I hate to admit it – but, my current quilt is not working for me. Just not feeling the love. And, the feeling was confirmed when I took it to the Stitchers meeting Monday night and heard mixed reviews from the friends. This is what I get for sewing in a rush to finish instead of paying attention to my instincts about color/texture/design – no one to blame by myself.
In an effort to solve the problem -- Tuesday night I pulled the ‘blah’ quilt top out and tried to ‘audition’ some borders – thinking that I could find some color that would make the rest of the quilt really pop. Check out the pictures below – go ahead, I’ll wait. (Yes, I know the pictures are awful, but what do you expect when it’s 9pm-- dark outside -- and my overhead light is one of those ‘save the earth’ bulbs that my husband and OG&E have installed in every dang fixture in the house!)
OK - do you see what I’m talking about ? Not working is it ?
Here's what I'm thinking :
- Adding 3 inch strips between every 2 or 3 rows -- in a pretty Kona cream. Might give the quilt a cleaner look by breaking up all those prints.
- Or maybe doing 3 or 4 large flowers in one corner using raw-edge applique and match them to a rose-red small print border.
This quilt top definitely needs something to perk it up. And, whatever I decide -- one thing is for sure -- the seam ripper and I will be BFFs this holiday weekend. With some time & luck -- I hope to have a 'new & improved' quilt top next week.
Note to self: scrappy / random is hard !