Monday, November 26, 2012

More or Less?

I've been working away at my Hungry Caterpillar quilt and I'm nearing the end of the quilting phase.  I did straight line quilting around the red border and loops in the blue border. My free motion quilting steadily improved and I'm excited to continue to practice this new skill!

I chose stitch an outline of the leaf, butterfly and caterpillar and then I boxed the white space around it with straight line quilting.

Here's my dilemma. There's a fair bit of unquilted space surrounding the pictures. I don't want to add any quilting to the white space around each picture if I can avoid it. I do think that I'll need to do some quilting in the coloured marbles section though. It's just too much unquilted fabric and I think that from a structural perspective, I need to quilt there. The question is, what should I quilt? I feel like I should do something circular to highlight the marbles, but pebble quilting takes so long to do and uses a lot of thread. 

So I throw it out to you - what would you do?


  1. It's looking great so far, Lisa. What about large pebbles or a longer lacy lattice (

  2. To be honest, the circle fabric is so busy that whatever you decide to do is probably not going to show up all that much - so a simple meander or leafy vine with a few flowers or butterflies thrown in (well, just cause you won't really see it doesn't mean that you can't get in a bit of practice) is actually quite quick. If you don't quilt the white background sections, they will probably puff up a bit - personal preference whether you like it looking puffy or not.

  3. I'm with Suz - simple meander. If your thread matches, you won't notice it all that much. Good luck with it - it's really lovely so far!

  4. You can't go wrong with this, it's gorgeous.