Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sew Preeti Fabrics and Questions

A few days ago I was reading Preeti's blog (which I love) and discovered that I'd won a pretty fat quarter bundle. 

Okay, so you can't see the print but trust me, I won. On Monday the box arrived! Oh my! These are pretty and modern and luscious! I was working pretty long hours so I didn't have time to take pictures or play. 

I did, though, set the fabrics on the kitchen counters so that I could pet them anytime I walked by.

Today I managed a few minutes to find some coordinating fabrics. I really love the lime and the blue. The gray stripe is the shade, but I'm not sure about the stripe. 

I took a photo in grayscale to help me see the value ranges. I'm pretty satisfied, but I may add another dark fabric depending on whether I will use the gray stripe. I'll let it simmer in my brain a while before deciding.

In the meantime, I've put the Quilty 365 top on the long-arm and started quilting it. After about 30 minutes, I am still undecided about the thread. I could really use some help with this one.

The problem is that the background blocks are so many different colors. No one thread will blend with them all. I started with a deep granite and love it. Except (There's always a negative, isn't there?) every single mistake shows up. The thread is dark on the light fabrics and very light on the darker fabrics. 

I really like the idea of quilting in the circles, occasionally throwing in a different quilting motif that is still circular. I just don't know what to do with the depth of the thread, especially since I tend to have lots of bobbles and jerks. 

 What do you think? Would you stick with this thread or try a lighter one? I won't change threads as many times as I would need to, so my decision is 1.) continue with this thread, 2.) rip it out and start over, or 3.) baste it on the long-arm and hand quilt it (using a sashiko-like stitch).  

What are your thoughts? Be honest, this is a safe place. And before I close, another huge thank you to Preeti for the fat quarters.
Happy quilting everyone!


Preeti said...

What mistakes? There are none. I like to call them conscious design decisions that are a quilter's signature.
Continue with it. Once it is all quilted and washed, it will be even prettier!!! Thank you for the shoutout.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks Preeti! I'm still in conflict but tomorrow I will go back in, make a decision and move forward (or backward) because I have only a few hours to play, and I want to get some quilting done before coming in to grade papers.

Karen S said...

Lovely collection of fabrics you are putting together from a great win.
And good luck with all that work on the quilt.

Kaja said...

I like how the thread you are using looks, but then I'm not having to work with it. Your bubble-y motif looks great with the circle blocks, whatever colour it ends up being.

laughing gas quilts said...

The grey looks terrific. When you're more than 18inches away no one will spot the variations you're calling mistakes.