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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

WIP Wednesday #4 @ TN&TN

I'm honing in on my seam ripping skills.  Jesica is in town and I am not happy with the border of her quilt.  So, I made the decision to take out all my stitches.  Before you cringe, know that I do not regret this one bit.  It's absolutely the right thing to do.

I'm not happy with the motifs, or the thread choice.  Except for the ditch-quilting, everything else is coming out.  First things first: PLAN the border motif.  I thought I could just start stitching our the wildflowers she wanted.  I worked on them a while back: drawing and drawing until I transformed the image into a continuous line.  They all looked fabulous, and free motion quilting them was a breeze.  However, they didn't work together.  There was no flow at all to the border.  So after getting the threads out, I am literally back to the drawing board.

These are loose sketches, uncharted doodles I make until I come to a satisfying design.  I folded all my papers in half because I noticed it was then the same width as my border, and I drew and I drew and I drew.  AND I'm happy.  I think I'll really enjoy stitching out this border now.  It's going to look MUCH better.  Then I noticed something funny in the photo!  Check out the pencil I used to draw these border designs.

Now THAT is some serious coincidence.  lol

Linking up to:

and Freshly Pieced

See you soon!  I can't wait to show this off.


marycatharine said...

It's going to be such a pretty boarder! Love the pencil, it's very apropos.

elle said...

Too cute! I, too, like to free wheel but sometimes it shows and then it is rip, rip, rip!

Karen said...

Good for you, Monika - the mark of a true professional, an artist who knows her heart and stays true to her vision.
I guess the pencil is proof that Quilt Police do exist... *-)

Riel Nason said...

That is a lot of seam ripping, but I have a close realtionship with my seam ripper too. There is a little voice in my head that always says -- well you put this much work in it already, what's a little more? It's worth it.

Renate said...

I was laughing out loud when I saw that pencil! Perfect timing!

Rebecca Lynne said...

That border is going to look stunning! Good for you to sticking to your vision. Can't wait to see it...

Sheila said...

I really do not envy you ripping out all that stitching but I am sure you know what is best and it will be worth you effort in the end , you do lovely drawings . I'll try next week to remember to link up.

Letterpress said...

I love that pencil!! That's why it's going so well--right?

I unpicked a whole bunch of stitching this summer on a quilt and am so glad I did. I like the quilt so much better now. I hope you will have a similar experience with yours.

Elizabeth E.

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