Now, I just start quilting when I know what design I want to start with. I don't have to know the entire plan... just the beginning step. In doing this I recognize the risk of making errors as shown in the "You had one job" pictures above! I may run out of thread, do things upside down, turn straight lines into wavy lines, etc.
I'm fine with that! After all the quilts I've made, I have learned that all of the mistakes I've made are mostly only noticed by me.
Now I just quilt wherever I am inspired to do so...
I knew that I wanted to quilt curves along the navy blue diagonal chains, so I just started with that.
My approach is to do some thinking and planning. I'm not totally impulsive, but I do not make the entire plan or get attached to any specific idea or outcomes. I know many people like to quilt straight lines either in the seam lines or beside them, but I'm at a stage now of preferring to stitch curved lines using my free motion quilting feet.
When the blue chains were finished, I was drawn to work on the pink stars. I changed to pink thread and quilted some curved lines on the pink stars. There are 16 stars and one is already done!
I'm not sure yet about the inside of the star and the outside neutral pieces. I am hoping to figure out how to create a continuous line design to quilt both areas with only 1 start and stop.
What do you prefer to do with your machine quilting? Are you a methodical "plan ahead" quilter, a "figure it out as you go" quilter, or a "quilt by cheque" quilter?