My friend Bernie from Needle and Foot is hosting a linkup this week and encouraging us all to share real “behind the seams” truths and quilting blunders. She is right that in this age of social media it can be easy to fall into a trap and think that everyone else does things easier, or right the first time, or that it just magically works out better for everyone else. I definitely encourage you to visit Bernie this week and maybe you can link up a story as well or simply share in the comments stories.
I make little blunders and have mishaps all the time. One of the blunders I talk about when I am teaching was in the fabric selection for my Spiraling Petals quilt. When I made the fabric selection, I used my Kona Cotton card and then verified with swatches from my computer screen. When the fabric arrived, though, it was obvious that my two lighter fabrics were too close in value.
Converting a photo of my fabrics to greyscale, you can see that the change in value from the first to the second fabric is very small and that the change in value from the second to the third is much larger. Oops. I was working with a short deadline, so I forged ahead and pieced the quilt top. (Note: I recommend using Medium Pink instead of Pink!)
Once the quilt top was pieced, I was really worried. For a quilt design that is all about value, it’s almost impossible to see the difference between the two most used fabrics in the quilt top. EEk!
My solution was to use very dense quilting to help me achieve value separation. In the lightest value fabric, I used white thread and micro-quilted tiny loops.
One of the benefits of all the quilting I added is that the back of the quilt is pretty darn stunning in its own right, too!
And although I would *definitely* recommend using different fabrics (Pearl Pink, Medium Pink, Bubble Gum, and Pomegranate, to be exact), I learned so much from making Spiraling Petals that I really love it.
Things I learned:
- Everything is fixable. Or at least, sometimes you can quilt the value into a quilt, anyway. 😉
- I cut my color card apart as a result of making this quilt and it has made fabric selection so much easier to have the swatches free to move beside one another.
Linking up with Needle and Foot.