We talk about the Circles Of Life, well, these circles or bubbles have been taking up too much of my life. I have nearly a finish for now. That's a bit of an oxymoron. I have a finish, bar the sewing in of the ends. And yes, those 3 bottom circles still to hand quilt. I still have these circles in my life for a while yet.
I had plans on how to quilt the quilt. I had the plan I would quilt straight lines leading from the points of the circles. Straight lines at varying angles stretching across to the edges. I knew how it would look in my head.
In my head.
In practice there was too many big areas without quilting, particularly around the centre. I extended these straight lines across the black circles and inwards to the centre.
Some looked ok,
and some looked ..........
Not the way it looked in my head.
In reality, some of the lines aren't straight. My straight eye isn't as straight as I thought.
The white thread over the black circles is .... well ..... horrible.
I decided to quit when I was ahead. I have already spent several afternoons quilting. I bound the edges, machine stitched down the rear of the binding, which I never do.
I left the quilt for several days, well, a whole week.
This morning I took the quilt out, laid it on the floor and took some photographs. It doesn't look as bad as I thought, but still not as it was in my head.
In my head.
I made a cup of tea and read through my favourite blogs, as there I saw the blog post by Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl has completed Pop Rocks, a steam punk, broken circle type of quilt and her quilting is as it was in my head! Can Cheryl see in my head? Unfortunately no, or she could have kept me right. Cheryl is a very accomplished quilter, I have always loved her work. Seeing Cheryl's quilt confirmed what I had already decided.
I am sewing the loose ends in this quilt and calling it a finish. Next year, I will steadily unpick all the wobbly seams, all the white on black. I will mark out my quilting lines properly. Neither eyeball it nor try to balance my ruler along the machine foot. I shall lay it out and mark it out.
WITH A PLAN
That's the plan. The plan is I have a plan. And a very good plan it is . I have been in love with this quilt. I have fallen out of love with this quilt. Now I am feeling the love again.
Helen x who is feeling the love
linking up with Beth, at Cooking Up Quilts