Sister said: "Are you starting something new again"?
I said "Did you think I was going to work on one of my 10 unfinished projects I can see from where I'm sitting?!?!"
Sister said: "I think you should"! Now picture me laughing out loud!
I was all ready to cut into some fabric and start the new paper piecing mystery block at Paper Panache.
She kept giving me the evil stare, so then I felt guilted into working on a UFO!
I had been fussing around about my wheel of mystery borders and had been unsure which fabric to pick. Since I finished piecing the quilt top on May 13th (see quilt top here) I have literally auditioned hundreds of possible border fabrics - both from my stash and at quilt stores.
Today I decided that the problem must be that I don't really want it to have a border, so I went ahead and basted it using one of the fabrics I had bought for a possible border, as the backing.
And then just jumped into quilting it. I quilted all the curvy seams and then decided to do some other quilting lines - I tried a second line
right by the seam to emphasize the circles but I hated the look of that. See where my awl is pointing?? That quilting line had to go.
And I tried quilting about 1/2" away from the seam and hated
that...look how wavy that line is!!!!
I must have been distracted by my new project sitting on the edge of the table - calling to me, waiting for me to cut into new fabric!
I like to post photos of these kinds of mistakes because some people think that when you are an experienced quilter, it comes easy and it always works out...not so!! Having experience just means you don't give up and you have a few more ideas or solutions to try.
I kept at it and unsewed a few more quilting lines and finally decided that I prefer the echo curves to be 1/4" away from the seams. Then I had several lines of holes on the batik fabrics where those quilting lines used to be...ugh! With a lot of rubbing of my fingers nails I think (hope) it is not as noticeable now.
As I was leaving the quilt session, I got another idea of quilting lines to make and I'll try that tomorrow. Or maybe I'll work on my new paper pieced block if my sister isn't there to give me the evil stare!!