I am not very good at quilting. Simply put, I don’t practice enough. That, really, is the main problem. I know the skills fairy isn’t going to come sprinkle magic quilting dust on me. And if she (he?) did, it might just make me sneeze. The other problem, which is less, is I don’t have wonderful fine motor control. Never did. But really, practice, or lack thereof, is the problem.
I commit here, in public, to practicing more in 2014. I’ll tell ya later how much more, when I think a little more about my goals.
(big sigh) Okay, lesson learned today: custom quilting a top that is very busy may be an exercise in futility. The quilting may not show. While that’s great from the standpoint of hiding all those flaws, it’s also a waste in other ways. Waste of time, frustration, physical maneuvering of the quilt, etc.
How do I know? I finished quilting my Mexican embroidery quilt. (Sorry, Sarah. I guess no sneak peaks yet.) The top is fabulous, one of my favorite things ever. But it is VERY BUSY. And I wanted to get complicated with the quilting. And I just shouldn’t have.
This whole post is not much more than whining. But I think it’s still a valid lesson. A very busy quilt top may be a candidate for very simple quilting. It doesn’t need more embellishment. Alternatively, a simple top may be perfect for complex quilting. The simplicity may be complemented by it.
Thanks for listening.