Normally I don't worry much about my quilting ahead of time although it does bang around in my head as I work. However, on this project I have thought a lot about how to quilt the painted background so I tried some of my ideas. When I looked at the results I realized that there was way too much interest and texture. The problem is that the bird will be very flat after all the thread painting and I don't want the background to cause visual interference. My new decision is to do McTavishing with champagne-color, silk thread. This will tame the beast and still look really nice, maybe a little like smoke from the fire below the bird. It will allow the bird to fly.
Now the bird is done, the fire is done and one side of the painted background is McTavished. The result? I don't like it at all, even though it looks great on the back:
|Note background here|
Here is an example of what I finally decided to do with the background:
|New background quilting plan|
TIP: Testing is very important in the development of your quilt, but remain flexible because things don't always work out as planned. (Stay tuned).
Sew a happy seam this week.