So it struck me today that before making a quilt it might have been a good idea to actually learn how to do it. Right now I'm just working via the osmosis of random tidbits I've read or seen over the years; I actually have *no* idea how to quilt properly. I'm quilting by instinct.
Also, I'm not tackling everything at once. Starting tiny, and I even bought (!) binding for the quilt. Just keeping it simple and unintimidating.
I like this unquilted look.
But I'm struggling to like this quilted look. I think it's the (lovely) perle cotton--it's so white. I've never enjoyed contrast stitching. And maybe it's also my big stitches, living large on these squares! Hmm.
So many questions. Do you draw lines to show you where to stitch? (I didn't, and decided to just do inside each square because drawing lines intimidates me.) Is it *supposed* to get textural and a little puckery (which I like) or am I doing it wrong (which I don't care too much about, because I like it)? How big should the stitches be? Do you start in the middle or along a side? Is it foolhardy to re-pin the safety pins as you go? Et cetera.
The good news is that the process itself is fun, if I can overlook the confusing parts.
Annie took this blurry photo of me hard at work during art lesson. I like the size of this project!
So I'm having fun, but next time we go to the library, I need to check out a book...for the next dip into the quilting sea.