonna be hard.
3. This sucks.
4. I suck.
5. There is hope.
6. This is cool!
I am working step 3 and 4 right now. What was I thinking?
I am working with the same thread combination I’ve been using in my black and white/drought tolerant plant series (I know, I need to come up with a more succinct title):
The problem with this combination is twofold: a very high value contrast (black and light gray), and a wide variance in the thread weight. It’s nigh impossible to get good tension with this combination, but, hair flip, I can do this!
The skinny light gray thread was showing through on top of the black Aurifil cotton. I had to fix that. I thought, I’ll just torque up the bobbin tension and pull that light gray guy back underneath. I tested it and it worked beautifully. But…..
You can’t tell from this photo, but when I began to stitch over previous stitching, that added extra tension and pulled the black thread to the bobbin. It made this hideous nest of black thread on the bobbin side. It HAD to come out.
Maybe you can kind of see how much stitching there was to rip out for each tiny little area. Plus, this is sateen, which means the fabric has long horizontal threads across the surface. It’s really easy to get one of those caught up in your seam ripper, and then you’ve ripped the top of your quilt! (Not that I know…)
My big ole honking magnifying LED lamp was a great asset for this type of intense ripping.
Ah, but we’re not done with the problems:
I knew this would happen. In this series, I begin by quilting the rippley background first. The density of the quilting is even across the surface of the quilt. Then I add the design, which is very heavily stitched. Because the quilting is now unevenly distributed, it creates ripples throughout the quilt. You can see them pretty well here.
Good thing I’m skilled at blocking! Both of these pieces will need to be blocked at least once, but I am confident they will hang well when I’m done. Are we done with the problems already? I’ll be linking up on Friday with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-there are always great links there.