Friday, March 4, 2016

Ready to Give Up!

See that face? 


Not the happiest! But that's how I've felt since last night, after spending a ton of time trying to figure out how to quilt the Pinless Pinwheel quilt.













I'm just about ready to give up and quilt a panto on it. Here's the issues:
     1. if the pinwheels are the main focus, it means the background needs to be densely quilted for them to pop. Frankly, I don't want a dense background, for comfort's sake, and for lack of time to devote to that.
     2. the block backgrounds, along with the sashing, don't make nice shapes. I've tried fills such as straight lines, swirls, leaves, shells, triangles, stippling, etc but nothing says 'yes!' And the size needs to be smaller than the pinwheels, which means dense.
    3. the last option to try is individual designs for the three different blocks. Those are in the picture below.



While this has promise, I still have issues of filling in the background, and finding a complementary sash design.

See why I'm ready to go the panto route? On this one, I feel that's such a cop out, but sometimes it just has to be done. I'll give it a few more drawings, and if nothing speaks to me, I'm on to a panto.

Have a wonderful weekend!


8 comments:

  1. Would it help to remember where this quilt will wind up? If you are going to donate it, then an easy panto would suffice, I think. Perhaps after a night's sleep (or lack of it, thinking about quilting) you will have arrived at a plan.

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    1. Part of the problem - I don't know where this one will end up. Panto is looking more inviting!

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  2. Susan, A panto in the light green in the center pinwheels, and a pretty border design would look very nice. Don't despair.
    I do enjoy your blog and ideas. Thank you for your upbeat ideas.

    Cynthia

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  3. I agree that the final use should influence the choice of quilting. I don't see a panto as a cop out. Sometimes the piecing and the fabrics are the focus, so the quilting can be simpler. And while elaborate quilting can probably enhance a quilt of any type, sometimes it's just not necessary.

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  4. I have put a quilt on my longarm 3 times before the dratted thing spoke to me and told me what it wanted for quilting!! I don't like doing pantos, so that was not an option for me, but sometimes it is so frustrating!! You'll get there!

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    1. Gosh, that's distressing! 3X's? Some quilts are easy choices for pantos, and some for custom. Then there's those that are in between. This one could be in that category.

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  5. I am sure you will quilt it beautifully, sorry cannot help as I still cannot quilt myself

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  6. What did you decide? You have to show us . . . .

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