For the last couple of weeks my Scrap Buster Basket quilt has been hanging on the design wall patiently waiting for me to decide on a quilting plan.
She's such a cute, happy little quilt and is eager to strut her stuff as a completed quilt.
Many hours have been spent on Google, Pinterest and Facebook quilting groups looking for the perfect new quilting design. The time finally has arrived, she's off the wall and on the table, covered with plastic so I can test out the new quilting plan using a RED dry erase marker on the plastic. Oh well, work with what you have. I have a partial plan for the body of the quilt. The free motion scallops idea came from a Natalia Bonner YouTube video.
Keeping things quick and easy for me means doing as little ruler work as possible. But there's almost always a little ruler work required in order to make the quilting pop. The markings below are the plan for the basket but since I only have one dry erase marker that works and it's red, I pulled it off to the side so you could see the plan.
More free motion for the flower in the basket. Of course there will be some ruler work around the basket. The quilting for the alternate block of crossing flowers is still up in the air. I played with several ideas but they don't seem to play well with the basket block.
So I move onto the quilts final border. Maybe when designing the border quilting I'll get inspired. The border has it's issues, well I have issues with the border. The first issue is the print. I like the print but it's bold and I feel speaks for itself. What quilting design can be seen when the print is so loud? Feathers, piano key or arcs? I'm drawing a blank. I really don't know. The second issue is no matter what design I choose for the border can I make it look symmetrical. This is my design flaw. I should have adjusted the borders to make them easily divisible... but here we are. The work around is to use register tape cut to the length of the top and bottom, then another one for the sides.
Fold the each in half three times. Each fold line is the spacing for whatever symmetrical design I choose. This works most of the time. The difference in the size of the spacing is a little larger than I expected. Can I come up with a border quilting design that isn't noticeably out of proportion?
As I cut and folded the tape I was thinking about something similar to the border you see below. But now I'm not sure this will work. Sigh....once again I'm walking away and giving my mind time to work it's magic...hopefully.
There's other things that can be done as I mull over new ideas. The backing is ready and waiting. NOPE....once again I forgot to make and put a label on the back before adding my backing to the frame. As you all know I like for my labels to be quilted onto the back so they can never be removed without taking out the quilting. So the backing will need to be removed but not today.
That's okay too. My binding is cut and ready to be pieced and I pulled some scraps for the label.
I'm going to give my brain until Friday night to come up with a plan. If she can't come up with a plan by then I'm going to put the quilt top back in the UFO pile and pick another quilt top to finish. There was progress made on this one and that's a good thing. I'll have a backing with the label already attached and the binding will also be ready as well. I really don't want to put her back in the pile so if you have any suggestions leave me a comment...PLEASE!
Until next time...
I hope you find time to stitch up something sweet!